October 19 - 21, 2018 

Salt Flats Innovation House
Chicago, IL

113 N May St, Chicago, IL 60607


Welcome to the BuiltWorlds Hackathon.


It's a weekend-long competition where all-star developers, makers, and built industry experts gather to hack solutions to burning built world problems.


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 The winners receive a $$$ prize.

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 sensor-based hardware with software. Each maker team will have access to devices, sensors, a network server, and application server in order to create solutions for a smarter city.

Prize money to be announced soon!




  • 5:30 p.m. - Kickoff Party
  • 7:00 p.m. - Technical Workshops + Product Demos
  • 8:00 p.m. - Team formation and ideation session
  • 11:00 p.m. - Doors close



  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast/coffee
  • 8:00 a.m. - Technical Workshops + Product Demos
  • 9:00 a.m. - Hacking begins
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch + Learn
  • 6:30 p.m. - Dinner
  • 12:00 a.m. - Doors close



  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast/coffee
  • 8:00 a.m. - Hacking begins
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. - Project pitches
  • 4:00 p.m. - Award ceremony
  • 5:00 p.m. - Doors close



Opportunity to win $$$ prizes


Get your concepts vetted by industry experts


Food + drinks for an entire weekend


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.


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