3 CHALLENGES | OVER $23K IN PRIZES
What is Digital Ink?
Even in our connected world, handwriting is the most intuitive way for people to create, collaborate, take notes and prove their identity. That’s why the market for stylus or digital pen-enabled devices is booming. It’s also creating a wave of new digital ink content. And that’s where you come in.
Handwriting has been central to our lives for thousands of years. The rising popularity of pen-enabled digital devices proves it’s still the easiest, fastest way to document and share ideas and identities.
So, how are you going to harness it?
Prizes and Perks for Attending
Up to $5,000 in bonus prize from Microsoft
The top team flies to Tokyo on a $3,000 travel prize to attend Connected Ink
Hack with the coolest hardware (Windows tablets, the HTC Vive, Cintiq Pro & more)
Get help from #DigitalInk experts (Microsoft & Wacom) to build your winning app
Top teams can join a Wacom incubation program to continue development
Three separate $5K cash prizes
There are countless reasons why we turn to handwritten methods to draft, refine, and complete important tasks. Want to give your audience this ability write, draw, sketch and doodle in digital ink?
Join the Wacom Inkathon to build new or existing apps that unlock digital ink for your users.
Wacom is calling on developers, designers and all other hackers to build great apps that enable digital ink for their users.
See how you can start utilizing digital ink in your applications:
What is WILL™?
Wacom’s Ink Layer Language (WILL™) connects hardware, software and applications to give applications this ability. Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows, the family of WILL SDKs allow for:
Natural writing & sketching – high-performance writing/sketching that converts to digital ink data allowing for exchange and collaboration.
Exchanging ink – Ink needs to be able to travel from device to device, so WILL™ makes your ink editable across apps, software and services through a common ink data format.
Enhanced meaning through metadata – With WILL™, your app can determine that a document containing the word 'WILL' is either a description of the Wacom Ink Layer Language technology, an article about the actor Will Smith, or a legal testament.
Cross-realities – WILL™ can also be used for 3D inking applications in augmented and virtual reality environments. The relative depth of different pen strokes made within an AR or VR environment is displayed as they are created. Now, for instance AR 3D ink strokes can also be recorded and saved as a video file for sharing with others via multiple communication channels.
Handwritten material expresses meaning that cannot be conveyed with rigid inputs from common everyday programs and applications.
Wacom offers a dynamic developer solution, the WILL SDK, to free our yearning to scribble, draw, trace, doodle and draft. The SDK will allow your application to store, process and render pen data that is entered by your users. User pen strokes capture metadata that is valuable to users and developers alike.
Attendees at the Wacom Inkathon can expect expert support from the Wacom team to help you figure out how to best leverage WILL™ in your applications.
WILL™ (Wacom Ink Layer Language) is a specific standard for digital ink, which is created and stored in a special format because a digital pen creates more data than other input devices such as a mouse or keyboard, including pressure, tilt, and rotation.
WILL™ comprises of:
• An algorithm that creates a beautiful visual representation of ink, which motivates people to use it.
• A file format specialized for digital ink (similar to .pdf or .doc), the structure of which allows for the storage of metadata that enable
an unlimited number of use cases.
• A family of SDKs that developers can use to quickly and easily utilize the power of WILL™ digital ink within their applications using any pen,
stylus or touch-enabled device, on any platform.
INK FOR XR
BONUS PRIZE by
Choosing the Winners
Up to $5,000
Teams that utilize the Microsoft AI API have the chance to win up to 5k in bonus prize monies from the Microsoft team.
Projects will be judged on:
Innovation: 30 pts
Technical Execution: 20 pts
Market Potential: 30 pts
Challenge Fit: 20 pts
President and CEO,
Wacom Co., Ltd.
Creator of #PitchBlackPDX + Dir. Operations, Pensole Footwear Academy
Co-Founder & GM,
Portland Incubator Experiment
SVP Ink Division
Wacom Co., Ltd.
Principal PM Manager, Windows Input.AI, Developer Platform,
Digital Ink Challenge I
Friday, May 17
Check-in / Breakfast
Kickoff / Hacking starts
Digital Ink Challenge II
Team registration Due
Digital Ink Challenge III
Overnight hacking available
Saturday, May 18
Project submission due
Sunday, May 19
For a view into what’s currently available for digital inking in Windows, check out these two videos. Also, be sure to check out the Microsoft Build conference (May 6-8) to see what’s coming next.
Microsoft will be on the ground to help you build the best Inkathon app possible.
Tech Partners Announced: Microsoft and Google
Last but not least, Wacom is a founder member of the Digital Stationery Consortium (DSC). Founded in 2016 with other global leaders including Montblanc and Samsung, it’s a non-profit organization that promotes a WILL™-based digital ink framework beyond operating system and ecosystem boundaries. The DSC’s objective is to define a standard for digital ink based on WILL™ and to develop a new digital stationery market that will add value for members and their customers.
Ultimately, DSC members want to create a foundation for everyone to collaborate freely around digital ink applications, so that everyone benefits. As a result of the organization’s activities, developers will be better able to expand their creative ideas into valuable products which can be bought in every app store, regardless of platform. The DSC is now accepting Startup and Academic Promoter member applications for a free, one-year, membership.
Build the market with us through the Digital Stationery Consortium