SXSW hackers collaborate and compete in three media categories that span the rich universe of SXSW: Music, Film, and VR/AR.

SXSW invites hackers, creators, makers, and coders to converge to solve problems, create new tools, and push the boundaries of existing tech across entertainment media from Tuesday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 14. Over the course of 24 hours during SXSW, hackers collaborate and compete in three media categories that span the rich universe of SXSW: Music, Film, and VR/AR.

Questions our hackers can/will address within or across each category:

Commerce & Industry
How is money getting to artists, creators, and rights-holders and can emerging technology like blockchain or micro-licensing help facilitate and manage the process? How can creatives connect with the right industry players to mutually further careers?

Creation and Performance
How can musicians, filmmakers, or VR/AR designers use tech to create, perform, and display in new ways? What tools can we create to make the process easier, more inventive, more compelling?

Distribution
With the fragmentation of distribution systems, physical media, and streaming options, how do I get my work out to the public and in front of my ideal audience?

Consumer
How can we improve the fan, customer, listener, viewer or user experience?

Cross-discipline
How can creators collaborate more easily and more creatively across audio, visual, and immersive fields?

Participating hackers get to show off their skills, play with the coolest APIs and SDKs from each category, work with 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/hacking expertise is welcome to join, and you can apply solo, as part of an existing team, or be partnered up with other hackers during the event!

The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to join the three-day SXSW Hackathon Incubator, working with a group of industry mentors to fine tune their projects March 15-17.

Mentors are Gerome Vanherf (Leansquare/ Wallfornia Music Tech), Lily Chen (Universal), Ty Roberts (Ty Roberts Innovation), Danny Lee (YG Entertainment) and Andee Gardiner (Founders Embassy).

Previous Hackathon Judges and Mentors include: Werner Vogels (Amazon CTO), Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Ty Roberts (Co-Founder of Gracenote), Kiran Gandhi (MIA, Madame Gandhi), Ann Greenberg (Sceneplay, Gracenote), Andrew Jones (Android Jones, Microdose VR), David Dufresne (Panache Ventures), Benji Rogers (Dot Blockchain, Pledge Music), Josh Constine (Techcrunch).

Produced in coordination with Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS and Outlier Group.

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Judges

Tuhin Roy

Tuhin Roy
VP, New Digital Business, Universal Music Group

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh
Partner, Floodgate

Tiffany Zhong

Tiffany Zhong
Gen Z Whisperer

Waco Hoover

Waco Hoover
CEO, XLIVE

Jeremy Gardner

Jeremy Gardner
Ausum Ventures

Jeff Liebenson

Jeff Liebenson
Liebenson Law

David Silorski

David Silorski
Earmilk

Jay Zalowitz

Jay Zalowitz

David Smooke

David Smooke
Hackmoon

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Ingenuity
  • Potential Impact
  • Technical Proficiency