2014 MIT Mystery Hunt
Registration information for the 2014 Mystery Hunt can be found on the registration page
The 2014 Mystery Hunt will begin on Friday, January 17, 2014 in Kresge Auditorium at 12pm. Regardless of when the first team finds the coin, HQ will stay open accepting puzzle answer submissions until at least 6 pm on Sunday. Wrap up will be no later than 12 pm on Monday.
The Kendall Hotel
is offering special rates for hotel rooms during Mystery Hunt. Hunters can receive special rates starting at $149/night for a single (one queen bed) and $159/night for a double (one king bed + sofa or two queen beds) from the night of Thursday 1/16 to the night of Monday 1/20 (with the caveat that you only get the Thursday night rate if you also stay Friday and Saturday nights). Parking is also available for $15/day. Please contact Beverly at the Kendall Hotel at 866-566-1300 from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday to arrange a reservation.
The Boston company Axcelx
is sponsoring hosting for the Hunt this year. They offer a very fast peering exchange with MIT and are a good solution for teams which have had latency issues in past hunts. They are extending a generous discount for 20% off for virtual private server (VPS) hosting for teams this year. If your team is interested in this discount, please contact the organizers
The 2014 Mystery Hunt is generously sponsored by the following donors:
- Counsyl: making the human genome practically useful for life-altering decisions
- Axcelx: cloud and colocation solutions for Boston
- Facebook: the world's largest social network
- Oliver Wyman: a financial services consulting firm with offices in over 50 cities in 25 countries
- Akamai: the cloud platform that connects you to almost any place on the internet
If you are interested in becoming a sponsors of the MIT Mystery Hunt, please contact our sponsorship team.
Donate to support the Mystery Hunt
The MIT Mystery Hunt is a free event that is open to all interested participants, and it will stay that way. However, as the Hunt has grown the cost to run the event has also grown -- in recent years, the total cost has approached $10,000. The Mystery Hunt is an ASA-recognized group, and as such we get some of our funding from Finboard, the Large Events Fund, and other sources at MIT. In the past we have also have received generous support from corporate donors. However, every year members of the organizing team have to pay for some costs out of their own pockets. Our hope is to put the Mystery Hunt in a more stable financial position for the future.
As an MIT student activity, we can accept donations to our operating fund through MIT's donation mechanism. If you would like to donate, you may do so at the link above. Any money that you donate will go into the student group's account and will help defray the cost of this year's Hunt. Any surpluses from this year will roll over to future Hunts. We will post a budget summary after the Hunt so you can see where the money has gone. If you or your company would like to make a non-monetary donation to the Mystery Hunt (server space, food for event puzzles, caffeine pills to keep us awake) please email email@example.com and let us know how you wish to help. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at kickoff next January!
For details about the 2013 Mystery Hunt, see our archive.