Last weekend, I went to London to participate in the Music Hack Day.
This particular hackathon is growing with a very fast rhythm. Consider what follows, for example: my very first MHD was Barcelona in October 2010, and from that moment I had the opportunity to partecipate in three other editions (New York, San Francisco, and another time in Barcelona) and to be among the public during the Cannes’ edition. That, and I also managed to skip another twos. After less than three years since the entire initiative started, it has demonstrated a relentless pace in proposing new events and building a community of music hackers (more on that later).
Spotify App Store, and MXM’s hack
I think one of the main themes during this MHD was the recently announced Spotify App Store. Most appropriately, a group of Spotify developers was present at the conference, which proved to be an inestimable source of help and encouragement during the 24H sprint.
In fact – after all, I’m a musixmatcher – we spent the weekend working on a lyrics app. I think the aim of such a project is obvious, anyway here a screenshot.
I’m not sure where next MHD will be. There will be a new “proof of concept” during Midem early in 2012, and I heard about another full-fledged edition in Amsterdam soon. I have the feeling, also, that Dave Haynes, our über-organizer, is almost flooded with cities offering to host next MHDs. That’s good news.
I think the majority of the attendants are employed in companies operating in the digital music ecosystem, but I also met many “solo” developers simply attracted by the coolness of the event. More importantly, I can’t help but seeing people helping each other and collaborating even if they’re not coworkers or members of the same masterplan to conquer the music industry. In other words, a true community is growing.
I’m not sure what’s the best way to keep nourishing this community: certainly there’s no shortage of opportunities to meet, but I think more can be done on the online part. Food for thought.
- My Music Hack Day London hack (musicmachinery.com)
- Spotify, Kinect and more: The best hacks from Music Hack Day London (thenextweb.com)
- Spotify Apps Dominate London’s Music Hack Day (wired.com)
- Music Hack Day London 2011: a developer’s view (guardian.co.uk)
- Building a Spotify App (musicmachinery.com)