Amazon Web Services is reclaiming a century-old tactic of the tech industry – the hackathon – to stir up excitement and encourage the development of apps based on Amazon's Sumerian AR / VR platform.
The company will distribute more than $ 100,000 in prizes as part of the Amazon Sumerian AR / VR Challenge. To enter, subscribers must create and publish their app with Amazon Sumerian, and then submit a demo video, a completed registration form, and a URL for the app. Submissions are due by 8 January 2019.
Developers can submit their apps in four cases for consideration categories based on industry verticals like best brand engagement and retail. The winners will receive $ 5,000 in cash, which will match AWS credits and awards from competing sponsors such as an HTC Vive headset and a one-year VRARA membership, as well as the promotion of winning entries at various outlets.
Awards are also awarded You get the best apps like the Best AR App, but these winners receive discounted rewards such as $ 1,000, $ 4,000 in AWS credits, 50% off a one-year VRARA membership, and an HTC Viveport gift card (Except for the Best VR app, which replaces the gift card for a complete HTC Vive Pro system worth nearly $ 1,400), and the first 100 eligible entries receive $ 250 in AWS credits just because they're among the first
A panel of nine judges consisting of Amazon employees, including NR30 member Kyle Roche, General Manager of Amazon Sumerian and external industry experts such as Bjorn Laurin, Deputy Vice President of HTC Vive and Viveport, evaluates the entries These include applicability, impact, technical design and implementation, appropriate use of AWS, and the overall presentation of the submission.
Hackathons have become a common catalyst in the tech world to fuel developer interest and innovation, and augmented reality is no exception. Last year, both Unity and Microsoft MVP put James Ashley HoloLens developers on their own hackathon-like challenges to fuel activity on the platform. Snapchat also held competitions with the developer community of Lens Studio earlier this year.
Amazon has billed its new Sumerian platform as an easy-to-use, web-based development tool that does not require programming knowledge. Fast track to developing AR and VR apps for newcomers. The platform also supports ARKit and ARCore to enable mobile AR app publishing. Nonetheless, just four months after launch, a remarkable AR app on Amazon Sumerian has not appeared yet, so a hackathon might be the trick to uncover some irresistible use cases.
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