Konnichiwa! Our first hackathon in Asia was fun, enlightening, and impressive. Japanese creators had no trouble building awesome hacks on the Spotify Platform.


Here are some of our favorites from the event:

Tokyo Tune Train - Built by Paul Lamere from The Echo Nest, this web game lets you upload or search for a song, and then navigate a busy “beatmap” with the keyboard arrows. Check out the demo video:

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ASCIIVIS is a Spotify app that uses ASCII art to build a realtime visualization.

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StreetMusic for Spotify lets you listen to music through your phone’s earpice, so you can pretend to be on a phone call while walking.

Digroove is a mobile app that recommends events and artists that you might like. You can buy tickets right in the app.

SoundTypography is a beautiful text visualization that matches the beat of the song currently playing.

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Spincoaster uses an iBeacon and Bluetooth to talk to an iPhone app that creates a playlist based on on a given mood or genre.

Twicc was our favorite hack. In this mobile app, you login with your Twitter & Spotify accounts and see a feed of every tweet mentioning a song. You can then click the play button to listen to that song. They will submit to the App Store in one month.


You can find all the hacks on Hacker League. Special thanks to Haruna Haze from Social Media Week, Taishi Fukuyama from The Echo Nest, and Hannes Graah from Spotify JP.