Shazam Contest Ended

Can you turn basic geo-tagged data into in a stunning video for Shazam?

Start April 25, 2013 End May 26, 2013 23:59 UTC Deliberation Results August 2013
April 25, 2013
May 26, 2013 23:59 UTC
July 2013

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15 May 03:13

We have a good news for you: we granted you with a brand new toolkit that we uploaded on the contest page. Please download it and use this data for your creation.

Some of you also asked us about the Time zone and it’s the US Time Zone (PST). Please ignore the non US co-ordinates if you find some, and ignore as well the tag that does not have co-ordinates.

Thank you and Good Luck!!



Today guys, we have a very special brief for you. This is an unusual challenge as it requires a combination of both technical programming and design skills. But we hope some of you have this skillset, and have been waiting for a brief like this! 

We are looking for creators who can work with xml data, are creative and good animators at the same time! We bet you know Shazam - the app that lets you discover, explore, buy, and share music – and, now, people can use Shazam to tag TV shows and ads to access more information.

Shazam is providing geo-coded data showing where and when their users tagged a specific piece of audio content.  This data is available to you as an xml file.

How amazing would it be to be able to visualize this data as a stunning time-lapsed video! 

Creative Challenge

We challenge you to turn standard, basic data into a stunning 60 sec video showing where and when a piece of audio content was tagged over an 14 hour period by Shazam users across the US.

In your video, we will need to see a map of the USA, showing where and when the tagging  occurred... and the rest is up to you.

To take on this challenge, you must be able to deal with both aspects:

  • the programming skills (being able to create a kind of "program" that takes the data from the xml file and feed it to the application or software you use to create your video).)


  • the creative part: finding a nice way to visualize the data in an impressive and engaging time-lapsed video.

The winner will work with Shazam over the coming months and will be asked to produce additional such videos using the same visualization technique, but different data.

Important: To qualify as a winner, you will need to prove that once given a new set of data, you can produce a similar video in under 5 hours.


There are not many tips we can give you… Either you are able to produce this kind of video and reproduce it again with other data, or you are not. This is an unusual challenge because of its requirement for some programming and design skills.

For some initial design ideas, take a look at the following video:


Jury's Prize

  • #1 Prize €5,000


Videos and animation, no longer than 60 sec. 

Winning Criteria

There are two parts in this competition, and one will not work without the other.

The winner will:

  • Produce a great looking video based on the data we provide here;
  • Be able to meet the technical requirements (throughput data in 5 hours) and work with Shazam on any future visualization videos. 

Guidelines for this contest

  • The xml file with the data to use for this contest is provided here.
  • The data is only US localized. Hence the need to visualize this data on a US map.
  • The quality of the execution is important. We would like to see stunning videos. You have to find a way to create a great looking time lapsed video on a map of the US.
  • There is no point for participants in submitting the entry if you are not able to fulfill the second part of the contest which is: being able to produce within 5 hours a new video based on your template, with new data that Shazam will give you.
  • If you are selected as a winner, Shazam will provide you some data to test your capability in producing a new video with other data, based on your template. If the test is concluded, you will be the provider of this type of video for Shazam. Terms of the contract would be: you will be warned in advance by Shazam of the date and time when new data will be provided to you and once you receive the data, you will have to produce the video within 5 hours. Compensation would be around 2000 € per video produced. 

eYeka standard guidelines

  • Do not show any personal details in the entry (name, contact number, e-mail address, etc.).
  • Keep the source files / working files of your entry until the winners have been announced as they may be needed.
  • Your participation must comply with the rules you accepted when you joined the contest.
  • Your entry has to be your own work to be considered into the contest. If you have included protected elements (music, photographs, designs, fonts, etc.), make sure to fill in the Legal Information section when you upload. You may be asked to provide the authorizations and licenses to use such elements.
  • You must be able to provide the written authorizations from each of the authors and actors who have contributed to the entry.
  • Do not depict sexual, violent, religious, political content or any illicit content as per the rules.
  • Any entry that fails to comply with these rules will not be considered for the contest.