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Canadian Music Week Announces First Annual 'Hackathon' Event

Canadian Music Week Announces First Annual ‘Hackathon’ Event

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TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) — As Toronto gears up for Canadian Music Week next month, organizers for the event announced that plans for a new event as a part of the annual confab – the first Canadian Music Week Hackathon.

Taking place May 8 – 9, 2018 at Brainsights in Toronto, the Hackathon will be held as a part of the Tech and Innovation Summit and will invite developers, designers, and makers to compete to creative tech solutions to challenges within the Canadian music business.

Hackathon participants will develop a plan and pitch their ideas before diving into the competition using the Muzooka API. Each team will create a working prototype and demonstration within the allotted time.

After the 24 hours, teams will demo their creations to a group of industry judges and the top winners will then present their hacks on May 9 to an audience at Canadian Music Week, where the final prizes will be awarded.

Competitors will be judged by Jay Rosenzweig, CEO of Rosensweig & Co., Jodi Kovitz, Founder & CEO of #MoveTheDial, Greg Nisbet, CEO of RadioMogul by MEDIAZOIC, David Dufresne, Partner at Panache Ventures, Roger Chabra, CIO of TribalScale and Shawn Wilson, CEO of Muzooka, a digital asset management company who will be opening their API for the contest.

Travis Laurendine, who has run multiple Hackathons for SXSW, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, The White House, The Super Bowl and others, will be the host and facilitator, event organizers said.

“Since Muzooka is already providing all the artist assets for CMW 2018, using their API was a perfect fit for our Hackathon competition,” says David Hazan, Head of International Partnerships at CMW.

Additional sponsors and partners include Capitol Innovation Center, Cloudinary, Canadian Musician, Devpost, Brainsights, Beanfield Metroconnect, Hacker Noon, and RadioMogul by MEDIAZOIC.

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