Audio for good

MAY 12 & 13, 2017 / Boston / Harvard business School

Applications formally closed on May 1st, but we can still make room for a few more. Reach out to us via our Eventbrite, and we'll have you fill out our application.


Can't make it to Boston? Check out our sister event Come and Play in San Francisco!


We are Made of Stories

Apply to join us at Audio For Good, a hackfest where participants are challenged to make projects that help us hear one another and amplify stories that need to be told.

While stories are timeless, mediums change, with technologies like speech to text, bots, and voice interactive assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google) arising in a golden age of podcasts.

Voices from the dark outside a campfire, a brave storyteller alone on stage, a poet rapid fire spitting rhymes with a beat, a podcaster's whispered tale of one life in millions of ears, a broadcaster revealing tragedy — our very lives are made of the stories we hear and tell.

Why does audio matter? It matters because it moves us.

Hearing is the first of our senses to be switched on, four-and-a-half months after we are conceived ... so although our mature consciousness may be betrothed to sight, it was suckled by sound, and if we are looking for the source of sound’s ability — in all its forms — to move us more deeply than the other senses and occasionally give us a mysterious feeling of connectedness to the universe, this primal intimacy is a good place to begin.
— Walter Murch

Mark your calendars

May 12&13, 2017


Event Details

We believe the best projects and experiences happen with attendees from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, skill sets, and interests.

We'll try to accommodate as many people as we can (limited by space), and will notify participants if their application is accepted by May 1.

For the event, participants will gather on Friday, hear inspiring keynotes, and then dig in to pitching ideas and forming teams.

Work continues until Saturday afternoon, when projects will be presented to  the group and an august panel for feedback, followed by a celebration and after party!

Day one

Breakfast and Registration

Idea Formation and Pitch Preparation




Hacking Begins


Lunch is Served


Pizza is Delivered


Day 1 Ends

Day two


Breakfast/Hacking Begins


Lunch is Served


Project Presentations


After Party at the PRX Podcast Garage



Audio For Good is being organized by a team including members of Radio Public, PRX, and the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.


PRX is shaping the future of public media content, talent and technology.

Radio public

RadioPublic is a podcast startup, building apps for iOS and Android for you to find and listen to audio from everywhere.

Harvard Business School Digital Initiative


The Digital initiative builds expertise and community around the digital economy at HBS and fosters the exchange of ideas between HBS and the broader business world. 



Email if you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the event.