This weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting another edition of LiveHacks by Stagecast at our Amplify villa.
If you haven't heard of it yet - LiveHacks is a hackathon hosted by one of our incubator companies, Stagecast. During the event, passionate coders, designers and makers come together to revolutionize the way we experience live entertainment. Each hackathon is focused on a different topic and different challenge. This time, it was all about the sound!
The teams of hackers could choose to work either on the “Voice-hack challenge” provided by Universal Music and Telia around Voice Controlled Demands (VCD) and working with Amazon's Alexa or they had the opportunity to work with the Stagecast team and be a part of their revolution of live entertainment events.
Each team consisted of carefully selected and really talented coders, makers and designers but, if needed, they had the support from the Stagecast team and the event's partners - Universal, Telia and ÅF, to help with their business ideation as well as the technical part.
On top of all the necessities like hardware, APIs and very cool light installations, the participants were provided with lots of pizza to keep them going and beers to celebrate after a day full of designing and developing their ideas!
In just 12 hours, the teams have come up with brilliant ideas and solutions to use our smartphones for interaction rather than a distraction before the concert starts - from engaging everyone in a light show to being artists and creating digital drawings together. We were also able to see new ways of how we can integrate Alexa into our daily lives and use the software to create custom playlists based on our current mood or even back up our signing at a party where no one wants to be the first one on the dancefloor.
The best part is, everyone could try out the new interaction tools and in the end, vote for their favorite team through the Stagecast app!
The grand prize went to team Waves (Stefan Lindqvist, Calle Erlandsson, Yuzi Lindsay, Ramon Andres Amezcua & Sourabh Pateriya) who has come up with a way to turn any event into a fun light show by interacting with a light installation. The individual winner was Danning Chen, who were part of creating a great project together with her team with a super positive attitude towards all the problems she was confronted with! Although these were the winners, all nine projects were amazing and the workload behind it was impressive.
The presentations were followed by an exclusive concert by a Swedish artist Arvid Lizell. All the participants got a chance to relax and enjoy fantastic live music after a very long day!