We’re excited to invite you to another hackathon by Lenslist and Meta. The Showcase Your Culture hackathon is about how we define culture – your origins, family, friendship group, or passions and hobbies you share with others. Culture is what makes a community, so express what makes your own community special!
Submit your effects by December 5th, 11:59:59 PM CET to win your share of the $50,000 prize pool!
Please read Terms & Conditions before you register.
We’d like to see World AR effects with 3D objects that showcase your culture. That could be the culture in your country, family or friendship group. Culture is what makes community, so express what makes your community special.
Think about experiences that promote play and keep people entertained.
Or that make people feel more connected.
Or that can be customized to reflect individuality.
Or that might be useful to people from a specific community.
The top features we’re looking for are:
- Inclusion of 3D objects, which should add interactivity and/or utility element to your effect,
- World AR effects (playable with a rear-view camera),
- Reflecting a sense of community.
Here you’ll find a few examples of World AR effects we’d accept in this hackathon.
Starry Night – 2sqm
Dragon Shenron V.2
DECIMATE by Enuriru
1x Grand Prize $10,000
2x 2nd Place – $5,000
5x 3rd Place – $2,000
10x 4th Place – $1,000
20 x Honorable Mention – $500
So overall we will award our Creators Community with $50,000! Apart from the cash prizes, we’ll also feature all winning effects in a virtual gallery and all over our social channels to create all the buzz your work deserves!
Who Can Take Part?
We welcome all AR Creators and Developers located in these countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
The judging process in this hackathon starts with a pre-selection conducted by the Lenslist Team – you can be sure all of your submissions are tested and checked. Then, we invite our judges from Meta – Markus Brunner, Business Engineering Manager, AR/MR, Michael Borke, Business Engineer, AR/MR and Casie Millhouse, AR Specialist – to score your effects on 4 different criteria:
Relevance to theme (10%)
Does the effect successfully showcase a culture or celebrate diversity?
Is the effect reliable (work as intended, work every time) and work across different devices? Is it intuitive to use, and interactions are easily discovered?
Value to end users (30%)
Will people find this effect valuable? For example, it makes them feel connected, is useful, lets them express themself, lets them play. Would people enjoy using this effect or recommend it to a friend?
How complex, polished and immersive is the effect?
At the same time, the core of our Lenslist Team, consisting of:
our CEO Paweł Jarco, Co-Founder – Zuza Śliwińska, our AR Project Manager & Research Lead Aleksandra Juś and last but not least your favorite Community Manager – Jana Michajłowskaja – scores the shortlisted effects, too. Then, we combine all of our scores and make the final decisions based on the number of accumulated points.
Learning Resources & Workshops
As a part of this hackathon, we’ll host two live workshops with AR experts from our Community. One on scripting and another one on creating interactive World AR effects. Look out for further announcements on dates and speakers!
Below you will find the most essential tutorials and demos from Meta Spark that will help you succeed in this hackathon:
Who can take part?
- You must be at least the age of majority in your country, state, province, or jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry;
- This Hackathon is open to Creators located in these countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
- Employees or partners of Meta (including members of the Spark Partner Network) and Lenslist (both Lenslist and Lens That) and their immediate family are not eligible to participate,
- Individual Creators and collaborative Teams of 2-4 Creators can all participate in this Hackathon.
How to take part?
1. Create & Publish your World AR effect
- First things first – Design your AR effect in Meta Spark Studio and then publish it on Instagram. Download Meta Spark Studio here,
- Keep in mind, your effect should coincide with the theme: Showcase Your Culture, but you can interpret the theme in your own way,
- Your effect should be a World AR effect, meaning its main features should be visible with the rear view camera of your smartphone,
- Your effect should include interactive or utility-focused 3D objects,
- Keep in mind that in order for your submission to be valid, effects must be published on your Instagram account via Spark AR Hub. If your effect didn’t go through the verification process yet, you can also submit it using the demo/test link. Go here to find out how to publish a link-only effect,
- Works must follow Facebook’s Community Standards and comply with Facebook’s Terms of Service, Meta Spark Studio Terms, Meta Spark and Frame Studio Terms and Meta Spark Policies,
- Important note: Retain your original source files in the highest quality possible, as we might need them to make the final decision.
- Go here to read the full Terms & Conditions.
2. Submit your AR effect using our Submission Form at the bottom of this page 👇
- Each Creator or Team can submit 10 Effects max,
- Each and every effect should be submitted separately,
- Before submitting your first Effect, you’ll have to fill in a registration form concerning your AR experience and basic personal information,
- In 48h you will get a confirmation email from our Lenslist Team, so that you can be sure your entry was valid and in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.
- Go to the form at the bottom of this page and submit your effect and Showcase Your Culture!
Which effects are not eligible for this hackathon?
- Your AR project can’t include references to any real people, dangerous situations, other brands, show or imply alcohol or drunkenness, or anything offensive,
- It has to be original! It means you can’t use any third-party pre-existing copyright materials and/or stock images in your project. No other person or entity may have rights to any submitted Work, while you can still use royalty free assets,
- Effects submitted for our hackathon can be used by you for personal, non-commercial and portfolio use only,
- Lenslist reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as projects that do not fit the brief.
Does my effect have to be published? Can I use a demo link?
In order for your submission to be valid, effects should be published on your Instagram account via Spark AR Hub, so no other software or platform can be used. Although, if your effect didn’t go through the verification process yet, you can also submit it using the demo/test link. Go here to find out how to publish a link-only effect.
What kind of assets can I use in my submission? Can I use copyrighted material?
You can use free assets (eg. from Sketchfab) or those with royalty-free, non-commercial license as a part of your submitted effect. You can’t use any third-party pre-existing copyright materials and/or stock images in your project. No other person or entity may have rights to any submitted Work.
Do I give away the rights to my effect when submitting it?
Your ideas are safe with us! Submissions will not be visible to the public on Lenslist until the Submission Period is over, although, during the Submission Period, your project may be featured on Lenslist social media channels – of course with credits given to you – only as a way of spreading the word about our Hackathon. Your design is your property and it will stay that way!
Do I need to have a Facebook/Instagram account?
In order to take part you need to have a valid Facebook account. It means that all Facebook/Instagram accounts must be at least thirty (30) days old and have not changed the age or date of birth in the last 30 days prior to entering the hackathon.
Is there any Submission Fee to take part in the contest?
No, submitting your effect to our hackathon is totally free. Both downloading the software and entering the hackathon do not require any additional fee on your part.