RICOH THETA Dream and Build Contest

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RICOH THETA Dream and Build Contest
RICOH THETA Dream and Build Contest
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Other questions

Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

Free hardware application: Do I have to submit a project entry if I receive free hardware?
Yes, all free hardware recipients must submit a project entry by the contest deadline. Free hardware recipients who do not submit a project entry will become ineligible to receive free hardware in future giveaways.
Free hardware application: How many free devices are available?
10 free devices are available. One device maximum per person.
Free hardware application: How many ideas can I submit?
Each participant is allowed to submit one idea.
Free hardware application: I was notified that I was selected to receive one of free devices. When will I receive it?
We will notify you via email when free devices are shipped. If you haven't received an email yet, we haven't yet shipped it. Be aware that once you receive the initial notification, it may still be a few weeks until you receive the shipment notification.
Free hardware application: What happens if I receive free hardware and do not submit a project entry?

Participants who receive free hardware and do not submit a project may be ineligible for future giveaways unless the hardware is returned.

If you receive free hardware and become unable to submit a project, please contact us at and let us know as soon as possible. We may choose to arrange for the hardware to be shipped to another participant.

Free hardware application: What kind of idea is more likely to win free hardware?
We encourage creative ideas. For instance, pet feeders and home automation systems are very common nowadays and less creative. We also encourage realistic ideas. While solving world hunger is a great goal, it may not be realistic.
I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • You must create a THETA Partner Program account and you must begin to submit your entry to the THETA Store.
  • Your entry must be your own original work but can be substantially based on SDK example code, open source code or other examples.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest.
  • Your team is no more than 5 members per entry.*

*By entering a submission to this contest on behalf of a team, you acknowledge that you are the designated representative authorized to act on behalf of your team. (See full rules below for details)

Hardware Application Requirements

Note: If you choose to submit an application for free hardware, you must meet the following requirements. If not, continue to 'Hardware/Software Build Requirements' below.

  • Your hardware application must be submitted via the online application form found on the contest page’s “apply for hardware” tab.
  • Your hardware application must be written in English.
  • Your hardware application must use the RICOH THETA V.
  • Your hardware application must solve a problem related to the contest.
  • Your hardware application must be submitted by Apr 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must be created using the RICOH THETA V or RICOH THETA Z1.
  • Your project must solve a problem related to the contest.

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, usage instructions, images, and plug-in apk (Android application file).
  • Your project must be written in English.
  • Your project must be submitted by Jul 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Project Documentation (34 points)
    Story/Instructions - Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended. Ask yourself: “If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?”
  • apk Submission (33 points)
    Functional Android Application Package (apk) must be submitted to the THETA Plug-in Store by the contest deadline.
  • Creativity (33 points)
    Your idea doesn’t have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).
What are the prizes?
Most Innovative
  • 1st Place: HTC - VIVE Pro Headset (HMD Only)
  • 2nd Place: DJI - Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Onyx Black
  • 3rd Place: Amazon Gift Card
Most Practical
  • 1st Place: THETA Action Accessories Pack
  • 2nd Place: Raspberry Pi Learning Pack
  • 3rd Place: Amazon Gift Card
Most Inspiring
  • 1st Place: Google Pixel Slate 8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 Processor 8GB RAM 64GB Storage
  • 2nd Place: Ricoh GR II Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
  • 3rd Place: Oculus Go - 64GB Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Headset plus Case - Black
Judge’s Freestyle Favorite (fun, silly, unexpected, nice try, or other)
  • 1st Place: Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: Amazon Gift Card
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Important: Your Plug-in must have begun the submission process to in the THETA Store to win.

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on either or (or sign-in if already a member)
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant" or if you're on, post your intention to participate in the contest in the Dream and Build category.
  • Create a free THETA Partner Program account unless you already have an account.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build with one of two methods:
  • Method 1 (can be private): using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.
  • Method 2 (public): Describe your project and publish your project to Dream and Build category. IMPORTANT: If you post it to the community, your submission will be available to any registered user to read.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements. Important: Your project must have begun the submission process to the THETA Store.

Use one of the following methods:

Method 1 through

  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Jul 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.

Method 2 through

  • You can fulfill the submission requirements by posting your project to the Dream and Build category.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

March 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM PT

Applications for hardware close:

April 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

Hardware recipients announced:

April 19, 2019

Submissions close:

July 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

August 7, 2019

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

free devices winners will be announced by April 19, 2019. The list of winners will be visible on the Ideas tab.

Contest winners will be announced on August 7, 2019. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are at least 13 years of age
    If you are 12 years or younger, you must receive a legal guardian's permission and have them complete Hackster’s contest permission form prior to submitting an entry into this contest. Send any questions to
  • You are not a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria
    US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to the countries listed above, therefore residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  • You are not an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.
Can I join the Plug-in Partner Program without a Camera?

Yes, scroll to the bottom of this document:

 Completing and Submitting Plug-in Without a Camera

Can I participate with a THETA S or THETA SC?

You need a THETA V or a THETA Z1 to participate in the contest. The THETA S and THETA SC models cannot run plug-ins.

Can I submit a plug-in to the contest without a camera?
Is it possible to connect to external devices using USB?

Yes, THETA can be attached to feature-specific devices like a GPS module using an OTG cable connector. However, for the purposes of this Dream and Build THETA contest, the Android-based plug-in architecture of the RICOH THETA does not give a way to set permissions using USB data transfer without interaction on a screen. For a developer, this is not an issue, as tools like Vysor can be used. However, the goal of the contest is to create a functioning plug-in that an end user can download and install. This is not possible.

What is the CPU, GPU, RAM and Flash Storage Used in the RICOH THETA V?

See this link:

  • APQ8053 (Snapdragon 625)
    • CPU: Cortex A-53 x8
    • GPU: Qualcomm AdrenoTM 506
  • WLAN/BT (2 models)
    • 2.4GHz (1-11ch) only
    • 2.4GHz(1-11ch) + 5GHz(W52)
  • 12MP CMOS x2, 4ch MEMS microphones, 1ch speaker


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