Augmented Portal

Welcome to the ZapWorks Augmented Portal competition. Submit your entry before Wednesday 24th January for the chance to win $500!


Theme: Portal

Deadline: Wednesday 24th January

What’s an augmented portal I hear you ask? An augmented portal can be anything from a doorway, gateway or window intoanother world, moving a user seamlessly from one environment to the next. if you’ve ever watched Harry Potter or played the game Portal then you’ve probably seen one before.

Sweet. So how the heck do I make one? Augmented portals are created using augmented reality and masking. Masking is a technique that hides parts of a scene, making the objects behind appear invisible. Masking can be effectively applied to your AR projects to create hidden scenes within experiences,usually framed around a square or circle object - almost like a portal...hint, hint ; )

To help you get started, we recommend that you work along with our Step-by-Step Augmented Portal tutorial.

Using ZapWorks Studio we’re challenging you to build an augmented portal experience into another world. Where you take people is entirely down to you - create a sci-fi experience by building a portal into the future, or take users on a journey to a lost, forgotten city under the sea - the choice is yours.

Whatever you decide you’ll need to consider that your target image will act as the portal, and once scanned will provide the backdrop for your experience. Make sure these two work in tandem to ensure your audience believe they’re being transported to another world.  


To createyour portal you’ll be using:

  • ZapWorks Studio

  • Any 3rd party designer software: Blender, 3ds Max, Photoshop.  

Make sure your entry meets the requirements below: ​​​​​​​

  • Include some form of AR (digital content overlaid on the target image)

  • Add a new layer, functionality or interface to the experience

  • Incorporate a 2D or 3D element

  • Be activated from a target image

  • Follow the augmented portal theme

  • Use some form of masking

  • Be built in ZapWorks Studio (although you can use 3rd party tools to develop your content before importing it into Studio)

Remember: If you’re using the 'Augmented portal.zpp', please ensure your submission adds a new mechanic, functionality or interface to the experience.

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Criteria for judging

Submissions will be judged on the creativity of the entry and use of masking within the experience. Our judges are looking for something that will transport them into another realm, whether that’s using depth on thez-axis within a 2D experience or a custom built 3D model.

Entrants will be judged on:

  • Masking - how well the mask is incorporated into the tracking image and how effectively the content is hidden by the mask

  • Complexity - how complex the project is, in terms of scripting, interactivity, etc.

  • Tracking - how well the content tracks to the image

  • Polish - SFX, nice animations, target events

  • Assets - quality of the 3D models, 2D images/UI

  • UX - how well the user journey is communicated

  • Theme - how consistently the theme is applied throughout the experience

  • Immersive - how effectively immersion is maintained throughout the experience

  • Target image - quality of the target image

Bonus points will be awarded for:

  • Narrative structure - how effectively the experience tells a story

  • Hiding an Easter egg within the experience

  • Including a 360 panorama within the experience

  • Include a call to action somewhere on the tracking image

  • Documenting your progress in a WIP (Work In Progress) topic on the forum

Judging Panel

Your augmented portal creations will be judged and critiqued by Zappar’s in-house team of AR experts, including  Connell Gauld, co-founder & CTO at Zappar, Simon Taylor, co-founder & Research Director and creator of ZapBox.


Submit your experience before Wednesday 24th January to be in with a chance of winning $500.



$500 and a ZapBox Mixed Reality Kit will be awarded to the most creative, engaging and immersive AR experience.

Winners will be chosen by our in-house panel of AR experts.


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Please read the terms and conditions carefully before entering the competition....

Please read the terms and conditions carefully before entering the competition.

Terms & Conditions

  • The promoter of this competition is Zappar Limited (“Zappar”). Our correspondence address is Barley Mow Centre, 10 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH. By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms & conditions.

Qualifying Entrants

  • The competition is open to all users of ZapWorks. You will need to purchase an additional zapcode to enter the competition, if you have used your free one. If you are under the age of 13 please ask your parent or guardian for permission before entering the competition.

  • Your are free to enter as many times as you wish, but please be aware that only one of your entries will be considered for the competition.

  • The competition is not directed to citizens of countries or states where it's promotion or operation is illegal or unlawful, and such persons are not eligible to enter. Competition entries are void where prohibited by your country of residence. We also reserve the right to disqualify any entrant if we have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms & conditions.

  • The competition is not open to Zappar staff, or family members.


  • There is one prize to be won. This is as follows:

    • 1st prize will receive *$500 (or *equivalent amount in their chosen currency) + free ZapBox


*currency conversion rates will be finalised on the day of transfer and are at the discretion of Zappar

*the full amount will be paid into the beneficiaries bank account within 30 days of the competition close date

*No cash alternative will be offered for the free ZapBox


Start and Closing Dates

Competition Entries

  • The winner (1st place) will be selected and announced on Wednesday24th January 2018 on Zappar’s web properties (,,, & , social channels and email newsletter. Winners will, in the first instance, be contacted via email.

  • Entries will be judged on the following criteria

    • Complexity - how complex the project is, scripting-wise etc.

    • Tracking - how well the content tracks to the image.

    • Polish - SFX, nice animations, target events.

    • Assets - quality of the 3D model, 2D images/UI.

    • CTA - quality of the call to action (CTA)

    • Theme - how closely the theme of the competition has been followed.

    • Target image - quality of the target image

Extra points:

Bonus points will be awarded

    • Narrative structure - how effectively the experience tells a story

    • Hidden secret or surprise within the experience


  • Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. In all matters, the decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

  • Entrants will retain the copyright in  their competition submission

  • By submitting your entry you consent that Zappar can use your entry in perpetuity for marketing and PR purposes on:

    • Zappar’s web properties, social channels, and print collateral

    • 3rd party sites

    • Anywhere on the web that’s not listed above

  • The experience must be your own original work. Entrants are NOT allowed to use 3rd party content without a licence. Zappar is not  legally responsible for users that submit work without consent from all relevant 3rd parties..    

  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit the experience.

  • The experience may not include any third-party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained the explicit permission to use the materials.

  • You should only use elements in your entry that have documented features on the ZapWorks documentation site

  • You are responsible for the cost (if any) ofcreating your competition entry and sending it to us, as well as all other costs associated with participation in the competition

  • Entrants cannot ask for help with their competition entry from Zappar employees

  • All entrants must have a ZapWorks personal account and access to the internet

  • *Entrants may use the ‘Augmented portal Zpp’ as a starting point only. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants should add a new mechanic, element or level of functionality to the experience that sets it apart from the original.  


With every competition submission you must submit your Zpp file to the competition submission upload form. This is to check:

  1. The validity of your work

  2. For plagiarism

You will NOT be judged on the structure/organisation of your project file.


  • Zappar cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize. Zappar is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, telephone lines or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation in the competition. Nothing shall exclude Zappar’s liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.


Data Protection and Publicity

  • By entering the competition, you consent that Zappar may publish you as a winner on the Zappar website(s), Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.