HAMR Philly 2014


Hackathons and hack days have proven to be an effective way for entrepreneurs 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. HAMR Philly will provide 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 Philly will be held at the ExCITe Center of Drexel University. The space provides an ideal setting for hackathons, having hosted many events of this type since its inception. The event is sponsored by ExCITe, the MET-lab and the Drexel University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Previous HAMRs


The wiki page for the HAMRPhilly2014 Proceedings can be found here.


HAMR hammers were awarded for the following categories:


  • March 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday)
  • The event will start at 11am on Saturday and conclude on Sunday at 5pm, a more detailed schedule will be announced soon
  • Currently we are not planning to make this an overnight event, if there is critical mass to do so, we will! Contact me.


  • 11:00 AM - Registration, Coffee, Brainstorming
  • 12:00 PM - Pitch hack ideas and form teams
  • 1:00 PM - Lunch, Commence Hacking
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner
  • 7:30 PM - Continue Hacking
  • 11:00 PM - End of Day 1


  • 9:00 AM - Breakfast, continue hacking
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 2:00 PM - Hacking Ends, prepare presentations
  • 3:30 PM - Hack Presentations and awarding of the HAMR hammers
  • 5:00 PM - HAMR ends


HAMR Philly will be held at the ExCITe Center located at 3401 Market St. It is a short walk from 30th St. station which is served by Amtrak and the local public transportation service SEPTA. There is a stop on the Market-Frankford line directly next to the

View Larger Map


Registration is open at Eventbrite! Join the HAMR Google Group to receive updates about the event.