Build AR experiences that add wonder to the world

This contest has ended -- check out the current Facebook Hackathon: AR ending June 24, 2020 @ 5pm ET!

Augmented reality allows us to create content that includes new layers of context, meaning, and emotion. It delivers experiences that blur the lines between the head and the heart. It builds bridges between the here-and-now. It helps us see the world in greater depth, and gives us new ways to reveal our authentic selves.

While AR is just getting started, we’re already seeing a global community of developers and creators pioneering new experiences.

Are you ready to join the movement?

Whether you’re just getting started, or an experienced pro, we invite you to flex your creative muscles by submitting a project through our Augmented Reality Track, where you’ll have the chance to create interactive experiences, with or without code, at any level of expertise using Spark AR.

Not only is this a chance to put your skills to the test and learn something new, but you’ll also connect with a global community of like-minded developers, benefit from educational resources and be in the running to win some awesome cash prizes.

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$7,000 in prizes

First Place

• $3,000 USD
• 2021 F8 Hackathon Invitation (Hotel, Flight, F8 tickets - up to 4 maximum invitations)

Second Place

• $2,500 USD

Third Place

• $1,500 USD

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Main Requirement: Create a World AR Effect using Spark AR that utilizes the back camera (the rear facing one; not the selfie camera) to add augmented reality to the world around the user - such as 3D content. The more delightful and innovative, the better.

Submit the following materials before 5pm EST March 16, 2020:

  • Demo video. (hosted on Facebook Video, YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku). Your video 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 explain how the Facebook products used enhances the experience of your solution! 
  • Access. A way to access your working application for judging and testing by providing your Spark AR Effect share link (which includes the Effect ID) and a link to your publicly accessible code repository.
  • Complete submission form. All required fields must be completed and submitted on Devpost BEFORE the deadline. Late entries will NOT be accepted.


Sean Alfred Blair

Sean Alfred Blair
Partner Engineer working with Spark AR

Aniket Das

Aniket Das
Partner Engineer

Raza Faizi

Raza Faizi
Program Manager

Rabia Durrani

Rabia Durrani
Technical Account Manager

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Implementation of the Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and the extent to which the featured Facebook products were incorporated.
  • Potential Impact
    Includes the potential value and usefulness to real-world users.


  • AR/VR