Hack24 API Challenge
This Spring, on the 2nd and 3rd of May, 7digital are proudly sponsoring a new hack day, set up by the Tech Nottingham community – Hack24.
During this 24 hour coding competition, teams of 4 compete to win exclusive prizes, by showcasing their innovative ideas and raw tech talent!
Set in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, this will definitely be an exciting Hackathon to be a part of! The challenge: Build a context-based or thematic music application, service or store using the 7digital API augmented with data or APIs from at least one other source.
Context is key to the new wave of music applications. All you can eat music or massive download catalogues are hard to navigate and only let people discover what the retailers think they should. With the onset of wearable technology, open access to contextual data from the internet of things and the general increase in availability of processable data, we can now inform decisions in real-time based on the context in which that person, action or event exists.
Imagine that your music choices could be informed by the weather, or the city you’re currently in, or the fact that your friends are all talking about the latest band. What if your music app knew you were running, or cycling, or dancing? Consider that you might want to only listen to rock, or classical, or Christian music or music from bands formed in Nottingham. We have 32 million available tracks to play, but you’ll not want to listen to all of them (that’s about 369 years of listening) so picking themes is important, and playing them based on the listeners current situation makes them even more important.
The 7digital API allows you to search, list by genre, purchase, preview and stream from our worldwide music catalogue. Couple this with another API or data source, using our partners like MusicBrainz, our matching API, or by combining another API through text searching, and you should be able to create something unique.
This is TBC, (we’re keeping you on your toes, but you’ll be impressed we can promise you! Previous prizes have included Meridian Explorer Analogue Converters and other exciting, hi-tech, music swag, so stay tuned!
We’ll be keeping our blog updated with all things HACK 24, over the next two weeks. Hope you’re excited as we are?!