About AEC Hackathon

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. 

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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.

Ever since the first event, each hackathon is initiated and supported by a local from the AEC and or tech communities. Now the AEC Hackathon community helps these locals make the event happen with support provided by both local and community sponsors. This has become THE event for creating innovation for these industries. Visit our Youtube channel to see what teams create and get engaged today. The world faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them and this is the community that is improving how our world is designed, built, and operated!

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The AEC Hackathon Team

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Damon Hernandez

Executive Director / Founder

The AEC Hackathon’s founder, Damon Hernandez works in many areas of the Web3D Industry and has been active in virtual environments and the 3D web for over a decade. He is actively involved with the 3D web’s convergence with other technologies including IoT, GIS, CAD/BIM/CAM, Augmented & Virtual Reality, mobile and advises a variety of entities that use these technologies. He is co-founder of IDEAbuilder, a company that uses mixed reality technologies, digital fabrication, and advanced manufacturing to build timber structures and homes more efficiently.

Location: San Francisco, California

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Board of Directors

All great things need a leadership team focused on helping the community grow!

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Christopher Peri

Board Member

An AEC Hackathon co-founder, Christopher Peri received his Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Architecture. His focus was on Collaboration in Virtual Environments delving into methods that facilitate designers and engineers to improve communication. He has an interest in and have worked on rich media web based applications since 1995. The last 10 years has been based in the startup world with less a focus on code and more on strategic direction, company structure and management.

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Greg Howes

Board Member

An AEC Hackathon co-founder, Greg Howes is a builder, maker, fabricator, innovator and entrepreneur with 20 years of international experience as the owner of construction company and 10 years as a technology entrepreneur. Founder of IDEAbuilder, CutMyTimber Partner, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Digital Fabrication Network, Greg brings extensive experience and is able to provide a cross-domain perspective on technology integration and systems building.

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Hugh Seaton

Board Member

Hugh Seaton is CEO of Aquinas Training and has been involved in new technology marketing for over 20 years, from new grades of steel wire to unique display technologies in Asia in the 90’s, to Sony Electronics, AOL and other digital media brands. As an organizer of the Hackathons, Hugh’s events and content production expertise helps make each event better than the last. His passion for AEC technology stems from a belief that physical space, including built space, is the next frontier in media development.

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Kathryn Malm-Bourgoine

Board Member

Kathryn Bourgoine is a seasoned editor, content consultant and strategist. She made her mark in the AEC industry as editor of Architectural Graphic Standards 11th Edition (Wiley 2007), where she transformed the primarily print product family into digital assets. Kathryn speaks content, technology, and AEC, and loves to see what happens when you enable people to combine their industry knowledge and expertise with technology to hack the built environment.

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Lubna Dajani

Board Member

Named as one of Mobile Marketer’s “Mobile Women to Watch 2010”, Lubna is a recognized thought leader and pioneer in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) with more than twenty years of experience. She is currently active in initiatives involving wearables, 3D printing, AR, cashless payments, and IoT solutions that range from enabling the long tail of IoT to smart cities, buildings and spaces. Lubna continues to be passionate and highly engaged in girls in STEAM initiatives world wide and is co-host of several hackathons including the Music Tech Fest.

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Paul Doherty

Board Member

An AEC Hackathon co-founder, Paul is a registered architect, author, educator, analyst and consultant to Fortune 500 organizations, global government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious architectural, engineering and contracting firms in the world. He is currently the President and CEO of the digit group, inc., a leading Smart Cities solutions company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. His past successful ventures include Revit Technologies, Buzzsaw, and TRIRIGA. Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City solutions in the USA, Europe, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and China.

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Steve Holzer

Board Member

Steve Holzer is the Product Evangelist at BIMobject® and a Technology Visionary and Leader in the Built Environment.

Formerly Steve led eM8s, LLC, a technology consulting service based outside of Ann Arbor, Mich. eM8s developed and implemented technology in the construction industry utilizing data-driven web systems. Steve led numerous enterprise system implementations and developed complete CRM, eCommerce, Product Configuration, and ERP systems in companies with annual revenues to US$100 Million. The Unit Cost Purchasing system he developed and implemented for two neighboring home building companies allowed them both to thrive through the 2008 economic downturn.

As a member of the National Institute of Building Science buildingSMARTalliance Council, Steve served on the NBIMS-US v3 Project Committee, the Terminology Committee, the Implementation committee, and was Vice Chair of the Market Education committee.

Steve was a member of the National Association of Homebuilders. He served on the Business Management and Information Technology committee, Design Committee, Education Committee, and Chaired the Information Technology subcommittee.

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Local Leaders

Dedicated organizers that lead their local team to make an area's hackathon happen!

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Brok Howard

Silicon Valley Team

Brok is a tech junky and has been involved in the AEC industry for 20 years. He is a licensed architect with experience on both small and large projects across vast project types. Brok’s day job is implementing dRofus for North and South America, stop by and say hi if are in the neighborhood.

He understands where the opportunities of innovations lie to improve our industry and is our resource in the Bay Area to see AEC Hackathons in Silicon Valley be awesome!

Location: San Francisco

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Cody Nowak

Southern California Team

Cody Nowak is the VDC BIM Manager at Martin Bros. He has worked for architects, architectural lighting designers, MEP engineers, general contractors, and a variety of subcontractors as well. As a technology evangelist, Mr. Nowak has been bridging the gap between technology, BIM, and AEC with the purpose of integrating Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality into a more prominent role. Cody is also the founder of AECX a tech expo for AEC professionals. This along with his experience, innovation, and ingenuity are making Cody’s vision of 3D technology integration into the AEC industry a Virtual Reality.

Location: Los Angeles

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Michael Zucchi

New York Team

Michael P Zucchi, CEO of ZBRELLA Technology Consulting, is a Solutions Orchestrator by day and a futurist by night. He takes pleasure in dreaming up new ways to disrupt the world with technology by night and builds those very same systems by day to understand and automate the world. He is the CEO of a futuristic, fun and thought provoking technology firm that changes the way we live.

Location: New York City

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Simon Hart

United Kingdom Team

Simon leads the Built Environment Programme Team at Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency. Simon career spans Tech, Consulting and Business Development across Electronics, Digital Technology, Design and Manufacturing. Simon is a regular on the UK tech scene with a passion for BIM, IoT, and Data.

Location: London

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YEO Puay Khoon (PK)

Singapore Team

YEO Puay Khoon (PK) is an Architect (Singapore registered) with areas of research interest covering the gamut from computational design, digital tools, design technologies, and all the way to digital fabrication. He is actively involved in judging international competitions and conducting computational design workshops for Building and Construction Authority, Singapore. PK is the founder of FUTURAASTUD.io, a research led consultancy & trainer focused on his areas of research.

Location: Singapore

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Teemu Lehtinen

Finland Team

Teemu is a doctoral candidate at Aalto University and extremely passionate about helping the AEC industry to embrace the digital transformation. His research has focused in BIM implementation and new collaborative project delivery models (IPD, Alliancing). In addition to organizing AEC Hackathons in Finland, he is a co-founder of AECO Digital which is an experimental initiative that aims to boost digital transformation in the built environment by facilitating the collaboration between startups and corporations, and helping the emerging startups to go global.

Location: Helsinki

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Founding Members

These folks have supported the AEC Hackathon since the beginning!

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Justin Quimby

Founding Member

Justin helps teams build great products and games. Over the last decade, he has helped build and launch Spore, Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Asheron’s Call. His specialties are cross-discipline creative team management, large-scale product development processes, and keeping the trains running on time. At Quimby Heavy Industries, he provides consulting services to companies wishing to expand into the game development industry in addition to development and product management for firms in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries.

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Michael Shaw

Founding Member

One of the industry’s leading thought leaders regarding innovation and business, Michael Shaw has been evangelizing and implementing technology process and solutions for over 26 years.

He is a Past Technical Advisor to the US Library of Congress (Geography and Map Division), the Vanderbilt Museum and the Marshall Field’s Estate.

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Terry Beaubois

Founding Member

Terry Beaubois is an Architect, Researcher, and Educator. He was founding director of the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University, College of Arts & Architecture. One CRLab project was the Montana ecoSMART House, which just received LEED certification and was selected as a GreenBuild House of the Year project. Terry has been involved in projects with NASA, Apple, Adobe, the San Francisco Balley Association, Lowe’s Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, and many single family residential projects from Lake Tahoe and throughout the SF Bay Area. His firms have been featured in newspapers, magazines, and internet for innovative use of advanced technology in the design of and functioning of architecture.

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