The Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame artist Slash is heading to music week in Austin during SXSW 2014 to launch Slashathon, the first-ever artist-focused hackathon. Powered by Geeklist, Slashathon is a hackathon where developers create applications and technology within a 12-hour period. The music-oriented Slashathon will offer developers a unique challenge to create solutions for artists to engage their communities for an album release.
Slashathon will take place Wednesday, March 12 at Capitol Factory (701 Brazos St., STE 1601, Austin, TX).
The Slashathon Grand Prize includes a Gibson guitar autographed by Slash, $1,000 dollars, and the opportunity to have Slash use the winning hack with the release of his new album, coming out in late 2014. The judges for Slashathon will be Slash himself, Bram Cohen, chief scientist and founder of BitTorrent, and Ben Parr, co-founder and managing partner, DominateFund.
Register for the Slashathon at: www.slashathon.com. SXSW badges are not required to participate. APIs available to developers to build with include Aviary, Dolby, Leap Motion, Gimbal, Raspberry Pi, Codio.io, Elasticsearch, Mad Mimi, Yellow API and Lob. Furthr.la, and Geeklist will provide mentorship for all participants.
Wednesday, March 12
@ Capitol Factory, Austin
8:30 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m.: API presentations
10:00 a.m.: Hacking begins
1:30 p.m.: Lunch
7:00 p.m.: Presentations
A pioneer in blending tech and music, Slash launched his first two music apps "Slash360" and "Slash AmpliTube", to promote the "Apocalyptic Love" album (2012) featuring his band MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. The critically acclaimed album "Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 rock radio hits — "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun" — and stormed onto The Billboard 200 chart at No. 4, marking the top rock debut for that week. Last year, Slash also partnered with the Swedish company Rovio — creator of the popular mobile game Angry Birds — to create a theme song for the "Angry Birds Space".
Slash and his band are currently in the studio working on a new album, to be released in the fall of 2014.