A Hackathon That Cuts To The Chase

During my time here at Homeless Monsters, I’ve posted my fair share of questionable devices and gadgets.  Sometimes people have the best of intentions, but when their idea comes to fruition, the execution just isn’t quite there.  But what if the whole point of a piece of technology is for it to be a pile of garbage?  NYU students Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Sam Lavigne developed a satirical event called the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon, or just Stupid Hackathon.

For its second year, the hackathon was open to the public.  “The tech industry is full of self-aggrandizement and posturing,” says Lavigne.  “Our hackathon, ideally, acts as a critique of the tech industry as a whole, and also a fun space to make things that aren’t constrained by solutionism.”  All participants were given nine hours to come up with the dumbest ideas imaginable, and here are some of my favs:

Food that tweets every time you take a bite


An Oculus Rift app that allows you to see behind you

Holdr, the app that tells you when you’re holding your phone

Glass Vomit, a Google Glass app that makes you want to barf

An Emoji subtitle translator


Last but(t) not least, a device that generates energy by twerking

For more crazy contraptions, check out the Stupid Hackathon site.

Via Engadget


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15 Responses to A Hackathon That Cuts To The Chase

  1. old man fatima says:

    Holdr is my favourite by far. I’d get it just to see if you can trick it!

  2. flanny says:

    That is the most I have seen of the Wreckingball video and it was enough.

  3. facetaco says:

    This is fantastic. And all of these are actually more useful than Vine.

  4. Here’s a tech question for you monsters: yesterday Mr. Truck and I discovered that there’s at least one emoji that looks significantly different depending on your platform: the dancing lady! On iphones, it’s a flamenco dancing woman in a red dress and on PC computers/android devices, it’s a disco dancing guy in a yellow suit. This raises the question of how many other emojis are drastically different??? How can I possibly trust my emoji messages are being received correctly??? Have you guys found any others that are so different??

  5. artdorkgirl says:

    Do you think I can use the idea of “not being restrained by solutionism” in my dissertation defense? Because I really think I’m going to try it.

    • facetaco says:

      You can get away with basically anything if you use big words. They don’t even have to be real words! They just have to sound real!

      • mordonez says:

        So some Guided By Voices lyrics would work? Here is “Burning Flag Birthday Suit”.

        Don’t open life alone
        Contact the empire solutionaries
        They cut the skin
        They peel back the onion
        Reveal the ghost blood
        Fat black gas exudes
        Moves into the mirrored hall of empty values

        Canned sister Iowa
        Drive me to the changing room
        Where the counterfeit meets
        And brings it’s collection of orphans

        Leave them in the state grip
        The nurses hate them
        But it’s up to you and me
        My faithful sin-eater
        To give them a glorious light bath
        And remove their wrapping
        Their burning flag birthday suit

        • facetaco says:

          That band sounds terrible. But lyrics have long been exempt from having to make sense. That’s why both Weezer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have found so much success.

        • mordonez says:

          FT–the thing is that the song SOUNDS great, but the lyrics are Syd Barrett-y nonsense. Usually I’m ok with that. The lead singer also has diarrhea of the pen–he won’t stop writing enormous piles of songs that cause an endless string of solo albums that nobody buys. It’s well known that there’s a lot of chaff in with the wheat.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          that’s the best description of GBV I’ve ever read.

        • Casey says:

          I buy some of those solo albums. Emphasis on “some.”

    • taoreader says:

      I also caught on to that phrase. I would really like to use it as a life philosophy.

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