Originally called The Digital Humanities Winter Institute (DHWI), HILT was inspired by the model pioneered at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). HILT is an intensive digital humanities training institute: a slate of engaging courses taught by some of the best scholars and teachers in the digital humanities, plentiful opportunities to meet and network with colleagues, and access to all the cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area. HILT has been held at University of Maryland, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania.