Hackathons Are Eating The World


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The first hackathon was held in 1999, and had 10 developers. Nowadays, hackathons like TechCrunch Disrupt and PennApps draw over 1000 hackers. There are hackathons happening almost every day, in cities all over the world. The themes of these hackathons range from music, television, mobile development, security, civic hacking, education, tourism, and almost anything you can think of.

Gracenote has been participating in hackathons all over the world. This presentation talks about the growth of hackathons, and the involvement of our developer program and API evangelists. It was presented at The State of Music Discovery event in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb 18th, 2014 (http://www.gracenote.com/events/musicdiscovery_japan2014), on the week of the first Music Hack Day in Tokyo.

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Hackathons Are Eating The World

  1. 1. Hackathons Are Eating The World Ching-Wei Chen (@cweichen) Director, Gracenote Developer Program 1
  2. 2. Hackathons are… 2
  3. 3. Hackathons are… ○ Usually a 24 hour event where hackers are challenged to create something from scratch ○ A chance to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible with technology ○ Where developers can learn how to use new tools and APIs ○ A place for people to meet people, make friends, and have fun! 3
  4. 4. The first “hackathon” in 1999 had 10 hackers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon4
  5. 5. TechCrunch Hackathon 2013 1200 Hackers 5
  6. 6. Dreamforce Hackathon 2013 US$1,000,000 Prize 6
  7. 7. There are hackathons everywhere, all the time, for every cause 7 From http://hackerleague.org
  8. 8. There are hackathons everywhere, all the time, for every cause 8 From http://hackerleague.org
  9. 9. There are hackathons everywhere, all the time, for every cause 9 From http://hackerleague.org
  10. 10. 10 From http://hackerleague.org
  11. 11. 11 From http://hackerleague.org
  12. 12. This hack was made in 24 hours by students 12 http://spruceapp.herokuapp.com/
  13. 13. This hack sold to Microsoft for US$80M 13 From TechCrunch Disrupt 2010, http://groupme.com
  14. 14. Gracenote @ Hackathons Hackathon to build the “TV of Tomorrow” 14
  15. 15. Gracenote @ Hackathons First live music hackathon in SF 15
  16. 16. Gracenote @ Hackathons Largest hackathon event in Japan 16
  17. 17. Gracenote @ Hackathons The largest music hackathon in the world, since 2009 17
  18. 18. Music Hack Day Tokyo First Music Hack Day in Japan Feb 22-23 @ THE TERMINAL Harajuku 18
  19. 19. Gracenote API Evangelists ○ Gracenote evangelists will be on-site to help hackers build with our APIs ○ Best hacks using our API win prizes like portable speakers, quadcopter drones, and hackable robots. ○ We may also build some hacks of our own 19
  20. 20. https://developer.gracenote.com 20
  21. 21. Gracenote Hacks Fuwari ○ Mood-based playlisting app with beautiful iOS7-inspired design ○ See what moods your Facebook friends are listening to ○ Winner of TechCrunch Tokyo Hackathon 21
  22. 22. Gracenote Hacks defCOMM ○ Multi-player game for Pebble watch, created at AT&T Developer Summit ○ Capture songs using Gracenote Music Recognition API ○ Battle players around the world for ownership of songs 22
  23. 23. Follow us on Twitter for all our hackathon updates @GracenoteDev 23
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