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Facebook: Augmented Reality Hackathon (Prizes up to $7,000)

Facebook: Augmented Reality Hackathon (Prizes up to $7,000)
Spark AR helps creators imagine, build and share augmented reality experiences that reach the billions of people on Facebook and Instagram.  Whether you’re a beginner, using Spark AR templates and libraries to create your first effect, or an experienced pro, using customizations to build more interactive experiences — it’s time to put your imagination and creativity to the test.
Facebook is inviting all creators to make and submit a Spark AR World Effect that helps enrich communities or supports a larger social good. 
As always, you’ll have access to the Spark AR creator community, along with instructional tutorials and resources, to help you with your project. Several submissions will be selected to receive cash prizes and Oculus virtual reality headsets, and we’ll also be providing a free swag giveaway* to each team member from an eligible submission. Facebook can’t wait to see what you create!  


$7,000 in prizes

 First Place

• $3,000 USD
• At least one 30-minute virtual meeting with a Facebook engineer
• Oculus Quest 64GB VR headset (ARV: $399 USD; 1 per individual, 4 max per Org or Team)

Second Place

• $2,500 USD

Third Place

• $1,500 USD



What to build: Using Spark AR Studio, create a World AR effect for Instagram. World effects layer AR experiences on surfaces, objects and people in your environment, and are viewable using the world-facing camera on your smartphone (not the self-facing camera). We can’t wait to see how you augment your world!

  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 the Spark AR Studio features you used to build your effect.
  2. Access. Please submit the Share link to the Instagram Spark AR effect (which includes the effect ID) and link to GitHub containing the project file. If your effect is not yet published, share the preview/testing link.
  3. Complete submission form. All required fields must be completed and submitted on Devpost BEFORE the deadline. Late entries will NOT be accepted.



  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Potential Strategic Impact
    Includes the potential value and usefulness to real-world users.
  • Implementation of the Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer, the extent to which the featured Facebook products were incorporated, and the extent to which respect for user privacy was considered or incorporated in the design.


Deadline: 5:00pm EDT Jun 24, 2020

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