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Outside Hacks 2014

What: Outside Hacks 2014
When: July 26th – 27th, 2014
Where: Weebly HQ564 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Outside Hacks returns again this year ahead of Outside Lands. Outside Hacks challenges developers to improve the festival experience for artists and fans. The winners will receive an ultimate Outside Lands experience and have their application promoted at Outside Lands.

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∞  July 15, 2014 — 12:51PM

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Music Hack Day Berlin 2014

What: Music Hack Day Berlin 2014
When: September 5 – 6, 2014
Where: Axel Springer Plug & Play AcceleratorMarkgrafenstraße 14, 10969 Berlin, Germany

In two month's time we'll be back in Europe attending Music Hack Day Berlin. The hackathon runs Friday and Saturday, overlapping with the Berlin Festival. Tickets are available now, so sign up!

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∞  July 14, 2014 — 10:00AM

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Hack Midwest

Hack Midwest

What: Hack Midwest
When: July 19th — 20th, 2014
Where: Johnson County Community College12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210

Next month we'll be attending Hack Midwest organized by Kansas City IT Professionals. Started in 2008, Kansas City IT Professionals brings together and promotes the local tech community in Kansas City. Follow @HackMidwest for event updates.

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∞  June 30, 2014 — 9:00AM

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Recap: Music Hack Day Barcelona 2014

The 5th Barcelona Music Hack Day took place last week, part of the Sónar+D music and technology festival. The event was well attened by people from all over the world and well documented- photos were taken by festival representatives as well as a number festival goers who were able to observe the hackers hard at work during festival hours.

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And what a sight all the hacks in progress were! A lot of hardware was used to produce a number of sounds, songs, noises, and performances never before expereienced. Legos, Patchblocks, Enobio brain sensors, an Oculus Rift, Xth Sense sensors, Estrella Damm beer cans, monomes, LED wired shoes, and more were worked into the projects.

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In the mix of it all, there were still a couple hacks that used the Rdio APIs to great effect.

  • crowdj
    Collaborative playlist creation and democratic tracks ordering for use at parties, playing music from Rdio. Winner, best use of Rdio API

  • webmlr - Site, GitHub
    A web monome to control and play audio samples from the server, your local machine or a track from Rdio. Also handles a real monome device input & output.

It helped that the Music Technology Group was right next door- a number of students attended, bringing a lot of deep technical knowledge of sound and music.

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A list of all of the hacks is up at Hacker League.

∞  June 20, 2014 — 11:48AM

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Recap: HackUCI

Entrance to HackUCI

HackUCI took place Memorial Day weekend and featured over four hundred students from UC Irvine and other local universities. Orange County's tech hub, PeopleSpace, was the perfect environment for the hack day. They provide a place for learning to program, launching your startup, and finding other developers to connect with.

To kick off the weekend Stuart McClure, author and founder of Cylance, gave an inspiring talk about his journey as a developer. He offered advice to young developers to never give up and take failure as a learning experience.

Stuart McClure speaking at HackUCI

The organizers kept the hackers will fed with snacks and food trucks throughout the event. Friday night had bubble tea which proved to be very popular (this was the first time we've seen bubble tea at a hack day). Saturday night had delicious pastries from 85°C Bakery Cafe. Including an interesting hot dog and cheese pastry as well as cheese danishes.

Here are the projects that used the Rdio API:

  • Mood Music
    Transforming every web page to music for your ears. A Firefox extension that analyzes the content of the page and plays music that matches it's mood. Winner, best use of the Rdio API.

  • Fiestafy
    Music by everyone, for everyone. Text or email your suggestion to this collaborative DJ application. This solo hacker built a web app as well as an Android application.

  • Playlist manager for RdioSource
    Easily add tracks to a playlist via email or text message. Great for capturing music on the go.

Check out the full list of projects on ChallengePost.

Team Mood Music at HackUCI

Oculus Rift Skateboard at HackUCI

PeopleSpace Logo

∞  June 02, 2014 — 1:42PM

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Recap: Music Hack Day San Francisco 2014

Despite there being a number of other tempting or equally intellectual events this weekend in the Bay Area, the turnout for Music Hack Day SF was spectacular.

Devin points out something about the API : photo by Gracenote

The event kicked off at GitHub HQ at 10AM with sponsors filling a huge table with shirts, stickers, and other swag. After breakfast and plenty of API presentations, developers went straight into hacking. The GitHub office had plenty of non-coding activities (including pool and ping pong) that allowed hackers to take a break and socialize. As the sun set, the bar opened and a bartender started mixing cocktails.

Many hackers took the provided bus to the Spotify office for overnight hacking. By 9:30AM Sunday most developers were back at GitHub HQ putting the finishing touches on their project. Here are the projects that used the Rdio API:

  • PaRdio - GitHub, Site
    PaRdio was an interesting take on the classic party DJ app- this time letting users text in requests and the host control playback via the Pebble watch Winner, best use of Rdio API

  • FestiFind
    A beautifully designed and executed app that collected local festival information and dynamically created sample playlists for the events based on the lineup.

  • GeoMisique - GitHub, Site
    Lets you record where you listen to music using Google Maps and tag it.

  • CheckBoxx - Site
    A tool that lets bars play music to best satisfy the present patrons' tastes.

  • Vocalize
    Lets you look up lyrics based on a phrase and embed a track in the phrase to send to friends.

Team PaRdio presents : photo by Gracenote2

May thanks to Github for hosting the event and providing a number of delicious meals for the hackers. Also, thanks to Ching-Wei of Gracenote for letting us use a couple of the lovely photos taken at the event for our blog post.

A list of all of the hacks is up at Hacker League.

∞  May 21, 2014 — 10:29AM

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HackUCI

What: Hack UC Irvine
When: May 23 – 25, 2013
Where: Bren Events Center @ UC Irvine100 Mesa Rd., Irvine, CA 92697

Looking for something to do Memorial Day weekend? Look no further than HackUCI. Hundreds of college students from around Southern California will get together at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine. Hacking starts Friday evening and ends Sunday, leaving the Monday holiday to catch-up on sleep.

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∞  May 01, 2014 — 5:09PM

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Music Hack Day Barcelona 2014

What: Music Hack Day Barcelona 2014
When: June 12 – 13, 2014
Where: Fira Montjuïc @ Sónar 2014Av. Reina Maria Cristina, 08004 Barcelona, Spain

Music Hack Day Barcelona returns for Sónar 2014. Register today before the event fills-up and make sure to join us for a pre-hack day meetup the afternoon of June 11th. Sónar 2014 has an amazing line-up and Music Hack Day Barcelona is looking to be the best yet. See you there!

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∞  April 24, 2014 — 11:05AM

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Recap: HackIllinois

IllHack

Along with LA Hacks, we had the pleasure of attending the first (hopefully annual!) HackIllinois at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this last weekend. The event was entirely student run, spanned two buildings, and was attended by over 700 students. In-between waves of Nerf gun battles, delicious food, and a lot of Let It Go (or Let Me Code if you're brave) a ton of hacking was had.

  • Shoutout - Github
    Shoutout was a fun little app that acted like the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter. Pan around a map with your iPhone to see real time movement of your friends and little thought bubbles for what they're up to. If someone shouted that they were listening to something, you could hear that track via Rdio. Winner, best use of Rdio API

  • listen local - site, GitHub
    A beautiful looking page to explore local artists for a given location. Overlays a sampling of artists on a Google map of the location.

  • Lusication
    A custom player that finds listeners near by and showed you what they were listening to, while letting you vote on what you approved of.

  • inspire.me
    Provides a pick-me-up & motivation for your specific situation using quotes, images, and music.

  • radeocure An ongoing project that's a custom music exploration tool that has it's own recommendation algorithm- now backed with Rdio music!

Voting

There were a number of great hardware hacks as well, from modded microwaves to fancy light switches. This post's leading image is from team ILLights (Raj V. & Thomas D.) and a special shoutout goes to team Predacons (Mike B., Ismael R., Jake D. and Jimmy P.) who worked late into the night trying to hook an Rdio web player up to an Arduino input.

A list of all of the hacks is up at ChallengePost.

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Music Hack Day San Francisco 2014

What: Music Hack Day San Francisco 2014
When: May 17 – 18, 2014
Where: GitHub HQ88 Colin P Kelly Jr. St., San Francisco, CA 94107

This year's Music Hack Day San Francisco will take place at GitHub's beautiful office. The winners will get to present at SF MusicTech Summit on May 20th.

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∞  April 17, 2014 — 11:17AM