Insomniac, the creators of Electric Daisy Carnival, have partnered with CODEMKRS (the creators of hackathons and incubators at festivals like SXSW and Outside Lands) to create the EDC TriHackathon the an EDC Innovation experience that builds on the success of its EDMBiz Conference and Expo.

Electronic Dance Music itself is a product of artists and innovators constantly pushing limits of technology. EDM and Technology are tied together at the hip yet until now there hasn't been a forum for hackers and artists to meet and create together or for each other. Hackathoners are the insomniac's of the innovation world staying up all through the night to make new things so it makes sense that Insomniac's is doing this their slogan is Wide Awake Since 1993 afterall. 

You are encouraged to come and hack a new project from scratch using your favorite APIs alongside our Leverage Partners which include Facebook, Uber, Ticketmaster, Aloompa and Consensys (the Blockchain specialists). A brand new API developed internally by EDC itself will also be unveiled at the event which will allow for things like chat bots and live stream hacks.

Startups are also encouraged to join in the fun if your technology can improve the EDC experience for attendees, artists or the festival or if your technology is something EDM artists and their fans might be able to use.  For startups to be eligible, you are required to register and create an EDC theme for your technology if not a full on integration. 

Finalists will then demo their work at the first ever EDM Demo Day to investors and attendees of EDMbiz, the worlds largest EDM conference.  Josh Constine editor of TechCrunch will be the MC of the EDM Demo Day. Josh will also be mentoring teams live on Facebook to give them advice on what has already been built and what EDM fans want.

The winner will become part of the official EDC app giving them the ultimate prize : instant distribution to the 400,000 attendees of the festival!! This opportunity makes this more than just a typical hackathon… it is a place to find your product’s first 100,000 users AND for the EDM industry to discover you and your technology :)



Must be 18 years and up (like EDC itself) and must be apply and be accepted.


Your project must be something that EDM artists, fans and festivals actually want. That means you should be asking people in the EDM community if they like your idea and making sure it doesnt already exist before you start building. Your project can be a work in progress or a startup that is freshly hacked to work for the EDM community. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$100,000 in prizes

Go live to 400,00 EDM fans at Electric Daisy Carnival

This is priceless. Sponsors usually pay 6 figures to get featured by the festival. You can use this exposure to get your first 10,000+ users. After the hackathon you will be introduced to investors and artists who are relevant for your project. Our hope is that we see you again next year as a a disruptive new startup at EDMBiz.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Josh Constine

Josh Constine
HOST - Editor at TechCrunch

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does this impact the experience of a fan, artist or festival?
  • Wow factor
    Is it enough to make a user say WOW?
  • Originality
    How original is this idea?
  • Become a real thing
    Does this have a chance of becoming a successful project or startup?
  • Do people want this?
    Did you build something that the EDM community actually wants?

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