Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2014

MIT Mystery Hunt: The Answer is Secondary

by Willy Shih and Karen Robinson


The MIT Mystery Hunt is an annual puzzle-based scavenger hunt at MIT. It is run every year by a different team, and every year is slightly different as teams try new ideas and decide whether to keep or ignore new ideas from previous years. As the Mystery Hunt has grown, organizers face the challenge of balancing efficient administration while keeping it free of excessive administration.

Keywords: Puzzle-solving; puzzle hunt; MIT Mystery Hunt; Innovation and Invention; Collaborative Innovation and Invention; Innovation Leadership; Education Industry; Massachusetts; Cambridge; United States;


Shih, Willy, and Karen Robinson. "MIT Mystery Hunt: The Answer is Secondary." Harvard Business School Case 614-050, January 2014.