Calling all Cleveland-area DIY musicians, artists, programmers, designers, and learners.  Get inspired, collaborate, share ideas, create something awesome and party with us. There will be live music, lectures, food and prizes. 

Many people get intimidated by hackathons, and while there are many ideas and definitions for “hacking”, this particular event harbors the spirit of hacking defined by the MIT community in the 1950’s and 60’s.  They believed in the following hacker ethics: sharing, openness, mistrust of authority/decentralization, free access to computers (technology), and world improvement. Along with these ideals, we strongly believe in collaboration, DIY mentality, inclusiveness, and sharing resources (open source). You do not have to be a genius programmer, or a renowned artist or musician to be a part of this hackathon. In fact, all you need to bring to the table is an open mind, a willingness to work with others, and the courage to step out of your comfort zone. Remixing a song, creating a collage, painting your keys different colors with nail polish – these are all hacks. We are looking for people who want to come up with a project idea and breathe it to life within 24 hours. Make something awesome, and do it together.

On March 27th, we will have a registration hour & meet and greet from 6-7PM, guest speakers from 7-9PM, with hacking starting soon after. We are honored to be presenting percussionist, Peter Ferry, who will be giving a talk on interactive music. Mr. Ferry has given a TedX talk on the same topic and will be performing with the renowned orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, the same weekend at Cleveland State University. Other speakers TBA.

We will be collaborating with Maker’s Alliance, Thinkbox, and Ingenuity Cleveland on March 28th in celebration of Arduino Day while they have their Cleveland Arduino event at Case Western’s Thinkbox. Hackers are encouraged to visit Thinkbox to get more resources for their projects and to learn more about Arduinos, and various hardware hacking.  


-Everyone is welcome to attend

-Hacking will occur at Mahalls 20 Lanes or Case Western Reserve Thinkbox

-Totally remote teams: submit a 2 minute video about your project, we will demo it.

-Only Local teams can win prizes

Hackathon Sponsors


$405 in prizes

Earth Quaker Devices Guitar Pedal (2)

Best Art Hack (Wacom Tablet)

Hardware Hack (Raspberry Pi Starter Kit)

Crowd Favorites (2)

Vote on your favorite hack.

Dirty Town Gift Certificate

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


CJ Carr

CJ Carr

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Difficulty
  • Completeness

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