Seoul National University
and Meta invite you to
shape the direction of
What's in it for you?
The metaverse is an intriguing topic for us. It holds promises, opportunities and also some concerns. But the metaverse is still evolving and its full potential is being carved out. This is an opportunity to participate in this evolution and define some of its governing policies. Here’s why you should participate in the XR Policy Hackathon presented by Seoul National University and Meta.
Define the metaverse
Partner with industry leaders like the Seoul National University and Meta to shape the metaverse narratives.
Collaborate with the best minds
The XR Policy Hackathon will give you an opportunity to pitch your ideas against the very best minds in the Asia Pacific.
Fly to Korea
The winning team will fly to Korea to present their ideas at the Seoul XR Conference in October.
Mentorship from Seoul National University and Meta
Get mentored and work with industry
leaders who are shaping the metaverse.
Win Meta Quest 2
A chance to win Meta Quest 2 headsets.
Seoul National University, Meta and the Metaverse
The metaverse will bring new opportunities for communities and individuals to flourish and transcend limitations of their current environments. Meta has been steadily investing to make this vision a reality through systematic investments in hardware, platforms, ecosystems, partnerships with educational institutions and educational programs.
Seoul National University is leading research in technologies necessary to build the metaverse and governance policies to ensure individuals can be safe and thrive in these new, exciting environments.
About the challenge
A policy hackathon is a forum where people brainstorm, prototype and pitch a creative solution to a complex problem. The Seoul National University and Meta invite you to participate in one such hackathon with the theme – ‘Building Community and Well Being in the Metaverse’. Through the hackathon, we will shape two key policy proposals for addressing either opportunities or challenges in the Metaverse. These two solutions will be picked from various proposals submitted by participants across the Asia Pacific over multiple rounds.
How can you participate in Round 2?
We are excited to release the two policy cases for Round 2. Both cases were compiled from among the many fantastic scenarios we received in Round 1. Thank you for your amazing submissions!
ALL previously registered teams – regardless of whether your scenario was selected or not – are eligible to compete in Round 2.
Each team should select ONE of these cases on which to work. Let us know as soon as possible – but no later than August 5th – which one it is (or if you have no preference). We will work on a *first come, first served basis* in principle, but will attempt to staff each case among the teams roughly equally. We will notify all participating teams which case they were allocated. The deadline for submitting your team’s proposed policy solution (4 pages max) is August 31st.
We will score the scenarios for their creativity, realism, and sustainability (how much effort it would require to actually put in place the policy hack). When we notify each team which case they have been allocated, we will include more detailed instructions on how to prepare the policy solution and the evaluation criteria for Round 2.
In the meantime, thank you again for your enthusiasm and engagement, and good luck to all teams on this second round of the Metaverse Policy Hackathon!
07 July 2023
Last day for submission of policy scenarios.
21 July 2023
Announcement of 2 winning policy challenges
Invitation to all teams to join Round 2 of the hackathon
05 August 2023
Participating teams apply to engage with one of the 2 policy challenges
31 August 2023
Last day for submission of policy proposals
10 September 2023
4 Finalist teams to be invited to Korea to participate in the Seoul XR Conference
01 October 2023
Finalists to submit a video explaining their finalized policy proposal
11 October 2023
Finalists to present their proposals live on day 1 of the Seoul XR Conference
A panel of judges to select the 2 winners of the hackathon
Awards to be handed out for “competitor’s/audience’s favorites” to recognize outstanding proposals
Undergraduate or graduate teams of any size.
For purposes of this hackathon, the Asia Pacific region includes: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
The theme of the XR Policy Hackathon 2023 is “Building Community and Well-being in the Metaverse.”
Congratulations! If your team’s scenario is selected as one of the policy challenges, it will be used by all competing teams in the hackathon. You will be awarded Meta Quest 2 headsets.
A diverse panel of expert judges from Meta and Seoul National University’s Artificial Intelligence Institute (“AIIS”) will evaluate the participants’ policy proposals based on a series of metrics. The specific evaluation criteria will vary depending on the round being judged. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seoul National University and Meta will provide participants with support and training for formulating and presenting their policy outputs during Round 2. Experts will also give feedback on proposals to help participants refine their ideas.
In Round 3, finalists are required to submit a video explaining their final policy proposal to present their ideas more comprehensively. The video will also be shared with Round 2 participants and Seoul XR Conference attendees to gather their “competitors’/audience’s favorite” votes.
Well done! If your team is selected as one of the finalists, you will be invited to Korea, to participate in the Seoul XR Conference. We will cover the travel costs, including room and board, for up to 3 participants from your team. You will present your revised policy proposals at the conference.
The ideas generated during the hackathon will contribute to policy discussions and potentially influence future policymaking.
Congratulations to the Round 1 winners and
runners-up for their outstanding contributions!
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