Calling all Australian hackers! FastForward, Warner Music Australia, and Amazon Alexa present the ultimate music x tech hackathon challenge.

What we are looking for is: a way to bring music, technology, and – importantly – fans together, in one game-changing application, and we want you to show us how! Let your imagination run wild. Let’s get these APIs and Amazon Skills out of their comfort zones and create an exciting new intersection between fans and music. So, where do we start? The Amazon Skill Kit, Webinars and builder codes (see links below)!  Plus the open music APIs out there in the www for you to work with on this hack. Just don’t forget you have to use the Amazon Skill Kit within your project. Once you’ve registered, go forth and create/ hack. We’ll also have a support email ready for any questions you have along the way.

The registrations are now closed. 

The Winner is…

Submissions are closed. 

< The hack > 

What we are looking for is: a way to bring music, technology, and – importantly – fans together, in one game-changing application, and we want you to show us how! Let your imagination run wild. Let’s get these APIs out of their comfort zones and create an exciting new intersection between fans and music. So, where do we start? The APIs. We’ve worked hard to get some of the biggest and best APIs for you to work with on this hack, however, you have to use the Amazon Skill Kit within your project. Once you’ve registered, all APIs and datasets provided for use in the hack will be made available in multiple formats, and in a selection of languages. We’ll also have a support email ready for any questions you have along the way.

Importantly, the hackathon commences 29 March 2019 at 9.00am (AEST) and ends 7 April 2019 at 11:59pm (AEST). Finalists will be announced shortly thereafter, with the winner being announced and presenting at FastForward: Sydney on 11-12 April 2019.

< Hack Yeah > 

Drum roll please… the grand prize for the winner of this hackathon will be $5k of cold hard cash, an Amazon Echo valued at $229.99 RRP and your very own ‘15 minutes of fame’ presenting your hack at the FastForward: Sydney conference on 11-12 April to some of the leading international and national entertainment and technology industry heads, plus a suite of media coverage, content and general bragging rights.

< What the hack are we looking for? > 

We want your imaginations to run wild. We’re looking far and wide for a truly exciting new digital experience, but to make sure there’s a level playing field, the judging criteria is pretty simple.

Your hack:

  • Needs to be related to, and/or work mainly in music;
  • Needs to create a genuine connection to an audience;
  • Needs to stand out. There is a tonne of great music tech out there – what makes yours different?
  • Needs to be fully functional, and platform agnostic. Useable by anyone, at any time, on any device;
  • Needs to create an Amazon Alexa Skill.

< OUR JUDGES > 

We’ve brought together some of the best music, digital, and tech minds to judge the hack and assist you along the way. Please meet the judges of the 2019 Hackathon :

So meet the judges:

SIMON

CAHILL

TAKAYUKI

SUZUKI

Simon Cahill leads the digital architecture for the business at Warner Music, opening up the data driving fans to engage and consume to benefit their artists. He has worked in A&R, brand partnerships, marketing and sales. Focused on fans, audiences and customers, he is obsessed by data, insights, and action. Cahill has previously worked at Sony Music, The Sound Campaign, BMG and lectured from time to time at the Australian Institute of Music.

President, EnterTech Accelerator ParadeAll (Japan), Takayuki is an industry veteran and strategic consultant for many entertainment and tech companies. His distinguished career has included roles as Head of Mobile at MTV Japan and most recently Head of Digital Business Development for Universal Music Japan. He has been an evangelist of digital transformation in the Japanese Music Industry and his vision EnterTech to bring new value to the entertainment industry with technology. He is currently working with companies like recording company, venture capital, global music streaming service and tech startups as a mentor.

VANESSA

PICKEN

JULIE

NEIGHER

Vanessa Picken, the Founder and Director of Comes With Fries, is Van by name and is a vanguard by nature. Her modular digital agency provides professional services and expertise to those in the music, technology, fashion, and digital industries. From her tenures at some of the world’s leading companies (including EMI Music, Nokia and T-Mobile) Van has developed a wealth of knowledge in marketing strategy, brand development, digital advertising and content management. Comes With Fries is focused on providing creative, dynamic and engaging digital solutions.

Julie Knibbe is VP Product at Soundcharts, leading the development of market intelligence tools for the music industry. Before that, she was Head of Product Strategy at Deezer, drawing the vision for the product. She joined Deezer in 2013 to manage the overall discovery experience of the streaming service, ensuring that the Deezer recommendation engine provides the right music at the right time for its users. She launched key features like Flow and Mixes, theme-based personalized and interactive radios. Prior to Deezer, she spent 4 years working on the launch of the Windows and Windows Phone stores at Microsoft, both in tech and marketing.

CHRIS

CAREY

KATE

BURLEIGH

Chris is an entrepreneur, strategist and data expert. He founded FastForward in 2015 and he is founder and CEO of boutique research company, Media Insight Consulting, specialising in Consumer Surveys, and Big Data Analytics, with a focus on the music industry. Clients include Spotify, Sony Music, The O2 and BMG Music.

He previously worked as Global Insight Director at Universal Music Group and at EMI, and Senior Economist at PRS for Music. He has been quoted in The Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, The Independent as well as BBC Breakfast, Sky News, BBC 4’s Today Programme, BBC 5 Live, BBC World Service and music industry press.

Kate Burleigh is Country Manager, Amazon Alexa Skills, Australia and New Zealand, with prime responsibility for exposing new opportunities for leading brands and developers to design for Alexa and reach customers through innovative voice-first experiences.

Prior to joining Amazon, Kate was Managing Director, Intel Australia/NZ where she oversaw a number of significant transitions in the Australian market place. Kate was proud to be awarded the 2016 Alumni of The Year, by the University of Technology Business School. Additionally, she is a board member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the children’s cancer charity, Camp Quality.

JEFF

BRONIKOWSKI

Jeff Bronikowski is Head of Innovation and Senior Vice President, Business Development for Warner Music Group. Jeff has worked in entertainment and media for 20 years, primarily at the nexus of the music business and technology. He was SVP of Business Development for Universal Music Group, General Manager of both AOL Music and Yahoo! Music and also led Corporate Development for The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify).

During a hiatus from music-related endeavors, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer of DailyBurn, IAC’s industry-leading streaming fitness video subscription service and prior to WMG, he was President/GM of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription movie streaming joint venture of Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises.

Jeff graduated from Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is based in WMG’s New York headquarters.

< What the hack is this? > 

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