Bristol students put their heads together for BBC Radio 6 Music hack event

Issue date: 11 February 2016

A collaboration between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol has enabled students and young people from across Bristol to get together and draw on the power of music and technology at an exciting 'hack' event, part of The Fringe supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival.

Hosted in At-Bristol teams will compete to develop technology or social enterprise ideas incorporating music to bring people together to help address real issues facing young people in Bristol. They are supported by experts and industry professionals from Bristol and BBC Technology.

On Thursday, an intense Music Hack Night with DJ Krust sets a challenge to coders against a strict three hour time limit. Organised by Simpleweb, teams will bring their ideas to life in just one evening, before presenting prototypes and concepts.

The three day event culminates on Friday evening with a prize presentation event. Student and professional teams will showcase their proposals in front of a judging panel which includes UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, At-Bristol, Gregg Latchams Solicitors, Ujima, Simpleweb and BBC experts.

Mhairi Threlfall, Enterprise Development Manager at UWE Bristol says, “This social hackathon is a great way to bring students from the two universities together to start to solve local social problems through the power of music. It also enables students to develop and hone key enterprise skills such as team working, commercial awareness and using initiative. At UWE Bristol, this is just one of many activities we offer our students in order to get them work ready.”

The leading ideas can be seen on the Big Screen on Millennium Square from Monday and will also be showcased across BBC Radio 6 Music - so tune in for more information about this and all the other 6 Music Festival and 'The Fringe' events.

For more information, see the At-Bristol website.

The Fringe supported by BBC Radio 6 Music festival has an exciting range of events taking place across the whole city and UWE Bristol Music Technology students will be busy recording sessions at many of the main venues. Fast turnaround of recordings will mean that performances from the BBC introducing stage (St Nicholas Market) on Friday night will be on air early Saturday morning on BBC 6 Music.

Music Technology students from UWE Bristol have been involved with many broadcast events from 'Springwatch' to 'Any Questions' but this is the first time that so many have been deployed over one weekend to record so much music – over 35 hours of music across six venues. Martyn Harries*, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, says, “Our students are valued and respected by my former BBC colleagues and have been involved in recording BBC Introducing sessions for over two years. Their extensive technical knowledge combined with their creativity and musicianship means that they have a skillset suited to many roles within broadcast audio as well as the wider music and computer games industries. We put great emphasis on real world collaborations and partnerships across the whole of our degree programmes. We have a partnership with BBC Radio and Music Operations, as well as links with the music industry through our JAMES accreditation.”

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