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REGISTER NOW for the AEC Technology Hackathon! This event is organized for programmers, web developers, and AEC experts to collaborate on novel ideas and processes for the AEC industry and beyond. The Hackathon aims for attendees to learn new skills, generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community through data-driven design and customized applications.

The 2017 AEC Technology Hackathon Challenge is focused on bringing in libraries and technologies from cross-industry sectors to result in an open-source application made relevant for the AEC community.

We’ve established a network of participants and resources for hackers to network and collaborate before the event on our Devpost Page.

Hackathon will be moderated by Konstru.

In attendance at the Hackathon will be Steve Baer and Dale Fugier. As a team, Steve and Dale are the most knowledgeable people that exist on the Rhinos SDKs (RhinoComon, RhinoScript, Rhino.Python). They will be attending all the events at the hackathon to answer any questions you have about Rhino and the nitty gritty of the Rhino SDK. If you have current questions, want to write some code with them, want to know what is new or where the Rhino is going as a development platform, these are the people that can help.

Three team representatives from Autodesk will be giving an workshop, Hello AVP!, at the Hackathon! This workshop will take place at 10:30AM on Saturday and is highly encouraged for every participant to attend; this will help you gain new skills and influence your Hackathon projects even more!


  • Ray Daddazio
  • Ung Joo Scott Lee
  • Friederike Schuur
  • Richard Sarrach
  • Greg Schleusner
  • David Pysh

Judging Criteria:

  1. Awesomeness (50%): We are looking for techniques that no one has ever thought of. Are you providing a good solution to a new problem?
  2. Open-source/ collaboration (20%): We encourage you to develop an app that can easily be used by others. Does it live on GitHub/ bitbucket? Is it open? Rather than reinventing the paperclip, did you leverage other great techniques that already exist?
  3. Teamwork (20%): We encourage you to have colorful teams. As such we will give points for teams that are not solely formed of coworkers. After all, we want to use this time to make new connections too.
  4. Learning (10%): Which technologies/ APIs/ products/ methods did you use, that you did not know before?

$1,500 worth of nerdy Prizes:

  1. Best overall hack. Most innovative, mind-bending application
  2. Best hack built with existing applications. Most creative to generate a valuable concept by utilizing one or more existing application.
  3. Best collaboration/ open-source product (good use of existing accessible technologies and APIs)

Hackathon Schedule:

Saturday October 21st

8:15 a.m.: Sign-in/Breakfast
9:00 a.m.: Team Formations
9:30 a.m.: Hacking Begins!
10:30 a.m.: Hello AVP! Workshop
1:00 p.m.: (working) Lunch
6:00 p.m.: (working) Dinner

Sunday October 22nd

9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
1:00 p.m.: (working) Lunch
3:00 p.m.: Hacking Ends!
4:00 p.m.: Presentations (3-5minutes) and Judging
5:30 p.m.: Winners Announced
6:00 p.m.: Event Conclusion

Please find below a few common questions and answers about the event. We hope you will join us!

Where and when is the AEC Technology Hackathon?

The AEC Technology Hackathon will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21st, run through the night, and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd. Prizes will be awarded to the top projects for each challenge at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd.

Doesn’t ‘hackathon’ mean coding? What if I don’t code?

It is true that hackathons are mainly designed for people who know how to code, but you don’t need to be a coder to attend the AEC Technology Hackathon. Whatever your skill, if you have an idea that you would like to develop, you are welcome to participate. We are confident that with the help of other Hackathon participants, you will find a valuable way to contribute to the event. There will also be a full day of workshops hosted by CORE studio, Mostapha Roudsari, Woods Bagot, and others on a variety of technologies and products. This will be held on Thursday, October 19th at Thornton Tomasetti’s offices.

What type of projects will people work on during the Hackathon?

We hope to encourage a diverse range of projects geared towards the Hackathon Challenge. A list of ideas for possible projects that Hackers have initiated is available on the discussion forum on Devpost. If you don’t see a project that you would like to join, or if you would like to pursue an alternative approach, now is the time to start your own project and get others involved!

How and when should I team up with other people?

The sooner the better. Let other Hackers know you have a project you would like to pursue, share resources, and brainstorm solutions starting now! Use the discussion forum for the event to find out about existing project proposals, or to suggest a new one. You can also look around to see what people you might want to team up with to realize your ideas.

I have a project that I’m already working on. Can I bring it to the Hackathon?

Yes! All projects are welcome as long as they are related to the AEC industry. However, awards judgement will be based on what you add to your project during the Hackathon. If you already have a project underway, please submit your ideas ahead of time in the discussion forum. Your work may inspire others – we encourage you to team up to develop solutions together!

Do I have to attend both days?

Participation during both days is certainly not required. We understand and respect that you may have obligations and/or responsibilities that may require you to leave early. We encourage everyone to partake in the event to the best of their abilities. With this in mind, please inform your team(s) of any schedule limitations at the start of the Hackathon.

What do I need to bring?

You will need your own laptop (or tablet), power supply, and if desired, writing/sketching materials, as well as any physical computing equipment you might want to hack. We will provide meals and beers!

Who will own the project I produce?

You will own your work. We encourage the open-sourcing of projects and very much would like to exhibit results after the event. That said, it’s your call.

Where can I find more information about participants, projects, and resources?

Check out AEC Technology Hackathon 2017 on Devpost. We’ve established a network of participants and resources for you to network and collaborate before the event.