Photo Credit: Zachary Tyler Newton Photography

This year’s AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon came and passed all too quickly, but we couldn’t be more impressed and inspired by everyone who came together to make it such a great success. With over 150 attendees at the symposium, 30-plus speakers and leaders and 80 hackers participating over the course of the three-day event, we are extremely grateful to have helped foster a forum for advancing technology in the AEC industry. Without the architects, engineers, computer scientists, students, researchers and everyone in between, this event could certainly not be what it is.

This year we chose to focus the symposium on two overarching topics: data-driven design and big data. We saw amazing projects in both categories during the symposium presentations and witnessed the development of nearly a dozen fantastic projects during the 27-hour hackathon. Many presenters and hackers showed new solutions that leveraged both big data and the power of the web, while our two keynote presenters, Shane Burger of Woods Bagot and Depak Aatresh of Aditazz, inspired us all to keep pushing the boundaries of how technology can help change the face of the industry.

While last year’s conference left many of us pondering “what’s next?”, this year may have very well been a taste of the not-so-distant future. Computers are faster; the cloud is more accessible; software platforms are being leveraged to a greater degree; teams are collaborating; and data is finding its way into our processes. I know every last one of us at CORE studio walked away inspired and ready to take on new challenges in the upcoming months, and we hope you all did too.

From all of us here at Thornton Tomasetti, we would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible, including those who spoke and inspired our audience, our Hackathon sponsors (Autodesk, NRI, Sefaira, and IBPSA-USA), and of course those of you who attended and fielded all of the tough questions and stimulating dialog. Once again, it makes us very proud to be part of such a great community.

Meet the hackers and get an up close look at their hackathon projects with our friend Theresa Chong at Engineering News-Record.

If you missed the events, don’t fret! Photos and recordings of the Symposium and Hackathon are available here. Or jump over to our Twitter page to check out the live tweets and photos from all three days.

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