Hip-Hop Hacks

The Mixtape Museum exists because of my desire to preserve rare DJ analog recordings, by digitizing and organizing them in a database. Realizing this couldn’t be done without modern technology, I decided to learned SQL, the programming language for relational database management systems. I became so immersed in coding that it turned into a paid gig and I began to dedicate time mentoring high school students through an organization called All Star Code (ASC). ASC is a non-profit initiative that is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech indusrty. They provide students with mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science.

In October 2015, I was volunteering at a hackathon (1), hosted by All Star Code and Young Hackers, when the students broke into a cipher. Some had prepared lyrics right before, others spit off the top of their heads, both students and mentors participated. No, I did not! I filmed it, watched it over lunch and began day dreaming about what a hip-hip hackathon would look like.

Later that evening I got an email from Esther, fellow hip-hop head and girl who codes, and member of the Young Hackers. We bonded during the day over a game of Coup and 90’s hip-hop. I pitched her #HipHopHack, she pitched it to the Young Hackers, they loved it, and the rest is history!

Hip-Hop Hacks happened on April 2 and 3 at the Spotify offices in Chelsea. We teamed up with Adam November and Jonathon Marmor of  Monthy Music Hackathon. The event was a success, bringing in over 600 people throughout the weekend.

Talks were delivered by:

Tony Prendatt Carter – Producer & Sound Engineer (Eminem, Dr. Dre, The Notorious BIG and more.)
Matt Daniels – Creator of Polygraph and The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop
Martha Diaz – Founder of the Hip-Hop Education Center
Michael Wiggins – Director of Education for the Urban Arts Partnership
Keegan Carter and Davon Robinson– Founders of MOOR Games

Hip-Hop/Music and Code/Tech workshops offered:

The Genesis Of Hip-Hop To Now with Martha Diaz, The Hip-Hop Education Center

Cache Rules Everything Around Me: Hip-Hop Journalism In The Information Age by Manny Faces, Founder, The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy

How To DJ with DJ Neil Armstrong and Hercules/Thrustmaster

DJ 101 with DJ Zay and DJ Zander

Lyricism/Songwriting by Oxymorrons

Protecting Your Work: Patents, Trademarks, And Copyrights by Lindsay Rodman, Associate, Cowan Liebowitzm & Latman and Serge Krimnus, Patent Attorney, Mauriel Kapouytian Woods, LLP; Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School

Build A Personal Website In Html & CSS by Saeed

Hacking In Arduino by Adam November, Monthly Music Hackathon

Intro To Javascript & Twilio: Creating A Website That Calls And Texts Your Phone by Mamadou & Surendra, Young Hackers

Cross Platform Development With Intel Xdk: Ios and Android Apps with Vince Randolph

Intro To Object Oriented Programming & Swift: Gotta Code’em All with Make School

  1. What is a hackathon? A hackathon is a gathering of brilliant, creative people with kick-ass entrepreneurial spirit building apps and websites together. The process looks like: network, brainstorm, eat, create, oops, try again, repeat, until there is a complete idea or project to present. Sound fun? A little geeky? It is!
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