The first annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship presented by AT&T Uverse was a win for everyone involved!
We brought together more than 100 of the top software developers and designers from previous hackathons and music tech companies, and provided a platform for the most innovative companies in music technology to have their products deployed by these champion hackers. Over 30 teams stayed up for 24 hours and submitted their projects to be selected as finalists by the judges.
The judges chose MOOT as the AT&T Grand Prize winner, taking home $10,000. MOOT is "like an Instagram for music" that allows for simple and instant multi-track music creation using Beats Music and Echo Nest APIs. This team will now receive mentorship from Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS and members of Beats Music and Echonest including a conversation with Ian Rogers the CEO of Beats Music.
The $2,500 prize for best hack benefitting artists went to AR Pop, which adds augmented reality instruments to any surface.
The $1,000 prize for the best hack benefitting fans went to Crowdscaler, which allows the audience to interact with the live show from their phones, becoming additional screens and speakers for the concert.
Chevrolet awarded a $2,000 prize for best use of its API to MySongs, which creates shared playlists for people traveling in cars together.
Additional prizes were awarded by Tech Open Air Berlin, Rdio, Beats Music, Gracenote, Senzari, Echonest, Spotify, TouchTunes, and Jawbone. Other sponsors included Choose Digital, Open Aura, Decibel, Ableton, and Warner Music Group.
AT&T Grand Prize Winners shown above. Photo by Lisa Hause.