I’ve been interested in participating in – or at least attending – an AEC Hackathon for a couple of years now. I was first introduced to them during the VR Hackathons I attended in SF in 2014 and 2015 (Damon, Greg and Paul, who help organize the AEC Hackathons, were also organizing/involved in/attending the VR ones).
There are a number of AEC Hackathons planned for Europe over the coming months, so I’m happy to say I’ll finally get my chance. I’ve been asked to present at the first – which is in Munich from March 31st – April 2nd – and with any luck I’ll also be able to attend one in Zurich, too.
To understand a bit more about the concept behind AEC Hackathons – and how they work – here’s a quick video:
Here’s some additional information copied from the AEC Hackathon about page:
The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. It’s a weekend of geeking at its finest for improving the industries that affect all that live or work in a house or building. It has quickly become a global community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment.
The weekend gives attendees the chance to be exposed to and work with the latest high tech tools provided by supporters, sponsors, and fellow community members. Not all built environment professionals have to code or have much background with tech. Just come with your knowledge, an open mind, collaborative spirit, and willinginess to solve Mon-Fri problems leveraging all kinds of technology.
At the Munich session there’ll be a number of technology sessions regarding Robotics, Generative Design, IoT, AR/VR and web services.
Check out some of our Speakers:
- Matt Jezyk, Senior Product Line Manager, AEC Conceptual Design Products, Autodesk (USA)
- Jaime Rosales, Senior Developer Consultant FORGE, Autodesk (USA)
- Maximilian Thumfart, Developer of Grevit, Dynamo for Rebar, Dynamo PDF (UK)
- Robin-Manuel Thiel & Malte Lantin, Technical Evangelists, Microsoft Developer Experience (GER)
- Sigrid Brell Cokcan, IP/RWTH Aachen & Johannes Braumann, UFG Linz - Robots in Architecture
- And many more, including me, of course. :-)
There are a few different ways to engage:
- Come on by
- Join us for the weekend, observe, and offer your industry expertise to teams as needed. Encourage others in your company to join you as this is a great way to get exposed to new technologies and meet other innovators in top AEC firms.
- Register here.
- Team up and solve an Industry Problem
- Bring a problem you want to solve or company/industry challenge. The Friday Night Lightning Rounds are open to all that want to propose an idea and form a team around improving some element of the design, build, operational process. Past teams have created high-tech solutions for tracking tools, high-end BIM Solutions, using virtual reality for jobsite safety training, and much more.
- Visit this YouTube channel to watch past team presentations.
- Learn how to develop on Innovative Software Platforms
- If you are an IT affinitive User or a Software Developer and you always wanted to learn how to develop on FORGE, Dynamo Studio, KUKA Robot, Microsoft Mixed Reality, IoT Hub, Azure Functions and Cognitive Services come and join the free Developer Workshops in the afternoon before the Event.
- Take a look at the Prep Workshops.
If you have any questions, please take a look at the FAQ.
See you in Munich!