Challenges are the core of the Sónar Innovation Challenge. They are open and appealing questions for the creative community, based on concrete needs for tech innovation. After a selection process based on the profiles required by each challenge, selected creators will work in teams to develop their projects within a unique collaborative environment together with 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 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.

2016 challenges outcomes