Hackathon description

Do you want to change construction industry? Join our Hackathon!
During the weekend of April 20-22, 2018, you will co-create new innovative solutions for construction companies. Together with over 50 other enthusiasts, you will make your idea become a reality! You will be surrounded by the best coaches, developers and designers from Belgium. They will help your dream for a “Digital Construction” to turn into a startup!

During 48 hours dedicated to create digital & innovating solutions for construction companies, you will provide wonderful new projects. From Friday evening, you will work by team composed of different profiles from all around Belgium: IT, business, construction and design. This multidisciplinarity will give the opportunity to each group to transform dreaming ideas to concrete solutions with real business opportunities.

This weekend gives attendees the chance to be exposed to and work with the entrepreneurial and business tools and be guided by 15 coaches during all the event. Each of you will acquire new skills and an unforgettable experience.

Sunday afternoon is your chance to pitch your final project in front of a jury composed of CEOs, chiefs in innovation and startup owners.

Who will be the participants?
A hackathon is not only for geeks! The power of a team is made by different experiences and expertises of each person. Either you are a student, a construction guy, have a business profile or even a startup, you are welcome to join and develop new solutions for the construction sector.

You don't need to have a technical background to participate. Just join us with your knowledge, open mind, collaborative spirit, and willingness to solve the everyday problems encountered by construction actors.

What's your profile?
Business: A business person is used to organize the practical aspects of a project based on the market. The “Business Guru” will be the team’s planner and adviser on needs from the construction sector (business, market study, construction / architect, strategy, management, finance, legal, entrepreneurial). We include in this profile the "Designer Expert" which takes care of the designs aspects of the project (design, communication, User eXperience, User Interface, etc.).

IT Wizard: The “IT Wizard” will be the team’s geek and will take care of the software aspects of the project by programming (new technologies, web development, app development, programming, etc.).

How team will be formed?
On Friday night, people with ideas will pitch them in only one minute. Participant will afterwards vote for three ideas they like. Ideas with the highest amount of votes will be selected. Leaders of selected ideas will recruit their DREAM TEAM during the night to carry out the project (discover the program).
If you would like to subscribe to this hackathon with your own pre-formed team, it’s possible, but you must first contact the organizers before registration.

How will intellectual property and image rights be managed?
All presentations and project developments will be carried out in open innovation. Which means ideas will be presented in front of the audience (public, sponsors and attendees) on Friday and Sunday pitch session.
Remember that ideas are "nothing", multiple people could have the same ideas. Team and execution are 99,9% of a good ideas success.

The only thing organizers and sponsors ask you in return is to allow them to use photos and videos of you for non-commercial and/or promotional purposes in order to ensure communication around the event and ensure campaigns for future hackathons. The winning teams could have a chance to see their project presented in the organizers' media.
As a attendees/public you agree to allow organizers and sponsors to use your name, image and likeness in connection with the Hackathon for any purpose without limitation throughout the world in perpetuity in any form and media, now known or hereafter created.

Do you want to be part of this adventure?
You already have an idea?

You thought about it but never tried to make it happen. This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to undertake the ACTION MODE.


To which themes should ideas/projects respond?
The sponsors have defined the challenges they want the teams to take up. Your ideas and projects presented Friday evening should bring a new solution to these themes:

Theme 1: Artificial Intelligence and the use of Big Data in Construction, by BESIX

Theme 2: Digital experience with 3D Technology, by VELUX

- Use case to better conception – living lab
- Customer experience – Visualize daylight inputs into buildings
- Better sale thanks to 3D
- Employee’s training

Theme 3: Automated Lean measurement, by Willemen Groep

Lean, 8 types of waste:
- Transport: moving people, products, information
- Inventory: materials, tools, machine
- Motion: walking across the site, material replenishment, time spent looking for a tool or file
- Waiting: for parts, information, instructions, equipment
- Overproduction: excess material, work done too soon
- Over-processing: Unnecessary steps in the project value chain, coordination and administrative workflows
- Defects/rework: task that wasn’t done correctly the first time or must be repaired
- Talent/skills: Underutilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

Theme 4: Track & Trace and IoT made available across the industry, by Aertssen

WHERE does it take PLACE?

Venue: Co.Station - Parvis Sainte-Gudule 5, 1000 Brussels

Train station: Brussels Central station
Subway station: Central station (line 1 & 5 )
Tram station: Parc (line 92 & 93), De Brouckère (line 4, 4 & 32)
Bus station: Central station (line 29, 38, 63, 65, 66, 86)
Parking: no free parking available - you will have to parks on the street (parking meter) or car park Grote Markt & Interparking Square Albertine (find the cheapest car pack around thanks to bepark.eu)


Registration is 59€, yes, you have to pay to be part of tomorrow’s success…

But look at what’s planned for you:

  • All your meals and drinks during the weekend & fruits all day ;
  • 15 coaches will guide you and share their experience to help you develop your team idea and your skills ;
  • A perfect place to develop your ideas and create a new network of interresting people & companies ;
  • The chance to discover new business and digital tools ;

This Hackathon is possible thanks to...


  • Construction Confederation

    The Confederation Construction represents the interests of more than 15.000 contractors active in construction, energy and environment.

  • Technology Guidance

    The guidance aims to encourage the transfer of innovative technologies to meet new requirements related to eco-construction and sustainable development.

  • BBRI

    The Belgian Building Research Institute is a research institute founded to contribute to the general innovation and development in the construction sector.


    The BESIX Group is a multidisciplinary company with a leading position in its markets: construction, property development and concessions.

  • Co.Station

    Co.Station’s goal is to boost the digital ecosystem in Belgium, by stimulating entrepreneurship and providing the startup/scaleup community with the tools to innovate and grow.


The organizers are grateful to the following sponsors for their BIG support of this next wave of innovation for construction companies.

Gold sponsors

  • WILLEMEN Groep

    WILLEMEN Groep, the number one family group in the construction industry in Belgium.


    VELUX Group manufacture and sale products for better living environments by bringing daylight and fresh air into people's homes.

  • Innoviris

    Innoviris is the Brussels Institute for the encouragement of scientific research and innovation.

Silver sponsors

  • BoxWeb.be

    Specialist in Website development, BoxWeb is your partner for a great visibility on the internet.


    AERTSSEN, an organisation to rely on for eartmoving, lifting projects and transport.

Bronze sponsors


    RENSON creates innovative concepts and products for a healthy and comfortable indoor environment in homes and buildings.


The organizers are grateful to their partners for the diffusion of the event.

  • Sirris

    Sirris helps companies develop, test and effectively implement technological innovations.

  • Agoria

    Agoria paves the way for all technology-inspired companies in Belgium.

  • Beci

    The Brussels Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of Brussels companies and offers them a wide range of services.

  • DigitYser

    DigitYser is the flagship of Brussels where communities gather to implement digital solutions focussed on Blockchain, Data & AI , IoT and VR.

  • icity.brussels

    A technology hub focused on research, development, innovation and valorization to support your company in digital transition.

  • 1819.brussels

    1819 is the leading information service for anyone who is starting or developing a business in Brussels.

  • hub.brussels

    hub.brussels is the Brussels Business Support Agency.

  • B-Sprouts

    International Incubator and Accelerator to help entrepreneurs and start-ups sprout their ideas and businesses to flourish in their markets.

  • IoT Factory

    Your goal is to launch new services or new Business Models for Enterprises, using Internet of Things.

  • Microsoft Innovation Center

    The MIC will support your startup from idea to investment.

  • Virtuology International

    We invest in people, not in business models.

  • ecobuild.brussels

    ecobuild.brussels is the cluster for sustainable construction and renovation in Brussels.

  • InnovaTech

    InnovaTech supports Walloon and innovative SMEs so that they innovate more efficiently and quickly.

  • PropTech Lab

    PropTech Lab provides a set of services to the Real Estate professionals, active in the construction or in the property industry.

  • Brussels Smart City

    The Brussels-Capital Region has its own smart city strategy which goes under the name of Brussels Smart City.

  • ULB

    The Université libre de Bruxelles is an active member of the Research and education area.

  • KULeuven

    KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal.

  • ECAM

    Higher Industrial Institute in: automation, construction, electromechanical, electronic, geometrical, computer science.


    Howest is one of the leading providers of higher education in West Flanders.

  • Liège University

    A university in motion, changing societies.

  • Ghent University

    Ghent University is one of the major universities with 11 faculties and conduct in-depth research.

  • VUB

    VUB is an internationally oriented university in Brussels with high quality research and education.

  • Hogeschool PXL

    PXL University College is a centre of expertise for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

  • LUCA arts

    LUCA School of Arts offers both professional and academic Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate degrees.

  • Henallux

    Henallux offers a nearly complete range of training in 3 years, as well as several years of specialization.

  • Haute Ecole en Hainaut

    HEH organises short and long university level higher education.

  • Universiteit Hasselt

    The University of Hasselt is a centre of education, research and service provision, with 2 campuses & 6 research institutes.

  • BeCode

    Free training in web development in Brussels center (6 months).

Why sponsoring the Hackathon Digital Construction?

Sponsoring this Hackathon is a way to become a change agent involved in upgrading the building sector. If you are interested in being a sponsor or a partner contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and get engaged. Thank you for supporting your starting community of built environment and innovators.

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