Take part in the Sónar+D Innovation challenge, Datathon edition! Supported by FuturePulse.

We are very happy to announce that the FuturePulse platform will be exploited during this year’s Sónar+D Innovation Challenge (SIC)! SIC is an accelerated innovation program based on creative technology and open collaboration between companies and top international talent, which helps companies to quickly innovate in topics that directly impact their business; to find the right talent in the way and to create forward-looking projects. Companies propose challenges to the creative community and collaborate to produce disruptive innovation proposals and present them at the main stage of Sónar+D.

This years’ challenge, with a ‘datathon’ format, has been posed by the music analytics platform FuturePulse, an EU-funded project that draws on data from the most popular social media services, streaming services, music monitoring services, and, combined with machine learning and advanced analytics, predicts trends in the growth of songs, artists, genres, playlists and more.

The Challenge: Predictive Analytics for the Music Industry              

Early detection of trending artists is the ‘holy grail’ of the music industry. To this end, the selected teams will be tasked with creating models and solutions for identifying early popularity trends in music (artist, songs and genres), and for predicting how trends will develop or evolve, in specific demographics or influence groups.

Participants will be asked to:

  •  Use available data from the FuturePulse platform’s API to identify trend signals in up and coming songs, artists or genres. These could be based on music consumption data, social media activity or a combination.
  •  Consider factors that could influence this ‘tipping point’ in specific social groups or demographics.
  •  Deliberate on how these models could be incorporated into existing digital service providers’ APIs and user interfaces.

Applications can come from anybody with a focus on the following professional roles:

  • Data Scientist or Machine Learning Expert
  • Back-end and/or Data Engineer
  • Front-end Engineer
  • UX/UI Designer and/or Researcher
  • Biz Dev / Marketing / Music Business Expert

Two teams of 5 people will be formed and the team that presents the most innovative and interesting outcome will be rewarded with a 1.500€ cash prize, with all selected applicants receiving Delegate Passes for Sónar+D 2021.

Following the application process, the challenge will run for two weeks from November 2nd, with all the teams receiving mentorship and support from the FuturePulse consortium.  The results will be presented in a public online event on November 18th.

The call is now open until the 23rd October. Good luck!

Apply here!

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