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BuiltWorlds Hackathon


10.19.2018 at 3:00PM - 10.21.2018 at 4:00PM


Salt Flats Innovation House 113 N May St Chicago, IL, IL 60607


Developers, Makers and Built Industry Experts: Come hack with us and win up to $15,000 in cash prizes

The BuiltWorlds Hackathon is a weekend-long competition where all-star developers, makers, and built industry experts gather to hack solutions to burning built world problems. And the best hacks will walk away with a cool $15,000 in cash prizes.

What’s a built world problem?

Anything affecting the world we live in — namely, our cities, buildings, and infrastructure.

How it works

FORM Teams of 3-6 hackers form and choose a problem to solve.
HACK Each team has roughly 36 hours to churn out a prototype solution.
PITCH Each team presents their ideas to a panel of judges.
WIN First place winners will receive $10,000. Second place will receive $5,000.

We have two challenges for you to enter:

Software Challenge

the best application of software

In traditional Hackathon-style, teams in the software track will compete to create the best software solution to a built industry problem (that is, any problem in our cities, infrastructure or buildings). If you’re a developer or want to participate on a dev team for the weekend, this track is for you.

Maker Challenge

the best application of hardware or robotics 

This challenge is meant for developers who are interested in Internet of Things technology and creating solutions that integrate hardware with software.

Prize Money

First Place will receive $10,000 & Second Place will receive $5,000 


Register now!

Meet the Judges

David Borlo

CEO, Salt Flats

Kirk Chamberlain

VP, HUB International

Hilda Espinal

Chief Technology Officer, CannonDesign

Joel Friedman

CTO/Co-founder, Aclaimant

Erin Grossi

Managing Director of Digital Innovation, Accenture

Tauhira Hoossainy

Construction Technology Manager, Milwaukee Tool

Burcin Kaplanoglu

Executive Director, Innovation Officer, Oracle, Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit

Natalie Spare

Data Scientist, FMI Corp

Participating Schools:


Day 1 Schedule

5:30 p.m.

Kickoff Party

Get the weekend start right with drinks, appetizers, and time to scope out the competition or find potential teammates!

7:00 p.m.

Lightning Round

Hear from leading built industry companies about the challenges they're facing and the software and technologies that are commonly used.

8:00 p.m.

Team formation and ideation session

Time to assemble the team, outline your project for the weekend, and get started on your hack.

11:00 p.m.

Doors close

Day 2 Schedule

7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Technical Workshops + Product Demos

Hear from leading built industry companies about the challenges they're facing and the software and technologies that are commonly used.

8:00 a.m.

Hacking begins

Laptops open, heads downs, and coffee in hand. It's hacking time.

12:00 p.m.


Take a quick break to fuel up

1:00 p.m.

Hacking continues

The hacking grind continues.

6:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Hacking continues

The clock is ticking so get some more coffee and keep chugging on.

12:00 a.m.

Doors close

Day 3 Schedule

7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Hacking begins

Time to squash those last bugs, put the finishing details on your hack, and prep your presentation.

12:00 p.m


2:00 p.m.

Project Pitches

It's showtime! Present your product to our judges and discover what other teams have been working on all weekend.

3:30 pm

Fireside chat with Eveart Foster from Pepper

Eveart Foster, Technical Services Engineer, Pepper Construction

While the judges deliberate, Eveart Foster will talk about the opportunities for tech savvy young people in AEC and his experience as a winner of a past BuiltWorlds Hackathon.

4:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony

Our panel of judges will be announcing the winners i.e. the folks who will be raking in the dough.

5:00 p.m.

Doors close

BuiltWorlds Members, take note:

A weekend of boundless R&D for your company

The BuiltWorlds Hackathon is not only for hackers. BuiltWorlds Members can also get involved and create a winning opportunity for their company.

Join the Hackathon, work alongside our hackers, and discover innovative solutions to your business-critical challenges. Take control of one of the challenges for a weekend of unlimited R&D.  Recruit your next rock star talent from amidst our competitors. Test drive your newest software and products for some of the industry’s most innovative minds.

Email partnerships@builtworlds.com to learn more!

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