SXSW Hackathon

The SXSW Hackathon spans 24 hours of high-tech creativity as music, XR, and film hacker/creators use their programming knowledge to develop industry-changing prototypes and compete for cash prizes awarded by our panel of celebrity judges.

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2019 Hackathon - Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

2019 Hackathon - Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

About SXSW Hackathon


The seventh annual SXSW Hackathon hosted by HackerEarth returns in a buzzy 24-hour marathon in 2020. Hackers, creators, makers, and coders will collaborate and compete using AI, XR, voice activation, blockchain, analytics, video, and other burgeoning technologies to create new solutions for the two categories for 2020: Music + Entertainment and Climate Change + Social Action.

Music + Entertainment Category
The Music + Entertainment category will dive into several themes: Music + Health and Wellness, How Creatives Can Monetize Music and Content in New Ways, AI in Music Creation, Building AR Experiences for Music, and more.

Climate + Social Action Category
The newest addition to the SXSW Hackathon is Climate + Social Action, with challenges related to climate change, health and wellness, and art and film. The impact of this theme will be on purpose-driven projects focused on improving the lives of people, the planet, and wildlife.

We’ll challenge hackers to create projects — with guidance from our group of mentors — under one of these categories, and encourage overlapping projects and cross-pollination, too! After the 24 hour session, a panel of industry judges will choose the winning teams, who will be awarded cash and sponsor prizes and the opportunity to participate in the Hackathon Incubator.

2020 Judges

Mirek Stiles (Abbey Road Head of Audio Products & Red Advisory Board Member), Molly Neuman (President, Songtrust), Kalee Kreider (Chief of Media and Public Affairs, National Geographic Society), Adaora Udoji (Director of Corporate Innovation & Venture Programs, rLab), Gérôme Vanherf (COO, LeanSquareCOO & Co-founder & Director, Wallifornia MusicTech), and Jessica Dandridge (The Water Collaborative, Executive Director).

2020 Mentors

Vik Parthiban (Research Affiliate, S.M. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab), Helen Sartory (Director, Rattle LA), Josh Hayes (Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Manifold), Marc Fridson (Director of Data Science, Sony Music), Verena Kallhoff (Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School), Tom Bruckner (CEO Marble AR, SXSW 2017 Hackathon Winner), Byrke Lou (Physicist, Interaction Designer, Hybrid Artist), Kristie Chin (Director of Civic Innovation, Texas Innovation Alliance), Mitch Chaiet (Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Imagine Moody/ UT), Joaquin Beltran (Co-Founder/CEO at Awemaze, Speak Up America), Christian Monsegue (Senior Software Engineer, Walmart Tech, UMOW), Zach Eisenhauer (Software Engineer, Asterisk), Aaron Labbe (CTO, Lucid Project), and Tony Parisi (Global Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies).

The opening speaker will be Arabian Prince, of iNov8 Next Open Labs, and founding member of hip-hop legends N.W.A.


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Experimental Civics, Capsule, Wallifornia Music Tech, Hacker Earth

Join Us at SXSW 2020

SXSW Hackathon Presentations and Awards
March 18, 2020 | 1:30PM – 4:00PM
JW Marriott (2nd Floor, Paramount Ballroom)
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SXSW Hackathon After Party
March 18, 2020 | 4:00PM – 7:00PM
SXSW International Day Stage at Brush Square Park (East Tent) (Neches St, between 4th and 5th, directly across from the Hilton Hotel)
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2020 Hackathon Application

Interested in applying to participate? You can apply as a team (all members must apply separately) or as an individual, and we will partner you with others to form a team. Submissions are open through March 6. HackerEarth is the official hosting partner for 2020.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsorships and API/SDK involvement? Fill out the contact form to reach a representative.

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2019 Hackathon recap

What happens when you bring programmers and creatives together? Learn about the three winning teams from the 2019 SXSW Hackathon.

Winning teams of the 2019 SXSW Hackathon - Photo by Kenneth Eke

Winning teams of the 2019 SXSW Hackathon - Photo by Kenneth Eke

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