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The AR/VR Africa Metathon is an expanded program built around our flagship hackathon, the AR/VR Africa Hackathon. It is a call to all who love creativity, innovation and learning in Africa; an opportunity to get hands-on experience in AR and VR design and development, and meet others who also want to learn and create with AR and VR. The AR/VR Africa Metathon is open for applications and focuses on the rapidly evolving immersive technologies of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality.

The AR/VR Africa Metathon will be hosted physically (16 countries) and virtually across Africa. Participants will be part of a continent-wide community of learners. The online learning community will have access to learning materials, mentors, masterclasses and workshops. In addition, there will be instructor-led training sessions to increase your knowledge of extended reality technologies and teach you how to build real-world solutions using this technology.

The 2022 AR/VR Africa Hackathon is a hybrid event where you will use your XR skills to create solutions to everyday problems in Africa. You can participate in the Hackathon - -online - in the one-week Virtual Hackathon, or offline - in one of the 16 In-person 48-hour Hackathons across Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, Kenya, Cameroon, Tunisia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia). The online & offline hackathons will take place in November and December 2022 respectively.

Criteria

  • Resident in an African country
  • Open to everyone, XR creators, enthusiasts, creatives, developers and technologists who are keen about making a difference with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Benefits

  • Participants will be part of a continent-wide community of learners. The online learning community will have access to learning materials, mentors, masterclasses and workshops. In addition, there will be instructor-led training sessions to increase your knowledge of extended reality technologies and teach you how to build real-world solutions using this technology
  • The bootcamp is an intensive 3-month virtual program which will support the 1st place winners of the AR/VR Africa Hackathon to advance their solutions and create MVPs. It culminates in a Demo day where the teams will present to investors

About Facebook

Facebook was founded in 2004, with a mission to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Over the last decade, Facebook has revolutionised how people communicate with each other. Facebook boasts over one billion users across the world, including over 170 million users in Sub-Saharan Africa. Head-quartered in Menlo Park, California, and with more than 50 offices around the world, Johannesburg operates as a first hub for Facebook's local presence across the entire continent.

Whether creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Their global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways.

Defined by its hacker culture - Facebook is an environment that rewards creative problem solving and rapid decision making. They encourage people to be bold. The open culture keeps everyone informed and allows people to move around and solve the problems they care about most. They work in small teams and move fast to develop new products, constantly iterating and improving. The phrase “this journey is 1% finished” is posted on their walls, a constant reminder that they’ve only begun to fulfil their mission to bring the world closer together.