shannon c. mcmullan

2017 AEC Tech

CORE studio hosted the 2017 AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon in New York City on October 19-22. It was the largest AEC Tech event to date with over 150 people attending the symposium, and over 100 people attending the hackathon. Attendees came from all over the world representing various companies in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, programming, software, venture capital, and more. 

The week of events started off with a full day of supplementary workshops at the Thornton Tomasetti office which allowed attendees to develop on their current skill sets and explore new tools and workflows. The workshops sold out at over 70 attendees and all sessions were completely full.

The theme for the symposium, “Merging and Emerging: AEC Futures”, investigated opportunities in implementing cross-industry tech and discuss emerging AEC technology through three vectors: Site Futures (Robotics, Sensing, AR and Mixed Reality), Practice Futures (Cross-disciplinary collaboration, Machine Learning and AI), and Facilities Futures (Integration of sensing and data logging for the Built Environment).

Speakers were welcomed from a wide variety of backgrounds such as academia, kinetic art, virtual reality, custom software, machine intelligence, engineering, and research and development. The full symposium schedule, description of talks, and speaker bios can be read here.

AEC Tech 2017 was the first hackathon on Cornell Tech's brand new NYC campus, lasting 30-hours and resulting in 16 new open-source projects, all attempting to tackle pressing issues in the AEC industry with innovative computational solutions. A conclusive list of final projects and links can be found here.

The success of the 2017 events are in part due to the workshop, symposium, and hackathon sponsors: AutodeskAutodesk ForgeHKS LineIrisVRKonstruweworkBad MonkeysLadybug, and Speckle.

Read about my personal experience of the hackathon!