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image from www.hypebot.comOften overshadowed by San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Oakland and its surrounding area remains home to Pandora, MOG and Gracenote.  Over the weekend, 70 hackers from all over California to joined together for us for the city's first ever music hackathon

The 70 participants were split into 20 groups with 20 hacks at the final pitch.  Of the 20 hacks, the panel of judges chose two favorites while the audience voted online for the “viewer’s choice.”  A third of the hackers stayed overnight and feverishly wrapped up their hacks for 2:30pm presentations to a panel of judges. 

All three hacks will head to SF Music Tech tomorrow, October 1 to pitch to another panel of judges.  The winner will be crowned the king of Hella Hack Oakland and receive the $1,000 cash prize. 


From left to right: Oscar Celma, Ching-Wei Chen, Seth Piezas, Shashi Jain, Alexandre Passant

Judges’ Pick: Guilty Pleasure


Hacker: Shashi Jain

Concept: We all have a guilty pleasure playlist.  Whether it’s N*SYNC or Miley Cyrus, we all have a few songs and artists that we only listen to alone.  Guilty Pleasure is an iOS app that lets you listen to your guilty pleasure songs (like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen), but makes it look like you are listening to a cool indie track on the lock screen. If someone wants to check, you can quickly switch the song to the less embarrassing song.

Judges’ Pick: Video Machine

Hacker: Seth Piezas

Modern mobile devices have more computing power than the computers used to create Jurassic Park. Video Machine turns your mobile device into a full-featured music video production platform, with real-time filters and other effects.  

Viewer’s Choice: Hella Bar

Hackers: Oscar Celma and Alexandre Passant

Concept: Whether on business travel or looking to find a new bar in your ‘hood, Hella Bar recommends bars, restaurants and cafes that fit your musical taste. By signing in with Facebook, it learns your musical tastes based on artists you like and then recommends locations from Yelp that match your style.

Final judges include:

  • Jerry Harrison, Musician
  • Josh Constine, TechCrunch
  • Mike Grishaver, Pandora
  • Stephen White, Gracenote
  • Steve Jang, SoundTracking
  • Whitney Phaneuf, East Bay Express 
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