Young Hackers and The Mixtape Museum Host Hip-Hop Hacks on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd at Spotify in NY
Young Hackers and The Mixtape Museum team up to host Hip-Hop Hacks, a two-day hackathon for high school students to explore technology’s role in hip-hop and how the genre inspires technological innovation.
New York, NY, March 15, 2016 – Teen programmer incubator Young Hackers and hip-hop archival initiative The Mixtape Museum in partnership with Monthly Music Hackathon have joined forces to host a free, hip-hop themed hackathon titled Hip-Hop Hacks. The 2-day event will take place at Spotify’s New York City office where high school students will study the elements of hip-hop, participate in code and music workshops, network with other students, and learn from music and tech executives.
Exploring how technology has immersed itself in the hip-hop and music community, the goal of Hip-Hop Hacks is to showcase how important technology and hip-hop are to one another. Since its inception in the early 1970s, hip-hop culture has been one of the most important forms of expression for youth.
The drive, the motivation and the processes are similar to the path of a tech start-up or entrepreneur. The culture has been on the forefront of new technology, from the turntable and the microphone to music distribution mediums such as vinyl, compact cassettes, mp3s and now applications and algorithms.
“We want to encourage youth to create technological innovations that will impact the future of music,” says Regan Sommer McCoy, Founder, The Mixtape Museum. "For many students, Hip-Hop Hacks will be an entry point to a career path in tech that they never imagined was possible."
Sommer met Young Hacker founders Austin Carvey and Mamadou Diallo as a mentor at a Young Hacker event. The idea came to her when students started to freestyle about code. “I asked one of the students what they thought of the idea to partner up with the Mixtape Museum. And here we are,” she says.
Austin and Mamadou, 17, met during All Star Code’s 2014 Summer Intensive, a program that prepares young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry. After attending Monthly Music Hackathon at Spotify, they wanted to plan their own. Having never done so before, it wasn’t until “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. came on during a planning session that their “dream” was realized.
"It's nice to have a niche," Mamadou says in his interview with CNN Money. “When I was first introduced to All Star Code, I wasn't really aware of the lack of diversity in tech. But after visiting many of the big tech firms, you start to realize it. That's why giving kids like myself access to coding education early is so important.”
“I like coding because of the freedom it provides and I want to help other people see how free the world can be for them,” adds Austin. “Helping others make this realization has been my main motivation in planning hackathons with Young Hackers.”
Company’s supporting Hip-Hop Hacks on April 2nd and April 3rd include The Hip-Hop Education Center,The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy, Minds Behind the Music, Born in the Bronx, Rhymes Over Beats, Today's Future Sound, Genius, Microsoft, Ventev,Playster, Beat Making Lab, SESAC, Loop Labs, All Star Code, Maple Syrup & Co., SittinOnMusic, and Wix Music. There will also be a special performance by alternative hip-hop group Oxymorrons.
Young Hackers is an organization of high school students that exist to empower the next generation of programmers. Based in New York City, we aim to bring together high school students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in technology and programming. We organize collaborative events where students can learn, connect, and build. For more information please visit www.younghackers.us.
About The Mixtape Museum
The Mixtape Museum (MXM) is an archive project established to collect, preserve, and share knowledge related to mixtape history.
The MXM is devoted to advancing public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and impact mixtapes have made around the world. While encouraging the research of mixtapes as records of time, place and situation, it will also examine the individuals that have shaped their existence. Through exhibitions, technology, publications, symposia, collaborative projects, and other partnerships, our aim is to create an environment that encourages dialogue between scholars, music professionals, and enthusiasts on the mixtapes various functions in society. For more information please visit www.mixtapemuseum.org.
About Monthly Music Hackathon
At Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, composers, hardware tinkerers, and others spend the last Saturday of each month hacking together projects exploring music. At 8pm we have a concert and presentations of the art, technology, and research developed that day. It's open to everyone. Please come participate or observe. For more information please visit, www.monthlymusichackathon.org.