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!  


Here's the plan: 

Optional Pre-event Webinar: Wednesday November 18th at 6:00pm (see below)

Optional Pre-event meetup: Friday November 20th at 7:30pm (at CoCoon)

Challenge Start time: Saturday November 21st at 9am

Challenge End time: Sunday November 22nd at 5pm


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 as individuals (not teams) on Eventbrite at  You will submit your team members as part of your DevPost project submission.

All food and drink provided.  

Total prizes USD $10K cash plus FLIR ONEs. Hourly prize giveaways in addition to that (must be present to win).

Event location: 3/F Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Hope to see you in Hong Kong!


NOTE: This is the access information for the pre-event webinar on Weds 10/18:

Where:   WebEx Online
Meeting number:   198 083 290
Password:   This meeting does not require a password.

Audio Connection

+1-415-655-0001 US TOLL Free, Access code 198 083 290 


Must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must be legally eligible to win to collect a cash prize.  FLIR employees and relatives 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 Hong Kong. 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 DevPost for consideration no later than 1pm on Sunday Nov 22nd.  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


$13,735 in prizes

Best Overall

$5,000 cash prize (USD)
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member ($249 value, up to 5). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Second Place Overall

$3,000 cash prize (USD)
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member ($249 value, up to 5). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Crowd Favorite

$1,000 cash prize (USD)
plus one FLIR ONE for each team member ($249 value, up to five). Can be either a software or hardware app.

Best Hardware App

$500 cash prize (USD) for best hardware app created based on Lepton

Best Software App

$500 cash prize (USD) for best software app created based on FLIR ONE

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 ( 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 DevPost

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
Cal is the FLIR Developer Relations Manager. He runs the FLIR ONE developer program, including the setup and facilitation of the BRING THE HEAT Hacker and Maker challenges.

Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis
Director of Business Development / FLIR

Renato Untalan

Renato Untalan
Renato is the Development Manager of Novacoast Inc in Santa Barbara, CA. He has run development for very large enterprise companies, and provided consultation for several funded startups in Silicon Valley.

Raymond Tsoi

Raymond Tsoi
Raymond is the Chief Writer for HK Economic Journal Insight.

Michael Dolinar

Michael Dolinar
Mike is the president of AdvanceWorx, a FLIR Certified Developer based in Sudbury, ON, Canada. Mike works very closely with FLIR and is the developer of a number of FLIR ONE apps currently on the market, including the Owens Corning Comfort Tracker.

Casey Lau

Casey Lau
Casey Lau is the co-founder of StartupsHK, the head of the Softlayer Catalyst startup program in Asia and the co-host of RISE - Web Summit's annual Asia-Pacific conference in Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter @Casey_Lau.

Roland Yau

Roland Yau
Investment Director, CoCoon

Judging Criteria

  • How innovative the app is.
    Includes the degree of innovation demonstrated either in the use of thermal imaging or in the creation of the solution.
  • User experience and design.
    Includes how beautiful and elegant the solution is in terms of how it looks to the user and how easy it is to use.
  • How well it works.
    Includes the extent to which the solution does what it is supposed to do.
  • Potential impact.
    Includes the extent to which the solution could impact users of thermal imaging products in terms of scope and/or scale

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