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Slash Announces First-Ever Hackathon During SXSW 2014 Festival

by Jon Bloggin' Rogo

Slash is heading to music week in Austin during SXSW 2014 to launch Slashathon, the first-ever artist-focused hackathon. 

Powered by Geeklist, Slashaton 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 a record release.

Slashathon will take place Wednesday, March 12th at Capitol Factory (701 Brazos St., STE 1601, Austin, Texas).

The Slasathon 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 record, due for release late 2014. The judges will be Slash, Bram Cohen (Chief Scientist & Founder of BitTorrent), and Ben Parr (Co-founder & Managing Partner, DominateFund).

Register for this event at 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.

Slashathon schedule:

8:30 AM: Registration
9:00 AM: API presentations
10:00 AM: Hacking begins
1:30 PM: Lunch
7:00 PM: Presentations
8:30: Awards schedule