A poster from the hackathon illustrates how online shoppers can virtually see their purchase in Augmented Reality Image Credit: Supplied

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Dubai: The registration for the first global ‘Spark AR Hackathon Challenge’, organised by Meta in collaboration with the UAE Office for Artificial Intelligence, UAE Coders HQ, and the Museum of the Future, closes on June 17, organisers announced on Sunday.

Under the theme of ‘Tomorrow Today - What will the next decade bring?’, the ‘hackathon’, which offers over $50,000 (around Dh183,000) in cash prizes, is calling upon the global community of creators and developers to showcase their creativity and innovation.

Participants will be challenged to use Augmented Reality (AR) to identify how modern technologies can improve various sectors, such as transportation.

The ‘hackathon’ runs from June 17 to July 1. Winners will be announced on July 7.

The Spark AR challenge aims to empower programmers with a variety of digital skills and train them to use programming languages in line with national efforts to empower them and support their participation in the digital transformation of the UAE.

Challenge tracks

Two key challenge tracks by Emirates Airline and Accenture will shape the hackathon. Participants will be tasked to create AR effects around the theme of ‘Mobility of Tomorrow’ for Emirates Airline and ‘Opportunities of the Future’ for Accenture.

The winners’ creations will appear on the official social media accounts of Emirates Airline and Accenture. The participants will also get a chance to win cash prizes totalling more than $50,000 (around Dh183,000), in addition to attending workshops hosted by Meta that will refine participants’ skills in cooperation with the best augmented reality developers in the world.