BIM 360 Users: Join Us for a Virtual AEC Hackathon 

AEC Hackathon

Ready… Set… Hack!

We’re inviting all professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) fields to join us and many others for a virtual Hackathon from July 10-26. The event is designed to break down barriers and encourage collaboration in the AEC industry and will consist of workshops, lightning rounds, and presentations, eventually crowning winners when the Hackathon wraps up at the end of July. Specifically, winners will be chosen in categories that include Best Overall Project, Best ‘Solves a Big Problem’ Project, Best Mashup, Best Hack From a Past Event, Best Hack for Humans, Best Startup Project, Best BIM 360 Project, Best Design Automation Project and Best Mashup with VIM.

Going virtual for the first time in an effort to keep everyone safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s open for everyone to join – both individually and as a group – regardless of experience level. In addition to the previously mentioned events, topics include robotics, generative design, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and more. It’s a great way to build your network with like-minded professionals from across the globe, come together to solve the industry’s biggest challenges and learn about some of the technologies that could shape the future of AEC.

Here’s a closer look at the Hackathon and what you should watch for if you plan to tune in virtually:

Can’t Miss Workshops: Autodesk’s Forge Introduction & BIM 360 Integration

Connect teams, workflows, and services in the cloud with Autodesk Forge. Hosted by Autodesk’s Jaime Rosales Duque, the “Getting Started with Autodesk Forge” workshop will take place on July 7 at 10 a.m. EST. Learn everything you need to know about Forge – and more – upon attending. Register here for the Zoom webinar.

Another can’t miss workshop includes “Build your BIM 360 Integration” on July 8, 10 A a.m. EST. Register here. 

Presentations to Catch

The 2020 AEC Virtual Hackathon is ripe with presentations, which are scheduled to roll out July 13-23. Here’s a closer look at some of the ones you won’t want to miss.

  • July 13th, 2 p.m. EST – Timo Hartmann- CEO, Contecht 
  • July 17th, Noon EST – Hugh Geoghegan – BIM Consultant Xinaps
  • July 17th , 1 p.m. EST – Torbjørn Grimstad – CEO, Moicon 
  • July 20th , Noon EST – Caner Dolas – CEO, Gamma AR 
  • July 21st , Noon EST – Kean Walmsley – SW Architect, Autodesk Research 
  • July 21st, 1 p.m. EST – Stuart Maggs – CEO, Scaled Robotics
  • Time TBD – David de Yarza – CEO, Builderbox
  • Time TBD – Artur Bessoni – CEO, Shedmate

Stay tuned for further information on dates, times, and presentation topics for each speaker as we get closer to the AEC Hackathon. Links to each presentation will be shared with attendees upon start. Click here to view each scheduled speaker so you can be sure to plan your Hackathon days accordingly.

AEC Hackathon Challenges

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in several challenges and win some great prizes based on their innovative Approaches. While prizes won’t be announced until the Lighting Rounds and Team Building  on July 10 at 2 p.m. EST, you can get an idea of the challenges you or your team may want to compete in now – and there are several Autodesk-related ones that we encourage teams to enter. Here’s a look:

  • Best BIM 360 Project: This challenge will pit teams against each other, eventually honoring the best project using the BIM 360 API.
  • Best Design Automation Project: This challenge will aim to find the team or individual that creates the best automation app using Autodesk Forge.

Learn more about all of the challenges by clicking here. More challenges are expected to be announced as we get closer to the Hackathon.

Schedule of Events

If you’re interested in virtually attending or participating in the Hackathon, be sure to register and purchase your ticket here. From there you can connect with other virtual attendees via the LinkedIn Group, Slack Channel or by joining the conversation on Twitter. You’ll then be able to pitch a project and join a team to compete in the challenges that have already been set. From there, the timeline of events is as follows:

  • July 6-9th Developer prep Workshops 
  • July 10th 2 p.m. EST Lighting Rounds & Team Building
  • July 13-23rd Hacking & Presentations 
  • July 24th 11:59 p.m. EST Hacking Deadline 
  • July 25th 2 p.m. EST Team Presentations 
  • July 26th 1 p.m. EST Winner Announcement

For more information on the AEC Virtual Hackathon, visit You can also follow the conversation on Twitter (@AECHackathon) or the hashtag (#AECHackathon). We look forward to (virtually) seeing you there and we hope to see you in the Autodesk workshops and competing in the Autodesk challenges. Now get ready to hack away.

Philipp Mueller

Autodesk Education Experiences- Program Mgr. AEC EMEA

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