Google’s Made with Code and Snap are collaborating on a competition that will see one teen creating an official Snap lens. The contest, called #MyFutureLens, launches today and five finalists will be sent to the TEDWomen conference in November to work with Google and Snap engineers to create lenses for the Snapchat app.
Google’s Made With Code program already offers several projects that give a pop culture introduction into coding, like a Wonder Woman experience that teaches sequences by training Diana with the Amazons. Falling in line with the project’s ethos, #MyFutureLens is aimed to show teenagers that coding is something that is applicable in the things they use and love in everyday life. More than 50 percent of them might use Snap daily, but they might not connect things like its fun filters to a coding experience.
If you are a teen who wants to enter, visit madewithcode.com to use a mobile-first Blockly experience and code your own geofilter. Once complete, submit the geofilter with a short, 100-word statement about the “future you envision.” (Sure, this is vague, but that’s basically three inspirational tweets, which we’ve all done.) Five finalists will be chosen and flown to this year’s TEDWomen conference in New Orleans to work with engineers on a lens, with the work judged by a panel helmed by Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. While the competition is geared toward teens, Google says it will verify the contestants’ age after it has selected finalists. The winning entry will be added in the official US Snap library.