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Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:00am to 10:00pm

White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

TallWood Design Institute is excited to be a host and sponsor of the 30th AEC Hackathon and Timber Tech Summit, to be held July 21st to 23rd at the University of Oregon's White Stag Building in downtown Portland. 

The Details

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon series was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and their developers and designers. It’s a weekend of “geeking at its finest”, with the aim of improving the industries that affect all that live or work in a house or building. Teams composed of architects, construction professionals, structural engineers, programmers, and other technology specialists will work intensively through the weekend to create technology-based solutions to technical and other challenges related to the built environment. Team membership typically evolves organically based on the skills and interests of participants as they discuss the challenges they’d like to tackle. This is the focus of the Friday evening kickoff session. During Saturday and the morning of Sunday teams work on their solutions, which they present at a public presentation on Sunday afternoon. Many projects spawned by the AEC Hackathon series have lived on and thrived as startup businesses.

AEC Hackathons have quickly become a global community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment, and they have been held around the world, from London to Tokyo, Helsinki to Singapore, and Munich to Shanghai. This is the first hackathon to be held in Portland, and the timing could not be better. Oregon has become an epicenter of late for all things mass timber in the US, and in acknowledgement of this we will be holding a special Summit entitled “The Future of Making, Digital Construction and Timber Tech” during the day on Friday, prior to the hackathon’s evening kickoff. The Summit will feature presentations from the technology and AEC sectors as well as from university researchers associated with the TallWood Design Institute.

Guests are encouraged and welcomed to attend the public presentation of the hacks, which will take place from 2pm to approximately 6pm on Sunday, July 23rd.  Many delegates arriving for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit which begins in Portland on July 23rd, have expressed interest in witnessing the innovations for which these events have become known.

For fee information and online registration go to

Submitting an Idea for a Hack

If you can’t attend the hackathon but would like to propose a challenge or idea that you think the teams should work on, email TallWood Design Institute at . A wide range of topics have been tackled at the 29 previous hackathons, including bringing VR capabilities to Revit, building 3D interactive city models, developing tool tracking apps for construction jobsites, and many more.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Symposium


College of Design, College of Design: School of Architecture & Environment, Department of Architecture

Target Audience

All Students, General Public, Graduate Students, Alumni



$40 to $95 - register now FOR SAVINGS


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