Just five years ago, the Pokemon Go craze made people flock to their cellphones and move around the city through dozens of meet-ups, crowded sidewalks, even the odd stampede. The augmented reality game has since lost its charms, but the tech’s creative possibilities behind it have still got a lot of potential.
Recently, the city of Long Beach in California unveiled its own Augmented Reality Challenge and is on a hunt for individuals to create AR applications that can put Downtown’s “historic past, diverse present, or limitless future” into the limelight.
The campaign’s most sought-after submissions will obtain technical mentorship support, and unveil their ideas to the public at an interactive exhibition event in fall 2021 and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $14,000.
The deadline for putting across your ideas is 15th May, and the city is giving all the creative freedom you need with a few criteria that you must follow.
Firstly, you must answer how your AR proposal will connect users to Downtown’s historic past, present or idyllic future. Secondly, you would need to design your concept on an outdoor physical demonstration site in Downtown.
The creative possibilities here are endless. It could be a building facade, a building facade with a mural, a building glass display, a sidewalk, or even a public plaza. Moreover, the competition is free to enter.
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