7 Oct 2020

Join the Forge Hackathon at Autodesk University 2020

Update: Lightning Talks will not be broadcast live; they will be made available through the Hackathon's Slack channel before the event begins.


Get your creative juices flowing! The Forge team is hosting an online Hackathon the week right before Autodesk University. Grab a team or join one before the Hackathon begins on November 8 (18:00 PST), and come ready to code the Forge project you've been dying to develop. 


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The Challenges

Teams can choose to build an application that encompasses one challenge or up to 2 different ones. In addition to each of the 5 categories, there will also be a prize awarded to the best overall Forge application. It is possible to win one of the categories as well as the best overall application prize; it is also possible to not win one of the 5 challenges but still be awarded for creating the best of the best Forge application.

Best data visualization application

How easy is it to understand your CAD data visually? High performers in this category should showcase a clean, simple solution that makes it easy to bring forward the most valuable data at the right time.

Most innovative Digital Twin application

How smart is your digital twin? Is it something we've never seen before? Does it offer best-in-class monitoring and analysis?

Best workflow automation application

How many tedious, manual processes can be automated? The Forge Design Automation APIs offer many services to help you automate repetitive tasks, freeing up time and energy to focus on more complex workflows. 

Thinking outside the box with a BIM application

We're looking for the most creative ways to interact with a BIM model, while adding significant value to the user workflow. Think about your BIM manager - what would they love to be able to do, but never in a million years think was possible? 

Best 3D game application

This is your chance to get creative with the three.js library. Ever wanted to play Space Invaders in your Forge Viewer? How about PacMan in your 2D drawings? Have fun with this one!


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What to expect

Come in with your team ready to hack away from day one. Teams can consist of up to 4 people, and you may only participate on one team. Make the most of this week and come ready to showcase what you've built on Demo Day, November 13!


Lightning Talks: Available on Slack from Nov 6

The Forge Developer Advocacy team will be running a series of lightning talks to showcase some popular solutions you can build using the Forge Platform. These talks are meant to give Hackathon attendees a chance to get familiar with some advanced uses of the Forge APIs including the Viewer, BIM 360 APIs, and various other applications to inspire your own use of Forge services in order to create your own customized solutions. 

These videos will be posted on the Slack channel for attendees to access before the hackathon begins.


Coding Support Period: November 8-13

During the week of November 8-13, you will have unlimited access to multiple Autodesk Forge support resources, including:

  • The Forge platform
  • The Autodesk engineering team
  • Forge Advocates

And, of course, 24x5 support hours. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, someone will be online to guide you and answer any questions you may have.


Demo Day: November 13 

Each team will submit a video showcasing the app they built for our judges. Live viewing of those videos will take place on November 13 according to each team's region.


Winner Selection: November 16

Winners of each challenge will be informed of their victory by November 16. The team must then submit a video outlining who they are, the application they built, and which challenge it addresses by November 17, to be included in the Hackathon Showcase on November 18.


Hackathon Showcase at Autodesk University: November 18

The winners of the hackathon challenges will be announced during a showcase the week of AU. The winning solutions will be demonstrated and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Register for Autodesk University and tune in November 18, 8 AM PST for the showcase.


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Judging Criteria

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:


Show us an application that does something no one has seen before! The more creative, the more points you get.


How easy is it to use your app? Is it intuitive? Does it offer a stellar user experience?

Business problem solved

Does your solution have real world benefits? Can you deploy it live for people to use and solve their real world business problems?

Progress made during the week

The more you can accomplish during the actual week of Nov 8-13, the higher you score with the judges.

Depth of Forge use

How many Forge APIs and services were you able to leverage? The more you combine, and the more advanced use of the platform the more points you can score here.

Wow factor

Is your app jaw-dropping? 


Why should you join?

Besides the chance to gain prestige in your industry and win the respect and admiration of your peers, winners will receive some incredible prizes!

But don't lose heart - even if you don't win, you will get some great Forge swag to show off. And if you're one of the first 100 participants, you will get a very exclusive gift. So sign up today!

Shipping may be slightly delayed based on your location and any current restrictions. But please be patient with us - you will get your rewards! 


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