SXSW Hackathon

The SXSW Hackathon (formerly the SXSW Music Hackathon) is 24 straight hours of buzzing, high-tech creativity as music, VR/AR, and film hacker/creators use their programming knowledge and our collection of music, visual APIs, and coding assets to develop their industry-changing prototypes and compete for cash prizes, awarded by our panel of celebrity judges.

Music Hackathon at SXSW 2016. Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

Music Hackathon at SXSW 2016. Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

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About SXSW Hackathon


SXSW invites hackers, creators, makers, and coders to converge to solve problems, create new tools, and push the boundaries of existing tech across entertainment media. From March 14-15, over the course of 24 hours during SXSW, hackers will collaborate and compete in three hack categories: Music, Film, and VR/AR.

Questions our hackers can/will address within or across each category:

Commerce & Industry
How is money getting to artists, creators, and rights-holders and can emerging technology like blockchain or micro-licensing help facilitate and manage the process? How can creatives connect with the right industry players to mutually further careers?

How can musicians, filmmakers, or VR/AR designers use tech to create, perform, and display in new ways? What tools can we create to make the process easier or more inventive?

With the fragmentation of distribution systems, physical media, and streaming options, how do I get my work out to the public and in front of my ideal audience?

How can we improve the fan, customer, listener, viewer or user experience?

How can creators collaborate more easily and more creatively across audio, visual, and immersive fields?

Participating hackers get to show off their skills, play with the coolest APIs from each category, work with our Artist/Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and present to high-profile industry celeb judges in one crazy, marathon 24-hour coding experience. Participation in the SXSW Hackathon is open to the public, pending approved application – complete the form to enter. A variety of programming/hacking expertise is welcome to join, and you can apply solo, as part of an existing team, or be partnered up with other hackers during the event!

Previous Hackathon Artist/Entrepreneurs-in-Residence have included Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, rapper Ryan Leslie, Kiran Gandhi, and Robert DeLong. Our esteemed 2016 Judging Panel featured Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, VC Selcuk Atli of 500 Startups, TechCrunch Editor-at-Large Josh Constine, and Pandora VP of Product Chris Becherer.

More details, location, and application form for the 2017 SXSW Hackathon is coming very soon. For further info, contact Interested in sponsorships/API involvement? Email for more info.

Produced in coordination with Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS.

SXSW Hackathon Application Form


2016 Hackathon Recap

What happens when you bring programmers and creatives together? Discover more about the SXSW Hackathon in this 2016 recap, "5 Things I Learned at the SXSW Music Hackathon."

2016 SXSW Music Hackathon Winners

2016 SXSW Music Hackathon Winners photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

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