From the phenomenon of BarCamp culture and Yahoo's own Open Hack Days, hack events have spread through the worldwide tech community at fantastic pace, bringing together people with passion for building new toys, experiments and enhancements, embracing the data open on the web. Working alone or forming teams, people find software bugbears to fix or look for something altogether new and inspiring. One of the more recent and strongest developments in hack culture is the emergence of industry-specific events, such as last weekend's Boston Music Hack Day, the fourth Music Hack Day (and first in the U.S.).
Given its specific subject matter, Music Hack had focus, expertise, and passion at an intensity you would not find otherwise. Organizers struck a good balance between hacking time and presentations. We ran workshops early, giving crash courses in the APIs and technologies of the event supporters, and the three panels brought together an awe-inspiring array of developers andRead More »from Report from Music Hack Day: Boston