EELISA Hackathlon

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EELISA Hackathlon


Construction Information Technology Engineering MSc students participated in the EELISA hackathon in Istanbul

The European Engineering Projectwork course, taught in English for the international students of BME’s Construction Information Technology Engineering (CIT) master's program, is now in its second year. This course develops transversal competencies and was linked last year for the first time to the EELISA SusBCC community's hackathon held in Madrid. This year, the CIT's second-year cohort once again organized the hackathon, this time in Istanbul from June 17-19. The 18-student BME team was accompanied and mentored by three BME faculty members (Árpád Barsi, Tamás Lovas, and Balázs Nagy) and four PhD students (Nurlan Aliyev, Balázs Fürtön, Zoltán Nagy, and Fanni Petresevics).

During the first two mornings, the students attended the following inspiring lectures:

  • M. Carolina Hernández Martínez, UPM, School of Architecture: Digital Trends in AEC&FM
  • Onur Bezhat Tokdemir, ITU, Faculty of Civil Engineering: AI in Construction Industry
  • Hatice Sozer, ITU, Energy Institute: Sustainability with Design Environment
  • Balázs Nagy, BME, Faculty of Civil Engineering: Digitization of the AEC industry towards the environmental sustainability goals

The 18 students formed four teams, each mentored by a doctoral candidate, to develop a virtual service/product, create its business model, analyze competitors, and assess feasibility. On the final day, each team prepared a short presentation and a one-minute pitch video, which were presented in front of their peers and instructors, followed by a collective evaluation.

Onur Bezhat Tokdemir, Árpád Barsi, and Tamás Lovas, instructors for the international joint master's program on Digital Twins for Infrastructures and Cities, aligned the hackathon themes with the educational objectives of the master's program.

This year's hackathon was once again a great experience for both students and instructors, reinforcing our connection to the EELISA community and affirming the importance of developing non-technical competencies in engineering education.