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10:30am Check-in

11:00am Opening Ceremony (Delayed to around 11:30am)

11:30am Hacking begins

11:30am Music Visualizer Workshop

12:30pm Lunch-Break

5:30pm Music Lounge

7:00pm Dinner

9:00pm Hacking ends

9:15pm Judging begins

10:15pm Closing Ceremony


Open to all majors! You don’t have to be registered for Music Hacks to attend.

Intro to Spotify - Tuesday (4/11) 7-9pm in GDC 5.302

Join Freetail Hacker’s Creative Director, Bongani Mbigi, as he delivers a crash course on working with the Spotify API through the Spotify Web Console. We will explain how to access Spotify content, such as Artist Info, Spotify Rankings, and Music Previews. Bongani will also touch on how to interact with User Data, including viewing user info and playlist creation.

Hackathon 101 - Wednesday (4/12) 7-8pm in GDC 2.216

If you’re nervous about going to your first hackathon, worry not! We will have a panel of hackers who will share their experiences and tips on how to survive the 12-hour marathon. The panel will consist of:

Daniel Lorea - Computer Science major
During his freshman year, Daniel set a goal to earn a job at Google. His hard work paid off and he landed an internship with the tech giant during the summer following his freshman year.

Megan Weijiang - Biochemistry major with a CS certificate
Megan recently attended WiCS hacks, where she developed a web app using flask, twitter, and the IBM Watson API. Combining these technologies, she was able to extract emotional information from queried tweets. At other hackathons, she has worked with Unity and developed Alexa skills using a variety of APIs.

Jeff McMillen - Graduated with degree in Music and Music Composition
Jeff specializes in creating audio content, such as music or special effects. During the last four years, he has leveraged his skills to participate in a diverse set of Game Jams.

Yuriy Minin - Electrical and Computer Engineering major
Yuriy is the Lead Director of Freetail Hackers. Why not get advise from the master mind behind Music Hacks himself?

Intro to Web Audio - Thursday (4/13) 7-9pm in GDC 5.302

Ever utilized the Web Audio API? Never heard of it? The Web Audio API is an interface that allows playback and routing of audio in the browser. Come learn how to build a DJ mixer, with Vue.js and the Web Audio API, from Mason Bourgeois.

You will need to be accepted into Music Hacks to attend these workshops (in the SAC Legislative Assembly Room):

How to Build a Music Visualizer

Slides are here.

Intro to iOS Music Dev

Intro to Android Music Dev

Music Lounge: A Nontechnical Place

Frequently Asked Questions

"What is Music Hacks?"

Music Hacks is a 12-hour hackathon. We’re bringing music and tech together. This is your chance to make that sight-reading app or the next Guitar Hero! Sign up for the raddest code jam of your life.

"What is a hackathon?"

A hackathon is a magical event where students spend hours and hours building an idea into reality. It's about learning new things and coming up with creative solutions with technology. We know this sounds a little mysterious, so why don’t you come and find out what we’re all about?

"Who can attend?"

Any college student can join if they are over 18 years old! This includes undergraduates and grad students. Music Hacks will be on Saturday, April 15th. The event will start at 11:00 AM and conclude at 11:00 PM

"Why come to Music Hacks?"

Whether you’ve never been to a hackathon or are a hackathon wizard level 500, we welcome hackers at all levels of experience. For hackathon newbies, we’ll host workshops to help you figure out a potential project (music visualizer, anyone?). As always, we’ll have mentors to help answer any questions!

"What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?"

Please email us at [email protected] if you still have any questions! We will be happy to answer them.

"When is Music Hacks?"

Music Hacks will be on Saturday, April 15th. The event will start at 11:00 AM and conclude at 11:00 PM

"Any rules?"

All code must be written at the event. You can't demo something you didn't build. Don't talk about Fight Club. All attendees (hackers, supporters, mentors, volunteers, etc) must abide by MLH's Code of Conduct.

"What should I bring?"

Yourself, your valid university ID, a form of ID proving you are over 18 years old, a laptop, chargers, or anything else you might need within the 12 hours. Firearms, weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, and power tools are not allowed. Smiles and high-fives welcome.

"How much money will this cost me?"

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Gratis. It's free. Freetail Hackers provides students with WiFi, meals, swag, workspace, and prizes for all of our events, including Music Hacks!

"How do teams work?"

Teams can be up to 6 members. If you don't have a team, check out our Facebook group for attendees. Joining a team of new friends is the best part of a hackathon.

"Who are the Freetail Hackers?"

We’re a group of UT Austin students who love organizing hackathons for the community. We also love going to them. If you enjoy both of these, you should join our team.

"Feeling nervous?"

We are, too. Let’s get through this together though! ♥ If you don’t have a ton of confidence in your coding skills, that’s okay. We bring in super helpful mentors to guide you along and help you debug at ungodly hours in the night. There’s also a Hackathon 101 workshop if you’ve never gone to a hackathon and want to see what you’re getting into.

"Don't have a team?"

You can find a team on this online board. Look for projects you’re interested in, post your own ideas, or share your skillsets so you can find a potential partner! We will also facilitate team formations at the start of the event. Don’t be shy!

"What do I do when I get there?"

You’ll check-in at our help desk. We’ll give you a wristband which will grant access to food and swag. From there on out, you can decide whether you want to attend a workshop, look for a team, or start hacking!

"What are the prizes?"

The winning team will receive automatic admission to HackTX and spicy unique trophies!

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