Join us in developing innovative solutions to problems facing businesses in manufacturing, construction, and entertainment. People from various backgrounds are invited to contribute their talents, meet others, exchange ideas, and apply their passion and expertise to build something awesome.

The 2019 ‘Constructing Futures’ Hackathon will take place May 19 to May 20, 2019, at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. This event is organized by the University of Alberta’s Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering.

During the event, you will have an opportunity to transform your ideas into innovative solutions with real business opportunities.

Prize Announcement!

1st place overall: CAD 1000

2nd place overall: CAD 500


‘Constructing futures’ hackathon is open to students, programmers, construction professionals, graphic designers, or any tech enthusiast interested in working together with like-minded people to create innovative tech solutions that will push today’s industries into the future! Come with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and an enthusiasm for implementing new ideas and working with others to solve problems.

Registration is open to both teams and individuals.

 Registration Fee (5% GST not included) 
Per Person RegistrationCAD 20Register Now
Group-of-4 RegistrationCAD 80Register Now
Group-of-5 RegistrationCAD 100Register Now
Group-of-6 RegistrationCAD 120Register Now


While teams may bring their own challenges to the hackathon, we invite participants to register for one of the following hackathon challenge themes:

Enterprise Digitization

Enterprise Digitization

The Future of BIM

The Future of BIM

VR Spectator Experience

VR Spectator Experience

Design of Robot-crew for Task X

Design of Robot-crew for Task X

Bring Your Own Challenge

Bring Your Own Challenge


The high-level program is provided below. Stay tuned to this webpage to learn of further details as they become available.

Sunday, May 19, 2019Monday, May 20, 2019Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:00 AM Check-in9:00 AM - Breakfast10:00 AM – Bus to Banff, Alberta for MOC Summit multi-conference participants
11:00 AM - Opening Ceremonies
12:00 PM - Hacking begins12:00 PM – Hacking ends
12:30 PM - Lunch12:15 PM – Team presentations & judging
1:00 - 6:00 PM - Workshops1:00 PM - Lunch
6:30 PM - Dinner
11:00 PM - Midnight snack2:00 PM – Awards & closing ceremonies


TimeWorkshop Room 1Workshop Room 2
1:00-2:00 PMDigitization of the General Contractor
Vincent Plourd, Chandos Construction
RoBIM Robot Simulation
Dr. Jessy Kang, University of Alberta
2:00-3:00 PMEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System for Panelized Home Prefabrication Facility
Dr. Sadiq Altaf, ACQBUILT, Inc.
The History of a VR Experience: The problems, and solutions, to creating an VR experience
Brad Drebit and Tyler West, ICE Edge
3:00-4:00 PMDigitization Challenges of Construction Companies
Maria Al-Hussein, University of Alberta
3D Modelling via Deformation of a Base Model
Esmatullah Naikyar and David Basto, NAIK AR Corp.
4:00-5:00 PM Virtual Face Mask Try-on
Esmatullah Naikyar and David Basto, NAIK AR Corp.

Constructing Futures Hackathon Rules

  • You may not begin your project before 12 pm on Sunday, May 19th.
  • Be sure to download any software you may need prior to the start of the hackathon.
  • Each participant undertakes to respect all third-party intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents, official marks, and trademarks, during project development.
  • Teams can consist of up to six (6) people, and preferably should have at least four (4) people.
  • To be eligible for a prize, the following conditions must be met:
    • At least one (1) member of the group presents the project during the final presentations.
    • The presentation must be submitted by the deadline.
    • The work presented is completed at the hackathon. The work can be an addition to a previous project or a new project. Testing or troubleshooting of previous developments are not be eligible for a prize.
    • At least one (1) member of the group is present for the awards ceremony.
  • The following rules will apply to the final presentations:
    • There is a time limit of three (3) minutes for the final presentations. Groups will be stopped when the time is up.
    • The presentation can be a powerpoint, video, demo, or other combination of mediums. Be sure to bring any materials you will need.
    • Presentations must be submitted by 12 pm on Monday, May 20.
  • Teams may be disqualified at the discretion of the hackathon organizers if there is any evidence of:
    • Plagiarism of any part(s) of their project
    • Disruptive behaviour at any time during the hackathon
    • Teams employing people outside of their maximum six (6) group members
  • Teams are responsible for ensuring that their behaviour and projects comply with any rules, and for resolving any conflicts within the group. All participants are expected to behave in a professional and respectful manner throughout the hackathon and any related events.
  • All participants must comply with any and all applicable laws and safety protocols during the event.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the team(s) that receive the best overall evaluation from the judges based on the presentation and the contribution of the project.


Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor


Important Note

For hackathon participants also attending the 2019 MOC multi-conference, the organizers will provide free one-way transportation from Edmonton, Alberta to the multi-conference venue in Banff, Alberta on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. More details will be provided soon.


Any participants requiring accommodations in Edmonton are encouraged to book a nearby hotel early. We recommend Lister Hall, the University of Alberta’s North Campus residency. Rates are available from CAD 56 per night – space is limited. Other hotels in the area (suggestions listed below) will require transportation to the campus venue.


Location: Use the ETLC entrance on the East side of building. Then go to 2nd floor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility (ECERF), University of Alberta, Canada; Address: 92 Ave and 116 St NW, Edmonton, T6G 2W3

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

All payments must be made in Canadian dollars (CAD) and must be received prior to May 15, 2019. In the event of cancellation, written notification should be sent by email at or please contact us using this form.

  • Before May 1, 2019: Full refund, excluding administration fee of CAD 5
  • From May 2 to May 15, 2019: 50% refund
  • After May 15, 2019 or if the participant fails to attend: No refund

All refunds will be processed and issued within 30 days after the event.