AEC Hackathon: Engineers Wanted
Hackathons aren’t just for programmers. Let’s me just state that before we start, because the last thing I want you to think is “this isn’t for me.”
OK, now we’ve got that out of the way…
Something fun is happening this July. The ACE Hackathon is making a return trip to London! Having somehow missed the last visit of this international event, I’m determined to go to this one. Frankly I’m ridiculously excited and you should be too– here’s why:
A hackathon is an event where people band together in teams to identify industry issues and then throw everything they’ve got into fixing them. It’s the ultimate in rapid prototyping; collecting together people who have problems with those who can fix them. By creating a safe space for engaged people to come together and creatively solve problems. hackathons are about discovery.
The AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Hackathon is about the built environment. As civil engineers we know about the built environment; I mean- we built most of it! And that means we know a lot of the problems that the industry faces. Now most engineers I know can already vividly picture what it would be like to be in a room full of people and voice some of those problems (it’s called a tea break); but imagine that this time someone goes “ah, I have an idea about that…”; that’s the sort of opportunity a hackathon can present.
For me hackathons are about three things- having fun, meeting other people and solving problems. Sure, you might get to play with some fun tech; you might even win something or come up with a solution that changes the world! But mostly it’s about engineering in it’s purist form– collaborating to creatively solve problems.
So if that sounds like something you fancy doing: