Designed to foster innovative ideas and bridge the gap between content creators and the tech community, this 2- day Hackathon will bring together software developers, acclaimed producers, songwriters, and influencers in a challenge to incubate new waves of music-related products, services, and content. 

All participants will have access to the state-of-the-art Capitol Recording Studios and a catalog of UMG audio streaming tracks.

  • Sandbox License: Developers will have pre-cleared access to 14k UMG audio streaming tracks. Winners are eligible for an 8-month Innovation License for continued access to our sandbox. Artists included in this catalog include old and new, and cross genre:
    • Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Hans Zimmer, Andrea Bocelli, John Williams
  • Blue Note: We will also be opening up select assets from our digitized archives to developers, in a challenge to build an immersive catalog experience:
    • Tape transfers + tape box scans, Production Masters, Mix Reels including out-takes, Photo session scans. Art flat scans + illustrations, Music Videos/Session Videos


EVENT FLOW *subject to change

June 2

  • 10:00AM API, Supporting Sponsors Set Up
  • 11:00AM - 12:45PM Hacker Registration
  • 11:00AM - 1:00PM Office Hours - API Sponsors
  • 1:00PM Welcoming and Introductions
  • 1:05PM Artist Pep Talk
  • 1:10PM Introduce Mentors
  • 1:15PM Title Sponsor Presentation
  • 1:20PM API Presentations (2 Mins each sponsor)
  • 1:35 Creative teams break off into Studio A Mixing Room, Studio B Mixing Room, Studio C Mixing Room, and 12th floor writing room
  • 1:35PM - 2:10PM – Idea Pitches
  • 2:15PM Teams Form & Hacking Begins – API support + Mentor Office Hours begin.
  • 5:00PM Break Refresh - Coffee break refresh, light snacks and drinks (creative teams will be hosting demos with developers inside the Studio A mixing room during this time)
  • 7:30PM - 8:30PM Dinner
  • 8:30PM - Hacking continues overnight


June 3

  • 7:30AM Breakfast
  • 9:45AM Presentation Pitch Practice Begins
  • 12:10 PM Cut off Hacking and build run of show
  • 12:15PM -1:00PM LUNCH
  • 1:00PM Judges Arrive
  • 1:00PM Doors open for audience
  • 1:30PM Intro. Presentations Begin (one minute presentations. one minute question for software developers)*** 2:55PM Presentations/ Judging Cease HARD STOP
  • 3:00PM- 3:15PM Judges Deliberate. Creative teams showcase of their finished content pieces
  • 3:15PM - 3:30PM Sponsor/ API Prizes & Finalists Announced and Presentation + Awards
  • 4:00PM Mixer – Capitol Courtyard


  • Participants: Individuals (over 16 years in age)
  • Countries: United States

Hackathon Sponsors


$19,008 in prizes

Grand Prize

$2000 for first place winner

Runner Up

$1000 for runner-up

The ConsenSys Choice Award

ConsenSys to award grand prize team with 5 Ethereum

Cloudinary Challenge (3)

2 Prizes of $1068 value*
1-year Cloudinary Plus plan awards to the teams chosen for their most creative and best implementation hacks that use Cloudinary API'

LeanSquare Accelerator at Wallifornia MusicTech

Invitation to LeanSquare’s Accelerator program at Wallifornia Music Tech awarded to grand prize winner. Bonus: Flight for 1 person + 2 Wallifornia Pro Tickets

TiVo Choice Award (2)

2 TiVo Bolt Boxes to be awarded to the team that makes best use of TiVo's metadata

Best Use of Microsoft Technologies (3)

4 Bose Headphones awarded to the team that makes best use of Microsoft Technologies

Gener8tor Final Round Interview

A final round interview to participate in gener8tor’s 12-week Accelerator program with up to $90k in financing

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dion "No I.D." Wilson

Dion "No I.D." Wilson
Grammy Winning Producer and EVP of A&R at ARTium / Capitol

Michelle Jubelirer

Michelle Jubelirer
COO of Capitol Records

Don Was

Don Was
President of Blue Note

Rishi Patel

Rishi Patel
Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Plus 8 Equity

Lilly Kam

Lilly Kam
Senior Product Manager at

Gérôme Vanherf

Gérôme Vanherf
COO & Program Director, LeanSquare

Tuhin Roy

Tuhin Roy
V.P. New Digital Business, UMG

Christine Cao

Christine Cao
Agent, ‎Paradigm Talent Agency

Judging Criteria

    Points awarded on a scale from 1 to 10, for each of the following equally weighted criteria: (1) Creativity; (2) Usefulness; (3) Technical Depth; and (4) Integration of Sponsor’s Assets.

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