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Welcome to the World of Digital Built Environment!

This year the WDBE Summit + Awards celebrate the forerunners of digital built environment on 28–29 September 2022 in Helsinki & Tallinn

World of Digital Built Environment (WDBE) takes place 28-29 September in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. WDBE has become a platform for our growing global AEC community, highlighting the brightest minds and most cutting-edge digital solutions improving our urban future. 

Co-organised by Finland, Estonia and Denmark, and with new host countries joining every year, the community continues to concretize the unlimited possibilities of digitalization as an enabler of a more socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable urban future. As the world faces tremendous obstacles and uncertainty, we have to act together for a positive transformation. 

The WDBE community includes over 2000 professionals from 54 countries. We are CDOs, CTOs, CIOs in real estate and construction, government and city officials, architects, engineers, other experts as well as researchers working with BIM, VDC, AR/VR, Big Data, analytics, IOT, virtual project delivery and more.

The Early Bird ticket sale is on until the 30 June – on-site attendance to the WDBE journey is limited, so be sure to reserve your place!

A hybrid event, a shared journey and a celebration

The culmination of the year, WDBE Summit 2022 takes place on 28-29 September in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia – and this year features a new Awards galaWe want to shine the light to the very best actions globally and give back to those, who strive to accomplish our shared vision of sustainably digitalized built environment.

To honor this, our program will feature 8 world-class inspirational keynotes, most profound thought-leader panel discussions and carefully selected Community Sessions with over 40 expert presentations. These are complemented with a festive gala evening, dinner party in Tallinn and exciting excursions on both sides. And of course, multiple opportunities, onsite and online, to connect and share with other forerunners around the world.

Keynote speakers (more to be announced)

Damon Hernandez

AEC Hackathon (US)

#metaverse #mixedreality #3D #BIM #AR #VR

Dr Ben Guy

Urban Simulations (AU)

#urbanplanning #3D #citymodels #simulation

Jacqueline Rohrmann

Researcher, That BIM Girl (US)

#generativedesign #sustainability #BIM

Reid Senescu

VP of Product Development
Doxel (US)

#AI #ConTech #Datadriven
#IoT #platforms

Tero Vanhanen

Phenomenon Creator
Fira (FI)

#creativity #cocreation #transformation


Early Bird Ticket

The Early Bird ticket is your all access pass, unlocking keynotes, the awards gala, Community Sessions, excursions, networking possibilities and more!


(normal price 799€)

The ticket includes:

  • Full access to the Summit programme (online & onsite, recordings)
  • Awards Gala & dinner
  • Ferry ticket from Helsinki to Tallinn & 1 night stay in single cabin
  • Helsinki get-together (day 0)
  • Tallinn reception & dinner (day 2)
  • Excursions
  • Matchmaking tool


Call for presentations & Awards – submit your proposal

Click to submit

The call is open until 31 May. To submit a proposal, click this button and create a free account to Ex Ordo. Select if you apply to be a Community Sessions speaker or nominate a proposal to the Awards categories – or both!

Submit basic details, short summary of your topic, your bio. Then prepare a 1 minute video pitch – tell us the problem and the solution, why it is important, what technologies were used and what is the impact in the society.


WDBE provides a global platform for all professionals in the built environment to present their own solutions, projects, ideas and achievements. As a new feature for our Call for proposals process for the Community Session speakers and presentations, we are launching the call for best practices for the WDBE AwardsThe call is open until 31 May.

We have selected 8 categories in which anyone working in the built environment can submit a project, solution or other action to be involved. The best presentation proposals end up in the Summit program and the best contestants on the shortlist for the Awards gala.

For the Awards, our jury will go through the applications and shortlist three nominations to advance to the Awards gala taking place 28 September on the Ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. Similarly, we select presentation submissions to be feature in the Summit’s Community Session programme.

All submissions shall be in the form of pitching videos. These short videos will be also shared through WDBE organisers’ communications platforms. A WDBE ticket is required to attend Community Sessions as a speaker.


WDBE2022 brings the forerunners of the digital built environment together for the 5th time. WDBE Summit & Awards 2022 takes place on 28-29 September 2022 in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia.

The event returns to its origins as a physical gathering, but still making it possible to attend also through the virtual platform named as “Illusion city”.

The preliminary day programme is now published. The final programme will be launched on 16th June!



Thought-leader panels

Solution Highlights 

+40 Community Presentations

Excursions & Site visits

Speed Meets

Awards gala

Matchmaking Platform


Day 0

Day: Tampere, Nokia Arena

  • Excursion

Evening: Helsinki, tbc

  • Get-together

Day 1

Day: Helsinki, tbc

  • Keynotes
  • Community Sessions
  • Networking & Speed Meets
  • Solution showcases

Evening: Ferry to Tallinn

  • Awards Gala with solutions highlights (shortlisted) and awards ceremony

Day 2

Day: Tallinn, New Terminal

  • Keynotes
  • Community Sessions
  • Networking & Speed Meets
  • Solution highlights

Evening: Tallinn, tbc

  • Reception & dinner

Day 3

Day: Tallinn, tbs

  • Excursions

    Damon Hernandez

    AEC Hackathon (US)

    Damon works with various industries regarding web based 3D, virtual environments, mirror worlds, and other mixed reality/Metaverse related technologies for over 20 years. He is passionate about the web’s convergence with other technologies including IoT, GIS, CAD/BIM/CAM, AR/VR, mobile, and wearable devices. To help in the adoption of new tech, he organizes various events and hackathon communities.”

    Dr Ben Guy

    Urban Simulations (AU)

    Ben is a doctoral qualified urban and civil planner with 20 years commercial experience running Urban Circus 3D Planning. He’s built a 3D planning technology to support clients and users do better planning and make better plans. Better plans means contextualised and integrated in 3D reality, faster to build and easy to comprehend at the human scale for construction, users and maintenance. Better planning means multi-disciplinary, cross-organisation, collaborative, negotiated openly, clear and understood. In actuality much planning tends to be obfuscated, schematic, closed with vertically segregated silo-thinking. When Ben brings the new 3D Planning methods to projects and organisations – transformations in planning quality, efficiency, culture and alignment tend to occur. This applies to planning for works, layouts, operations, development, construction, townscape and everything in between.

    Jacqueline Rohrmann

    BIM Specialist, Researcher 
    That BIM Girl (GER)

    After completing her research project on Generative Design, Jacqueline kick-started her career with a job at Tesla. Being one of the first people on the ground at Gigafactory Berlin, she wore many hats and ultimately managed the design of the entire automotive factory. She now moved on to pursue her passion to make our industry greener with a MBA degree in Building Sustainability. If she seems familiar to you, you might have watched on of her videos about BIM or Sustainability that she posts on her YouTube-Channel „That BIM Girl“.

    Reid Senescu

    VP of Product Management
    Doxel (US)

    Reid Senescu is Doxel’s Vice President of Product Management and leads the development of AI-powered software for commercial construction projects. With a PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and numerous product leadership positions in ConTech, including most recently commercial building IoT platform service provider Enlightened (acquired by Siemens), Reid has a unique perspective on the industry and the development of new use cases for advanced technology in construction.

    Tero Vanhanen

    Phenomenon Creator
    Fira (FI)

    Renaissance Futurist Tero Vanhanen is a luminous visionary from Finland. At WDBE, he will show how creativity can be scaled with certain mind-set, co-creation and digitality. Tero has given hundreds of inspiriting speeches during a last decade. He works for Fira; an innovative and lean Finish construction company with ambitious targets to renew the traditional construction industry. In addition to his experience as an architect, he has wide executive-level experience in the fields of real estate, development and town planning. After town planning officer years, Tero has worked as Chief Creative Officer in VVO Group (Kojamo), Neapo Ltd and Hartela Group.

    Watch the WDBE2022 launch event to learn more

    Become a partner

    The WDBE activities are co-created by our community of future-builders. This is your chance to showcase your extraordinary expertise for the global WDBE community. We can discuss all the elements of the WDBE partnership packages together to find the best fit for your organisation. Interested? Contact!

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