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F8 (Facebook F8)

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

F8 (pronounced eff-eight) is Facebook's developer conference for those creating applications on the social media site's platform.

The first F8 event was held May 24, 2007 in San Francisco. The conference has been held sporadically in the years since when Facebook has important developments to share with its audience.

At F8 2016, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a 10-year roadmap for Facebook. Within the first three years, the company's goal is strengthening the ecosystems of interconnected individual, social, content and marketing networks. The five-year mark is a target for improving products such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. By 2026, the goal is the development of worldwide connectivity, artificial intelligence, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Zuckerberg said that by that time a VR headset would resemble a normal pair of glasses and have the capacity for both virtual and augmented reality.

Other announcements included a chat bot platform to be integrated with Messenger, Mevo, a camera designed for live streaming to Facebook, and Surround 360, a 360-degree video camera.

F8 stands for Facebook eight. The name came from the organization's early and continuing tradition of running eight-hour hackathons to inspire and facilitate projects by the development community.

See Mark Zuckerberg's keynote address from F8 2016:

This was last updated in April 2016

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