Quite easily, really. A hackfest is like the technology equivalent of a working bee. People come together in a certain place over a certain period of time and apply their skills and enthusiasm to improving or creating something - usually, in terms of code. See the DigitalNZ hackfests as an example.
The New Museum is running a version of a hackfest, where 7 artists are being paired with technologists for a day to make something.
It's an interesting idea, but there are two things that are a bit of a shame:
- You can't seem to watch the pairs work (usually, people can wander in and observe these kind of things). Instead, they're presenting their work at an event at the New Museum on 17 April.
- Tickets to the event start at US$75 for a student/artist* discount, and rise up to - wait for it - US$350. Yowzers.
*When I saw this, I wondered if New York has an artist ID card, and, if so, whether it gives you discounts on the subway.