From culture to tech South By Southwest is the event of the year. This year, we’ll be serving as media partners for SXSW’s 24 Hour Hackathon. From Tuesday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 14, hackers will collaborate and compete in three media categories that span the rich universe of SXSW: Music, Film, and VR/AR. APPLY TO PARTICIPATE TODAY.
The 5th annual SXSW Hackathon brings together hackers, creators, makers, and coders to converge to solve problems, create new tools, and push the boundaries of existing tech across entertainment media. SXSW registrants are invited to the Final presentations and Awards on March 14.
Our esteemed judges are Tuhin Roy (Universal Music), Ryan Walsh (Floodgate), Tiffany Zhong (Gen Z Whisperer), Jay Zalowitz (Hacker Noon) Jeremy Gardner (AUSUM Ventures), Waco Hoover (XLIVE), Jeff Liebenson (Liebenson Law), David Sikorski (Earmilk) and yours truly.
Well I don’t know if I’m esteemed, I am truly excited to attend my first SXSW and see what music, film, and VR/AR MVPs these hackers will build. Will someone outdo the machine learning behind Spotify’s Discover Weekly? Or find a simple way to remaster classic films? Or maybe one of the hackers could unlock tech’s white elephant? Or even solve mobile visualizations? Who knows? But I believe great tech could start any day. Why not at SXSW’s 24 Hour Hackathon?
The winning teams will be awarded cash and sponsor prizes and the opportunity to join the 3-day SXSW Hackathon Incubator, working with a group of industry mentors to fine tune their projects from March 15–17.
Also I am wondering, how will the brain function differently after working on something for 20+ hours straight? Looking forward to quite a day of interviewing people for Hacker Noon stories. If you’d like to meet up, DM me.
Until next time, don’t take the realities of the world for granted.
P.S. Applications are still open for the 2018 SXSW Hackathon.
P.P.S. Spots are limited. So, if you want to hack with us at SXSW, apply today.
P.P.P.S. Read more of our past SXSW coverage:
- Speaker Interview: Guy Kawasaki. “Be sure to eat some BBQ. SXSW is not complete without a least one meal built around BBQ.”
- Speaker Interview: Chris Messina. “Don’t overbook yourself! There’s a tendency of newbies to make a tight schedule of everything to see and then to try to actually see everything! Don’t! Treat SXSW as a buffet with heapings of serendipity thrown in. Go where opportunity takes you, rather than what’s in your calendar.”
- 2017 Day 1 by Jenn Starr:“There is no better way to kick off the conference than by loading up some delicious breakfast… The Adobe Xd team was getting ready for the event and had a table full of awesome Xd socks. Of course, my first thought was, “How do I get a pair?”… Once into the event, they had an awesome waffle and breakfast bar for us to get a plate and load up on the most important meal of the day.”
- And 2017 Day 1 by JAY: “I did attend a party in an empty lot sponsored by the city of Hamburg. They had free St. Pauli Girl and predictably, hamburgers. It was reasonably fun and I talked to a woman who worked for a company called Horse Analytics which I assumed was just a name but is actually a firm that runs analytics on horses.”
- 2017 Day 2 by kate d.: “Ran into this cute guy on the street…
- And 2017 Day 2 by Scottie Gardonio: “It is VERY important to be VERY specific about where you will be when trying to meet up with a person. (This goes out to Lisa Fitzpatrick of UMD’s Viz lab — sorry, didn’t mean to be standing four feet away from you for twenty minutes while texting you to figure out if we were at the same place.).”
- 2017 Final Recap by Scottie Gardonio: “If there was one thing I believe all the speakers had in common, an assumption I apply only to those I personally saw, it would be that no one feels as if they know what they are doing. Of all the people who appear to have things together, know where they’re going and how to get there, and rise through the ranks in their chosen fields, nearly all have the exact same self-doubt as you and me.”
- AI is Taking Over SXSW–on the Way to Take Over the World by Andrius Baranauskas: “SXSW is a good place to watch waves. Although it is only my fourth year at the conference, it was clear that AI theme is taking over the event, and probably taking over the world too. Tons of talks, two full days dedicated to the topic itself and the focal point of Bruce Sterling’s closing talk — it was everywhere.”
- 12 Trends to Watch For at SXSW 2018 by Hugh Forrest: “The allure of discovering founders who are developing the next big thing remains a key part of SXSW. But as the Big Four — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — continue to have huge technological influence, the question remains: will this kind of total domination stifle tomorrow’s innovation?”
P.P.P.P.S. Hackathon spots are limited. So, if you want to hack with us at SXSW apply today.