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Microsoft Reactor, SF


May 19th-20th, 2018


Free Food, Drinks, OCULUS GO and Xbox One X!


Calling all Virtual Reality gurus and emotional beings to join forces for a weekend of hacking and collaboration. Hosted by a joint effort from ARVR Academy and the innovative new AI music startup, Melodrive, we're looking for forward-thinking developers to join us to hack emotions in interactive media (VR/AR/MR/Gaming).

We've lined up leaders in the interactive media community, including experts in interactive story-telling, cognition, AI and music, to share their expertise on how to create and/or evaluate emotionally-driven experiences.

Hack Awards

No Hackathon would be complete without free gadgets! In addition to the free food and drinks, we'll be giving away an Oculus Go(sponsored by Melodrive) and Xbox One X(sponsored by Microsoft) for specific hack challenges, as judged by our speaker panel.

Our speaker line-up is:

Panel Moderator

Amy LaMeyer

Amy LaMeyer

VR AR AI Start-up Investor, Advisor | Creator @ EnteringVR.net

Amy LaMeyer currently invests and advises start-ups in VR/AR/AI on strategy development, business modeling, marketing plans, fundraising and network connections. This includes mentoring at Boost VC and the Women in XR Venture Fund. She has also worked with ARVR Academy, Variable Labs and Maiden Voyage Productions’ Just Like Me But Different. To enable others to learn about VR/AR she created EnteringVR.net and has written articles published in Virtual Reality Pop.

Special Guest from Microsoft

Tom Butcher

Tom Butcher

Principal Engineering Manager, Audio + AI for Mixed Reality

Tom Butcher, a Principal Engineering Manager in the Mixed-Reality group at Microsoft, has dedicated his career to building experiences fusing AI, machine learning, information retrieval, design, and art as well as building teams and investing in talent. Tom also is an accomplished musician and owns a small business in Seattle called Patchwerks focused on synthesizer retail, education, and community.

Private Alpha

If you're interested in giving Melodrive a try, sign up below for our private alpha program!

Hackathon Schedule

The hackathon will take place over a 2-day period. The hacking portion will be just over 24 hours, and will be fueled with food and drinks.

Here is a tentative schedule.

Melodrive is an AI adaptive music solution for visual experiences. Whether in a virtual world, a video game, or in your custom-made video, Melodrive provides an AI soundtrack that adapts to the emotional journey of your content.