CHD Three Results
We held the world’s third-ever Comedy Hack Day, this one at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. More than 60 participants turned out to build 14 hacks, and the show undeniably blew everyone away.
Grand Prize Winner
Truth For Humanity
What if the batshit crazy person rambling on the street were able to build a database of truth-revealing web pages on every possible topic on the planet? Well, now we know. Benjamin Apple and Matt Klinman demo the insanity generating web app they built with Sarah Laplante, Taylor Levy, and Che-Wei Wang.
Knowing about music makes you cool, but looking up music makes you uncool; that is the paradox at the center of Sly Sound. Created by Trevor Burnham and Wes Hazard, the mobile app that works like Shazam without looking like Shazam.
My Real Puppy
Benjamin Apple's MyRealPuppy.com revives the virtual pet concept pioneered by Tamagotchi, allowing children to pet and feed a virtual (and adorable) puppy. After naming the animal and maintaining its health and happiness for several days, the now-bonded child gets to experience the brutal indifference of our cold and uncaring Universe when the puppy, with no explanation, dies.
MIT Media Lab students Dan McDuff and Robert R. Morris teamed up with MIT Sloan student Bryan Kapicka to build Pizzicato Privy, a toilet that transforms your, ahem, "bathroom noises" into symphonic sonatas.
Life's too short to care about things, so let the iCare mobile app care for you. Made by Benjamin Apple and Yuqi Hou.
Sites like Huffington Post, Upworthy, and Buzzfeed have mastered the art of enticing us all to click on compelling, yet mysterious headlines. The problem is they supply content on the other side of that link. What if a site solely satisfied your urge to click on things, and did away with the expensive and inefficient inclusion of content altogether?
Senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Co-director of Harvard's Library Innovation Lab. Co-author of the best-seller The Cluetrain Manifesto.