Earlier this month, Sasaki helped organize and host the beyondAEC Hackathon at our office in Watertown, MA. The premise of the 24-hour event was to address issues in workflows in the AEC industry, in an attempt to make them easier, faster, or simply less complicated. All told, over 40 participants signed up, and a team of a dozen volunteers ensured that the event ran smoothly.
"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first event of it's kind in the Boston area," says Sasaki Senior Associate Brad Prestbo, a lead organizer of the Hackathon. "Our goals for this event were pretty straightforward: we wanted to strengthen connections in the design community, grow people's interest in computational design, and push the envelope of what's possible in our increasingly interdisciplinary world. We were thrilled to see such a rich and diverse talent base descend on our office for this challenge."
The Hackathon kicked off on Friday, September 15 with an initial check-in and informational briefing. After that, the group held a brainstorming session, during which participants chatted about developing a variety of solutions to common industry problems. After a quick dinner, people split off into their teams and got down to business.
The teams set up base in various conference rooms, taking advantage of multiple displays and an internet signal reinforced just for the event. Snacks and coffee were consumed in large quantity. Some worked through the night, while some ducked out to take cat naps in their cars.
Early on Saturday, a professional masseuse helped loosen hunched shoulders and give overworked brains a little break.
Judging commenced at 3pm—with each team taking five minutes to present their solution and an additional five minutes to answer any questions from the judges' panel.
And the winner is...
Of the ten teams that competed, the judges awarded prizes to four of them:
Most Impressive Use of Technology:
Solar Sculptor: Using digital sketching to create solar shading devices in landscapes
DynaFire: Hacking Dynamo to provide hot-key shortcuts for nodes
Best Cross-Discipline Hack:
Life Safety Lifesavers: Automating code compliance checks in Revit
Predictive Modeling: Using the power of deep learning to autocomplete modeling tasks
Congratulations to all who competed, and a special thanks to our team of volunteers!
Interested in learning more? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, who helped organize the event.
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