Introducing the first annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship, presented by AT&T U-verse with GigaPower, where world-class hackers and designers will have 24 hours to create new tech innovations in the music space for artists, industry, and fans. The SXSW Music Hackathon is FREE and open to the public (with approved RSVP below), and will take place over a 24-hour period beginning at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12th until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13th at the Hilton Austin Downtown, with the Championship Awards Show to follow on Friday, March 14th.

Using their programming know-how and our collection of music-tech APIs, teams will have 24 hours to work on their prototypes and compete for the AT&T Grand Prize of $10,000 plus a grand prize package; 2nd prize of $2,500 and 3rd prize of $1,000. The Hackathon Championship Awards Show will be held on Friday, March 14th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM at Austin Ballroom in Ballroom D, Austin Convention Center with a huge afterparty to follow.

Judges will include Alex Ebert (frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Jermaine "Mack Maine" Preyan (rapper and President of Young Money Ent.), James Williamson (guitarist for The Stooges/Electrical Engineer) and Stephen White (President of Gracenote). Following the awards, join the winners for an after-party featuring a supergroup of artists.

To participate in the first ever SXSW Music Hackathon Championship, please RSVP at http://sxsw.com/music/hackathon . All interested hackers and designers will be reviewed and contacted regarding their selection to participate. (SXSW badge registration is NOT required to participate, but encouraged.)

The Music Hackathon Championship is proud to have AT&T U-verse with GigaPower as the event’s presenting sponsor. Further sponsorship and API support comes from Tech Open Air Berlin, Beats Music, Choose Digital, Warner Music Group, Gracenote, Rdio, Senzari, The Echo Nest, Spotify, and more.

Produced in coordination with Travis Laurendine of CODEMKRS.

SXSW Music Hackathon Championship
When: Wednesday, March 12th - Thursday, March 13th, 2:00PM - 2:00PM
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown

SXSW Music Hackathon Championship Awards
When: Friday, March 14th, 6:00pm (afterparty to follow)
Where: Austin Ballroom in Ballroom D, Austin Convention Center