Sónar+D Open Call: Take part in the Sónar+D Innovation challenge, Datathon edition
The Sónar+D Innovation Challenge (SIC), co-organized by the Music Technology Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra is the platform for rethinking the future of creative technology, based on the open collaboration between companies and talented creators from different fields. Companies propose challenges to creators and collaborate to produce disruptive prototypes to present them at Sónar+D.
This years’ challenge, with a ‘datathon’ format, has been posed by the music analytics platform FuturePulse, an EU-funded project that draws on data from the most popular social media services, streaming services, music monitoring services, and, combined with machine learning and advanced analytics, predicts trends in the growth of artists, genres, playlists and more.
The Challenge: Predictive Analytics for the Music Industry
Early detection of trending artists is the ‘holy grail’ of the music industry. To this end the selected teams will be tasked with creating models and solutions for identifying early popularity trends in music (artist, songs and genres ), and for predicting how trends will develop or evolve, in specific demographics or influence groups.
Participants will be asked to:
Use available data from the FuturePulse platform’s API, to identify trend signals in up and coming artists. These could be based on song position movement, social media activity or a combination
Consider factors that could influence this ‘tipping point’ in specific social groups or demographics
Deliberate on how these models could be incorporated into existing digital service providers API’s and user interfaces
Applications can come from anybody with a focus on the following professional roles:
Machine Learning expert
Backend and/or Data Engineer
Front end Engineer
UX/UI Designer and/or Researcher
Biz Dev / Marketing / Music Business Expert
Two teams of 5 people will be formed and the team that presents the most innovative and interesting outcome will be rewarded with a 1.500€ cash prize, with all selected applicants receiving Delegate Passes for Sónar+D 2021.
Following the application process, the challenge will run for two weeks from November 2nd, with all the teams receiving mentorship and support from the FuturePulse consortium.
The results will be presented in a public online event on November 18th.
The call is now open until the 23rd October. Good luck!