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Yesterday, Brian Corbett, Global Head of developer outreach at Meta hosted the XR Hackathon’s official kick-off meeting in which he shared XR hackathon’s aim to build immersive mixed reality solutions using Spark AR[1] and Presence Platform[2] with the help of creators and developers working in XR across the world!

So here’s a question arises, what is XR?

What is XR?

According to Wikipedia[3], XR or Extended reality is

“A term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables”

In simple words, Extended Reality (XR) is an umbrella term encapsulating Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and everything in between. [4]

Why you should take part into Facebook’s XR Hackathon?

First of all, you will get an opportunity of learning the state-of-the-art XR tools and technologies and an experience of working with XR creators from around the globe.

Secondly, a chance to share your work and ideas with the world and of course with Facebook. When you will signup for the hackathon, you will be asked to allow Facebook recruiting to reach out to you as well. So, it is a great opportunity to showcase your talent, skills and yourself to one of the world’s leading tech giant and hopefully, earning a place in it as well!

Lastly, the prize money. First prize winner will receive 55,000 US dollars cash, second prize winner will receive 40,000 cash and third prize winner will receive 25,000 US dollars cash. Additionally, the team has decided to award 22 Honorable mentioned regional prizes of $10,000 across all tracks. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges. Each project will be awarded one to five possible points in each of the following categories:
+ Quality
+ Creativity
+ Originality of the idea
+ Idea
+ Potential for strategic impact in a product category
+ Overall implementation of IDEA including how well the idea was executed, the extent to which Facebook products and those features would leverage and the extent to which respect for user privacy was considered or incorporated in the design.

What you are required to do in the Hackathon?

There are three challenge areas in XR Hackathon. First two will focus on Spark AR while the last one is more focused recently announced Presence Platform.

The track#1 is called as Group AR effects. Considering the wide usage of video calling nowadays, AR effects for video calling aim to make calls more interactive, expressive, and engaging. In this challenge, you are required to create AR video calling effect. You will need to use the new multicam feature here and create a group effect for video for your project to qualify.

The track#2 is named as Hand and Body tracking performance AR effects. The human gestures present an awesome opportunity for us as creators to use hand and body motion to build cool and useful AR effects and performances. Your project should focus on figuring out interesting use cases to utilize the power of AR to create content that is shareable and exciting.

Now, the track#3 is called mixed reality voice and hand VR experiences. In this challenge, you have to use presence platform which is a collection of AI based software development kits i.e. insight, interaction and *voice that can allow developers to integrate state-of-the-art AI features into their applications like mixed reality and voice experiences that smoothly blend virtual content and a user’s physical world. In this track, developers have to experiment with publicly available presence platform SDKs. Furthermore, you are also required to combine these new capabilities in one experience like many features in one application. Furthermore, final submitted project must include voice SDK in order to be considered for the track#3.

In my upcoming Part-2 post, I will try to cover the other details shared in the Kick-off and in order to keep up-to-date with the updates, do follow me here on medium and Linkedin.

*Note: The official voice SDK will be available later this week.

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These notes are based on what I understood from the Kick-off meet that happened yesterday. If you find any mistake(s) or feel the need for correction, feel free to reach out and share your concern. I firmly believe that acknowledging mistakes is the fundamental part to correct them. Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

About the Author

Muhammad Ali is an Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Europe’s largest Entrepreneurship Center, the Digital Product School, Germany. He loves to learn, teach and write about data science and machine learning real-world applications and projects. His primary hobby is to play with cool opensource tools and use them to solve real-world problems. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn.

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[1] https://sparkar.facebook.com/ar-studio/

[2] https://vrscout.com/news/facebooks-presence-platform-offers-new-mixed-reality-tools/

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_reality

[4] https://www.qualcomm.com/research/extended-reality

Muhammad Ali is an Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Digital Product School. He loves to learn, teach and write about real-world data science applications.