Don't get complacent, San Francisco -- your younger cousin across the Bay is on your trail. Especially when that trail is music technology: Later this month, major Oakland music-tech firms Pandora and Gracenote (which maintains digital song information, among other things) are hosting Hella Hack Oakland, where up to 150 coders, music nerds, and other visionary types will gather to design and build what their hosts hope will be the next big thing in music technology. [Insert obligatory complaint about the overuse of the word "hack" here, and ... okay, we're over it.]
The event starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Pandora headquarters in Oakland, and runs until 5 p.m. the next day. Up to 150 people will convene in teams to "help rethink the way people discover, enjoy, and share music." Says the website: "Web, mobile, software, hardware, it's all fair game. Don't forget to add a local Oakland/East Bay flair!"
On Oct. 1, finalists from the Hackathon will present their projects before a panel of judges from places like Rdio, Dolby, and more at the SF MusicTech Summit. The winners will receive $1,000 -- and, of course, bragging rights forever. Runners-up will receive other cool stuff like iPads and Rdio subscriptions.
If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, head over to Hella Hack Oakland and register for the free event.