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Waves Vienna Music Hackday 2016

30 Sep + 1 Oct 2016, Waves Festival Centre @ WUK Vienna

The Waves Music Hackday took place for the very first time in 2015 and was a full success! It gathers people around music & technology, with very diverse backgrounds: whether you are a musician, artist, hacker, developer, thinker or hobbyist creator – join this hack day and meet other creative people to spin your ideas around the future of music & technology!

The spirit of the Waves Music Hackday is to get your heads together in teams to create new ideas – and build them on the same day! What you create is quite open - anything goes, as long as it is related to music!

A few examples:

  • create a new musical instrument
  • hack that new music app that you always wanted to have
  • make a platform to engage artists and audience
  • work on a musical performance
  • make an engaging tool for audience interaction at live concerts
  • combine software with hardware, hack those Arduinos, Raspberrys and Sonic Pi's
  • build on MusicBricks tools, combine & remix them to create something bigger
  • make wearable audible fashion
  • or simply create something mind-blowing that the world has never seen before ;-)

You may find some inspirations from theWaves 2015 Hackday and other Music Hack Days (but of course we don’t want you to copy those :-). There are prizes to win in several categories! Come and hack with us!

Official Website and registration (closed): http://www.wavescentraleurope.com/waves-music-hackday/


FRI 30. SEP: Kick-off & Tool Presentations 18:00 - 20:30:
– Ultrasonic Audio Technologies
– MOD Devices: Step onto the future with MOD Duo
– IRCAM: Sound Music Movement Interaction (R-IoT, RapidMix, skat-VG)
– Musimap's human and AI based music recommendation API
– Plux: BITalino – A DiY biosignals (r)evolution
– A Tour of Deezer Developer Tools
– Europeana Sounds: Identifying genres in musical heritage
– GiantSteps: Music Analyisis and Composition APIs
– MusicBricks tools and hacks from MusicTechFest
– Announcement of Challenges and Awards

You don't want to miss this - get to know the people and the tools to hack with!

Kick-off and Tool Presentation Slides

SAT 1.OCT: HACKDAY 9:45 - 20:00:
– 9:45 - 10:00 Welcome & Ideas Presentation
– 10:00 - 18:00 Hacking
– 18:00 - 18:30 Jury Session
– 18:30 - 20:00 Final Presentations & Awards

Resources and further links:


We propose 5 challenges for the Waves Music Hackday 2016, with prizes to win. Find out more here.

Tools & Guides:

We provide quite a large number of Tools such as Software, Hardware, Gimmicks, APIs etc. Find out more here and get links to further resources.


Submission of your hack must be done before 18:00 on Saturday Oct 1 on: http://www.hackathon.io/waves-vienna1! Please create an account on hackathon.io as early as possible.

Hacks and Winners:

Find the Winners and Hacks of the 2016 hackday here.

Impressions from 2016:

Official Facebook page of the Waves Hackday 2016
Photos on Flickr of the Waves Hackday 2016 (by Thomas Lidy, Alex Schindler and Oliver Hödl)
Photos on Flickr of the Waves Hackday 2016 (by MOD Devices)
Facebook Photo Gallery by Mascha Peleshko (motherbot.at)
Article by by Mascha Peleshko on motherbot.at (in German)
Blog post about the hack and experience on Waves Hackday by Mickaël Arcos from Deezer
Video about Waves Vienna Music Hack Day by Europeana Sounds

Impressions from 2015:

To get a glimpse of the hackday, here is a video and some photos from the Waves Vienna Music Hackday 2015:

Visit our facebook event to get more impressions!


The Waves Vienna Music Hackday 2016 is organized by

Organizing Team: Thomas Lidy (TU Wien, GiantSteps, Musimap), Alexander Schindler (TU Wien, AIT, Europeana Sounds), Andreas Rauber (TU Wien), Peter Knees (JKU Linz, GiantSteps), Richard Vogl (JKU Linz, GiantSteps), Oliver Hödl (Uni Wien, TU Wien), Joris Pekel (Europeana Sounds), Wulf Gaebele (Red Bull Music Academy, GiantSteps)

We thank our Sponsors and Providers:

With kind support from MOD devices, MindTecStore, Musimap, Ultrasonic, Deezer and bitalino.