UTA Hosts Hollywood Hackers

Talent agency behind 36-hour 'hack-a-thon'

Move over, Snapchat, there’s a new start-up taking over Hollywood — or at least that’s what UTA and Hollywood Hack Day hope the news will be after the agency plays host to a 36-hour hack-a-thon on July 13.

Now in its third year, Hollywood Hack Day challenges programmers and designers to create innovative projects that connect technology and entertainment. The event is a testament to the fact that the demand for fresh L.A. startups stretches far east of Silicon Beach.

Over 100 developers will descend on the agency’s BevHills HQ ready to brainstorm and code. The event’s API sponsors include Tumblr, Spotify, Rdio, Sonos, Klout and others. Sustenance will be provided by Chipotle, KIND, Popchips, VitaCoco, POPwater and Aquahydrate.

TBWA/CHIAT/DAY, OMD and Nettwerk Music Group are among community sponsors, while SpaceX is on board to sponsor the hack-a-thon’s top dogs with a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of their facility.

Last year, Travis Chen took home first prize for his game, “Typing Karaoke,” which helps people improve their typing skills by having them type synced lyrics to their favorite tunes. Think “Mavis Beacon” meets “Guitar Hero.”

After a day and a half of round-the-clock hacking, programmers will present their original projects to a panel of judges in the hopes of winning cash prizes and valuable exposure. Previous judges have included StartEngine’s Howard Marks and Amplify’s Jeff Solomon.

Hollywood Hack Day was founded by Abe Burns (Head of Digital Ops for Guy Oseary), Ryan Chisholm (Music Manager at Nettwerk Music Group) and Beats Music’s Senior Software Engineer, Rahim Sonawalla.

More Digital

  • Terry Back chairman ACF

    Veteran U.K. Media Investor Terry Back Joins ACF as Chairman

    CANNES — Veteran U.K. film industry investor Terry Back has joined ACF investment bank as chairman. ACF, headed by CEO Thomas Dey, has been at the forefront of the M&A activity around independent TV and film production outfits, mostly in the unscripted TV arena. ACF is in the midst of expanding its activities in the [...]

  • Jay Frank

    Jay Frank, UMG Senior VP and Digital Music Veteran, Dies at 47

    Universal Music executive and digital music veteran Jay Frank died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 47. UMG chief Lucian Grainge remembered him in a message sent to the company. “Dear Colleagues,” it reads. “I’m deeply saddened to tell you that our colleague and friend Jay Frank has passed after a recurrence of [...]

  • Sam-Colby-The-Graveyard

    YouTube’s Sam and Colby Unveil ‘The Graveyard’ Paranormal Series Set in London

    Sam and Colby, YouTube’s favorite DIY paranormal investigators, headed to the U.K. for their next big ghost-hunting project. The duo today released the trailer for “The Graveyard,” a four-part docu-series shot in The Langham – by legend, London’s most haunted hotel – and an abandoned church graveyard. The project is their first international expedition. The [...]

  • Santos Dumont

    Mipcom: International TV Output Picture Changing for U.S. Majors

    The global import-export strategies of the U.S. majors are in flux as the world’s major content companies gather this week in Cannes for the annual Mipcom market and conference. Disney, WarnerMedia and the other handful of media conglomerates that control the vast majority of the U.S. market are in the midst of a radical transition [...]

  • Babylon Berlin

    ITV-Backed Streamer Cirkus to Launch European Drama Service Kritic (EXCLUSIVE)

    SVOD outfit Cirkus is expanding with Kritic, a new service programmed with premium non-English-language drama. The first launch will be in Sweden in December and feature big-ticket shows such as “Babylon Berlin” from Germany and “Gomorrah” from Italy. Cirkus has established itself in the Nordics and German-speaking territories. Kritic will roll out in Sweden before [...]

  • Mama K's Tesm 4

    Time Travel, Child Hosts, Diversity Build in Kids Shows, Says Glance Study

    CANNES —  More or less the only thing that hasn’t changed in Avril Blondelot’s MipJunior presentation of Kids Audience Successes Around the Globe was Blondelot herself. As well as, which she began by reporting, that “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Miraculous Ladybug” – in that order – still dominate the rankings for the [...]

  • Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Stock Recovers From Hong Kong Fallout

    Activision Blizzard saw its stock recover Friday despite continued backlash over its decision to punish a “Hearthstone” player for publicly siding with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The company’s share price was up more than 2% Friday, closing at $54.82. Activision had been in the spotlight ever since Ng Wai Chung, a player of its “Hearthstone” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content