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Building Data Exchange Hack Weekend

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2pm, Friday 5 Febuary – 5pm, Sunday 7 Febuary 2016

From schools to apartments, supermarkets to offices, health centres to houses, Innovate UK's £8m Building Performce Evaluation (BPE) programme has spent 5 years analysing how well real buildings perform and the results are surprising. The BPE programme was designed to measure the “Performance Gap” – the difference between the designed and actual energy usage of a building. The Zero Carbon Hub is showcasing many of the projects through a series of regional Building Better Buildings events.

BPE has collected one of the most detailed and unexplored datasets of its kind as well as developing tools and methodologies that are commonly used today. However there was a challenge as Simon Hart, Programme Leader for Built Environment at Innovate UK explains:

“When we started to analyse the programme outputs, we realised that we were facing a big-data challenge.”, “We had to find a way to transform this data and knowledge into innovation and growth”

To help turn this vast portfolio of data into real-world business opportunities, Innovate UK has engaged the UK’s centre of excellence for digital technology; the Digital Catapult.

The Digital Catapult will bring their expertise in data and IoT to the BPE programme to unlock the opportunities for growth for both digital and construction SME’s. It is intended that the project acts as a catalyst for forward thinking construction firms access to the best of the UK’s digital SME’s to collaborate, learn and develop new products and services.

Starting over the weekend of 5th to 7th February the Digital Catapult will host the first ever Building Performance Hackathon. Hackathons are the latest in high-speed, intensive innovation where teams of digital and built environment developers, coders and tech professionals will compete to create the best solution to the building performance challenges. This will be the first time the BPE project data has been opened up to the public via the brand new Building Data Exchange platform.

The hackathon will mark the launch of a three year Digital Catapult program designed to encourage construction firms to engage with the digital community as Hart explains: “The data contains opportunities for health and wellbeing, productivity, energy performance and procurement.” “The expertise at the Digital Catapult can help to realise those opportunities for UK businesses”

Attendance at the hackathon is free and event registration is required in advance. Competitors are invited to bring their own devices, laptops and other tech equipment. Hospitality will be provided throughout the weekend.

We’d love to see you there, so sign up now to get your place.