Leverage the power of augmented reality and artificial intelligence to support businesses and communities

May 3-10, 2021

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In the lead-up to Facebook's major developer event, F8 Refresh, in June, we’re excited to welcome global developers and creators to build immersive AR and AI solutions for the chance to win up to USD$100,000 in cash prizes.

Join our Facebook group where you can form teams and access a range of resources!

You can click here to review the hackathon terms and conditions.


Prizes


1st Place | Cash Prize
$10,000 USD

One prize per track

2nd Place | Cash Prize
$7,500 USD

One prize per track

3rd Place | Cash Prize
$5,000 USD

One prize per track

Honorable Mention
$1,000 USD

Up to 10 across all tracks

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Challenges

SPARK AR

The pandemic may have changed how we communicate over distance, but our desire and motivation to share the big and small moments in our lives, and to connect with others who have shared interests, remains strong and persistent. Mobile AR is increasingly being used to help us capture and share more about ourselves and the world around us, making it easier to connect with others who share our passions and interests.

For this hackathon, your project should focus on ways AR can be used for sharing, to help people express themselves and connect with communities.


Track 1: Spark AR in the present

For this challenge, we’re looking for you to create an AR effect with the selfie camera that allows someone to display a personal passion or an interest. This could be sports, games, causes, characters, or any other topic you can imagine. To do this, we’ll want you to use Spark AR Studio to build an effect using at least one segmentation feature, like hair or background segmentation, to capture and express a person’s personality and interests.


Track 2: Spark AR in the future

For this challenge, we’re looking for you to create a World AR experience. AR is no longer for just our selfie facing camera, but AR can live in the world around you. What AR experience can you make with your back camera?  Maybe something that captures a shared interest, in a shared place in the world?  Or maybe something in your community that is important to you? To do this, we’ll want you to use Spark AR Studio to build an effect using the plane tracker or the single target tracking features.


WIT.AI

Since the start of the pandemic we’ve seen how businesses have been impacted on a global scale. From large to small, everyone has had to adapt to help keep their employees and the community safe. Facebook is dedicated towards building, iterating, and exploring new ways to bring good to the world. 


Track 1: Use voice to help customers simplify tasks

Voice makes it easier and faster for people to get things done, access information, and connect with your business. AI can be used to improve people’s lives and help them stay on track to achieve their goals. Whether it’s discovering business services and products, getting news to wellness tips, connecting with customer service, or making it fun to compete with friends in a fitness challenge, AI is changing the way developers build and how users interact with products. 

Using Wit.ai, build a multi-modal app with voice on Facebook platforms, such as Messenger, Instagram Messaging, or mobile apps to help connect people to your products and services. 

Here are some examples to help with inspiration:

Messenger/Mobile Apps

  • Voice interactive eCommerce shopping experience that helps customers discover and purchase products in a new way
  • Voice assistant that provides wellness tips, tracks and motivates user’s workouts, and enables fitness challenges with friends
  • Useful voice driven media discovery experience that helps people access any audible content across platforms
  • Smart weather service that proactively gives you relevant weather information based on what you care about. E.g. if you are a surfer, it tells you about tomorrow’s best time to surf


Track 2: Take your AR/VR experiences to the next level with Voice

Want to build a completely new VR experience for people who hate controllers? Innovate on voice-first immersive experiences in Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Build an AR/VR experience using Wit.ai voice features that inspires people to share and connect with each other using Oculus or any AR/VR devices on the market. Please note that Spark AR integrations are not available at this time.

Here are some examples to help with inspiration.

AR/VR

  • VR game using voice to cast spells
  • Virtual dance instructor that replaces the need for a person to be present
  • AR/VR experiences that adapt based on the conversation context


Judging Criteria

The challenges completed and submitted during the Submission Period will be judged based on the following criteria: 

  • 1 - 5 Possible Points: Quality, Creativity, Originality of the Idea
  • 1 - 5 Possible Points: Potential for Strategic Impact in/on Product Category
  • 1 - 5 Possible Points: Overall Implementation of Idea including:
              • How well the idea was executed
              • Extent to which Facebook products and their features were leveraged
              • Extent to which respect for user privacy was considered or incorporated in the design


Submission Requirements

  1. Demo Video: Your video (hosted on Facebook Video, YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku) should be around 2 minutes, include a demo of your working application via a step-by-step visual demo, and be available in English. Be sure to talk about how you used Wit.ai or Spark AR Studio features.
  2. Access: Please submit the Spark AR effect ID/URL or the Wit.ai app ID.  If you’re submitting a Spark AR effect, please publish your effect and share the effect URL (publishing effects checklist and demo video requirement).
  3. Complete project submission form: All required fields must be completed and published on the hackathon platform BEFORE the deadline. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

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