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!
Hackathon Judges: Josh Constine (Techcrunch), Robert Scoble (Transformation Group VR). Santiago Rodriguez (Andreessen Horowitz), Ann Greenberg (Sceneplay, Gracenote), David Dufresne (500 Startups Canada), Gigi Johnson (UCLA Center for Music Innovation), Benji Rogers (Dot Blockchain, Pledge Music).
Creatives in Residence: Andrew Jones (Android Jones, Microdose VR), Kiran Gandhi (MIA, Madame Gandhi), Chris Hughes (Network of One) Elmo Lovano (Jammcard, Drummer), Evan Bartholomew (Bluetech, Microdose VR), David Block (The Human Experience), Josema Roig (Argos File), and film producer Tara Ansley (Tragedy Girls).
Mentors: Panos Panay (Sonicbids, BerkleeICE), Dano Leman (Anderson .Paak, Lukas Graham), Mazy Kazerooni (digital strategist for Top 100 Hip-Hop artists, Brand Brigade), Danny Lee (mgmt.ly, will.i.am digital), Jonathan Tzou (iStaging, Data School), Justin Brezhnev (Hacker Fund), and Arpit Gupta (MIT).
Interested in sponsorships/API involvement? Fill out the contact form to reach a representative.
Produced in coordination with Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS.