*Google and Snap are joining forces to inspire your teenagers to get involved with coding and tech, in a fun way.
#MyFutureMe is a virtual contest for teens to code a geofilter – a creative overlay communicating where you are and what you’re doing – that will go live nationally in the Snapchat app.
From now until October 8th, young adults can go to MadewithCode.com to code a geofilter and submit a 100-word statement about the future they envision. Prior coding experience is not required.
Five finalists will be sent to the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans in November, where they’ll receive mentoring sessions from Google engineers and work with Snap engineers to create a lens (an augmented reality technology that adds animations to selfies, general photos, and the world around us). They’ll also receive a trip to Los Angeles, for a private VIP tour of the Snapchat and Google offices.
The goal of the contest is to show youngsters how the things they love, like Snapchat, are made with code. ‘Adolescents are already snapping,’ explain contest creators. ‘So let’s get them coding, too.’ Made with Code and Snap Inc. believe young people can change the world. Together they hope to inspire the youth to see how tech can help them pursue their passions and impact our collective future.
A group of industry heavy-hitters will judge the lenses. The panel includes Ruth Porat (SVP and CFO of Google and Alphabet), Evan Spiegel (CEO of Snap), Malala Yousafzai (student, activist and Malala Fund Co-Founder), Joanna Coles (Chief Content Officer at Hearst), Laurie Hernandez (Olympic gymnast), Victoria Justice (actress and singer), Lilly Singh (YouTube personality, entertainer, and founder of Girl Love) and Dr. Yvonne Cagle (NASA astronaut).
The #MyFutureMe challenge is only open to residents of the United States who are 13-18 years of age at the time of entry. All entries are limited to one submission and must be received by October 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Snap Inc. will contact finalists the week of October 16, 2017.