About The Event

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created in 2013 to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. It has quickly become a community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment, not just AEC.

The weekend allows attendees to make new friends and 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 in tech. Just come with your knowledge, an open mind, a collaborative spirit, a willingness to learn, and solve Mon-Fri problems leveraging all kinds of technology.

In addition to the Friday through Sunday hackathon, there are presentation sessions that happen on Saturday, usually from 10:00 – 17:00, for those interested in learning about the latest tech trends and industry-related solutions.

With over 50 events globally, it has quickly become the largest global community pushing open innovation for the built environment professions.

Where

5 James Bourchier Blvd., Sofia

When

Friday to Sunday
8-10 December

Event Speakers

Speaker 5

Damon Hernandez

Co-founder of Mixx Reality

Speaker 5

Christopher Raitviir

BIM Project Manager

Speaker 5

Joro Penchev

Chair, Obshtestvo.BG"

Speaker 5

Vanya Petrova

Head of Photogrammetry Department, GIS-Sofia

Jury

Speaker 5

Aske Strandberg

Project Manager, Coor

Speaker 5

Ljubo Georgiev

Head of the Urban Policies Association

Speaker 5

Joro Penchev

Chair, Obshtestvo.BG"

Local Organizers

Speaker 5

Dessislava Petrova-Antonova

Professor, GATE Institute

Speaker 5

Emil Hristov

Junior Researcher, GATE Institute

Speaker 5

Kaloyan Karamitov

Head of City Living Lab, GATE Institute

Event Schedule

Here is the event schedule

The schedule will be regularly updated.

Registration

Doors open, Registration, & Network Mixer.

Welcome & Weekend Logistics.

Lightning rounds.

Starting dinner.

Team formation & Hack start.

Closing for the day.

Doors open and breakfast.

Hacking.

Lunch.

Hacking and short presentations.

Jack Christiansen

Built Environment as the setting for mixed reality. Damon Hernandez

Christopher Raitviir

BIM based processes in Estonian Public Sector. Christopher Raitviir

Joro Penchev

Digitalization in design, construction and urban planning at the national level. Joro Penchev

JVanya Petrova

Development for sharing spatial information. Vanya Petrova

Dinner.

Hacking.

Closing the day.

Doors open and breakfast.

Hacking.

Lunch.

Presentations and judging.

Winners announced.

Event wrap up.

Event Venue

Event venue location info

GATE Institute, Sofia

The AEC hackathon will be held in the new building of GATE Institute located in the heart of Sofia city, close to the Vitosha mountain.

Challenges

Here are our challenge categories for every hackathon that we sponsor. Additional supporter challenges and prizes are announced at the kickoff of each event.

BEST OVERALL PROJECT

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


BEST SOLVES A BIG PROBLEM PROJECT

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


BEST MASHUP PROJECT

The best solution that combines an event's sponsors and community supporters' tech.


BEST HACK FOR HUMANS

Projects that use built environment related data to improve the human experience in structures and cities.


Sponsors & Supporters

Contact us to know more about the sponsorship opportunities.

Media Partners

F.A.Q

  • Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry since the late 1990s. A Hackathon is an intense 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, usually within a weekend.

  • 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. UI/UX Designers – We need people like you to make everything look beautiful, work intuitively, and create a stellar user experience. Great applications require great design.

  • This is a very hands-on and grassroots event. Bring your laptops, mobile phones, scanners, VR/AR HMDs, drones, wearable computing devices, to whatever inspires you but above all, your energy and your brain! Don’t worry if you forget something, there will be tons of stuff to do.

  • 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.

  • We hope teams at the hackathon will 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.

Hotels

Here are some recomended hotels

Hotel 1

Grand Hotel Sofia

2.4 kilometers from the Venue

Buy Tickets

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Regular
100 EUR

  • 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • New perspectives and insights
  • Latest technologies and tools access
  • Showcase ideas and solutions
  • Networking with industry leaders and professionals
  • Fun, collaborative environment
  • Key-note speakers sessions

Students
25 EUR

  • 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • New perspectives and insights
  • Latest technologies and tools access
  • Showcase ideas and solutions
  • Networking with industry leaders and professionals
  • Fun, collaborative environment
  • Key-note speakers sessions

Contact Us

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Address

5 James Boucher Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria