Hackathons and hack days have proven to be an effective way for entrepeneurs and hobbyists to spend a concentrated period of time doing preliminary work on a new project. However, most hackathons have an emphasis on prototyping commercial applications using technology from the companies who sponsor the event. HAMR (Hacking Audio and Music Research) is an event which applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals. Following the success of HAMR at Columbia 2013 and HAMR In the Woods, HAMR 2014 provided a space for individuals from various institutions, backgrounds, and experience levels to test out novel ideas as opposed to finishing a polished project and paper.

HAMR 2014 was held immediately following NEMISIG 2014 from January 25th-26th 2014 at the newly opened Studio@Butler at Columbia University. The event was organized by LabROSA and was supported by the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Documentation of the work done at HAMR 2014 can be found on the proceedings page.


HAMR hammers were awarded by popular vote in the following categories:


Saturday, January 25th

4:00 PM - NEMISIG 2014 ends
4:30 PM - Introduction and project pitches
5:00 PM - Hacking begins
7:30 PM - Dinner served

Sunday, January 26th

12:01 AM - Hacking continues overnight
9:30 AM - Breakfast served
1:00 PM - Lunch served
5:00 PM - Hacking ends, presentations begin
6:00 PM - Prizes awarded, HAMR ends

Mailing list/contact

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