This day-long event took place at Spotify’s New York City office and was organized in collaboration with Monthly Music Hackathon.

Organizers: R. Sommer McCoy; Katarina Hoeger, Adam November, Jason Sigal for Monthly Music Hackathon
Artwork: Alec Donkin
Publicity: Chrissy Borsellino,

Can Hip Hop Save the World?
Manny Faces, The Center for Hip Hop Advocacy/The NY Hip Hop Report

Digital Humanities: Why You Must Archive Your Work in the Information Age
Martha Diaz, Founder, The Hip Hop Education Center

Tuma Basa, Global Programming Head of Hip Hop, Spotify

Hip Hop, Social Media, and Mental Health
Dave “D” Bellevue, lyricist, Oxymorrons
Ka5sh, Social Media Guru “Meme Creator”
Sheldon Garnett, Google/Music Producer
Michael J. Heyliger, STACHE Media/Sony Red
Carly Schwartz, Google/Editorial
Keith White, Artist Manager/ Lawyer

How Hip Hop Artists x Tech Founders Can Collaborate (Panel)
Moderator: Shawn Setaro, Senior News Editor, Complex/The Cipher
Matt Bond, CEO of TrebleFM
Sam Hamad, CEO of OffTop
Victor ‘Divine’ Lombard, founder of Fintech and hip hop artist

Workshops and Activities
The Beat Bang Theory
Shareef Islam/Native Instruments

Beat Listening/Critique Session
Breakbeat Lou, Spazecraft, Hank Shocklee, Eboni Smith, Madli, VHVL, and Pozibelle

Beginner Coding Workshop: Gotta Code ‘Em All
Make School

Cache Rules Everything Around Me: Hip Hop Journalism in the Information Age
Manny Faces

DJ Demo
Breakbeat Lou

Hustling 101: How to turn your Code into Cash
Saeed Jabbar, founder of Inclusion

The Intersection of Impact, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Vince Randolph, founder of Sociosmith

Join the Cipher
Ed Sullivan Fellows

The Living Remix Project Monster Mash-Up!
DJ Spazecraft

Music Production
Today’s Future Sound

Off the Top
Rabbi Darkside, Say Word Entertainment/New School

Protecting Your Work: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright (Hunter)
Lindsay Rodman, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Attorney at Davis & Gilbert LLP
Serge Krimnus, Intellectual Property Attorney from Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP

The Sound Lab: How Hip Hop Intersects Technology & Effects Cultures within Local Communities

Michael Peterson

What Is Artists-As-Brands Development
Alec Friedman, Redfoot Projects & Complex Networks

Special performances
Scuzz Ortega,  John Robinson, Select Ed Sullivan Fellows, Jam No Peanut, Divine, Jahan Nostra

Special thanks to
7/20 Films
Alec Donkin Design
All Star Code
Blak Fintech
Ed Sullivan Fellows Program
La Unidad Latina Foundation
Make School
New York Music Month
NYU Music Experience Design Lab
Say Word
The Cipher
The Hip Hop Education Center
The New York Hip Hop Report
Today’s Future Sound
Young Hackers