What is the Sónar Innovation Challenge?

The Sónar Innovation Challenge (SIC), co-organized by the MTG, is an online & onsite platform for the creative minds that want to be one step ahead and experiment with the future of technology. It brings together innovative tech companies and creators, collaborating to solve challenges that will lead to disruptive prototypes showcased in Sónar+D.

how does it work?

Tech companies propose challenges for the creative community based on concrete needs for innovation. Creators (creative coders, artists, designers…) who sign up for a challenge will have, after a selection process, the opportunity to work as challengers in a prototype within a unique collaborative environment, together with other challengers and company mentors.


the enhanced dj assistant



The Music Technology Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra challenges participants to create a user-friendly, visually appealing and musically motivated system that DJs can use to remix music collections in exciting new ways.

context-aware music flow



Deezer challenges participants to explore one of the most natural channels of human expressivity: gesture. Leverage on our Deezer Flow AI feature to influence music usages, define recommendations and to get even more intelligent at home!

instruments for interacting with cc audio


Audio Commons

Audio Commons challenges participants to build a musical instrument that leverages online Creative Commons audio collections and our audio analysis tools.

vr experiences for in-flight entertainment


Inflight VR

Inflight VR and Airbus Bizlab challenge participants to come up with exciting ideas for passengers who want to spend their in-flight time immersed in virtual worlds.

music beyond sound


Audio Commons

Red Bull Amaphiko challenges participants to develop technologies for translating music into visual and tactile experiences and allow people with hearing impairments to learn to play and even compose music.

affective tech ♡ shared music experiences


Teosto Futures Lab & Nemo Project

Teosto & the NEMO project challenge participants to create a solution that measures and uses emotion-related biosignals to enhance the feeling of togetherness during shared music experiences.

get involved!


The Sónar Innovation Challenge offers companies a great digital culture environment with a broad audience to showcase their cutting-edge technologies. If you are interested in proposing a challenge for next year edition, contact us!

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If you think you’re a good fit for any of the proposed challenges, apply! A team will be created for each challenge and the results will be showcased in Sónar+D. Accepted candidates will get travel grants and Sónar+D Delegate Passes!

Become a challenger