Reality is boring. This is the message that Facebook shared with the world at its annual developer conference: F8. Held in San Jose, the event kicked off yesterday, 18th of April and goes on till the 19th of April. This year, Facebook seems to be all about AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). So much so that the Social Media giant announced a multitude of apps to make use of these technologies. So what exactly was announced at F8 2017?
As per Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech, Facebook unveiled its Camera Effects Platform to developers. This platform helps them create augmented reality experiences with the in-app cameras. The key thing here is that developers get to tap into Facebook’s investments in machine learning and AI to build augmented reality experiences. And from the demo’s we saw they can be very powerful. One demo showed a simple 2D image of an office transformed into a 3D one and then filled with Skittles. Another demo showed how the platform can identify individual objects like a coffee cup and then add some virtual steam to it.
The platform itself is divided into two secondary platforms.The first one is Frame Studio, which allows anyone to create their own virtual frames for images. Once again, this too doesn’t require any coding knowledge. All you have to do is simply design the frame and then it goes through an approval process. Once approved, you’ll find it inside the Facebook camera app. At the moment however, Facebook won’t allow any branding or advertising unless it’s pre-approved. However, the second more exciting one is AR Studio.
AR studio, allows anyone to build AR experiences without typing a single of code. Of course, you can create richer experiences with its code. But what kind of experiences can you build with AR Studio? Mind blowing ones. During one of the demos at F8 2017 we saw Deb Liu – VP of Platform and Marketplace show how EA games used AR Studio to not only give a filter with a virtual helmet. We also saw that AR Studio can introduce virtual objects into the real world like spaceships, scoreboards during football games and even gifs! The possibilities in world of AR are limitless and Facebook has made it easier to realize them.
From sending emojis, to gifs to even sending money, Facebook’s Messenger app has even replaced the stock messaging app on our smartphones. But that’s not all it can do. Messenger bots can now be added to group conversations.
As we learned at F8 2017, these bots would provide information such as ongoing events, share music via Spotify, book flights, and a host of other features. In addition, Messenger is also launching a dedicated discovery tab and bunch of new QR codes. Simply scan the code and you will be taken directly to a conversation with a bot.
If you are not the outgoing type or you have a busy day ahead of you and don’t have time to hang out with your friends, Facebook believes they have the answer. This is where Facebook Spaces comes into play. As we saw at F8 2017, this is a virtual world where you and your friends are represented by cartoonish avatars. Once in the world, you can explore, play games, share photos, and even take a selfie.
The catch here is that in order for this to work, you need the Oculus Rift along with a VR capable PC, both of which would cost around $1,000 and upwards. As a solution, Facebook is also working on making a PC-free, wireless, high-quality headset that is also affordable. It would need to come out pretty fast though.
What do you think about Facebook’s new developments? Love it? Hate it? We would love to hear your feedback.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAS Innovation Center
#50 Foster Lane, Colombo
Mobile Application Security Beyond Compliance Speaker Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here's your chance to
Mobile Application Security
Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here’s your chance to catch Christopher’s session on Mobile Application Security: Beyond Compliance.
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*Priced at Rs. 500 (free for CSSl members)
(Monday) 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Prof Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 00700
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee