Last week saw the end of the international call for the Barcelona Music Hack Day which is being held for the sixth time in 2015, and for the fifth time as part of Sónar. Once again, many participants answered the call, with nearly 200 hackers from 34 countries entering the process. 80% of those participants are male, although the female presence is increasing from year to year, and it has now surpassed the 20% barrier.
In percentage terms, 88% of the hackers are software specialists, almost 37% work with hardware and about half are musicians, artists and performers. Furthermore, many of them are skilled in all three areas, thereby showing that the profiles of artists who create their own tools, or technologists with artistic abilities, are gathering strength.
The participants come from various fields, but mainly from the areas of creation and development of software and hardware for creative industries, as well as communities of hackers and makers, universities and other educational institutions.
A selection of 100 hackers will be made from among all those registered, and those selected will be challenged to make the most of the 24 hours they will have to create a concept, and develop and implement a prototype so that with a little luck, in a few months, it could be a product with the potential to bring to market, as happened with last year’s winner. This year’s Music Hack Day will place particular emphasis on the use of wearable technology.