From last month's Outside Hacks, the first-ever hackathon associated with Outside Lands Music Festival, to the annual SF edition of Music Hack Day, San Francisco has certainly established itself as a leading force for ingenuity in the burgeoning music tech space. As a destination for developers, programmers, tinkerers, and their ilk, worldwide, some of the most notable (no pun intended) music-related services - including Rdio, Eventbrite, and BandPage - call the city their home.
However, on the other side of the Bay Bridge, an equally dynamic movement exists with companies such as Pandora and Gracenote paving the way for digital music's future. They're hosting the first Oakland-based music hackathon, Hella Hack, on the weekend of September 28-29 for developers, designers, and idea people to create new breakthroughs in technology; whether it's hardware, software, wearable, web, or mobile, it's all fair game. Special consideration will be given to those that incorporate "local Oakland/East Bay flair."
Participants will present their projects on Sunday evening and the finalists will get the chance to showcase their product during a special session at SF MusicTech Summit on Tuesday, Oct 1, in front of music industry experts, investors, and more. Passes for the 14th installment of this premier music and technology conference are still available for purchase.
To register for Hella Hack Oakland, visit this link. Attendance is free for everyone, but space is limited and tickets tend to sell out quickly at these types of events.