Friday, March 14, 2014

Slash announces winners of inaugural Slashathon hackathon

Slash has announced the winners of the first-ever artist-focused hackathon, “Slashathon”, which took place in Austin, Texas on Wednesday during SXSW.

Slashathon is a hackathon where developers were to create applications and technology within a 12-hour period. The music-oriented Slashathon offered developers a unique challenge to create solutions for artists to engage their communities for an album release.

Winner of the first prize was Slash TV, allowing any user in any place to create a rock video for a new album from any mobile phone within 30 seconds. On a mobile device it's hard to film a video, but music stickers are a way to make a video more compelling. With Slash TV, you're able to promote an experience with stages and digital stickers to record your own rock video.

The Slashathon Grand Prize included a Gibson guitar autographed by Slash, $1,000 dollars, and the opportunity to have the guitarist use the winning hack with the release of his new album, coming out later this year.

"Thank you to all the developers who put forth their best efforts in record time for the first-ever Slashathon," said Slash. "It was all brilliant. I'm looking forward to doing this event every year."

The second-place prize was Pretune. As an artist, you don't have time to spend marketing new songs, so the app would automatically promote your album and have the crowd reveal the song bit by bit. Fans can unlock the song progressively by logging in with Twitter or providing their email address.

The third-place prize was Crowdroar, an app that provides real-time feedback from the stage on how people are reacting to songs you never played before via a loudness meter that shows up on a Google Glass display.

Slash has been in the recording studio lately working on his third solo album, the follow-up to 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love.”

See also:

VIDEO: Slash in the studio part 3
Slash and more to launch Jimi Hendrix postage stamp with free SXSW concert
VIDEO: Slash in the studio part 2
Slash not interested in a Guns N’ Roses biopic
Search Slash at hennemusic