What is the AEC Hackathon?
A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of Silicon Valley technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional "hack," the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. The AEC community faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them. How are you changing the world?
Who should attend?
If you know that your processes could be faster, cheaper, more reliable. If you’re tired of solutions someone else developed that don't work.
We need tech ninjas, game programmers, and rebels that code. Come to hack with new hardware and tech all in the name of doing something crazy and fantastic--and helpful.
We need people like you to make everything look beautiful, work intuitively, and create a great user experience.
How Is This Going Down?
Friday, November 8:: Menlo Park - Facebook
6:00pm Registration/Mixer 7:00pm Welcome/Introductions 7:15pm Why an AEC Hackathon? Creative Brief - 30 second briefs 8:00pm Team Formations - Cover hack categories & talk AEC problems 8:45pm Team Introductions/Goals for the Weekend 9:00pm Adjourn
Saturday, November 9:: Menlo Park - Facebook
8:00am Team Check In/Breakfast 8:30am Morning Welcome/Hackathon Brief/Snacks and Beverages provided through the Hackathon 9:00am Hackathon Kickoff - Team Brainstorming/Sketch/Design/Code 10:00am AEC and Tech Workshops throughout the day until 5:00pm 1:00pm Working Lunch 7:00pm Working Dinner
HACK THROUGH THE NIGHT #HACKSTRONG
Sunday, November 10:: Menlo Park - Facebook
8:00am Working Breakfast 12:00pm Hackathon Coding Concludes/upload to Google Drive/Lunch 12:30pm Hackathon Presentations Begin 3:30pm Judging Concludes/Final Awards and Recognitions (The final awards may be held earlier or later depending on duration of hack presentations) 4:00pm Closing Remarks/Adjourn/AfterHack Party
Learn the latest in technology tools and processes that relate to you from the leaders in the industry.
- GeoDesign - Michael Flaxman
- Digital Fabrication - Joshua Zabel & Stefan Schneider
- Big Data in AEC - David Fano
- Smart Buildings & Cities - Christie Federico & Paul Doherty
- AEC Future Tech - James Benham & Damon Hernandez & Jonathan Hoffberg
Learn the latest standards, languages, and API’s for web, 3D, GIS, and complementary technologies.
- Augmented Reality with the Vuforia Platform - David Beard
- Web3D Opportunities for AEC and BIM - Don Brutzman
- Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing - Tom Charron
- Hacking the business side of the AEC Industry - Justin Quimby
Friday Reception & Saturday-Sunday Hackathon:Facebook Campus - location details shared with registered attendees & for Facebookers, Son of Ping and Pong
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IDEAbuilder and the Digit Group have joined forces to produce the AEC Hackathon 1.0. Supported by AEC Industry leaders and Silicon Valley IT talent, the AEC Hackathon promises to be an exciting and worthwhile event.
Lots of cool people are involved in making this event happen. We can't list them all, but they are allstars and we thank them for their help and support.
1. What is a hackathon?
Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry since the late 1990s. A Hackathon is an intense event that brings together computer programmers like software developers, graphic designers and user interface specialists along with industry process experts and professionals to identify issues and create software solutions, usually within a weekend.
2. What do I bring?
This is a very hands-on and grassroots event. Bring your laptops, mobile phones, Kinects, Oculus Rifts, Leap Motions, wearable computing devices, to whatever inspires you but above all, your energy and your brain! Don't worry if you forget something, there will be tons of stuff to do.
3. What is the goal of the hackathon?
We want to create an environment that embraces new ideas and technology solutions for the AEC Industry. A place where technology designers and developers can come to help the industry, and a safe zone for AEC R&D teams to geek out without having to worry about failure or affecting a company's bottom line. We know it takes longer than a weekend to build great solutions, but this is ample time to form teams of good people and begin creating great solutions.
4. How do I form or join a team and why?
We hope teams at the hackathon will form around problems expressed by participating AEC professionals or the provided hack categories. We do encourage participants to start forming teams before the event. If you would like to start a team or are looking for a team to join, be sure to attend the Friday evening mixer or make an announcement at the opening ceremony of the event on Saturday. You can also propose or join a team via our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.