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This year I participated in the MIDEM Music Hackday. It was a great experience!
This is the third year the event has been run, but the first time I've participated in a hackday. I attended MIDEM last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but as an introverted hacker at heart, I was happy to spend a chunk of my time this year out of the way of synergies, ARPUs and (most of) the biz-dev stuff, focusing instead on hacking away at an idea I've been toying with on and off for the last year or so.
That idea materialised at the hackday in the form of "Mouzu". It's a pretty simple idea. In it's essence, Mouzu sets out to answer the question "what kind of music do you listen to?" - a question I like to ask people when I meet them, and one that more often than not yields the wholly unsatisfactory response "a little bit of everything". Really? Everything? Swedish Death Metal, Trad Jazz and Nosia? I think not.
The hardest person to design for is yourself. All intuition disappears and you over question every decision.
That's a familiar tale, I'm sure, to any digital company that ever embarked on redesigning their website. For ages, we too have been suffering from this. In the drive for perfection, it's easy to end up not doing anything. So, we decided to do something.
How far can we get from predicting the future by looking backwards? Probably decently far, but I find it more fun to predict the future from sci-fi. If we can imagine it, we're that much closer to making it. This next year might not be the one where you get your flying car or your hover board, but I'd love to be proven wrong there. So, what can we expect to see from the exponential curve of technological progress in 2013?
Hello everyone! I'd like to introduce our latest product, Projecteo.
Projecteo is a tiny Instagram projector about the size of matchbox. It works by projecting light from an LED through a 'wheel' of instagrams developed onto Kodak 35mm slide film. Wheels are replaceable and hold nine images. You turn the wheel to cycle through your images.
Projecteo smashed expectations and hit its Kickstarter goal of $18,000 in under 22 hours.
The campaign has been covered by a range of great press and has even had celebrity endorsements. Highlights include:
“Now this is SICK!!!” - Nick Cannon
“For committed fans of retro photography apps such as Instagram, it could be the ultimate way to continue the retro theme.” - Daily Mail Online
I joined CharityHack over the weekend. It was an awesome hack. I just wanted to say thanks.
To the caterers, who fed us all so well. The mini-burgers were a delight.
To all the hackers who made the place feel full of energy and drive.
To @stefek99, half hacker, half raver, constant source of entertainment.
I'm already looking forward to Charity Hack 2013.