AEC Hackathon 3.0

Philadelphia, PA
February 26th-28th

Where the tech & built environment communities build great things


About AEC Hackathon - Philadelphia

Presented by Penn State Computer Integrated Construction and AEC Hackathon

Enhance The Built Environment

AEC Hackathon brings together the brightest tech developers and the building industry's leading forward thinkers to improve how buildings and cities are designed, built and operated.

On the weekend of February 26-28th, software and hardware developers & designers will team up with built environment professionals to create tech solutions and solve specific challenges for the built environment.

Built environment professionals consist of architects, engineers, planners, construction management professionals and facility managers.

Join us at the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) HQ for a weekend inspired by energy sustainability in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

More info on AEC Hackathon





open to public
6:30 PM – Doors open / Mixer
7:30 PM – Hackathon Kickoff
7:45 PM – Lightning Rounds & Team
10:00 PM – Adjourn

9:00 AM - Doors Open/ Registration
9:45 AM - Morning Announcements
10:00 AM - AEC & Tech Presentations
1:00 PM - Lunch
7:00 PM - Dinner
Midnight - Adjourn

9:00 AM - Doors Open
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Hacking Concludes
2:00 PM - Team presentations open to public
6:00 PM – Adjourn


Tech & Built Environment Professionals:

Feb 27th, 2016

Register Here

Student Registration Open Until:

Feb 27th, 2016

Register Here


If you will be traveling for this event, we recommend staying at The Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. It is the closest hotel to the venue.

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The project that really hits the mark on execution, utility, and technical merits.

The project that solves a big problem for a built environment profession.

The best application using city data with open standards based frameworks and technologies.

Projects must be from previous AEC Hackathons or from AEC Hackathon Open Source projects to qualify. Keep the innovation going! See Open Source Projects Here

Best Use of Immersive Construction Lab Capabilities
The ICOn Lab is a 3 screen immersive display system that allows for full scale engagement with models, along with different interactive workspace characteristics

Learn more about the ICon Lab

Best Remote Energy Visualization

This challenge holds the opportunity for teams to have access to real time energy data of the venue as a potential source. Funded by the Department of Energy, The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), aims to develop market-tested pathways to 50% energy reduction in existing buildings by 2020. We have partnered with CBEI to provide a living laboratory, datasets and expertise.

BIM Sensor Challenge

Sponsored by:

Best integration of real time data into building management or building information modeling to improve design, comfort, or building operations.

Prize: A trophy of a scale and style fitting for AEC hackers that are the masters or sensors and 2 raspberry pies to get them down the road

Autodesk Challenge

Best Autodesk API integration of Data and Viewing

API Access

Flux Challenge

As part of your solution to the challenge, you must use Flux but are not limited in using other technologies and design tools as well. In particular, use Flux to do something that previously could not be done or required significantly more time, such as but not limited to:

  • Exchanging data between multiple software platforms and/or devices
  • Collaborating real-time on a project with multiple team members
  • Outsourcing computationally-intensive calculations to the cloud

Your final design can be, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • A building or part of a building
  • An application (example: Beam Framing Collaboration App)
  • A design process (example: AEC Hackathon)
  • A product (e.g: furniture, a 3D art piece)
  • An animation (example: Human Dynamo)

Full Info on Challenge


Cash prizes, new hardware, software are dealt by a panel of professional judges and from company sponsors themselves.

Hardware Provided

Oculus Rift
Google Project Tango
HTC Vive
Samsung Gear VR
Leap Motion
Immersive Construction Lab Visual Display
Kieran Timberlake Pointelist Sensor Learn More >

Feel free to bring your own hardware!


Building 661 (CBEI HQ) Revit and Unity model
Building 661 sensor data
CBEI Building 7R Revit and Unity model
Unity Avatar Asset Bundle for ICon Lab Visualization

To see more resources click Here


Contact us with ‘AECH Philadelphia’ as the subject if interested in helping the local team or sponsoring.


What is a Hackathon?

“To Hack” is “To Create”. Hackathons are where your crazy ideas become reality. At these weekend long events, teams develop software, hardware, websites, apps, etc. from a blank slate to solve a specific problem. A Hackathon is an 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.

What is AEC Hackathon?

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining the built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers.

Each hackathon is brought to a location by the local AEC and or tech community. The AEC Hackathon community helps these locals make the event happen with financial support provided by both local and community sponsors.

This has become THE event for creating innovation for these industries so get engaged today! Our 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
AEC Hackathon

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 your industry experience and the problems you want to solve.

Tech Developers – We need tech ninjas, makers, 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.

College Students - Students bring a fresh perspective and energy. Students from any major and any university are encouraged to register. Students studying computer science or having software / hardware development backgrounds will be assets to any project team. Built Environment undergraduate and graduate students come from architecture, architectural engineering and construction management backgrounds.

UI/UX Designers – Make your project beautiful, work intuitively, and create a stellar user experience. Great applications require great design.

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.

What can I win?

Cash prizes, new hardware, software are dealt by a panel of professional judges and from company sponsors themselves. Top prizes are selected for the best three hacks based on the following criteria: Best Overall Project, Best Open Source Project, Best Solution to AEC Problem. Sponsoring companies offer their own prizes for specific challenges, which they judge and fund themselves.

This Hackathon will have specific prizes for energy solutions.

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!

What if I don't have an idea or team?

Teams usually 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 forum, Meetup Community, Facebook page, and LinkedIn group.

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.

How much does it cost?

Registration cost depends on whether you are a tech designer/developer, Built Environment Professional, Student, or Military Veteran. For costs, see the registration page.