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Facebook Online Hackathons – latest winners announcement

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Why we build

Here at Facebook, we have a long-standing, guiding principle for how we approach our work: ‘Why we build’. This saying shows up throughout our company and culture, and is at the heart of the conversations and decisions we’re engaged in every day.

‘Why we build’ is our reminder to strive for the best possible experience for people on our platform; a commitment to serve communities, address problems and take constant action to improve.

As part of this philosophy, the ‘we’ in ‘Why we build’ also reminds us that challenges are best overcome together, and that the most innovative solutions really do come to life through collaboration.

And that’s why we believe so strongly in hackathons as unique opportunities for developers in our ecosystem.

We see hackathons as important spaces for learning, connection and innovation – or in other words, as really fun sandboxes for exploring meaningful ideas with friends.

Building on the momentum of our first Facebook Online Hackathon earlier this year, I’m pleased to share the winning submissions from our second hackathon in the series today.

Judging by these solutions, it’s clear that each team has asked themselves ‘Why we build’ in their own way, and creatively set out to serve their intended audiences.

Our winners

In this latest hackathon, we made three immersive tech tracks available to participants:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Messaging

The below winners will share USD$21,000 in cash prizes and each receive Oculus VR headsets, alongside our free swag giveaway for all eligible submitters.

AI

Solutions featuring natural language interactions that leverage the Wit.ai platform

First place ($3,000)
Spilt Coffee – a service supporting businesses with media monitoring and tracking brand reputation trends

Second place ($2,500)
Robin Accountant – an intuitive budgeting and record-keeping virtual assistant

Third place ($1,500)
Otto – an intelligent chat application, designed to help aspiring machine learning engineers go from ideation to implementation

Honorable mention
Teleport – a voice-command virtual reality experience that reinvents travel for the post-pandemic world

AR

Solutions featuring a Spark AR World Effect that help enrich communities or support social good

First place ($3,000)
Little Foodies – an immersive AR effect for your next food review

Second place ($2,500)
Blow Soap Bubbles in AR – an AR effect enabling the joy of blowing virtual soap bubbles into your world

Third place ($1,500)
Pirate Dash 360 – an interactive AR puzzle that hones logic, memory and problem-solving

Honorable mentions
ChillzRoom – a playful, interactive take on the classic ‘escape room’ puzzle
Truth or Dare – a range of AR effects gamified to connect people during the pandemic

Messaging

Messenger experiences that leverage features such as Handover Protocol, One-Time Notifications, Private Replies and Quick Replies

First place ($3,000)
HayLingo! – a Messenger-powered app taking language learning to the next level

Second place ($2,500)
Carinderia Bot – a platform digitizing authentic, local Filipino eateries with scalable potential

Third place ($1,500)
AiCommerceBD – connecting consumers with necessities and encouraging them to stay at home

Honorable mentions
Flatten That Curve – a digital wellness initiative helping charities transition online
Sticker Bot – an experience for making and sharing user-generated stickers
Booxly – an intelligent bookmark system that summarizes the pages you read and monitors your reading habits

Congratulations to these inspiring innovators and thank you to everyone who participated!

Let’s keep building!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next online hackathon in our series – launching very soon!

For the latest updates, please sign up for the Facebook for Developers email newsletter and join our buzzing Facebook Online Hackathons group.

We’re also now just a couple of months away from this year’s Facebook Developer Circles Community Challenge – our annual virtual hackathon for members of our free program for global developers. To keep up with all the news around the Challenge, don’t forget to join your local Developer Circle.

We can’t wait to see what you #BuildwithFacebook next, together.

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Celebrating our Facebook Online Hackathon winners!

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Thanks to everyone who joined our Facebook Live earlier today, where we announced the winners of our latest Facebook Online Hackathon!

For those who haven’t taken part yet, we’ve been running a series of virtual hackathons throughout the year, providing global innovators with opportunities to get immersed in Facebook products and build breakthrough software solutions.

This time around, participants were invited to tap into the power of one of three Facebook technology tracks – Messenger, Spark AR and Wit.ai – with a focus on projects that are designed to help build community and drive social impact.

For our winners, we were thrilled to offer up to US$21,000 in total cash prizes, alongside Oculus VR headsets.

Messenger

The Messenger team asked participants to create messaging solutions that help people and businesses build lasting relationships through conversation.

Messaging has come a long way since the early days of texting, and we love partnering with our developer ecosystem to take these experiences even further.

With this in mind, we challenged our hackathon participants to build Messenger experiences that drive social impact and leverage some of our latest features, including Handover Protocol, One-Time Notifications, Private Replies and Quick Replies.

First place
US$3,000 total cash, Oculus VR headset per team member (max. 4) and Facebook expert mentoring
MazeBot
A travel companion for learning new languages

Second place
US$2,500 total cash
Sayme
A messaging experience to help aspiring innovators build their coding skills

Third place
US$1,500 total cash
Toblee
A solution designed to help small retailers build a chat-based customer service experience

Spark AR

Our ambition is to help Spark AR creators imagine, build and share augmented reality experiences that could potentially reach hundreds of millions of people on Facebook and Instagram.

Whether they were a beginner using Spark AR templates and libraries to create their first effect, or an experienced pro using customizations to build more interactive experiences — we tasked our hackathon participants to put their creativity to the test.

We invited all creators to build a World AR effect that was optimized for an exciting new product — Instagram Reels! Freshly available right at the start of the hackathon back in August, Reels brings over Instagram’s entire Spark AR effect catalogue to allow people to record and edit short videos with single or multiple AR effects.

In the hackathon, we were looking for submissions that demonstrated an imaginative use of features like plane tracking and segmentation in an effect that’s fun and tailored for short-form, creative performances on Reels.

First place
US$3,000 total cash, Oculus VR headset per team member (max. 4) and Facebook expert mentoring
Motion Effect Kit
An amazing set of effects for Instagram Reels with custom patches to extract movement directions and areas

Second place
US$2,500 total cash
Geometry – Real-Time VFX
A mesmerizing tool that enables Reels fans to create dynamic geometric shapes around them, that look especially cool while you’re dancing!

Third place
US$1,500 total cash
Mirror World
An effect that leverages plane tracking to give users the illusion of being surrounded by multiple mirrors in the real world

Honorable mention
Mysterious Wings
An effect that enables users to choose different sets of wings by changing their facial expression

Wit.ai

Here at Facebook, we’re passionate about bringing the world closer together by advancing artificial intelligence (AI) – connecting people to what they care about; powering new, meaningful experiences; and advancing ‘the state-of-the-art’ through open research and accessible tooling.

To help us drive this vision around artificial intelligence forward, Wit.ai is Facebook’s AI technology that enables people to interact with products using voice and text.

For the hackathon, the Wit.ai team tasked participants with creating an engaging, voice-enabled app for consumers featuring natural language interactions that leverage the Wit.ai platform

We were looking for innovative solutions across a range of categories including day-to-day basics, social coordination, local discovery, media consumption, fitness, voice/AR navigation, voice games, shopping assistant and entertainment.

First place
US$3,000 total cash, Oculus VR headset per team member (max. 4) and Facebook expert mentoring
Fitness Voice
A NLP fitness trainer for web browsers

Second place
US$2,500 total cash
Flo
An AI assistant that automates meeting notes

Third place
US$1,500 total cash
Dance with AR
An AR dance teacher that teaches you new moves and leverages AI voice commands

Honorable Mentions
Handstand Quest
A solution applying natural language processing to help guide your fitness workout

VC4U: an aid for the blind
AR smart glasses that help identify objects for the visually impaired

Project Suavekeys
A voice-powered gaming controller

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part across our three Facebook technology tracks!

On behalf of the entire Facebook team, we’re so in awe of the way our growing hackathon community just keeps raising the bar.

But the opportunities don’t stop there!

We have a bunch of fresh and fun building experiences coming your way very soon, so stay tuned to the Facebook for Developers page for more updates!

In addition, did you know our annual Facebook Developer Circles Community Challenge is currently underway? The Challenge is another virtual hackathon – this time spanning Facebook Open Source tools in addition to Messenger, Spark AR and Wit.ai – with up to US$133,000 dollars in cash prizes up for grabs!

To get started and to check out the official rules, visit the Challenge webpage here.

From our whole team, we hope you stay safe and healthy, and we’re so honored to be supporting you as you #BuildwithFacebook.

Congratulations again to everyone who took part in the hackathon!

Facebook Developers

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Data Use Checkup Rolling Out Broadly to Facebook Platform Developers

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Maintaining a safe, thriving developer ecosystem is critical to our mission of giving people the power to build community and bringing the world closer together. Recently, we have made changes to simplify our Platform Terms and Developer Policies so businesses and developers clearly understand their shared responsibility to safeguard data and respect people’s privacy when using our platform and tools.

These changes represent our strengthened commitment to protect people’s privacy and ensure developers have the tools and information they need to continue to use our platform responsibly.

Today, we’re announcing the broad launch of Data Use Checkup, a new annual workflow for Facebook platform developers that we began testing in April. Through Data Use Checkup, developers will be asked to review the permissions they have access to and commit that their API access and data use comply with the Facebook Platform Terms and Developer Policies within 60 days or risk losing their API access.

We are gradually rolling out Data Use Checkup in waves over the coming months. When you are enrolled in Data Use Checkup, you will receive information via a developer alert, an email to the registered contact, and in your Task List within the App Dashboard.

Developers who manage many apps will have the option to complete Data Use Checkup for multiple apps at once. You can access this flow by going to your “My Apps” page in the App Dashboard. From there, you will see all apps for which you are an admin, be able to filter down to a subset, and complete Data Use Checkup in bulk. This process will still require you to review each app you manage and the permissions you have access to and commit that your platform use complies with the Facebook Platform Terms and Developer Policies.

If you are not yet enrolled in Data Use Checkup, these are steps to take to prepare for the process:

  • Ensure you can access your app(s) in the App Dashboard. If you are unable to and need to regain admin status, click here.
  • Update contact details and app administrator designation for each app within your organization to receive the most up-to-date notifications. Any app admin will be able to complete the Data Use Checkup, so they should be in a position of authority to act on behalf of your organization. You can designate an app administrator within App Dashboard > Roles and update contact information within App Dashboard > Settings > Advanced.
  • Audit your apps and remove those that are no longer needed. To remove an app, go to App Dashboard > Settings > Advanced. This will ensure you’re only receiving developer alerts and notifications for apps that you need.
  • Review the permissions and features your apps have access to and remove any that are no longer needed in App Dashboard > App Review > My Permissions and Features.

Data Use Checkup is required for developers using many of our products and platforms across the Facebook Family of Apps. If you are developing on Oculus, here are specifics to consider and here is an update for businesses.

We know user privacy is just as important to our developer community as it is to us. Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we build a safer, more sustainable platform.

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Welcome to our 2020 Developer Circles Community Challenge

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It’s often said that the best way to learn is to become the teacher; that a great way to reinforce a skill or achievement is by sharing it with others.

It’s with this philosophy in mind that I’m pleased to welcome you to this year’s Community Challenge, our annual online hackathon for Developer Circles members – which runs until Monday October 26.

This time around, we’re inviting participants to go a step beyond building software solutions by creating tutorials about the code they’ve created. Winners are eligible to receive up to US$133,000 in cash prizes, Oculus VR headsets and fully credited amplification of their tutorials to millions of other developers across Facebook’s ecosystem.

We’re also broadening the products that competing innovators can build with, now spanning Open Source technologies including Docusaurus, Hack, Pytorch, React and React Native, as well as Messenger, Spark AR and Wit.ai.

Within each of these products, we see enormous opportunity for you and your teammates to connect, learn and build together, all while sharing your journey step-by-step through immersive tutorials for fellow tech enthusiasts.

I invite you to check out all of the guidelines for taking part, and I thought it would also be useful to share some examples that might help bring the challenge to life.

To get you started with a template for crafting impactful tutorials, here’s a framework providing an overview of recommended sections that will be helpful to readers, including some tips and tricks.

To provide general guidance on what a published tutorial looks like, here’s an example I wrote a couple of years ago about a product called Yoga – Facebook’s cross-platform layout engine that helps developers write more layout code. Please note that this particular tutorial is on the lengthier side – remember that your submission only needs to be between 1,000-4,000 words.

To demonstrate a useful step-by-step breakdown of a project, here’s a great tutorial on a smart bookmarking tool, Rust Rocket.

To understand the potential for using video to help bring your submission to life, check out this informative Docusaurus tutorial video and this engaging React Native tutorial video.

Remember, this is a team challenge, so we recommend dividing and conquering to create your tutorial most efficiently. If you have any tutorial ideas to share with potential teammates, or if you need support with troubleshooting or any questions about the challenge, please post in our Facebook group here.

What makes our Community Challenge so special every year is the many stories of collaboration and innovation we see from all around the world. We can’t wait to discover your story and for our global community to be inspired by your submission.

Good luck – and let’s get building!

#DevCCommunityChallenge #BuildwithFacebook

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