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Google’s Made With Code program has joined with Snap Inc to host  a contest for teens to code a geofilter
By Lapacazo Sandoval, Contributing Writer
Published September 29, 2017

Until October 8, teens can go to MadewithCode.com to code a geofilter and submit a 100-word statement about the future they envision.

Deadline is October 8
I have a pressing question:  Do you love the young people in your life?  If you do, would you make effort to share information that could positively impact their future?
Suspecting that the answers to both of the questions are a resounding—yes—then please make note that until October 8, teens can go to MadewithCode.com to code a geofilter and submit a 100-word statement about the future they envision.
This is a contest. Do not panic.  They don’t need any prior coding experience to give it a try. What they do need is a sense of adventure and a thirst for knowledge. Google’s Made With Code program has joined with Snap Inc to host a contest for teens to code a geofilter (ie, a creative overlay that shows where you and what you’re doing) that will go live nationally in the Snapchat app.
The contest, called #MyFutureMe, launched yesterday and five finalists will be sent to the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans in November to work with Google and Snap engineers to create lenses for the Snapchat app. They’ll also receive a trip to Los Angeles, CA, for a private, VIP tour of the Snapchat and Google offices.
The great news is that for the five finalists that will receive mentoring sessions from Google engineers and work with Snap engineers to create a lens (for the non-teens: this is augmented reality technology that adds animations to your selfies, general photos, and the world around us).
This is a very big deal and the panel of amazing people who will judge the lenses from the five finalists 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).
How we share the things we see around us is part of what motivated the creation of this contest.  With this contest, Made with Code and Snap will help teens nationwide see that the things they love, like Snapchat, are made with code. Teens are already Snapping. Let’s get them coding, too.
 
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