Hackathon: Innovate the Future of the Built Environment

Join the design sprint to improve the ways people interact with the physical world!

Hackathon: Innovate the Future of the Built Environment

In partnership with Arup, the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is looking for solutions that improve the ways people interact with the physical world.

Dates and Times (Must Attend Both Sessions)

  • Session One: Friday, January 22, 1-4:30 pm ET
  • Session Two: Friday, January 29, 1-3:30 pm ET

Overview

In partnership with Arup, the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is looking for solutions to improve the ways people interact with the physical world through the built environment. This virtual and experiential and interactive hackathon exposes students to core problem statements in the built environment and physical world focusing on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically, on #6: Clean water and sanitation, #7: Affordable and clean energy, #11: Sustainable cities & communities, and #12: Responsible consumption and production.

Participants will walk away with the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to create new products and services that will help people around the globe. Using design-thinking basics, we'll explore how to improve the way people interact with the built environment creating new ideas, solutions, products, and services.

Hackathon Problem/Challenge Topics

This virtual and experiential and interactive hackathon exposes students to core problem statements to improve the way people interact with the built environment. The problem statements will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Topics include:

  • #6: Clean water and sanitation
  • #7: Affordable and clean energy
  • #11: Sustainable cities & communities
  • #12: Responsible consumption and production

A Week-Long Hackathon (Two Sessions)

This new week-long hackathon has two sessions spaced one week apart.

SESSION ONE: Friday, January 22, 1-4:30 pm ET

Introduce the problem/challenge by experts from Arup, allow the formation of student teams, then collaborate and ideate to come up with new ideas.

Agenda: Identify the problem/challenge, form teams, collaborate, ideate new ideas

  • Describe the challenge: Experts from Arup
  • Breakout rooms: Meet someone new
  • Think like an innovator
  • Team formation
  • Ideation
  • MVP / Prototyping
  • What makes a good pitch

BETWEEN SESSIONS ONE AND TWO: TEAM CHECK IN’S

Individuals and teams are encouraged to work and develop their new ideas formed in session one in anticipation of pitching their ideas at Session Two. Coaches, mentors and topic experts are available during appointments and office hours for help. Create a slide deck and/or pitch (pitch deck not mandatory)

SESSION TWO: Friday, January 29, 1-3:30 pm ET

Focuses on pitching, feedback, and judging ideas. In between sessions, one and two teams have the ability to work with a mentor/coach and work with their teams on developing their idea in preparation for the soft pitch in session two.

Agenda: Team or individuals pitch ideas, get feedback, and vote for their favorite idea

Why Attend

Students will walk away with the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers to create new products and services that will help improve the way people interact with the built environment.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Working in more than 140 countries, the firm’s designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants, and technical specialists work with our clients on innovative projects of the highest quality and impact.

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Benefits of Attending

GW students attending this workshop and who apply to the GW New Venture Competition (NVC) with an innovative approach to challenges in the built environment across engineering, design, planning, or architecture by the deadline of February 4, 2021, at 1 pm ET will receive:

  • Automatic entry into round 2 of the competition
  • Best Built Environment Venture Prize, $7,500

*Must participate in both session to be eligible for the benefits

Speaker(s) and Expert(s):

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Lydia Stensberg

Lydia is a mechanical engineer with experience in mechanical design and HVAC systems comparison analyses for institutional and commercial projects including medical, museum, and educational buildings throughout the United States.

She is passionate about sustainable, holistic design, and has delivered projects with chilled beam and radiant ceiling panel systems. She has experience on Passivhaus, Living Building Challenge, and LEED projects, and is active in the local Living Building Challenge chapter.

Lydia often applies her interest in emerging technologies and her knowledge of programming and automation to ensure project deliverable quality and data integrity.

Katherine Hieber

Katherine is the Ventures Manager of Arup Americas responsible for helping Arup and our clients develop and bring to market new technologies that solve critical challenges in the built environment. She has a background in business and product development, content strategy, and design. In addition to her work on Ventures, Katherine manages Arup’s internal research and development fund, focusing on Sustainable Futures, Digital in the Built Environment and Livable Cities.

Rebecca Birmingham

Rebecca is the Ventures Leader of Arup Americas and Counsel on the Arup legal team. She has a ten-year track record in executing growth strategies for startups and realizing radical innovations in the traditionally staid real estate and AEC industries.

Rebecca has managed diverse ventures portfolios through the US, Canada, and South America, and has a specialty in IP and digital law as a New York-admitted attorney. She advises organizations on partnering and investing in startups that shape a better world.

Previous to Arup, Rebecca was part of the founding team of New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an interdisciplinary space supporting entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies. She has raised over $100m in funding from city, state, and federal entities, specializing in complex public-private partnerships to create jobs and support underserved communities. She holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology from New York University.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.