The Boston Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon

Project presentation videos from 2023 are up!

The Boston Stupid Hackathon is a fun, free one-day event where people bring bad ideas to life. Please join us!

When: Saturday May 27, 2023 – 10:15am - 8:30pm ET

Where: CIC 50 Milk St. 1st Floor Boston, MA

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A "hackathon" is a social event where people come together for a short period of time to make a project, like an app or hardware device. A "stupid shit hackathon" is an event where people come together to make projects that are terrible, useless, horrifying, and probably should have never been made. There are no prizes and definitely no winners. It's really fun.

Come alone or with friends, with ideas or without — we'll make sure your experience is as stupid as possible. And while you don't need to know how to code to participate, coding can help when making software projects.

Here are some things that participants made in previous years:

"I AM BECOME ANIME" by Nicky Case

"Screamy Bird" by Glen

"Tuned a Fish" by Mac and Ted

"The Vape Boy" by Ada and Seth

(No vaping in the venue)

Previous years

2023 projects

2020 projects

2019 projects

2018 projects

2017 projects

or view NY Stupid Hackathon / SF Stupid Hackathon projects


Saturday May 27, 2023

10:15am doors open

10:30am kickoff

10:30am - 7:30pm "hacking"

7:30pm - 8:30pm project presentations


50 Milk St. street view
50 Milk St. Boston, MA
CIC first floor cafe and event space

(come in the doors and look to the right)

"Inspirational" Project Categories

Software as a Disservice (SaaD)


Internet of Terrible Things

Anti-social Media

"Government 2.0"

Psychological projection mapping

Witch apps

Fin-dom technology

Machine learning and machine forgetting

Dogmented reality

Decentralized spider web apps

Covert dev ops

Fireside chat bots

Robots that definitely aren't evil

See the event's Code of Conduct

We recommend taking a rapid COVID test before you arrive at the event. If you are sick, please stay home in respect of others' health and safety.

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Inspired by the SF Stupid Hackathon and the original NY Stupid Hackathon.

Thanks to Alison Malouf for the amazing cyber kale woman drinking juice in space image.

Organized by Glen Chiacchieri