AEC Hackathon 2.7 - Helsinki

The November 6-8, 2015 event held at Tekla HQ in Finland

keynote speaker


Best Overall Project: Team IndoorHackers
Best Solving a Big AEC Problem: Team IndoorHackers
Fira & YIT Challenge for Best UX: Team Kitchewave
Autodesk Challenge for Best 3D Solution: Team Backjump
Thingsee Challenge for Best IoT: Team PlaceBIM
City of Helsinki Challenge for Best BIM for FM: Team Lifelee
Best 3D City Challenge: Team JCJ
Best Project Tango Challenge: Team Backjump
Best Duct Tape Hack Challenge: Team ShowARoom


Making of AEC Hackathon Helsinki
Helsinki event’s Facebook page in use at the AEC Hackathon


AE PartnersAEC Hackathon Helsinki videos
AEC Hackathon 2.7 HelsinkiTech Workshops 
Team KitchewareVirtual Reality Project


event sponsors


720° is a cloud based analytics solution for real-time collection and evaluation of indoor environmental quality data such as: air quality, thermal comfort and noise pollution.


aalto university

ae partners

AE Partners started in its present form in 1998. It was founded by Aarni Heiskanen and Eija Merenmies. Since then we have served clients both in Finland and internationally. With our local and global partners we are able to provide flexibly and fast the services that our clients need.



Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.


The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), focuses on research, education, and outreach related to geoinformatics and geomatics. Specific areas of research in these fields include GIS, geospatial analysis and modeling, high density survey, enterprise spatial databases, remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, and geospatial data and model interoperability.

city of helsinki

colossal order

the digit group

The Digit Group is a powerfully exciting technology solutions company at the leading edge of developing innovative solutions for the health, safety and welfare of city assets, residents, visitors, workers and officials, commonly called Smart Cities.

eagle construction

A Virginia building company of craftsman, contractors and suppliers, many of whom have been with Eagle from its beginning that provide assurance that the work will be of excellent quality. The Eagle team of experienced professionals understands your home is a reflection of you and will try to accommodate your needs whenever possible.

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Fira is a young and innovative growth company in the construction industry, whose operating practices are changing the existing ways of thinking and acting in the field. For instance, Fira is involved in developing Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model for Finnish public sector. Virtual design and construction (VDC) increases transparency, efficiency, and eliminates typical construction problems, like budget over runs and quality defects. Goal is to make IPD a well-known and widely used delivery method in Finland.


IDEAbuilder is a high-tech building company, brought to life through the inspiration and experience of homebuilders, fabricators, and technologists. They have brought proven technologies from around the globe to the United States, with the goal of revolutionizing the cost & quality structure of the home building industry.


kreysler & associates

Kreysler & Associates has been leading the way in the use of composite materials in construction since its establishment in 1982. They have worked with internationally known artists, architects and engineers, using composite materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to address complex construction challenges.


paradox interactive


Google's Tango Development Kit is equipped with technology that allows it to understand space and motion. Tango combines 3D motion tracking with depth sensing to give your mobile device the ability to know where it is and how it moves through space. is a unified API to all mobile positioning technologies. With platform you'll kick-start location-aware app development in minutes. Just connect your app to platform with our native Android and iOS SDKs or Cordova plugin, and give it a go.


RAKLI´s goal is to ensure that buildings and infrastructure serve the needs of their users, and that our built environment is functional and attractive. A functional living and operating environment increases competitiveness and welfare - and will give Finland an edge in international competition.

rym oy


Founded in 2004 by a small group of social entrepreneurs, we have grown into a network of professionals that are passionate about working with innovative technologies to build a better future. Our specialists consist of experts in 3D, web, augmented reality, virtual reality, geospatial, and mobile technologies with decades of experience.


Sweco utilizes building information modeling BIM, in all phases of a building’s life cycle, from needs assessment to handover, use and maintenance. Design and commissioning are based on our own effective design methods that utilize LEAN principles and commissioning based on business information models. Sweco is active in developing their skills in design, modeling, simulations and virtual reality.


Tekla Corporation is a software engineering corporation specializing in model-based software products for building, construction and infrastructure management.


Thingsee is the maker of Thingsee One, a smart developer device for Internet of Things (IoT) application and solution development. The device is designed for the easier and faster deployment of new IoT applications and services at a fraction of the current cost.


Umbra is on a mission to make it possible to display any 3D content in real time on any piece of hardware. Umbra’s solutions are the backbone of a wide range of 3D applications that are used by millions of people every day.


UpCloud Ltd is a European cloud hosting company offering an hourly billed infrastructure-as-a-service for the most business critical customers. UpCloud is passionate about offering the most high performance servers with extremely redundant infrastructure to the most demanding customers. We take great pride in our work and are extremely humble of all the trust we receive in the form of business from all over the world.


supporting organizations

3d city hackathon


acm siggraph

A special interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s first and largest computing society, ACM SIGGRAPH has evolved to become an international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.



BuiltWorlds is a place to engage researchers, businesses, and other stakeholders in a holistic effort to advance the Built Environment industry. Based in Chicago, BuiltWorlds is creating one collective community that investigates technology needs and trends, publishes research, reviews products and providers, and gives guidance to companies wading through the technology maze.


de la peña & holiday llp

de la Peña & Holiday is a growing national full service litigation and transactional law firm with offices in San Francisco, Century City, and Tampa, Florida. Their talented lawyers are experienced in assisting businesses, insurance companies, construction companies, and individuals. They are particularly adept at handling complex matters with significant potential exposure, sensitive public relation issues, and national or world-wide consequences.


digital fabrication network

The Digital Fabrication Network (dFab Net) is an international network comprised of digital fabricators; hardware and software suppliers; and professional designers, academics, and researchers, all working together to improve processes and accelerate digital fabrication.



The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.


the khronos group

The Khronos Group is a not for profit, member-funded consortium focused on the creation of royalty-free open standards for parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.


national Iinstitute of building sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States.


the shippan institute

The Shippan Institute is a not-for-profit that’s dedicated to events, training & research into Human-Computer Interfaces & Interactions. We run hackathons, fund research and play with the coolest toys possible.




web3d consortium

The Web3D Consortium is a non-profit group open to industry, academic, government and individual members.  The Web3D Consortium is committed to the creation and deployment of open, royalty-free standards that enable the communication of real-time 3D across applications, networks, and XML web services.