Arts Hackathon

Fall 2017 Challenge: Rethinking the art world

Responding to a surprise prompt co-created with industry partners, teams of 3-5 students will will boldly reimagine and pitch a potential arts future. It could be a an arts platform, system, space, event, or more! The final concepts will be presented to a panel of judges from Google TiltBrushTOTO ExpressnumberF, and Kickstarter.

The winning team of this no-coding-needed Arts Hackathon will receive $500 and mentorship for their project!

Save the Dates:

Oct. 27th 12:30-1:30pm, Roble Arts Gym: Info-session and team matching. Lunch provided!

Nov. 3rd 4:30-6:30pm, Roble Arts Gym: Kick-Off Event. Hear from arts innovators Gary Yuan Mao of TOTO Express and Dadi Akhavan of numberF and receive your prompt

Nov. 6th 5-7pm, Roble Arts Gym: Presentations. Teams will turn in their pitch deck by 2pm and then present their work to the panel of judges.

Gary Mao

TOTO Express  

Gary is the co-founder of TOTO Express, an organization that seeks to redefine the way artisans monetize their work by digitizing the entire value chain. TOTO Express builds tools to allow artisans to take full control of how their art gets used, determine how they get paid, and simplify the movement of goods. But prior to TOTO Express, Gary has built a variety of ventures from food businesses in the US and China to tearing apart old buses in India to create mobile classrooms. There were many failures along the way, but Gary has lived to tell the tale.

Originally from the Silicon Valley in California, Gary is a recent MBA graduate from Stanford University where he was awarded their Social Innovation Fellowship. His current organization has also been honored by various organizations such as Echoing Green and Halcyon Fellowship.

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Miranda Shepherd 
Arts in Student Life Coordinator
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Dadi Akhavan

On a continuous mission to create palpable social impact through digital advancement, Founder & CEO, Dadi Akhavan, is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience at the forefront of innovation. Even before the Internet, Dadi was first to 'digitize' works of art from the world's leading museums, including the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London, through creating a software product called ArtScreens.

Most recently, Dadi was the co-founder and president of E-centives, a pioneer of digital marketing technologies, where he helped lead the company to an IPO, global operations, and several corporate acquisitions. Dadi is an avid collector of contemporary art, and a supporter of numerous arts organizations, galleries and artists internationally. He received his MBA and BA in Economics, both from Georgetown University, and speaks five languages.


Spring 2017: Anderson Collection at Stanford University


Using the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (including both temporary and permanent works on display) as inspiration, you are challenged to build a new interactive tool to help a wide variety of visitors dynamically engage with the Anderson. Projects can be web-based or an iOS compatible app and should utilize the Anderson’s current branding and visual identity. Teams are encouraged to explore opportunities for engagement with all facets of the collection—from the artwork on display or in storage to the building and surrounding environment to the museum’s operations (and beyond).

Winning Projects

Team Caught Hackathon Anderson_opening

Team Caught

A museum guide mobile app targeted blending written and audio content.

Daniel Cai ('19), Vivian Xiao ('19), Marianne Dang ('17), Eric Wang ('20), Michael Fang ('17)

Arts Hackathon 2017 Winner


iOS app that encourages critical thinking and direct interaction with art through emotional engagement

Jessica Ouyang ('19) and Thomas Clavelli ('19)