The event is a collaboration between the IET, the Association for Project Safety [APS] and Hack_Construct, bringing together the worlds of coding, new technology and traditional engineering to revolutionise the traditional field of fire safety.
The Hackathon follows on from a successful introductory event also held at IET London: Savoy Place in November 2018, when teams were formed to take forward fire safety projects for possible commercial development. This marks the next stage of the process.
The Grenfell Tower disaster was a game changer for fire safety. Following the tragedy and subsequent recommendations by Dame Judith Hackitt in her 'Building a Safer Future' report, the construction industry is now looking to offer potential solutions to improve fire safety design and regulations. As a result, the engineering and risk management communities are further committing to take fire safety seriously by tapping into new technologies to develop commercial solutions.
There are cash prizes for the top 3 solutions. We are also hoping to bring together a group of AEC funders and entrepeneurs to enable further development of the products.
Who should attend ?
This free event will bring together industry experts, building owners, tech start-ups, coders, students and developers with the aim of creating new fire safety solutions that will radically change the face of fire safety in the UK and around the world.
It represents a chance for these different groups to get together and develop projects that could help save lives worldwide, and come up with proposals which can be taken on for further commercial development. We also need mentors as well as whizz kids so if you've got senior experience and can project manage - we need you!