There’s a ‘Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas’ Hackathon

April 6, 2015

3:00 pm

So, apparently, there’s a Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon, and I’m just now finding out that such a thing exists. It was posted on Hacker News last night, and – as you’d expect from the name – the hackathon is aimed at letting people create wholly pointless products and apps. Set to to happen later this week in San Francisco, CA, it seems that it’s not even the first of its kind (seriously, where have I been and how did I miss this?).

The original Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon [some NSFW content] was organized in New York City and resulted in some hilarious and admittedly shocking products. The website from the original event shows a range of dumb stuff – from the more mild Holdr (an app that tells a user when he or she is holding his or her phone) to the gratuitously risqué, such as the E.T. Strap On, a strap on dildo in the shape of E.T.’s finger (with the tip actually lighting up).

The new Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathan will take place in San Francisco this time around, but it doesn’t seem like it’s directly connected with the original hackathon in NYC. Unlike the original, this new event is set up using GitHub and includes an MIT email address as a point of contact. Some of the categories for which hackers can create projects include:

  • Quantified Not-Self
  • Hyperlocal Paranoia
  • Peter Thiel
  • Fire Means It’s Working
  • Meat Robot
  • Robot Meat
  • Internet of Things-In-Themselves
  • edibleX
  • “Apps”

Tech.Co considered reaching out for a comment, but ultimately determined that this really doesn’t need any further coverage because, well, it’s stupid shit. The hackathon, however, does deliver a breath of fresh air in an industry always trying to develop the next big thing; it’s relieving, really, when you can utilize your skills to develop something merely out of jest and personal enjoyment.

Check out some of the projects from the original Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon, below:

Holdr: An iPhone app that tells you if you are indeed currently holding your phone.

How to Say Mitt Romney in Different Languages: Self-explanatory, really.


Raw Meat Circuitry: Just some raw meat with LED lights in it…

Twerk to Work: Harness the energy generated from twerking (brilliant).

twerkIf you’re in San Francisco and are interested in participating in the Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon, it takes place between Thursday, May 9 an Friday, May 10 at Noisebridge. You can register now for the event.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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