The first weekend of February marked the third edition of Stagecast LiveHacks – a hackathon for coders, makers, designers and artists. All of them come together at Reaktorhallen and spend the day in the majestic hall 25 meters below the ground, working on solutions to revolutionize the way we experience live entertainment events. Fun fact- Reaktorhallen was the first nuclear reactor hall of Sweden.
LiveHacks is organized and hosted by Stagecast, one of the music-tech startups powered by Amplify Sweden. Stagecast aims to use technology to bring attention back to the moment instead of being a distraction. The startups’ goal and the purpose of this hackathon is to create innovative interactions for concerts and other live entertainment events – and have fun while doing it of course!
In a more and more digitalized world, the computer becomes and essential part of the creation process for most of the musicians out there. Live events are not immune to the changes that come along with new technologies and they are getting transformed.
During the hackathon, 11 teams of creatives worked on solutions to allow the performers to engage with their audience during, and after the event. After a day of really hard work, we were able to see and test these ideas ourselves. Instead of being just an audience, we became participants. From interactive solutions to turn every dance floor into a democratic one by allowing the audience to vote for their favorite songs to technologies allowing us to make sounds and be a part of the show – we were presented with some awesome ideas!
The grand prize went to the team of Stefan Lindbohm, Lucas Grönborg, Jack Nutting, Daxin Xiao and Charlie-Camille Thomas. The talented group of designers, coders came up with a way to integrate the audience into the show by displaying colorful animations representing every person in the crowd.
The most creative project, voted by the audience, was awarded to Ali Semi Yenimol, YENİMOL, Roisatul Azizah & Johanna Nordlöf. They came up with a way to combine technology and dance – and make it fun! Their project turns every dance floor into an epic one by displaying projections imitating moves of the crowd on the screen.
Everyone had the chance to try out the winning ideas when the psych-pop band Phogg performed after midnight.
We’re looking forward to the next edition of Livehacks and creating amazing things together!
text: Konstancja Lanowy
photo: Robin Bogdahn
While most widely known for Spotify, a multitude of music tech companies have emerged in Sweden. The Nordic Tech List database includes 37 companies headquarters in Sweden that are related to the music industry. A recent article from Di Digital showcases several of Stockholm's hottest music tech companies including Epidemic Sound, Soundtrack Your Brand and Amuse.
Companies like Spotify, Soundtrack Your Brand and Epidemic Sound have provided the foundation for a rich music tech ecosystem in Sweden and are able to help foster the growth of the next generation of entrepreneurs. Co-founder of Soundtrack Your Brand, Andreas Liffgarden and co-founder of Epidemic Sound, David Stenmarck are also co-founders of Amplify, Sweden's first music tech incubator, launched in 2017. At Amplify both Andreas & David use their combined 30 years of music industry experience to coach promising early stage music tech companies.
In November, we headed to Helsinki for Slush Music!
Here's what we were up to:
Amplify Coverage at Slush Music:
(Photos by Julius Konttinen & Karl-Mikael Cakste)
Monday, December 11 marked the final day of the first ever Amplify & Sting Test Drive MusicTech. Modeled after Sting's Test Drive program, Amplify Sweden provided the unique perspective of music business to the Test Drive program. Out of numerous applications, 10 companies were chosen to participate in Test Drive MusicTech with teams ranging from 1 to 4 people. Participants spent 5 sessions working with tech and music industry experts to kickstart a music & tech related idea. In order to immerse the participants in Stockholm's music tech scene, the sessions took place at 3 different locations: The Amplify Sweden Villa, Stockholm Music City House & Sony Music Sweden.