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 series which applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.

At each HAMR, attendees focus on developing a new research idea, potentially collaborating with researchers from other institutions. HAMR hammers are awarded by popular vote for the project with the best code, documentation, and research direction. The provides a fun, noncompetitive incentive to work hard. Each participant is also encouraged to document their results on an online "proceedings" wiki for posterity. HAMRs typically last for a weekend, and are often scheduled in conjunction with a conference. For updates, questions, and suggestions, please join the hamr-discuss Google group.

Upcoming HAMRs

Past HAMRs