Oct 19

Builtworlds Hackathon 2018

October 19 - 21, 2018

5:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Salt Flats Innovation House


113 N May St., Chicago, IL 60607



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It's a weekend-long competition where all-star developers, makers, and built industry experts gather to hack solutions to burning built world problems.


What's a built world problem? 


Anything affecting the world we live in — namely, our cities, buildings, and infrastructure.


How it works


  • FORM Teams of 3-6 hackers form and choose a problem to solve.
  • HACK Each team has roughly 36 hours to churn out a prototype solution.
  • PITCH Each team presents their ideas to a panel of judges.
  • WIN The winners receive a $$$ prize.

We have two challenges for you to enter:


Software Challenge

the best application of software


In traditional Hackathon-style, teams in the software track will compete to create the best software solution to a built industry problem (that is, any problem in our cities, infrastructure or buildings). If you’re a developer or want to participate on a dev team for the weekend, this track is for you.

Maker Challenge

the best application of hardware or robotics 


This challenge is meant for developers who are interested in Internet of Things technology and creating solutions that integrate sensor-based hardware with software. Each maker team will have access to devices, sensors, a network server, and application server in order to create solutions for a smarter city.

Prize Money:

First Place will receive $10,000

Second Place will receive $5,000


Eliana Riley

Date posted

Sep 20, 2018

Date updated

Oct 9, 2018