Rating: Lucky developers get to spend 48 hours in Cannes
Gosh – another piece of news with a music slant is the announcement that there will be a midem Hack Day at the midem show in Cannes, France. [Lucky blighters – not Barcelona, then]. Actually it should be called a Hack weekend because it takes place between Saturday 28th – Monday 30th January . The event will bring together 30 developers from around the globe who have just 48 hours to conceptualise, collaborate, and build a brand-new generation of applications. The opportunity to pitch ideas to these hackers is open to all midem participants such as artists, labels, managers or those involved with new technologies. The deadline for submitting ideas 4th January 2012. The best ideas will be picked out by the organisers of the Music Hack Day. Interestingly the ideas don’t have to be web, software, hardware, or mobile. Anything goes as long as it’s music-related.“Over the past two years, Music Hack Day has created an open sandbox and playground for developers to prototype and build new music apps using an array of new platforms, APIs and technology,” explained Dave Haynes, one of the organisers of Music Hack Day.
The difference is that the modem Hack Day weekend, “Provides the perfect bridge between these events and the wider international music industry.”
The benefits of these hack days are illustrated by the fact that last year  ten apps were invented including I’m a big fan for Windows Phone 7 (W7).
This app was designed with educating you fast enough tofake your way through being an artist’s biggest fan, even while you’re on your way to their show.
To do all of this, it uses Last.fm and MusicBrainz to figure out which songs are most likely to end up on the setlist, plus SongKick for venue information, and MusiXMatch for lyrics.
Sadly, GoMo News couldn’t find it on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
If you want to take part in the midem Hack Day event as a developer, you can apply here.