Update: We have a winner! See who was named Hack Madness Champion.
Welcome to Round 4 of Hack Madness, the Alumni Association's quest to determine the MIT community's favorite hack. After three rounds and more than 25,000 total votes, the tournament has been narrowed down to the final four hacks.
Fourth-round voting is closed. View full third-round results in the updated tournament bracket then vote in the polls below or on the Alumni Association’s social media pages.
New to the tournament? Here's what you missed in Round 3:
- More strong showings from the the Harvard-Yale game and the Caltech cannon heist. The two hacks have overwhelmed their opponents by an average margin on 72 percentage points over the first three rounds.
- A down-to-the-wire battle between two of the most well-known hacks, the Smoot and police car on the Great Dome. Smoot advanced to the final four by a scant two percentage points.
- A fond farewell to the Hack Madness' Cinderella story, the cow on the dorm. The 85-year-old prank—the likes of which we'll probably never see again—was finally defeated by the more recent Tetris on Bldg. 54.
Visit the Hack Madness page for the full schedule, view the interactive tournament bracket for details on the final four hacks, or learn about the original field of all 32 hacks. Check back to Slice of MIT on Wednesday, March 12, at noon to see which hacks advanced to the championship.
Harvard-Yale Game vs. Smoot [polldaddy poll="7866312" align="right"]In 1982, two groups of hackers inflated a weather balloon near the 50-yard line that spelled “MIT” before it burst, spelled “M-I-T” with their bodies at halftime, and tricked fans into holding “M-I-T” signs in the stands.
In 1958, Seven students calibrated the Harvard Bridge using a 5’7″ freshman named Smoot. The bridge’s length: about 364.4 Smoots, plus an ear. Today, Smoots are recognized in the dictionary and by Google.
Cannon Heist vs. Tetris [polldaddy poll="7866315" align="right"]In 2006, students—posing as the Howe & Ser Moving Company—traveled cross-country to rival Caltech and transported the school’s three-ton cannon back to MIT. They also fashioned an over-sized Brass Rat for the cannon’s barrel.
At 2012's Campus Preview Weekend, Bldg. 54 (the Green Building) was transformed into a giant game of Tetris. Players controlled the blocks from a console in front of the building and, upon defeat, the blocks crashed to the bottom.