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 9 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.

  • 50 participants
  • 9 coaches
  • 48 hours
  • 1001 ideas
  • 20-22 April 2018

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 profil?
Business Guru: 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).

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.).

Designer Expert: A designer is a person who designs things by making drawing of them. The "Designer Expert" will take care of the designs aspects of the project (design, communication, User eXperience, User Interface, 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.

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.

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 ;
  • 9 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 ;

Student registration is 19€ by presenting valid student card at the entrance.

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.

  • Innoviris

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

  • BoxWeb.be

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

  • 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.

  • Aertssen

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


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

  • Microsoft Innovation Center

    The MIC will support your startup from idea to investment.

  • IoT Factory

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

  • Virtuology International

    We invest in people, not in business models.

  • 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.

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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These are the experts who will guide you and share their knowledge all the weekend. Be prepared to face their questions and take advantage of their presence to build a better project.

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