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88Nine Labs present Hack MKE Music

Hack MKE Music

On June 9 and 10, 88Nine Labs, presented by Northwestern Mutual, will host its first hackathon of 2018, inspired by the announcement ofBackline, which is an accelerator for musicians in the Milwaukee area.  The hackathon will take on challenges to help the local music scene with booking, performance & creation, engaging with fans, distribution and more.

88Nine Labs invites coders, designers, and musicians to collaborate on these challenges to help musicians, venues, and the entire local music scene from Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 10. You can RSVP for the Hackathon here.

All projects and Intellectual Property built and developed at this event belong completely to the teams. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage attendees to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their work.


*some of these challenges were modified from the recent SXSW hackathon

Creation & Performance

How can technology make the music creation and performance process easier, more innovative and engaging? For example: Is there a way that musicians can use AR to create exclusive content at their shows?


How can technology make the distribution of music and merchandise easier and more affordable for artists? Is there technology that can help an artist reach a bigger audience with their content?

Ticketing & Booking

How can technology help musicians make it easy and affordable to sell tickets to local shows?  How can technology help venues, bookers and musicians make the booking process easier?

Fans & Consumers

How can technology improve the fan’s experience within the local music scene and feel connected to it?

Commerce & Industry

How is money getting to artists and rights holders? Can technology like blockchain help facilitate and manage the process? Can technology help musicians create contracts and get paid from local gigs easier?


How can creators collaborate more easily and more creatively across audio, visual, and immersive fields?


09:00 - Doors Open & Registration/light breakfast 10:00 - Welcome talks, icebreakers, idea formation 11:00 - Hacking Starts 12:00 - Lunch/Hacking 17:00 - Dinner 18:00 - Hacking 20:00 - Wrap up hacking for the day SUNDAY 09:00 - Breakfast 10:00 - Hacking 12:00 - Lunch 16:00 - Wrap up hacking and prepare for show & tell 16:30 - Show & Tell 17:30 - Pizza & Beer Powered by Eventbrite