Facebook AR Hackathon 2020

Facebook Inc, has organized yet another hackathon this year, to improve the SPARK AR experience.

The motto of the hackathon is to “Augment Your Wold With Spark AR”. The Theme of the hackathon is based on AR/VR.

➥About the Company

Facebook Inc, is an American social media corporation, & a very famous household name. The company was started in 2004. and since then the company has expanded exponentially.

➥Facebook AR Hackathon

The Facebook AR Hackathon is aimed at developing a SPARK AR effect, that will help to create a new of world of creativity.

What is SPARK AR?

The SPARK AR studio developed by Facebook is an augmented reality platform where creators can easily create AR effects for mobile cameras. 

It has a lot of pre-made templates & assets, which you creators can use and create stunning AR effects on their devices.

The SPARK AR templates allow everyone, even if someone is a beginner to create AR effects. Over time, you can then learn and start customizing the templates as per your creativity.

➥Hackathon Details

Using the Spark AR studio, you will have to build World AR effects, that should be optimized, for the Newly Launched – Instagram Reels.

Instagram Reels, was launched in August 2020, that allows users to record short videos using single or multiple AR effects. 

The company is looking for submissions majorly that demonstrate the features : 

Plane Tracking: A Feature that will find horizontal surfaces in the real world, like the table or the floor, & then it will incorporate it within the effect.

Segmentation: A Feature that will separate someone from their background. This enables the user to change the background of their choices.

➥Judging Criteria

The submitted material will be judged upon 4 major criteria : 

  • Ease of Implementation
  • Quality of the Idea
  • Potential of the Idea
  • Ease of Customization & Integration


The things required to submit are : 

Demo Video: The participants are required to submit a 2 min video (English Language) to show the step by step visual demo of the AR effect. Make sure to explain about the Spark AR Studio features you used to build your effect.

Submit the video on any platform: Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, or Youku.

Access: 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.

You can download the rules from here: Download Rules

Before you submit the form, please make sure, all the fields are correctly filled, and should be submitted before the deadline.


Winner: $ 3,000 + Other Benefits (At least one 30-minute virtual meeting with a Facebook engineer; Oculus Quest 64GB VR headset)

1st Runner Up: $2,500

2nd Runner Up: $1,500


The Deadline to apply for this program is: 07 September 2020

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