15 - 16 July, 2019, Seattle, United States
DBEI Hackathon NA

DBEI Hackathon NA

15 - 16 July, 2019, Seattle, United States

The Digital Built Environment Institute is proud to announce its first Hackathon North America on July 15 & 16 in Seattle (Note: change of date from July 14 & 15 based on feedback from the community). This is in conjunction with Digital Built Week North America and sponsored by Autodesk.

This year’s theme is “Generative Design in Practice”. Design Computation is a field grabbing a lot of headlines, and a lot of research time – but what is it really? Is it a solution in search of a problem? Is it tech for tech’s sake? Or is it the answer to fundamental roadblocks in our path to increasing productivity?

So what is the DBEI Hackathon?

A 2-Day design sprint-like event where teams work together, on a specific idea, with the goal to create usable software or hardware as functioning prototype or product by the end of the event.  We will be looking for proposals that automate the combination of goals and constraints to reveal solutions to practical building and infrastructure problems. Whether you’d like to explore building massing, steel detailing, duct routing, or any other problem in building design, or you have ideas about how this process can be applied to building operations, we’re looking for generative outcomes that make their way into conventional design, fabrication or operation solutions.

How will the DBEI Hackathon work?

Each hackathon group will be between 3-6 people, with each group working on your respective project idea. You can either form a group prior to the event (maybe get a few of your friends or colleagues together!) or sign up individually and join a group on site!

  • Monday morning, we kick off with project ideas and forming teams. Pitch your idea (hack) if you’d like to or choose the project you would like to hack.
  • From midday the hack (or fun) begins!
  • Monday evening dinner is provided, did someone say ‘Pizza and Beer’?
  • Tuesday, the hack continues! Then from 3:30pm teams will demonstrate and show their final product to the Hackathon attendees and Judges.

Join Expert Users

To help you ‘hack’ it out, we will also have a number of expert users and programmers at the DBEI Hackathon. Ian Keough, the father of Dynamo is already signed up to participate and we have Expert Users Craig Long, Software Development Engineer and Jason Oliveira, Principal Experience Designer from Autodesk, Expert Users from McNeel and more.

The Winning Teams will be rewarded with prizes:

  • 1st – $300 Amazon gift card per member plus invitation to present your winning project at the BILT NA closing plenary on Saturday July 20
  • 2nd – $150 Amazon gift card per member
  • 3rd – $50 Amazon gift card per member

How to get involved? 

  • Make sure you apply for the DBEI Hackathon via the link below.  We will be assessing applications from Friday, June 28, however it is never too late to register!! 
  • The committee will then review your application and get back in touch within a few days to let you know if you are in!
  • After this you can finalize your registration via payment: $100 (or $50 if you’re a student), which includes food and drinks for the two days.
  • If you have a specific idea or ‘Hack’ that you want to pitch let us know either during the application process!

Whether you have an idea of how things should work in AEC, want to try out your visual programming or coding skills with a team, or want to bring requirements for generative design workflows from your business, we’re interested in your contribution. You bring the laptop, we’ll bring the coffee and meals, and perhaps a couple of surprise guests to help you get going. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Features

We believe that those who work daily within the AEC industry are the best placed to train others in the critical knowledge and skill sets required for:


Who Should Attend?

For those who find simply USING the latest technology is not cutting edge enough, and want instead to CREATE that next technology. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and dreamers. BIM Managers, technology managers, scripters and coders, data scientists – all those who have a vision for the future, a desire to be involved, and the energy to handle a sprint!

Why DBEI Hackathon?

DBEI is focused on ‘Advancing People, Processes and Technology’. Conferences are one piece of that puzzle, focused on teaching. A hackathon encourages and fosters innovation at the front end of that process, focused on creating. It brings new ways to look at existing problems, new approaches to applying technology to improve existing processes, and a deeper look at the ways in which we can become more effective, more efficient, more productive.

General Enquiries

For Event Enquiries please contact

NA Events Team
Phone: +1 213 814 2888
Email: [email protected]

Sponsorship Enquiries

For Sponsorship Enquiries please contact

Peter Morgan
Director, Business Development
Email: [email protected]

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