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how do you want to
evolve the AEC industry?

Do you have an idea how to make something easier, faster, less complicated? Are you interested in working with others to explore ways architects, engineers, and contractors can work smarter and add more value to the wider world? Is there something you have to do that you cannot help thinking could be easier? Bring ideas or problems of all scales to beyondAEC and join with other like-minded folks to create solutions.

What are some of the key themes of beyondAEC?

  • process optimization & automation
  • data analytics & visualization
  • energy & environmental analysis
  • improved team communication & collaboration between companies
  • model as a deliverable & re-inventing the traditional drawing set
  • sensors & post-occupancy analysis
  • virtual Reality & rendering
  • 3D printing & digital fabrication
  • geometry preparation & tool-pathing

Who should participate?

To deliver the best possible solutions, collaboration across industries is essential. This event caters to the following concentrations:

  • architecture
  • engineering
  • construction
  • consultants
  • real estate developers & owners
  • programmers & coders
  • software engineers
  • web developers
  • students
  • non-profits & other AEC-industry-adjacent organizations

Never been to a hackathon before?

At beyondAEC it's okay to...

  • ask for help
  • have no ideas
  • share a stupid idea
  • have no coding experience
  • learn a new skill
  • get hungry
  • get tired
  • take a nap
  • leave and come back
  • laugh
  • not be perfect
  • find a quiet place
  • say “I’m trying to focus right now”
  • wander around & ask what people are working on
  • not share what you create in the end

A successful hackathon project consists of several phases and incorporates a multitude of skills. Everyone can contribute in some way.


What skills are valuable for a hackathon?

Hackathons are not only about knowing how to code. Some of the countless skills individuals can utilize include:

  • Clear Communication of Ideas
  • Graphics & Presenation Slides
    (on a tight timeline)
  • Project Management & Team Leadership Experience
  • Public Speaking
  • Architecture: design & documentation
  • Engineering: knowledge of structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or other building systems
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Visual Programming: Dynamo for Revit, Grasshopper for Rhino, & general principles
  • Advanced 3D Modeling
  • Environmental/Energy Analysis & Simulation
  • Virtual Reality: how to set up, convert models, & create an immersive experience
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Analytics: capture, migration, scraping, re-structuring, etc.
  • Web: general design, dashboards, user experience/interface, back-end management, etc.
  • Sensors: how to construct, capture data, interpret, & draw conclusions
  • Machine Learning & Generative Algorithms
  • Coding/Programming: a specific language,
    ie - python, C#, ruby, javascript, etc.
  • Software Engineering: tool creation, add-ins, user experience/interface, deployment, maintenance

How can new approaches be developed to propel the AEC industry beyond current antiquated methods?
Start thinking about potential project ideas and come prepared to roll up your sleeves alongside talented colleagues.


Friday, 7/20
Friday, 7/20 - Saturday, 7/21
Greater Boston Area
Incubator at Sasaki

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image credit: Sasaki Associates

sign up to attend here:

We added a symposium this year to help inspire ideas and provide a space for community interaction before the kickoff of the hackathon.


TIMELINE - Symposium

12:00 PM
12:15 PM
12:30 PM
1:15 PM

1:30 PM
2:15 PM

2:30 PM
3:15 PM

3:30 PM

*lunch will not be provided

Symposium Attendees Arrive & Registration

Symposium Introductions & Information

Symposium Speaker 1

Refreshments & Snack Break

Symposium Speaker 2

Refreshments & Snack Break

Symposium Speaker 3

Refreshments & Snack Break


TIMELINE - Hackathon

4:00 PM
4:30 PM

5:00 PM

6:00 PM


7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Participants Arrive & Registration

Event Introductions & Information

Project Proposal Hour:
pitch ideas, form teams

Project Planning: working with the team to establish a concept, deliverables, and roles


Dinner (provided by beyondAEC): socialize with others or continue to work with your project team

Project work continues


What project should I work on?
What skillsets do we need on our team?

Will this be a successful project?
What do we create?
What are deliverables that prove its usefulness?
Who will work on what?


12:30 AM

2:00 AM
8:00 AM

7:00 AM
12:00 PM

12:30 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:00 PM
6:00 PM

Getting tired?


Snacks (provided by beyondAEC) & Team Progress / Report Out Session

Project work continues

Breakfast (provided by beyondAEC) & Team Progress / Report Out Session

Project work continues

Lunch (provided by beyondAEC) & Team Progress / Report Out Session

Project work continues

Finalize Project Project Presentations

"Pencils Down": submit presentation slides

5-minute Team Presentations Begin

Judges Deliberate

Plus Delta Exercise


Closing Remarks

Take a break, take a nap, leave to go grab a few hours of sleep. Otherwise you are welcome to continue working through the night.



Shouldn't we start creating our presentation?



What went well? What would you change?

6:00 PM+

Happy Hour & Networking
(NYAJ - Watertown)



beyondaec is made possible by the following generous partners

Gold Level

Silver Level


Kyle Martin

Digital Design Manager

Kyle is a Digital Design Manager at Gensler where he is primarily responsible for BIM Management and Dynamo implementation. He oversees several initiatives related to computational design, digital fabrication, building performance, data visualization, and virtual reality. Martin is also an adjunct instructor of AEC technology courses at the Boston Architectural College and co-founder of design technology advocacy organizations that include Dynamo-litia Boston, ENCODE(Boston), and the Design Technology Throwdown at Architecture Boston Expo.

Sebastian Ebarb

Design Director
City of Boston, Department of Innovation and Technology

Design to move people to action. Sebastian is an interdisciplinary designer and typographer striving to find better ways to help society through good design.


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Jim Martin

Chief Information Officer
Shepley Bulfinch

Drawing on over 20 years of Information Technology experience, Jim leads the development of strategies for technology tools that support and advance design, delivery, and collaboration. He has been particularly successful at creating an innovation center inside of Shepley Bulfinch’s IT department, focusing on new technologies and how they affect the design process. Jim is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University.



Joel McCullough

Job Captain

Joel, a job captain with Gensler, is passionate in design that leverages visual programming in conjunction with an attenuated design approach in idea generation and analysis. At Gensler, he collaborates on a variety of architectural and interior design projects as well as champions grasshopper and environmental analysis tools for design for the office. Outside the office, Joel has a keenness in design and fabrication of objects and furniture. 


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Brad Prestbo

Senior Associate
Sasaki Associates

Brad is an architect with over twenty years of experience. A problem-solver with great technical skill, he is chair of Sasaki's Technical Resource Group, and shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of firm to promote better practices in architecture. Brad co-founded the Boston Society of Architect's MakeTANK Committee and frequently participates as a design critic at area colleges and universities, and lectures on detailing and bringing maker culture back into the design process.

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Carmen Schweizer

Industrial Designer

As an Industrial Designer with Gensler, Carmen is passionate about combining digital modeling and making into products for designed spaces. As a graduate of RISD and Brown University, her worked ranged from modern Scandinavian furniture design, working with the ORION space program at NASA, and writing a thesis on speculative robotic creatures. Today, at her position with Gensler, she is involved in overseeing the fruition of the G Fab makerspace and creating more accessibility to unique design disruptions in the firm.

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Reilly Zlab

Director of Product Management
City of Boston, Department of Innovation and Technology

Reilly helps manage a small, agile team that builds digital experiences designed around the needs of Bostonians. Reilly has a background in communications, product management, user centered design, and fundraising. She holds an M.A. in Communications Management/Human Resources from Emerson College and a B.A. in Business Communications / Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

beyondAEC 2017 RECAP



Solar Sculptor -Santiago Garay, Leland Jobson, Cortney Kirk, Chris Mackey

DynaFireSuzanne Becker, Eric Rudisaile, Nick Smith, Sarah Wessel

Life Safety Lifesavers - Carlos Guzman, Ian Hester, Nathaniel MacDonald, Matt Mason, Jacob Small

For a full recap of last year's event, check out the beyondAEC 2017 page...


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