What is the AEC Hackathon?

A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment. The hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. The AEC community faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them. How are you changing the world?

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Who should attend?

AEC Professionals

This also includes Facilities Managers, GIS Specialists, Public Utilities, Policy Makers, and everyone that deals with the built environment. Come with the problems you want to solve.

Tech Developers

We need tech ninjas, game programmers, and rebels that code. Come to hack with new hardware and tech all in the name of doing something crazy and fantastic--and helpful.

UI/UX Designers

We need people like you to make everything look beautiful, work intuitively, and create a stellar user experience. Great applications require great design.

Contact Us

Have a comment, suggestion, or concern? Interested in sponsorship opportunities for supporting this growing community? Looking forward to meeting you when you show up, but drop us a line if you need us:


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IDEAbuilder, The Digit Group and a growing AEC Hackathon community are the producers of the event. Supported by AEC Industry leaders and IT talent, the AEC Hackathon is an exciting and worthwhile event.

Lots of cool people are involved in making these events happen. We can't list them all, but they are allstars and we thank them for their help and support.


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AEC Hacks

These projects were built by our amazing hackers:

  • aeChack - is a free, online and open source platform for running and visualizing environmental analysis using daylighting and energy analysis engines.
  • smartAlarm - is a home automation application that connects to the Philips hue light bulb API and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab smart windows API for a smoother wake up experience.


1. What is a hackathon?

Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry since the late 1990s. A Hackathon is an intense event that brings together computer programmers like software developers, graphic designers and user interface specialists along with industry process experts and professionals to identify issues and create software solutions, usually within a weekend.

2. What do I bring?

This is a very hands-on and grassroots event. Bring your laptops, mobile phones, Kinects, Oculus Rifts, Leap Motions, wearable computing devices, to whatever inspires you but above all, your energy and your brain! Don't worry if you forget something, there will be tons of stuff to do.

3. What is the goal of the hackathon?

We want to create an environment that embraces new ideas and technology solutions for the AEC Industry. A place where technology designers and developers can come to help the industry, and a safe zone for AEC R&D teams to geek out without having to worry about failure or affecting a company's bottom line. We know it takes longer than a weekend to build great solutions, but this is ample time to form teams of good people and begin creating great solutions.

4. How do I form or join a team and why?

We hope teams at the hackathon will form around problems expressed by participating AEC professionals or the provided hack categories. We do encourage participants to start forming teams before the event. If you would like to start a team or are looking for a team to join, be sure to attend the Friday evening mixer or make an announcement at the opening ceremony of the event on Saturday. You can also propose or join a team via our Meetup Community, Facebook page, and LinkedIn group.

5. Are there prizes for the hack categories?

This time we are able to provide cash and software prizes thanks to our sponsors!

6. Who owns my project & IP?

The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and IP. We do encourage sharing of code with others in the community or making code open source but it is not required to participate in the event.