SXSW Spotlight: Guns N’ Roses’ SLASH Links Up with Geeklist for SLASHATHON

By on March 16, 2014
SLASH poses with the creators of SLASH TV, winners of the SLASHATHON at SXSW 2014. (Photo Credit: Mario Villeda)

SLASH poses with the creators of SLASH TV, winners of the SLASHATHON at SXSW 2014. (Photo Credit: Mario Villeda)

OnStage Magazine has an official presence at SXSW this year. On Wednesday, March 12, we attended SLASHATHON: the first-ever artist-focused hackathon, where teams were challenged to develop new music promotion technology in a period of twelve hours before presenting a live demo. The entire event was covered on Livestream.

Presiding over the panel of judges was legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist SLASH, along with BitTorrent’s Bram Cohen and Microsoft/Rackspace pioneer Robert Scoble. The event was hosted by Geeklist, a global community of tech developers.

First place went to SLASH TV, which allows fans to create music videos for new albums on their cell phone. Runners-up included Pretune, which reveals a new song in increments based on levels of fan engagement, and Crowdroar, which provides real-time feedback on crowd decibels during a show.

Winners took home $1000, a Gibson guitar signed by SLASH, and the opportunity to have SLASH use their tech in promotion of his upcoming album.

SLASH made a second appearance on Thursday, March 13, performing alongside other guitar greats in a tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Butler Park.

 

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