Live Hacks is a regularly arranged hackathon event where Coders, Designers and Makers come together in Stockholm, Sweden to revolutionize the way we experience live entertainment events. Organized by a close group of technology enthusiasts, product designers, music lovers, engineers and entrepreneurs, we passionately believe that big dreams combined with smart technology can change reality to the better. We value having fun through artistic expression and gather people around the same table to jointly co-create. We love well thought-out design and the clash of the digital and physical reality. And we are ready to bring the magic of the digital century to live entertainment events.
LiveHacks is a perfect place to meet people and learn from each other. You will meet likeminded developers and make valuable business connections with some of the hottest companies in the market.
The LiveHacks community is made of people with a common passion for design, music and technology. And who knows? Maybe you will find your future co-founder here!
Be part of the Stagecast developer community - an interaction platform designed to maximize real experiences and minimize phone time. Together we build an IOT platform for entertainment events.
So many awesome projects - we cannot even name them all! The winning team, Christiano Sarmento, Elias Bergström and Somasundaran Vadivelu, accessed the phone's accelerometer and translated movement into projections on stage. The movement of the phones created a pattern which was visualized on a big screen behind the performer. Magic.
The first LiveHacks event took place on the 22nd of April 2017 - 25 meters underground in Sweden's first nuclear hall. We filled the Reaktorhall with coders, designers, makers, light & sound engineers and music enthusiasts who all worked on different challenges. Each team either worked on their own project or chose from a project portfolio. Stagecast provided APIs and frameworks.
Once again: Thank you to everyone who participated in making the day so incredible! A special thanks to our partners and sponsors: Telia, KTH Innovation and Zound Industries!
Since then we hosted a second LiveHacks event on the 9th of September 2017 with 70 participants with 11 mind blowing projects.
The next LiveHacks will happen on the 3rd of February 2018 at the beautiful Reaktorhallen on Drottning Kristinas väg 51, Stockholm (fun fact: Reaktorhallen was the first nuclear reactor hall of Sweden). Today the venue is used for cultural events, organ concerts and for a few classes at KTH. The hack will start at 9am and finish at midnight, and this time a band called Phogg will have a concert at 1am once the hack is done - it is going to be massive! Also, teams who would like to try out their projects developed during the day are more than welcome!
Participants will be divided into teams of five members, where each team will consist of at least three coders and one graphic designer. Teams can choose to work on own ideas regarding how technology can be utilized in a live setting, or on provided hack challenges. This time our dear partners Telia offer an extra interesting project: “How to make a corporate presentation into a rock n’roll show?”, read more about it in the application! Also the performing band Phogg has created a challenge for people to work upon.
During the entire day teams will collect stars for their progress through accomplishing different quests - the team with the most stars at the end of the night will win the grand prize (and hopefully also try out their project during the live performance after the event!)
We will provide you with food, drinks, beer, interesting guest speaker and live music throughout the day. So, what are you waiting for? Apply either as a coder, designer or maker now (last application date is the 31st of January)!
next event: February 3rd 2018 at 9am until midnight Reaktorhallen on Drottning Kristinas väg 51, Stockholm
The ones with the mojo. You are a digital pioneer, creating astonishing visual experiences for audiences. Your sense for aesthetics will not only be needed to make stuff look cool, but also to help focus on the user’s experience. Ideally, you have been working with UI/UX design before.Apply Now
Makers are jokers - passionate tinkerers who love to take stuff apart. You are either an experienced sound or electrical engineer and you love to play around with event tech. We provide you with relevant hardware and you will have a special mentor during the day.Apply Now
1. How does the hack work?
The application closes ten days before the event. Seven days before the D-day we will let the applicants know whether they were accepted. All participants will be invited to Slack, where we put the different participants in their teams so that conversations can start and github repositories initiated.
LiveHacks is ongoing for one full day. We start at 9am and finish at midnight. We will kick off with a short introduction - then the fun begins and teams start working on their projects! NOTE: This time, a concert with the band Phogg will take place after the presentations at 1am, we hope everyone want to stay and enjoy the party with us!
After lunch, it is time for our guest speaker! The guest speaker is usually a pioneer from the Stockholm tech or music industry and shares his or her views, inspires or teaches about a topic of interest.
Besides the project, there will be different quests sent out during the day through the Stagecast app. With these quests, participants can collect points and stars for their teams. Quests are small projects that usually do not have to take more than 20-30 minutes to accomplish.
Towards the end of the night, all teams present their projects on the main stage. Each team has three minutes in the spotlight to show everyone what they have been working upon. Open Bar, dimmed light, live music and mingling afterwards is a promise!
2. What are hack challenges?
Hack challenges are provided projects either by Stagecast or by partnering companies where a problems is framed and suitable API’s are provided. Teams can either choose to work on such a Hack Challenge or on own ideas brought forward by the team.
3. What does it cost?
Livehacks is of course free of charge! Even better: We spoil everyone with great food, beers and snacks.
4. What should I as a participant bring?
Bring your laptop, charger and a warm sweater. Good mood and many ideas are more then welcome!
5. Who are Stagecast and why are you organizing this?
Stagecast is a young, growing Stockholm based startup within the live entertainment industry. We build a live interaction platform for entertainment events and we love to gather creative people to work upon integrating technology into live entertainment events in order to enhance our here and now.
6. Why do I have to agree to your NDA & IP agreement?
The reason why we have the terms and condition which we brought forward together with a lawyer is due to the fact that we open up quite a lot of our API's from Stagecast platform which can be out of great help for teams to access and use when kickstarting their projects of the day. It is simply a way of protecting the IP from someone stealing everything even though the odds are low. Without such agreement we would not be allowed to host the hackathon as we are planning to. We are bound to our partners, investors and sponsors with ND&NC agreements ourselves. These parties make this hackathon happen - without we would have to make the participants pay. However, we want to share our information with the participants as we believe in an open exchange of thoughts, ideas and interactions where everyone has the opportunity to participate. Yet, we need to make clear that participants are not obtaining the rights to use these APIs and frameworks to build a competing business. For your information - we do not want to keep such harsh agreements in the future. As a matter of fact, our APIs are planned to be opened for third-party-developers once the product is launched and we are ready to do so.