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

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

  • Design Tools of the Future Awards
  • Sponsor Titled Awards (TBD)

  • Dr. Imdat As (Founder,
  • Andrzej Zarzycki (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Cristophe Soulier (Supercomputer Cloud Research Lab, Forum8)


Friday, October 27 2017
Hackathon Day 01
/ MIT Media Lab (Building E14) 3rd Floor Lounge
06:00 pm     Kick-off Presentation and Dinner
06:30 pm     Tutorial by InsiteVR (E-15 335)
07:00 pm     Idea Pitches and Team Forming

Saturday, October 28 2017
Hackathon Day 02 / MIT Media Lab (Building E14) 3rd Floor Lounge

09:00 am     Breakfast
10:00 am     Tutorial by Forum8 (E-15 335)
11:00 am     Tutorial by Synchro (E-15 335)
12:00 pm     Hackathon Work in Progress
05:00 pm     Progress Presentations
06:00 pm     Dinner

  Sunday, October 29 2017
  Hackathon Day 03 / MIT Media Lab (Building E14) 3rd Floor Lounge

09:00 am     Breakfast
10:00 am     Hackathon Work in Progress
12:00 pm     Lunch
02:00 pm     Presentations and Demos
05:00 pm     Awards Ceremony

Venue: MIT Media Lab


Technology Partners

InsiteVR logo microsoft logo
Cagri Hakan Zaman

Image Credit
Cagri Hakan Zaman, MIT Architecture