SXSW Music Hackathon Championship

The 2016 SXSW Music Hackathon

The SXSW Music Hackathon Championship rages on in 2016, starting one day earlier this year, on Tuesday, March 15, so hackers, mark your calendars!

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 the huge Grand Prize, awarded by our panel of celebrity judges. The SXSW Music 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 vying for big cash prizes 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 SXSW Official Showcase Artists-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.

Last year, joining the hackers as Hackathon Artists-in-Residence were the fabulous Robert DeLong and Neon Hitch, and judges Ty Roberts (Co-Founder of Gracenote) and Alex White (CEO of Next Big Sound), just to name a few. Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 SXSW Music Hackathon Championship: Dan Noskin a.k.a. Dandelion. Read the full event recap here.

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.