Music Hackathon

The SXSW Music Hackathon is 24 straight hours of buzzing, high-tech creativity as scores of hackers use their programming knowledge and our collection of music-tech APIs 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 Music Hackathon


Over the course of 24 hours during SXSW, hackers collaborate and compete in three hack categories:

  • Commerce: how is money getting to artists and rights-holders and can blockchain technology help?
  • Creation: how can musicians use tech to create and perform music in new ways?
  • Consumer: how can we improve the fan or listener experience?

Participating hackers get to show off their skills, play with the coolest APIs in music-tech, meet our Artist/Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and present to high-profile industry celeb judges in one crazy, marathon 24-hour coding experience. A variety of programming expertise is welcome to join, and if you’re interested, just apply with the form below.

Joining the hackers as Hackathon Artist/Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, which in 2016 included Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, rapper Ryan Leslie, and Kiran Gandhi of Madame Gandhi and M.I.A. Our esteemed Judging Panel includes Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, VC Selcuk Atli of 500 Startups, musician/producer Young Guru, TechCrunch Editor-at-Large Josh Constine, and Pandora VP of Product Chris Becherer.

Date and location for the 2017 SXSW Music Hackathon is coming soon. For further info, contact the Music Conference department at Interested in sponsorships/API involvement? Email for more info.

Produced in coordination with Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS.

2016 Music Hackathon Recap

5 Things We Learned from the 2016 SXSW Music Hackathon

2016 SXSW Music Hackathon Winners

2016 SXSW Music Hackathon Winners photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

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