by Susan Kolber
Conventions often give attendees at best a sense of excitement about what they have learned or who they have met, but usually there is no outlet to immediately apply new knowledge, create partnerships and design. EQxD’s second annual AIA Hackathon brings a design focused framework and collaboration to solving and imagining the future of architectural practice in a fast paced four hour workshop. When do we have the opportunity to intensely imagine the potential and future of professional practice and who will be leading it?
Last year, EQxD AIA Hackathon judges and participants saw the event as a critical and energizing experience to create hacks promoting equity in architecture; participant Karen Robichaud remarked, “Walking into the Hackathon, I had no idea what to expect from the experience. After all, I’m not a hacker and I’m not an architect! I left feeling inspired, excited and eager to implement hackathons everywhere. There’s so much to hack!” Participants joined teams and presented their pitch which resolved questions that were proposed at the beginning of the workshop in three minute presentations at the end of the day. Three judges, Obiekwe “Obi” Okolo, Melinda Rosenberg, and Curtis Rodgers selected the winning based on their ability to measure results and make impact immediately. The 2015 EQxD AIA Hackathon winning team named #BUILDYOUrTribe proposed a new concept for an industry app designed to connect and propose events and engagements between the AEC community, “a sort of industry-specific mash-up between LinkedIn and MeetUp.” A year later and participants of the event have brought the hackathon framework to other arenas to help solve problems. The 2016 EQxD AIA Hackathon will continue a legacy of challenging the status quo of architecture. If interested, register below.
Learn more about the 2015 EQxD AIA Hackathon
1. #BUILDYOUrtribe – Equity by Design Hackathon 2015 Winners
2. When Working Hard Hardly Works
3. Promotion and Advancement: How to champion the Pull.
4. We need to Hack more!
5. I am not an Architect
6. How does going to a Hackathon make re-entry easier?
7. Interrupt workplace bias, be a "Change Agent"
8. Reflections from the EQxD Hackathon Jurors
9. Conscious Inclusion: #BUILDYOUrtribe
10. Reflections from the EQxD Hackathon Jurors
11. Bringing a Hackathon to Payette