Dear challenge participants,

The nineteen projects that you all submitted were very good, making it really challenging for our team of judges to narrow it down to five finalists. The criteria they used to evaluate them all included 1.) feasibility, 2.) creativity, 3.) sizzle (hot) factor, and 4.) marketability.

The five finalists are:

  • Erik Archbald for iOT Thermal Lookout
  • Michael Civay for Radiometric Alerts for Patrol Boats
  • Dylan Holden, Michael Guckavan, and Garth Patterson for Thermal DesorIR
  • GRASP Laboratories for Irrigation Leak Detection
  • Neelay Pandit for Thermal Thermostat

Congratulations to the finalists! You have until June 18th to complete your prototype and submit the demo video of your project (more details coming soon) so get started on your planning right away! We’re going to ship you a Lepton 3.5 and a GroupGets board very soon so you can get started on building your prototype, so please reply to this message right away to confirm the mailing address you’d like us to use and let me know if there’s anything else you need from us to get going. Good luck!

If your project wasn’t selected as a finalist it doesn’t mean we didn’t find your idea interesting – we did in fact see value and potential in nearly all of them. We encourage you to go ahead and build your project anyways, and if you submit it to us we may still feature it on our community showcase page. Good luck!

Thank you again to all of you for participating in the Lepton 3.5 Maker Challenge!


Cal Loo
FLIR Systems
Global Developer Program Manager