Public Voting Opens for Lollapalooza’s HackLolla Challenge, An Open Data Application Challenge for Developers and Music Fans

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Lollapalooza Invites Fans and Developers to Explore and Vote Up App Submissions that Enhance the Lollapalooza Experience

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“The HackLolla challenge has created some fantastic apps that will build on and enhance the festival’s music and digital experiences,” said Michael Feferman, Digital Director at C3 Presents, the producers of Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza, one of world’s biggest international music festivals, today opened public voting on apps resulting from the HackLolla challenge, an open data application challenge that invited developers to build web and mobile apps using Lollapalooza’s recently opened API. Fans and developers can explore and vote for the best applications at: http://hacklolla.com/submissions.

During the challenge submission period, developers created 19 diverse mobile and web applications that help fans to get the most from their Lollapalooza experience before, during and after the Festival.

“The HackLolla challenge has created some fantastic apps that will build on and enhance the festival’s music and digital experiences,” said Michael Feferman, Digital Director at C3 Presents, the producers of Lollapalooza. “We encourage developers to further explore the data Lollapalooza has opened up and continue to build new and innovative fest apps.”

Submitted apps range from schedule recommenders, to apps that help fans discover and enjoy new bands, to apps that help share festival images and video, to social games that predict the next song to be played on a stage and more.

Two winning apps, a Grand Prize winner and People’s Choice winner, will be publicized to the entire Lollapalooza fan base and attendees, and the winning developers will each receive 2 VIP passes to Lollapalooza 2011. The Grand Prize winner will be judged on quality, implementation and potential impact on the Lollapalooza fan experience, and will also receive airfare and hotel accommodations for the festival.

Fans can cast their vote for the People’s Choice winner on the Hacklolla website that’s powered by ChallengePost, a public platform that enables social problem solving, through 5:00 pm EST on July 10, 2011 and winners for both awards will be announced July 12, 2011.

“The fruits of HackLolla will help fans discover even more about bands they know and love as well as new artists and festival events,” said ChallengePost CEO, Brandon Kessler. “Linking technology and music publishing content through HackLolla is a great manifestation of public collaboration around valuable open data.”

Lollapalooza announced HackLolla on May 6, 2011 at Music Hack Day and opened up real-time data about artists, schedules, events and more for the first time through its API, as provided by DoStuff Media and in conjunction with featured API Partners Soundcloud, Echo Nest, and Songkick.

In 2011, at its home in the Windy City, Lollapalooza will bring alumni and worthy newcomers together for three rollicking days – August 5-7 -- to celebrate the festival’s 20th Anniversary edition. This year it is led by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, The Cars and Ween.

Lollapalooza will open it’s gates on August 5-7, 2011 in the heart of Chicago at Grant Park. Tickets and show information are available at http://www.lollapalooza.com.

About Challenge Post- http://www.challengepost.com

ChallengePost is a platform that enables government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and individuals to challenge the public to solve problems. Any citizen can solve a challenge, register their support for a challenge, spread the word to their friends and/or write congratulatory notes to the winners.

ChallengePost was founded in 2008 by Brandon Kessler, is privately funded, and is headquartered in New York City.

About Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell is one of the most influential and original musical figures in recent history. Dubbed as the "Godfather of Alternative Rock," Farrell fronts Jane's Addiction which formed in 1985. Creating a new genre and musical movement, Farrell and Jane's Addiction changed the music scene and paved the way for bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and STP. In 1993, Perry created Porno for Pyros, a daring evolution to his diversity and growth. As well as being a groundbreaking musician, he is the creator and founder of Lollapalooza.

Launched in 1991, SPIN magazine listed Lollapalooza as the #1 tour that changed the world. Known for its musical diversity, Lollapalooza was instrumental in exposing alternative music formats to the masses and establishing a sense of commonality across a fragmented demographic.

The first of its kind, Lollapalooza quickly established itself as a lifestyle festival, pushing the envelope and exposing concert goers to a subculture of 'alternative' living and art, and provided a platform for numerous environmental and human-rights causes as well. As a constant creative force, Farrell continues to push his own artistic horizon as a music producer, electronic music performer and visual artist, as well as a rock icon.

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
http://www.wmeentertainment.com

Lollapalooza Partner William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) represents elite artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, publishing, and physical production. WME also advises some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands to create entertainment based marketing solutions.
Parkways Foundation- http://www.parkways.org

Parkways Foundation invests in Chicago’s parks to enrich communities through historic preservation, environmental initiatives, capital projects and youth/family programs. Parkways is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to working with the Chicago Park District in a true public/private partnership. Lollapalooza has raised more than $7 million for Parkways Foundation. These funds have enabled Parkways to directly impact Chicago’s parks and neighborhoods through the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a program providing you the opportunity to write and record original poetry and music; a community garden grant program; a signature playground in Washington Park that is accessible to children of all abilities; a new state of the art soccer field in McKinley Park; and the Buckingham Fountain Restoration project.

About C3 Presents:
http://www.c3presents.com

C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, events, and just about anything that makes people stand up and cheer. C3 produces the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Along with these multi-day, multi-stage festivals, C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US. In addition to event creation and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

About DoStuff Media:
http://www.dostuffmedia.com

DoStuff Media helps people help people find “What To Do”. The DoStuff Local Platform powers the market-leading online event guides in 5 cities including Austin, Chicago and Houston.

The DoStuff Festival Platform powers the artist discovery, lineup and scheduling portions of some of the largest music festivals in the world including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and New Orleans Jazz Festival.

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