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FLIR “Hack the Heat” Hacker and Maker Challenge

Software Hackers and Hardware Makers, It’s time to heat things Up!

FLIR and AngelHack are turning up the Heat in London (June 17-19, 2016) with a software hacker/hardware maker challenge like no other.

The challenge is open to new and existing projects. Sign-up and compete for the grand prize valued at over £7,000.

“Hack the Heat” and become a Superhero with the power of FLIR ONE and Lepton.


The top team from the FLIR Hack the Heat hackathon will win:

  • The Grand Prize team from each city will be entered into FLIR’s 12-week Virtual Accelerator Program, a £4300 value, where the team will an opportunity to receive customized, 1:1 mentorship from FLIR, support to transform their hack into a market-ready product and possibly pitch to FLIR executives for additional development support of their app.
  • Each grand prize team will also receive one FLIR ONE or FLIR Lepton development kit for every member of their team(up to 5), a  £845 value.


  • £705 For the winning team
  • FLIR ONE or Lepton for each member of the winning team (Up to 5)


  • £705 For the winning team
  • FLIR Lepton for each member of the winning team (Up to 5)


  • £705 For the winning team
  • FLIR ONE or Lepton for each member of the winning team (Up to 5)


  • £705 For the winning team
  • FLIR Lepton for each member of the winning team (Up to 5)


Use the FLIR ONE SDK and/or a FLIR Lepton developer kit to create totally new consumer-ready thermal-imaging solution.


Integrate the FLIR ONE SDK and/or a FLIR Lepton solution into an existing non-thermal technology or app to create a new, innovative consumer-ready thermal-imaging solution.


6:00pm Webinar Opening
6:10pm FLIR Opening
6:15pm FLIR ONE Briefing and tech presentation
7:15pm FLIR ONE Q&A
7:30pm FLIR Lepton Briefing and tech presentation
8:30pm FLIR Lepton Q&A
8:45pm Closing comments
9:00pm Conclusion of Hacker/Maker Challenge Webinar

6:00pm Dinner & doors open
6:30pm FLIR welcome and sponsor pitches
6:45pm Introduction to FLIR technologies
8:45pm Hacking Begins
11:55pm Beat the Thermal Sentinel Challenge (TBC)
11:55pm Midnight Snack

8:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Repeat Tech talks (FLIR and Partners TBD)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Submit your team /project name on
6:00 pm Dinner
10:00pm Pitch workshop
12:00 am Midnight Snack

8:00 am Breakfast
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Final Coding and Submission Deadline
2:00 pm Project presentations – Judging and voting begins
4:00 pm Judge deliberations / mingle and snacks for participants
5:00 pm Awards
6:00 pm Closing

What are the rules around fresh code / makes?

There will be two tracks at this event. Your team must select and compete in one track only, and there will be separate prizes for each track.

  1. For Fresh code / makes: All code developed as part of the FLIR Hackathon must be fresh. Before the start of the FLIR Hackathon, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. But to keep things fair, all code must be written onsite at the FLIR Hackathon starting at 8:45pm on Friday. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries. For makers, you’re welcome to bring your tools, supplies and plans to the event, but you must begin your actual build onsite at the hackathon, starting at 8:45pm on Friday.
  2. For Pre-Existing Applications or Makes: You may integrate FLIR’s technology into a pre-existing hack or make,  that hasn’t already integrated thermal imaging. Applications that have already been submitted to FLIR are not eligible. You will not be eligible to compete with fresh code or make teams. In order to be eligible to demo and compete with other pre-existing teams, you must sign the participation agreement by Saturday at 9am, and you must submit your project and team name by Saturday at 1pm on

FLIR ONE requirements:

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 enter their project into no later than 1pm on Saturday, and then to submit their completed project to for judging consideration no later than 1pm on Sunday. London Attendees must enter project here. Accepted submissions will be given 3 min to pitch  their functioning software or hardware solution Sunday afternoon in front of a panel of judges, with 1 minute provided for Q&A. The format is free, but it is recommended to share a very brief 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.

Who Owns the IP?

Participants will own the rights to their work. However, for teams to be eligible for the winning prize, they must commit to further work on and develop their prototypes within a reasonable period of time, all of which mentorship and support will be provided by FLIR. If the teams decide not to further develop the ideas, FLIR retains the right to produce a similar product with different methods. Full information available in the event participation agreement.

Is there a Participation Agreement?

Yes – there are participation agreements both for hackers and makers available on our website, you will be required to sign at the event.


How is the FLIR Hackathon Judged?
The ideas are judged based on 5 criteria from a panel of judges (TBD):

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How well it works
Includes the extent to which the solution does what it is supposed to do.
4. Hot factor
Includes how compelling the solution is and how likely people are to be excited about it.
5. Commercial viability
Includes how commercially viable the solution is and its potential to reach a large amount of consumers with a quality product.


Posted 30th Apr 2016
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