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PRE2: AEC Hackathon

Top tips from AEC professionals from 33 countries – courtesy of #HACKBLOXHUB2020

154 attendees from 33 countries convened for #HACKBLOXHUB2020 – and we were proud to lend the Urbantech space to one of the 22 groups working on knotty problems and interesting challenges. The focus was exploration of the unique issues related to urban environments. And practical hacks to address them.

Having such a critical mass of architects, engineers and construction professionals was also a good chance to pick up ideas, make new connections – and rekindle relationships. A bit of BLOXHUB magic in other words.

So we deployed a bit of basic conference tech, also known as Mentimeter – and this is what we found – summarised in three tips:


1. Come for the hack, stay for the humans

Hackathons are ostensibly about technology. They’re also quite remarkable for creating connections.

2. Keep learning and connecting between now – and #HACBLOXHUB2021

Events, events, events

We polled the participants, and here are some of the things people are going to next (in alphabetical order):

  1. Bim Cafe
  2. Digital Built Week Europe – also follow @BILTevent
  3. Science Talks – also follow #bloxscience
  4. RobArch
  5. WDBE – also follow #WDBE2020

And for those who can’t travel, there are lots of classes online from the most recent Autodesk University.

Read, Write & Listen

And some of what people are reading and listening to on the way to/from these – in addition to Techtopia (DK):

  1. 99% Invisible
  2. AEC Business
  3. Arch Daily
  4. Augi
  5. Building Smart Blog
  6. City Lab
  7. Cities Today
  8. Detail Magazine
  9. Future: Distributed
  10. Happy City
  11. PA Talks
  12. SimplyComplex
  13. Techcrunch
  14. The Daniel Davis Blog

Unroll this thread – and for completeness, here are three that were left off by accident:

  1. Drink more coffee
  2. Hit save more often
  3. You should have gone CS from the beginning

3. Come back

Be sure to mark 5-7 March for #HACKBLOXHUB2021 – here’s the closeout video from this year to inspire.

And thanks to all who shared (and feel free to share this in turn). See you next year!

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This event was part of WDBE2020 programme

World Summit on the Digital Built Environment 2020 brings together professionals from the public and private sector globally. This year our summit offers global pre-events and three exciting, action packed days in Helsinki, Tallinn and on the boat in between.

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