Hella Hack Oakland

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From Green Day and Too Short to Dave Brubeck and MC Hammer, Oakland and the East Bay have played a major part in the evolution of punk, hip hop, jazz and other popular music. 

In addition, Oakland and the East Bay have witnessed breakthroughs in music technology with many of today's top music tech companies calling the region home

As a celebration of music, technology, and the rich history of Oakland and the East Bay, Gracenote and Pandora have teamed to host the first ever music hackathon in Oakland! Hella Hack Oakland welcomes all music lovers, code wizards and people with big ideas to come build the next generation of music applications and technologies. 

When: Sept 28th-29th, 2013, from 9am on Sat till 5pm on Sun. 

Where: Pandora HQ Office, 2100 Franklin Street entrance, Oakland, California. 

Public Transportation: Pandora is conveniently located 2 blocks away from the 19th Street BART station in Oakland. To find your best route, visit http://www.bart.gov/stations/19th/directions.aspx

Parking: If you are driving, there are several parking lots in the surrounding area: http://www.douglasparking.com/Fox_Theater.226.0.html

Getting In: All visitors must be on the RSVP list to get into the building. Even if you're planning on "just stopping by", you will need to RSVP to get on the list.

Registering: We are no longer accepting RSVPs. If you have already RSVP'ed, please come early as admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and RSVP does not guarantee admission if capacity is reached. 

Theme: Build something that helps people discover, enjoy, make and share music! Web, mobile, software, hardware, it's all fair game. Don't forget to add a local Oakland/East Bay flair!

Prizes: Finalists will be chosen to present in a special session at the SF Music Tech Summit on Oct 1st, where one team will be chosen to receive the Grand Prize of $1000.

Other prizes include:

  • VIP tickets to Treasure Island Music Festival
  • Kindle Fire HD's
  • Rdio subscriptions
  • iPads
  • Oaklandish swag, and more!

See the wiki for the full list of prizes from our partners. 

Wiki: http://hackathon.io/hella

Twitter: @HellaHack, #HellaHack

Media Partners:

HypebotOakland Local


Saturday, Sept 28th

9:00AM Registration and Breakfast, Music by DJ "Kendra K"
10:00AM Welcome from Pandora and Gracenote
10:15AM API & Partner Presentations
10:15AM - KALX 90.7FM Berkeley
10:20AM - Dolby
10:25AM - The Echo Nest
10:30AM - Feed.fm
10:35AM - Gracenote
10:40AM - Mashape
10:45AM - Open Oakland
10:50AM - Parse
10:55AM - Rdio
11:00AM - SendGrid
11:05AM - 2.Oakland
11:10AM - Impact Hub Oakland
11:15AM Hack Idea Pitch Session
11:45AM Team forming, brainstorming, Q&A with API partners
12:15PM Lunch, Music by DJ “Hurricane Lorraine”
1:15PM Hacking Begins!
6:00PM Dinner, Music by DJ "Fish"
7:00PM Hacking continues

Sunday, Sept 29th

9:00AM Breakfast, Music by DJ “Poindexter”
10:00AM Hacking continues
12:00PM Lunch, Music by DJ “Citizen Zain”
1:00PM Wrap things up (prep for presentations, AV tests)
2:00PM Hacking finished!
2:30PM Hack presentations
4:00PM Break for judging
4:15PM Awarding of prizes
5:00PM That's all, folks!
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