San Francisco is about to get invated by music tech this weekend. First out is Music Hack Day San Francisco, premier for the 24 hour music hacking event on the West Coast. Music Hack Day was started in London last summer, and has since then been held in Berlin, twice in Amsterdam, Boston, and Stockholm. Read my previous coverage from Stockholm event and you’ll catch the vibe (Photos).

The list of attending companies offering their API’s is impressive even this time, put together by Dave Haynes of SoundCloud, Paul Lamere and Elissa Barrett of Echo Nest, and Daniel Raffel of Yahoo!.

Paul Lamere told me that the event is fully booked, having around 85 hackers out of over 200 applicants to attend, many of them travelling in to join the local music hack scene. Whereas music discovery was a popular theme at the Stockholm event, this time we can expect to see music apps for a new kind of devices, such as the iPad, Boxee, and the Android, to be built along with new music mashups and devices.

Paul added: “Perhaps the most pervasive common theme is that people want to come to the event with an open mind, hoping to meet like-minded souls who are obsessed with hacking on music to bounce ideas of off, to collaborate with and to be challenged by.”

That encapsulates perfectly my experience from Music Hack Day Stockholm.

Boxee will also be joining with its API, giving away a Boxee Box to the best music application that runs on the Boxee, and Brian Ellin, Product manager at Twitter, will give a sneak peak at Twitter Annotations.

For those of you who can’t join Music Hack Day San Franscisco, there’s a chance to catch the Music Hack Day winners at SF MusicTech Summit taking place the next day, Monday the 17th. Both Paul Lamere of Echonest and Eric Wahlforss, Co-founder of SoundCloud will be speaking. Check out coverage and pictures from the last year’s event.

Music Hack Day San Francisco
When: 15th – 16th May, 2010
Where: Automattic Lounge, Pier 38, San Francisco, CA
Dying to get to hang out and see the final demos on Sunday night? Register here!
How to follow the event: Twitter#musichackdayLive stream and coverage

SF MusicTech Summit
When: 17th May, 2010, 9am – 6pm + cocktail party. Happy Hour Sunday, 16th May, 5pm – 7 pm
Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, make some music!

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