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David WE Hack

This weekend, we celebrated the inaugural company-wide hack weekend called WE Hack (Weekend Hack).

The aim of WE Hack was to spend a Friday and Saturday outside of the office to bond as a team and to learn. Listen to Hannes, who explains how WE Hack came to be:

We kicked off Friday morning with everyone pitching their hack ideas and getting their team in shape, here’s an audio snapshot with a selection of teams explaining what they’re building.

Here’s a selection of 20 hacks that were built during the weekend:

  1. Toybox: a toddler’s toy built on Arduino and Raspberry Pi able to play back custom SoundCloud sounds in reaction to the physical world.
  2. Never Ending Story (We Hack 2012 winner): the age-old kid’s game: start a story and pass it on. You just hear the last part and you create the next one. Hacking content!
  3. Soundifyificationizer: turns text into music by mapping groups of characters to MIDI notes for melody and drums.
  4. H.O.V.A: “We build a “HOVA” hovercraft and it is hovering badass! Here’s our blog
  5. StreadCloud: memefy our Chief Architect Sean Tradway. Includes voting and is powered by Redis & Clojure
  6. Ruly: R U Lost Yet gives your friends and map with audio-powered step-by-step directions
  7. Graphiz: a visualization of connections on SoundCloud
  8. Deutsch Dienstag: an English-German phrasebook. Click an English sentence to hear the German translation
  9. BunnyStall: revive the NabazTag! Take the NabaztagHackKit and build custom Applications for u Bunny!
  10. SoundCal: allows users to add SoundCloud tracks to a calendar via the artwork widget
  11. Foodbaby: a website that let’s you collect your favorite recipes via an “Eat Later” bookmarklet. Once you cooked the meal you can connect the recipe to an Instagram photo of the dish.
  12. Desmond: we ported the Android SoundCloud app to Google’s new experimental media streaming device, the Nexus Q.
  13. Day In Sound: a day in the life of a SoundClouder in 2015
  14. SoundChain: a Chinese whispers like app where you record a sound and send it to someone to continue and eventually make into a chain of sounds.
  15. TweetSpeak: allows you to speak your own tweets. Pick your best tweet, record it, and post it to Twitter.
  16. Wedoc: we documented the weekend by creating audio interviews and montages and by building wehack.sc.
  17. Lunchbox: a mobile app enabling SoundCloud staffers to meet for lunch
  18. Message In A Bottle: short message broadcasting with anonymous replies. Think of anonymous twitter.
  19. The Passion Project: gathering stories of individuals sharing their passion with the world
  20. Screen Printing Workshop: we learned how to screen print our own We Hack tshirts (thanks to our friends at Etsy Labs in Berlin!)

Visit wehack.sc to relive the weekend in reverse chronological order and see our Facebook Page for more photos of the event.

Want to be part of next year’s WE Hack: we’re hiring and you should totally join our team http://soundcloud.com/jobs

Special thanks to Betahaus for providing the We Hack location and to Prinzessinnengarten for hosting us for after-hack drinks.

Extra special thanks to the team responsible for making WE Hack a reality: Hannes, Mathilde, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Matthias, Thom and Alex.

 

David Music Hack Day, Music And Bits & Amsterdam? FTW!

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If you’re into hacking, music and Amsterdam, this one’s for you. Our friends Edial & Roel who just recently relocated to Berlin are co-organizing the Music & Bits conference in Amsterdam on Wednesday, October 21st. Pre-conference to the Amsterdam Dance Event, Music & Bits is merging music & technology and will also be the forum for the next Music Hack Day.

The program looks great and the list of speakers that will participate in both the conference and the Music Hack Day sounds exciting: Anthony of the Hype Machine, Matthew from Last.fm, Brian from The Echo Nest, Andie from RjDj and Dave & Eric from team SoundCloud will be joined by hackers from all across Europe to prototype awesome new projects on top of the companies API’s in just one day.

The event is free, if you haven’t registered yet and want to do so, click here.




David Updated: Announcing Music Hack Day in Berlin

Mark your calendars and join us for a full weekend of hacking during the first German Music Hack Day on September 18/19/20 at Radialsystem V in Berlin.

In July, a group of more than 200 music techheads gathered at the Guardian offices in London for an overly successful first Music Hack Day. After a long night of coding, about 30 new websites, projects, instruments and software saw the light of the day – we’ve blogged about a bunch of them before: Citysounds.fm, the iPhone Music Visualiser and SoundDrop. Click here for more hacks from that night.

So now it’s time to get everyone together in one of the world’s most important cities for music: Berlin. We want hackers to code and music companies to showcase their API’s and products people can hack on and hopefully at the end of the weekend we’ll see a whole lot of new music awesomeness.

Confirmed partners so far: Ableton, De:Bug, Tape.tv and of course us.

The event is totally free and non-commercial and we would like to keep it this way. We’re still looking for companies interested to sponsor breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as soft drinks and some beer. If you’d like to contribute, please contact us. Any help is greatly appreciated and will ensure that every participant can attend at no charge. Here’s what’s open and what’s already covered:

Registration is free and is limited to 150 participants tops so please register early and let us know how you’d like to contribute. The venue will be open 24 hours and you can stay overnight and hack thru the night.

We’d like to thank the entire teams of all2gethernow, newthinking communications and Music Hack Day for all their help making this possible.

Photo credit: Radialsystem V