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Bristol students put their brains to the test for BBC 6 Music hack event

Press release issued: 10 February 2016

Students and young people from across Bristol will be harnessing the power of music at an exciting ‘hack’ event, part of The Fringe supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival.

The three-day Bristol Music Hack, being hosted by At-Bristol Science Centre, begins today [10 February] and sees teams compete to develop products or social enterprise ideas which use music to bring people together and solve real issues facing young people in Bristol.

The competition is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol, supported by the Bristol Hub, Gregg Latchams Business Consultancy and Simpleweb.

It kicks off with briefings from Ujima Radio, Saffron Records, The Society and BBC Radio 6 Music, setting the context and outlining their challenges. 

Teams will then develop ideas with support from experts and industry professionals, culminating in a presentation on Friday evening when a panel of expert judges will choose the winner.

​Jack Farmer, from the University of Bristol’s dedicated student start-up space Business Basecamp, said: “This Bristol Music Hack is a brilliant chance for students and young people from across Bristol to get involved with the city’s growing social enterprise sector. At Basecamp we are always looking to help students gain enterprise skills and hopefully this event helps us create a few more social entrepreneurs.”

Thursday evening also sees a Music Hack Night with DJ Krust, organised by Simpleweb, which challenges coders to bring their ideas to life in just one evening, before presenting prototypes and concepts. 

About The Fringe

The Fringe supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is all about Bristol. Venues, promoters and artists have come together with the BBC and partners across the city to create a unique celebration of Bristol's musical story - a rich collection of the city's brightest talent - a showcase of the Best of Bristol.

The Fringe runs from 10 to 14 February, at 21 venues across Bristol.

For more information, see the At-Bristol website.

Further information

The University of Bristol has launched a new Music with Innovation masters degree. This course combines in-depth subject specialism in music with interdisciplinary breadth, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. You will study music to gain a solid discipline strength, while alongside this apply your subject knowledge to innovate and translate your ideas into plans for digital and creative enterprises, both social and commercial.

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