Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Can You Hack It?

Today represents the midpoint between when the first-ever A/E/C Hackathon took place (on November 8-10, 2013 in San Francisco, CA) and when A/E/C Hackathon: 2.0 launches on Friday, March 14th (location TBA). A weekend of play and exploration for A/E/C professionals, tech developers, and UI/UX developers to innovate, create, and discover new ways to shape the future of our built environment, the Hackathon aims to solve some of the industry’s newest—and most confounding—problems.

The Hackathon will kick off with a mixer and a discussion of this year’s hack categories (last year’s included digital fabrication, mobile tech, cloud tech, and BIM 2.0), followed by lighting round ice breakers and team formations.

On Saturday, the teams will begin their brainstorming, sketching, designs, and coding for their “hacks”—their ideas or software solutions.  Then, they work through the night—competition reality TV show style—until they present their complete (or, in most cases, incomplete) hacks on Sunday.  At that point, their hacks are judged and awards are given.

Though the location of this year’s event has yet to be announced, registration is now open.  The cost to attend is minimal (the max you’ll pay is $100), but space is extremely limited—only about 200 people will attend.

For more information on the event, visit aechackathon.com, and to see videos of last year’s event, click here.

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