We’re bringing together the Los Angeles developer community for our first ever Hackathon! Together we will build innovative software for the future using Spark AR – with some awesome prizes to offer.

Attendees will be focusing on one or more of the following areas:

Gaming and entertainment – let’s add some fun into our forward-thinking!
Productivity and utility – let’s strive to make applications more efficient!
Social good – together, let’s build for positive impact in people’s lives!

There will also be plenty of opportunity to network with fellow developers, and to take advantage of on-site coaching and advice from the Facebook Developer Circle team as you build your skills in emerging technologies.

What to do before you arrive:

    • Bring Laptop that can run Spark AR Studio and a mobile device for testing your apps.
    • Get familiar with the featured Facebook Developer products.
    • Join the Facebook Developer Circle: Los Angeles to connect with other Hackathon participants.


    9:00 Doors open

    9:30 Spark AR workshop

    12:00 Lunch served

    2:30 Hacking ends

    2:45 Presentations and judging begins

    4:00 Winners announced

Stay up to date with Facebook Developer Circle Los Angeles News and Events by joining Here: https://developers.facebook.com/developercircles/find/?action=join&circle_id=2456144244663100


This event is open to teams of 1 to 3 participants that attend the hackathon in person in Los Angeles. See Official Rules for additional eligibility factors


You are encouraged to use at least one Facebook product to have an eligible submission. How well you use them can affect the Implementation-related judging criteria which includes “the extent to which Facebook tools are leveraged.” Make sure to adhere to the policies and guidelines of any developer tools.


Spark AR

First of all, download AR Studio and AR Player
New to AR Studio? Check out the Quick start guide
Here is the full documentation with tutorials and samples
Want to add a script to your AR effect? The reference is here
Any questions? Check out the public Spark AR Community Facebook Group
Ready to publish your effect? Follow these instructions

Hackathon Sponsors


$874 in prizes

Grand Prize


2nd Place

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) + Fire TV Stick

3rd Place

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

4th Place

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

TechniGal Award

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Junior Hacker 1st Place

Google Home Mini

Junior Hacker 2nd Place

Google AIY Voice Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Timirah James

Timirah James
Founder & Technical Evangelist at TechniGal LA

Chris Price

Chris Price
Strategic Partner Manager AR Partnerships (Spark AR) at Facebook

Tamia James

Tamia James
Lead Designer at TechniGal LA

Anna Vo

Anna Vo
Journalist and Managing Editor of Empurrer Media

Alyssa Campbell

Alyssa Campbell
General Assembly

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea (30%)
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Implementation of the Idea (50%)
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and the extent to which the Facebook products were leveraged, and considerations for user privacy.
  • Potential Impact (20%)
    How much impact the product could have in its stated strategy.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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