HackMIT Open Source

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A virtual environment for hackers

Hack Playground is a virtual world that brings HackMIT, one of the largest undergraduate hackathons, right to your home. Playground preserves the atmosphere of innovation and connection of a hackathon. You can walk through the Sponsor Town and schedule a coffee chat with a sponsor, gain inspiration by visiting the Nonprofit Village, or chat with other hackers.

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A management system for reading applications

We use appreader to manage the thousands of applications we receive for HackMIT each year. The website streamlines the admissions process by distributing apps to team members, keeping track of applications scores, and running a scoring algorithm to generate a final list of admitted applicants. The open source version will be coming soon!

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Registration, for hackathons!

Quill is HackMIT's hackathon registration portal. For hackers, it's a clean and streamlined interface to submit registration and confirmation information. For hackathon organizers, it's an easy way to manage applications, view registration stats, check-in hackers day-of, and more!

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An extensible, customizable real-time queue system

HELPq was originally built for HackMIT, but has been used at hackathons like Blueprint, Meteor Summer Hackathon 2015, WHACK, MakeMIT and WildHacks (among others!).

It is a real-time help queue and mentor management application, targeted at hackathons and classrooms, where there is a need for issues to be claimed and satisfied within minutes. It includes a simple interface for requesting tickets, claiming tickets, administrating users/mentors, and examining metrics.


A project expo judging system

Gavel is the judging system used at HackMIT. It incorporates a lot of research on mathematical psychology along with fancy math to produce very fair judging results. It's capable of scaling to large events, being used at HackMIT's 1000-person hackathon.

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A hardware checkout system

Cog is the hardware checkout system that we beta-tested at HackMIT 2017. It makes it easy for organizers to manage hardware inventory and track which hackers have what, and it allow hackers to quickly find the hardware they want for their hack.

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"Who is in the office?"

A WiFi-based presence sharing system for specific physical spaces.

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HackMIT Puzzle

Getting stumped during a trip Hack to the Future

Each year, HackMIT releases a challenging online puzzle in conjuction with registration. Our 2020 puzzle incorporated our Hack to the Future theme, and featured challenges involving reverse-engineering, CAPTCHAs, secret codes, and neural networks, among many other things!

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The HackMIT splash site

The HackMIT homepage, with code released under an MIT license and content/assets released under a CC BY-NC-ND license.

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A small Redis-based URL redirector

Redisred is a small Redis-based URL redirector with great Slack integration!

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A Hubot plugin for Redisred

Hubot-redisred is the most convenient way to use Redisred.

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A Hubot plugin that expands mentions of groups

Hubot-group lets you easily @mention groups of people.

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A configuration management system for Hubot

Hubot-conf is a two-part configuration management system for Hubot. It can be used by Hubot script implementors to read configuration values. It can also be used by Hubot users to be able to dynamically set (or override) configuration values through the chat interface.

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A macro system for Hubot

Hubot-shortcut lets you create !shortcuts for your Hubot commands.

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