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REGISTER NOW for the AEC Technology Hackathon! This weekend-long event is organized for programmers, web developers, and AEC experts to collaborate on novel ideas and processes for the AEC industry. There is a great need for the building industry to start developing their own solutions and here is the chance to get started! Hackers will have a day and a half to brainstorm concepts, develop projects, and present results to a panel of industry experts. An impressive collection of Hackathon Leaders will be present to offer guidance and support for hackers throughout the competition.

The challenge: Develop a new app/ technique to enhance the building design or construction process. This can be done either by developing new apps, or by creatively using existing ones.

Discuss your ideas before and during the event at our Devpost discussion page.

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 (15%): 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 (15%): Which technologies/ APIs/ products/ methods did you use, that you did not know before?

Judges (tbd)

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

09:30 Sign-in/snacks
10:00 Lighting rounds and team formations begin
10:30 The hacking begins
11:30 Workshop #1: Flux.io
12:30 Workshop #2: Autodesk View & Data API
13:30 (Working) Lunch
14:30 Workshop #3: Iris Virtual Reality Demo
15:30 Workshops: Ad-hoc. Snacks delivered
19:00 Dinner

Sunday

09:00 Breakfast
12:30 The hacking concludes, lunch begins
13:00 Begin of the hack demonstrations (3-5 minutes per project)
14:00 Awards ceremony
15:00 Event conclusion

We’ve established a network of participants and resources for hackers to network and collaborate before the event on our Devpost page. 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 take place at Grohe Live! Center, 160 5th Ave, New York. The event will kick off at 9am on Saturday, September 26th, and run through the night. Prizes will be awarded to the top projects for each challenge at 2pm on Sunday September 27th.

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 Hackathon participants and Leaders, you will find a valuable way to contribute to the event. There will also be a number of short workshops hosted by Autodesk, The Provingground, IrisVR, Flux.io and others on a variety of technologies and products.
Still unsure? Check out the list of Leaders and their qualifications here. Their expertise in web-based graphics, mobile app development, 3D graphics, front end development and plugin development for Revit, Dynamo and Grasshopper is sure to be a valuable asset for any AEC undertaking.

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! Also check out our hackathon leaders, who will be offering their mad skillz to anyone in need.

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 2015 on Devpost. We’ve established a network of participants and resources for you to network and collaborate before the event.