about 12 hours 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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4 days 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!


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

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11 days 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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20 days 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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26 days 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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27 days ago

You’re Halfway There - Keep Going!

Hackathon Halfway Point


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

about 1 month 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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about 2 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


about 2 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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2 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.


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2 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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2 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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3 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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