SXSW Music Hackathon Championship

The 2016 SXSW Music Hackathon Sponsors

The SXSW Music Hackathon Championship rages on in 2016, starting at 3:00pm on Tuesday, March 15, and culminating with Final Presentations at 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 16 (open to all SXSW badges).

What’s NOT changing is the 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 over $10,000 in prizes, awarded by our panel of celebrity judges. Participation in the Hackathon is FREE and open to the public with approved application below on this page.

This year, hackers will collaborate and compete in three hack categories, with each category offering a $3,500 top prize and a load of bragging rights:

  • 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 this year are 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.

Hackathon Sponsors include BerkleeICE, Musikki, Senzari, Rightside (, IBM Watson, Quantone, Musimap, Super​P​hone, Postmates, Sonos, Ujo, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Alexa, Devpost, ​Skrapps, Lyft, and media partner AustinInno​.​

The first ever SXSW Hackathon Incubator will follow the Hackathon March 17-19.

Need a quick rundown on what a hackathon is and how it works? Check out this Hackathon 101 sheet.

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.