AEC Hackathon - Zurich Edition


It’s done!

We are still a bit hyped from the overwhelmingly positive feedback we got ๐Ÿ™.

What made the event so special was the great mix of people we had on site.
We welcomed around 250 participants and visitors.
From Switzerland and all over Europe to Canada and India.
From users to coders toย #opensourceย solution providers to decision makers.

Many came as first time hackers and many as first time open sourcers.
Many left as keen enthusiasts ๐Ÿ’ช.

Itโ€™s stunning to see whatโ€™s possible if a group of motivated individuals from different companies aligns on one goal and truly collaborates on a weekend. The degree of self organisation, the quality of the prototypes and the tools that are available today is nothing else than amazing ๐Ÿš€.

Everyone who participated in the Hack throughout the weekend can consider himself / herself aย #winner. 20 (!) teams presented their work. Four teams got a special recognition from the jury membersย Edyta Augustynowicz,ย Philippe Blockย andย Yashar Moradi.

Here are the links to the final presentations:

“Best overall project”:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Team Identity

“Best Hack for Humanity”:

๐Ÿ‘‰ SIA_GPT Team 1

“Best Mash-Up Project”:

๐Ÿ‘‰ LCA Miro

“Best project that solves a big AEC problem”:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Autodesk Cloud Speckle Connector



All others:

๐Ÿ‘‰ IDS Team 1

๐Ÿ‘‰ IDS Team 2

๐Ÿ‘‰ IDS Team 3

๐Ÿ‘‰ BridgeGen

๐Ÿ‘‰ ProjectDataCoPilot

๐Ÿ‘‰ Open I

๐Ÿ‘‰ 2Dify

๐Ÿ‘‰ SIA_GPT Team 2

๐Ÿ‘‰ Circular Chaos


๐Ÿ‘‰ Santini

๐Ÿ‘‰ LoCO2

๐Ÿ‘‰ GitAEC

๐Ÿ‘‰ ModuGen



Public Talks on Friday

But there was more to discover on the weekend. We also had inspiring talks about the relevance on Open Source in the construction and real estate industry on Friday:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Intro

Maximilian Vomhof,

๐Ÿ‘‰ OpenSource@Siemens

Roger Meier, Siemens

๐Ÿ‘‰ Bollinger+Grohmann & Speckle

Alexander Hofbeck & A. Rynne

๐Ÿ‘‰ luucy &

Thorben Westerhuys & Matthias Kuhn

๐Ÿ‘‰ vyzn & compas

Romana Rust & Tom van Mele

๐Ÿ‘‰ inosca & adfinis

Christian Zosel

๐Ÿ‘‰ Roundtable


Tech Talks on Saturday

And on Saturday, we had 15 insights into actual tech trends and solutions from leading experts across the industry:

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œ and the prefab hackโ€

Yashar Moradi, BIMONDISย 

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œPower to the userโ€

Antonio Viegas, ThatOpenCompany

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œWhy Data Pipelines are the future of BIMโ€

Michal Rontsinsky, Beyond BIM

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œXeokit – Huge Models. Made Simple.ย Cutting-Edge Web 3D Graphics SDKโ€

Tomasz Basinski, Creoox

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œLCAx – An Open Source Exchangeย ย Format for LCAโ€

Christian Kongsgaard, ApS

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œFocus Circular Constructionโ€

Thomas Glรคttli, Bauen Digital Schweiz

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œData driven sustainabilityโ€

Nicolas Fries, Implenia

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œCollaboration as unfair advantageโ€

Pablo Mayrgrundter,

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œSustainable Design Technologiesโ€

Michael Drobnik, Herzog & de Meuron

๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€œOpen_BIMGPTโ€

Kirk Stalkie, Tiree



We, the orga team from (Maximilian Vomhof), from ZHAW Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen (Konrad Graser, Alex Walzer and Zorana Petojevic), from CH Open (Kateryna Schรผtz) and from AEC Hackathon (Damon Hernandez and Aske Strandberg) are very thankful for the support of everyone who showed up on site or gave positive feedback on social media โ€“ this positive energy is what keeps us going!

๐Ÿ“ฃ Last but not least we want to thank again our event partners beyondBIM AG,ย EBP,ย SIA Schweizerischer Ingenieur- und Architektenverein as well as our solution partners, Speckle,ย That Open Company (Formerly IFC.js), creeox / xeokit,, Bimondis,ย vyzn,ย LUUCY AG,ย NCCR Digital Fabrication,ย Impleniaย andย Bauen digital Schweiz / buildingSMART Switzerland. Together with us, you believe in the idea of #openinnovation and helped us tremendously to make this Hackathon happen!


The big question is: will it happen again? Stay tuned for an update soon!