Bring the Heat!  

FLIR's revolutionary FLIR ONE ( and Lepton ( products bring thermal imaging to the mass consumer market for the very first time, and we're challenging hackers and makers around the globe to compete for prizes by creating the most innovative, beautiful, and useful software or hardware solutions using FLIR's thermal imaging products imaginable!  If you were a superhero with a thermal imaging sixth sense, what would YOUR super power be?

Hackers and makers, come learn and hack with us!  

FLIR ONE is a smartphone accessory that puts thermal imaging into the palm of your hand and LEPTON is the world's smallest thermal imager, which you can use in your own designs. We'll provide everything you need to create your software and/or hardware solution:

   a) Loaner dev platforms (for FLIR ONE and Lepton) for those that don't have them

   b) SDKs and tools

   c) Training

   d) On site 24 hour technical support.  

If you decide to take your solution to market we may also be able to help you with that.  

All participants must register on Eventbrite at  There's a $15 registration fee that covers all food and beverages for the weekend.

All food and drink provided.  

USD 10K cash prizes. Hourly prize giveaways in addition to that (must be present to win).

Event location: San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, Innovation Hangar, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Hope to see you in San Francisco!


Must be at least 18 years old to participate and you must be legally eligible to win to collect a cash prize.  FLIR employees and their families are not eligible.  Any eligible person, team or entity can join the challenge. Only requirement is that you participate in person during the hacakthon in San Francisco. In general teams will be formed around the best ideas on the first evening of the hackathon, however, you can also join as a pre-formed team. 


There are two categories of projects: 1.) Software app and 2.) Hardware app.  Projects/solutions may be based on the FLIR ONE smartphone accessory or the Lepton thermal imaging component.

Each team is required to submit their project to ChallengePost for consideration no later than 11am on Sunday 6/28.  Accepted submissions will be given 3 min to pitch and demo their functioning software or hardware solution Sunday afternoon in front of a panel of judges. The format is free, but it is recommended to share a presentation, e.g. PowerPoint or a video combined with a demo (e.g. video) of the solution developed.  We will provide projection equipment and an Apple TV to display your app on your phone screen to the judges.

Hackathon Sponsors


$17,000 in prizes

Best Overall

$5,000 cash prize
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member (up to 5). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Second Place Overall

$2,500 cash prize
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member (up to 5). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Crowd Favorite

$1,000 cash prize
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member (up to five). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Best Hardware App

Best hardware app created based on Lepton

Best Software App

Best software app created based on FLIR ONE

Honorable Mention (5)

Honorable mention awarded to 5 additional projects, either hardware or software, at discretion of the judges.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1. Join the FLIR Developer Program and download the appropriate SDK (

2. Create an Apple or Android developer account

3. Register to participate on Eventbrite (insert link) so we know you're coming and what equipment you'll need

4. Attend Hacker and Maker Challenge in person

5. Get trained on working with thermal imaging and FLIR's platforms and tools (free!)

6. Create or join a team and enter your project into ChallengePost

7. Create your hardware or software project 

8. Submit your project for consideration online and present it to our panel of judges


Cal Loo

Cal Loo
Developer Relations Manager

Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis
Director of Business Development / FLIR

Bruce Cumming

Bruce Cumming
Director of Marketing

Mike Walters

Mike Walters
Vice President

Dr. Austin Richards

Dr. Austin Richards
Research Scientist

Judging Criteria

  • How innovative it is
    Degree of innovation demonstrated either in use of thermal imaging or in the creation of the solution.
  • How beautiful it is
    How beautiful the solution is in terms of how it looks to the users or how elegant the solution is.
  • How intuitive it is
    How easy it is to understand and use.
  • How well it works
    How well does it do what it's supposed to do.

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