Immersive & Interactive

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Hackathon Leaders:
Prof. Federico Casalegno (Comparative Media Studies, MIT)
Greg Demchak (Synchro Software)
Prof. Takehiko Nagakura (Department of Architecture, MIT)
Cagri Hakan Zaman (PhD Candidate, MIT)

Information for Hackathon Technology Partners and Sponsors

How does a VR tool work in the future to help an architect presenting a design of a new public school to the local community?
What is an AR tool that real estate brokers can use to help promote their properties to home hunters?
What is a future MR tool on the construction site that helps building faster, safer and more economically?

Focusing on challenges such as these in the real design world context, including but not limited to architectural, landscape and product design as well as urbanism, real estate and construction, this hackathon will foster an interdisciplinary environment for proposing strong innovative solutions to the future. In the two and half day event, participants will work in groups to develop conceptual designs and working prototypes. Each group will identify a particular problem related to a design field and determine an immersive or interactive technology to explore. Through a series of tutorials provided by industry partners, participants will learn tools and procedures to develop solutions with the technology they prefer. At the end of the workshop, a select group of experts and sponsors will judge the final prototypes / presentations and award top projects.

Examples of Investigated Technologies: (The list of technology partners is to be confirmed)

Using some of the tools below, we invite designers, engineers and creative thinkers to redefine the scope of digital and physical computing at the Design Tools of the Future hackathon. What are the tools of the future designers? How can we creatively adopt the cutting edge technologies to reinvent the design process and reach beyond the established boundaries?

  • Microsoft Hololens
  • Oculus Rift
  • Google Tango
  • Unity 3D
  • Autodesk Stingray
  • HTC Vive
  • Samsung Gear
  • Apple AR Kit
  • Qualcom Vuforia
  • Forum8 VR Design Studio
  • Day 0 (October 27, 2017, evening only):
    • Sponsor presentations and tutorials
    • Forming Teams and Kick-Off
  • Day 1 (October 28, 2017):
    • Hackathon (all day) mixed with additional sponsor presentations and tutorials
    • Mid-Day Ideas Presentation
  • Day 2 (October 29, 2017):
    • Hackathon continued (half day)
    • Final Presentation
    • Jury and Award Ceremony
  • Design Tools of the Future Awards
  • Sponsor Titled Awards (TBD)
Contact: Image Credit:
  • Cagri Hakan Zaman, MIT Architecture