Axum Graphics is teaming up with Mozilla to host a WebVR Hackathon with one focus: to get storytellers and filmmakers in the same room as developers to make incredible things in WebVR.

It’s a WebVR Hackathon but you don’t need to know code to take part.

Axum Graphics has created Auteurist™, a browser-based cinematic tool for filmmakers that enables you to tell your story in 3D animation and VR even if you’re not a coder. WebVR is a JavaScript API that supports all the major virtual reality devices including the mobile ones. Together, these two technologies are turning your web browser into a virtual reality storytelling platform.

This hackathon is for everyone who wants to tell a story in WebVR no matter their technical experience. If you have a story to tell in VR, you can use Auteurist to tell that story and publish it online,without writing a single line of code. On the other hand, if you are a JavaScript hacker you can integrate your WebVR project with Auteurist and its photorealistic, 360-degree output.

There will be amazing prizes available for the best Auteurist VR movie, Best WebVR Hack, and Best Overall Project. Follow Axum Graphics on Twitter or Facebook to learn what these prizes will be as soon as they are announced!

As well as these prizes on the day, Mozilla are running the Open Innovation WebVR Challenge. Any WebVR project that uses at least one of the Real Time Design Challenge fantasy assets shown on the competition site will be eligible for entry. These assets will also be available on Auteurist for you to use in your projects. Submissions for the Mozilla Open Innovation WebVR Challenge are open through April 2, 2018, and winners will be announced on April 30th, 2018.

Google Cardboard viewers will be provided to test your WebVR projects on your Android phone. Other shared VR headsets will be available for use during the hackathon.

The Hackathon is at Mozilla HQ in San Francisco. The first day of hacking runs from 11am on Saturday 17th March through to 2am on 18th March. The second day of hacking runs from 11am until 1:00pm on Sunday 18th March.  The projects will be presented between 1:30pm and 2:30pm, followed by judging and presentation of the prizes!




Hackathon Sponsors


$659 in prizes

VRLA 2018 Ticket

Best Overall Project will leave with a VRLA 2018 Ticket. There will be a gift card available if no members of the winning team are able to attend VRLA in May 2018.

Samsung Gear 360 4K VR Camera (2017 Edition)

This prize will be awarded to the best project/film created using Auteurist.

Gear 360 Specs:

Dimensions: 100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1mm
Weight: 130 g
46.3 mm45.1 mm100.6 mm

CMOS 8.4MP x2 / F2.2 lens (Default output pixel count equivalent to 15MP)
Dual Lens Mode, Single Lens Mode (Front/Rear)
Video, Photo,Time lapse, Video looping, Landscape HDR
EV, Sharpness, White Balance, HDR, Wind Cut, ISO Limit (up to 1600)
Horizontal Correction, Geo Tagging (via Smartphone)
Still Capturing (Max Resolution)
360˚ Dual Lens: up to 15MP (5472 x 2736)
Single Lens: up to 3MP (2304 x 1296)
Format: JPEG

Video Recording (Max Resolution)
360˚ Dual Lens: up to 4096 x 2048 (24fps)
Single Lens: up to 1920 x 1080 (60fps)
Codec: MP4 (H.265)
Recording time: Up to 130 mins (2560 x 1280 / 30fps)

External Memory
MicroSD card (up to 256GB)
OS Convergence
Android, iOS - Mobile Application
Windows, Mac - PC Software
* 360 Video Editor is not available for macOS computers.

Smartphone compatibility
Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, A5/A7 (2017) running Android 5.0 or later.
iPhone 7, 7+, 6S, 6S+, SE running iOS 10.0 or later.
* There are functional limitation when using with iOS devices.
* Availability of features may differ depending on the mobile device, OS version and region.
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1, USB 2.0 (Type-C)
IF Connector
USB 2.0 (Type-C)
Gyro, Accelerometer
Water & Dust proof
IP53 (Dust and Splash-proof)

Samsung Gear VR Headset with Controller

This prize will be awarded for best WebVR Hack/Project

Gear VR Specs:

Lens (Field of view (FOV) / Interpupilary distance (IPD) / Eye relief)
101˚ / 62mm (fixed) / 10mm
Gyro sensor / Proximity sensor

Phone Connection
USB Type-C & Micro USB
Compatible models
Galaxy S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A8, A8+
Additional USB Port
USB Type-C for power connection, OTG USB memory, 3rd-party controller

Gear VR Controller Specs:

Gyro sensor / Accelerometer / Magnetic (sampling Rate : 208Hz)
3-color LED * 1ea
AAA battery * 2ea (1000mAh, up to 40 days when used on average 2 hours a day)

BT 4.2 BLE private profile
Compatible OS
Android Lollipop 5.0 or later

Gear VR
with Controller
Gear VR (USB Type-C device Holder, Controller Holder included)
Gear VR Controller (2xAAA batteries, Wrist strap included)
Micro USB device Holder

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Damon Hernandez

Damon Hernandez
3D Web & Immersive Tech Dev & Designer at Samsung

Igor Boshoer

Igor Boshoer
VFX Tech

Lizz Kupfer

Lizz Kupfer
Animation Tech Lead at Fable Studio

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Process
    Best WebVR Hack: this is the most technically innovative WebVR implementation Best Auteurist VR Movie:Most compelling 360 degree video work created using Auteurist. Best Overall Project:Most exciting project, whether movie, experience, or software.

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