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David The SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit

We spent this past weekend with our first 9 of 10 SoundCloud Community Heroes in the San Francisco office. We had a blast. Let’s start with the beginning:

Back in February we called for your applications to become a SoundCloud Hero in your city. With the Heroes program, we’re building a network of local ambassadors who want to help us on our mission to unmute the web. After selecting the first set of five and bringing on board the next set of five, we flew the group to San Francisco to spend the weekend with us and to dive into SoundCloud’s history, future and the different ways they will help us on our mission. We had tons of fun, which also included some impromptu collaborations at our final dinner on Saturday night. It was great having the chance to spend time with community members from all parts of the US.

Let’s listen to the Heroes introduce themselves after we wrapped up the Summit. We will be introducing the newest five heroes this week and the next on the blog so be on the lookout for that:

We covered quite a few topics and one of the highlights was seeing the Heroes define the program’s Guiding Principle. It was a fascinating session and great to feel the incredible amount of energy, dedication, passion and engagement our Heroes showed throughout the day. Here’s the SoundCloud Heroes Guiding Principle, spoken by our Heroes and edited by Matt, Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero:

And here are some snapshots from the weekend.

Thank you, Heroes, for making this weekend an amazing one.


David Turn Your Sound Into An iPhone Case With Shapeways

What happens when two creative communities join forces? They create The Vibe which lets you turn your favorite SoundCloud sound into a 3D-printed iPhone case.

Listen to Shapeways’ Community Manager Ana and I talk about The Vibe at SXSW in Austin last week:

Want to touch the first sound you ever created? Want to carry your child’s first words around with you every day? No matter which sound you care about most, The Vibe by Shapeways lets you keep it in your pocket *and* protect your iPhone at the same time. Pretty rad.

Shapeways created a super straight-forward way for you to print your sound as an iPhone case. Head over to our App Gallery to access the app, connect your SoundCloud account and select your sound:


Be quick to take advantage of the special offer and print your favorite sound for $19.95 (excl. shipping and taxes).

If you’re getting your own Vibe, make sure to tweet at us with a picture or let us know in the comments.

Thanks to the Shapeways team for making this possible.

Jane New Community Program: SoundCloud Heroes

The varied contribution in the community of now more than 10 million SoundClouders around the world keeps blowing our minds every day. We’ve seen so many different ways you’ve all made an impact in one way or another: whether they’re through meaningful connections formed, experimental collaborations, offline or online evangelists and supporters. The spirit of community has always been at the heart of who we are. In the past, some of you have stepped up as leaders within the community. To us, you are heroes and we’ve got something for you. Welcome to our new Community program: The SoundCloud Heroes. With the SoundCloud Hero program, we’re building a global network of local offline & online volunteer SoundCloud ambassadors.

Who are we looking for? You’re an inspiring connector, communicator and leader in your community who gets things done. You understand SoundCloud’s mission to unmute the web with all forms of audio. You see sound as the missing element on the web for expressing yourself. You’re enthusiastic to support SoundCloud’s mission on a local level with a global impact.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Local user collaborations
  • Speaker series (e.g. spoken word nights at your favorite local cafe)
  • Sound theme events and “missions” that can be collaborated with the other local SoundCloud heroes
  • Or simply grabbing some brews with other local SoundClouders at a meetup

Whatever great and impactful ideas and goals you have in mind that are specific to expanding the SoundCloud community in your city, we want to help you! We’ll provide you with guidance to help you on your way. To say thanks, we’ll hook you up with some sweet swag, some of which includes:

  • A trip to meet and work with our team in either San Francisco or Berlin
  • Limited edition t-shirts
  • Official cards with your name on it
  • Supply of pins, stickers and t-shirts
  • More surprises to be added throughout the year!

Where? We’re starting our search for heroes in US metropolitan cities like Austin, San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. If you’re not in one of these US cities or outside of the US but think you can still bring the SoundCloud game to your city, let us know where you’re at and why you’d make a great hero. Don’t worry! We’ll be in touch when we’re ready to expand the program throughout the year.

How do I apply? Apply here. The SoundCloud Community Team will review all applications and choose people we feel will best represent SoundCloud in their local communities. The program will be ongoing and we’re not limiting the number of SoundCloud Heroes in each city. Good luck! If you have any questions, reach out to heroes[at]soundcloud[dot]com