Augmented Reality Developer Challenge


Congratulations to the communities in the Augmented Reality Developer Challenge: City of Long Beach, CA; City of Raleigh and Town of Cary, NC, hosted by RIoT; and City of Philadelphia, PA.


AR Challenge Results

Featured Event! Long Beach Hosts First Ever AR Exhibition 
The Long Beach Augmented Reality Exhibition took over the downtown area during an open community event. Watch the video below showcasing the AR applications created by over 20 developers. The AR exhibits showcased Long Beach’s art, history, and community and attendees only needed a smartphone to experience them.    

Scroll through the carousel below to learn more about all of the AR applications pitched and recognized in the three selected communities. To learn more about US Ignite Challenge Competitions, visit our:

Challenge Competitions Page


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About the AR Developer Challenge

US Ignite selected three communities to participate in an Augmented Reality Developer Challenge for the development of AR applications designed to solve local problems. In these competitions, communities are tasked to present a problem to entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, developers, and other creative minds with the goal of targeting problems in areas such as healthcare, workforce development, public welfare, and education.

Read Announcement of the Winning Communities

With generous support from Facebook Reality Labs, US Ignite provided $20,000 in cash to three communities – Philadelphia, Raleigh/Town of Cary, and Long Beach – to conduct these AR competitions. Local organizations or municipalities were asked to identify cash or in-kind services from other partners to match the $20,000 for a total of $40,000 in awards and services. Funding was used for event support, and for awards granted to winning AR developers.

Read about the challenge in StateScoop

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Read the Challenge Launch Announcement