5 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and our community has voted! Go to the Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


5 months ago

Thank you!

We want to thank all of those who took part in the competition for all your hard work! The judges will take time to review everything you made. While you wait to hear who will win, check out the submission gallery and keep building new scenes with Amazon Sumerian!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


6 months ago

Final call: Submissions close Monday (1/14)!

Just a final shout-out that you have just a few more days left in the Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge to submit your application.

 

Submission checklist

Before the deadline passes, make sure you run through this list:

  • Are you submitting a functioning application/experience powered by Amazon Sumerian?
  • Have you created a submission video? Does your video meet the competition guidelines? Does your video clearly demonstrate how your application works? Is it no more than five minutes long? (See our video-making best practices.)
  • Does your application fit into one of the following categories: Education, Training, and Simulations; Brand…

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6 months ago

Tech Support + Twitch Episodes

Hi Everyone!

Having any last minute tech issues? The Sumerian Solutions Architects will be monitoring the #hackathon room in the Slack channel from Wednesday through Monday to help you get your submissions to the finish line.

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Upcoming Twitch episodes with Sumerian:

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Don’t forget: your completed submission is due on Devpost before the *new* deadline on January 14th @ 5pm ET.


6 months ago

Good news! Deadline extended to Jan. 14th @ 5pm EST!

 

We’re still feeling that holiday spirit and decided to give you an extra 6 days to finish your Amazon Sumerian submissions! Completed Devpost submissions must be in by January 14th @ 5pm EST.


If you’re having any technical questions, jump over to the #hackathon room in the Slack channel to get help from the Sumerian pros. They’re happy to help!

 

 


6 months ago

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up - there’s only one week left to submit your application to the Amazon Sumerian hackathon.


Submissions are due January 8 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


6 months ago

Two weeks to go—submit early!

It’s getting close!  There are two weeks left to submit your Amazon Sumerian powered application. Submissions are due January 8, 2019 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city)

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you through our submission form process if you need help.) And if you've just recently joined the challenge, explore the quick-start guide and browse the Resources page.

Submission checklist

Before the deadline passes, make sure you run through this list:

  • Are you submitting a functioning application/experience powered by Amazon Sumerian?

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6 months ago

Check out hackathon judge Marcelo Lewin’s HowToCreateVR.com

 

Looking for new of AR/VR resources? Our very special hackathon judge Marcelo Lewin is the Immersive Content Specialist for the site HowToCreateVR.com! It’s full of tutorials, podcasts, news and more.

Register on his site for free at the link above and put your new knowledge to the test before the January 8th, 5pm EST challenge deadline!

Happy holidays and happy hacking!

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


6 months ago

New Slack invitation + a little holiday motivation

Hi hackers!

If you tried to join the Amazon Sumerian Slack channel this week, you probably ran into a broken link. Good news! We fixed it. You can request to join by clicking here

Holiday vacations are about to begin and you’ll have plenty of free time on your hands. Dig into your submission and build a scene for a chance at some truly awesome prizes. Brand new and don’t know where to start? The Sumerian team put together a beginner’s tutorial playlist on YouTube and we have a ton of resources to get you going. If you…

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6 months ago

Three weeks to go - start your submission

 

Bonus new YouTube tutorial: How to Create a Chatbot Using Amazon Sumerian and Sumerian hosts

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There are three weeks remaining in the Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge. Submissions are due January 8, 2019 before 5pm ET (Find out what time this is in your city). Be sure to get started on your submission and remember, once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


7 months ago

Four weeks left—start your submission

There are four weeks remaining in Amazon Sumerian Hackathon! Submissions are due January 8 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial.

Prepare your video

Don’t forget: your…

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7 months ago

Cash in on some epic prizes

Thinking about submitting a project to the Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge? We have some truly cool prizes as an extra incentive:

First 100 Apps: the first 100 eligible submissions will get $250 in AWS credits!

Category winners will be claiming great things like:

  • Cold, hard cash $$$
  • AWS credits
  • Meetings with the Amazon Sumerian leadership
  • HTC VR headsets
  • VRARA memberships
  • Blog posts
  • Speaking and mentorship opportunities
  • YouTube interviews
  • RMIT Online Course tuition


See section 7 of the rules for the all the glorious prize details!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum

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7 months ago

Making a great submission video

We know you’re focused on preparing your app for submission, but don't forget about your video. It's often the first (and sometimes only!) thing that judges review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear way to showcase your app and talent in a video:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain the pain point your application solves, for what category and how it is powered by Amazon Sumerian
    • Within 60 seconds, viewers tend to lose interest, so use this time wisely to keep them engaged!
  • Show, don't tell. Providing real…

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7 months ago

Configuring Post-Processing Effects for Your Amazon Sumerian Scene

Did you know you can configure post-processing effects for your Amazon Sumerian Scene?  In the post effects section of the inspector panel, you can add rendering effects like antialiasing and motion blur. Post effects are not compatible with VR mode.

To add post effects

  1. Open a scene in the Sumerian editor.
  2. Choose the root node in the Entities panel.
  3. Expand the Post effects section in the inspector panel
  4. Choose Add effects.
  5. Choose one or more effects, and then choose Add.
  6. Adjust the settings for each effect in the inspector panel.
  7. See how post effects affect rendering by clicking…

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7 months ago

Heading to re:Invent? Come visit the Sumerian team!

  AWS re:Invent is fast approaching. Join us from November 26 – 30th in Las Vegas for five days of learning, networking, and fun. To support participants in the ARVR Challenge, there are fifty (50!) sessions devoted to Amazon Sumerian – ranging from “Create Your First Immersive App in 60 Minutes” to “Optimizing Your Immersive Apps: Tips and Tricks from the Experts.” Over two dozen Sumerian technical and design experts will be on-site to answer questions and provide insights. For fun, we have created a Sumerian Selfie-Station, ARVR Experience, and Virtual Barista. To learn more and register, please see https://reinvent.awsevents.com/

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7 months ago

You’re Halfway There - Keep Going!

Hackathon Halfway Point

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


8 months ago

Hardware not included (or needed) + new resources

Hi Developers!

We have two months left in the Amazon Sumerian AR / VR Challenge and we cannot wait to see what you create. Did you know that you don’t need special hardware or headsets to build with Sumerian? You can design and view scenes directly from your browser.

Sumerian is compatible with many headsets but you don’t need hardware to take part! Learn more about compatible browsers and devices here.

Bonus new resources: For those working to create an interactive VR scenes, this experimental asset pack and tutorial will save a ton of time.

Keep up the good…

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8 months ago

Online course discount from challenge sponsor RMIT! (Enroll by Oct. 31st)

One of our fabulous challenge sponsors, RMIT, is offering special discount codes for two online courses if you register by October 31st!

 

Excited to see the first cohort of RMIT Future Skills students embarking on their journey to gain new skills. New ways of creating AR, VR and 3D apps are here to stay and its such a rewarding experience to be a part of the course build. Limited places remaining, enrol here using our discount codes below: https://futureskills.rmit.edu.au/virtual-reality-and-augmented-reality

Developing VR and AR Strategy: DEVVRAR2018

Designing and Developing VR and AR Applications: DESVRAR2018

 


8 months ago

Integrate Sumerian with other AWS services

You may be wondering if Sumerian integrates with other AWS services.  The answer is, YES!

AWS has integrated a base set of services directly into the Sumerian interface. For example, you can choose an Amazon Polly persona and attach a script to a Sumerian host to make the Host speak.

Sometimes you may want to fetch real-time data from other solutions built on AWS and embed the data into your scene. With Amazon Sumerian you can configure your scene with an Amazon Cognito pool and use the AWS SDK to fetch data from the AWS services you are already using…

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9 months ago

Did you know?! Fun Hack Fact Friday + New Resources

Did you know?!  Amazon Sumerian has Multi-platform Compatibility

You can build VR/AR applications for platforms such as Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Google Daydream, Lenovo Mirage, and AR-compatible iOS and Android mobile devices. Your Sumerian scenes will run in browsers that support WebGL or WebVR. Sumerian hosts your completed scenes in the cloud and serves them from a publicly accessible endpoint, enabling your users to access them from anywhere.

To learn more, please visit the tutorials on creating and publishing scenes on various devices. Don't forget to join the Tech Talk on October 16th.

New

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9 months ago

Build VR, AR and 3D Experience without special programming

Sumerian does not require any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. You can build VR, AR, and 3D experiences for a wide variety of popular hardware platforms including mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signs, and web browsers.

Sumerian gives you a web-based editor that you can use to quickly and easily create realistic, professional-quality scenes. There’s a visual scripting tool that lets you build logic to control how objects and characters (Sumerian Hosts) respond to user actions. Sumerian also lets you create rich, natural interactions powered by AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon…

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9 months ago

Online Tech Talk and Weekly Amazon Sumerian Twitch Episodes

Good News!  Amazon Sumerian Twitch episodes begin next week!

Join in on the Online Tech Talk and weekly Twitch episodes to learn more about Amazon Sumerian and get tips for your Amazon Sumerian application:

Amazon Sumerian on Twitch

Start building virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise using Amazon Sumerian. Join the experts from the Sumerian to build highly immersive and interactive scenes live on Twitch.

  • Date: Every Tuesday, starting October 9 
  • Time: 2:30 PST
  • Where: Follow the links in the Developing AR & VR Applications section of…

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9 months ago

Quick-start guide

 

 

It’s time to get started with the Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge! Once you have officially registered (if you haven’t done so already) we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition. Submissions are due January 8, 2019 at 5:00pm ET.

  1. Sign up for an AWS account. If you don’t have an AWS account yet, sign up for one- the 12-month trial is free.
  2. Get set up right. Create a Cognito ID (here’s how)
  3. Review the rules. Thoroughly read the competition rules to ensure your submission complies.
  4. Start Building. Create your application / scene experience…

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