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Digital Construction 2021

Get ready to take the construction industry to the next level digitally! 


Digital Construction 2021 will take place for the third time to team up to build a 48-hour prototyping platform for the digitalisation of the construction industry.

This year, we've expanded our event and partnered up with Finland. In addition to the Estonian Digital Construction Cluster, Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster, Garage48, and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Digital Construction 2021 will take place in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of Finland, RYHTI, and KIRAHub. 

Garage48 Digital Construction 2021 hackathon is a pre-event for the World Summit on Digital Built Environment 2021,  happening on September 28-29th online.


We welcome architects and developers, BIM specialists, contractors, building materials producers, software engineers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, business visionaries, students, young professionals and marketers from Estonia, Finland and worldwide - welcome to Garage48 Digital Construction 2021 hackathon! 


Digital Construction 2021 is a hybrid event that will take place both ONLINE and ON-SITE, simultaneously in Estonia (in Tallinn, at The Estonian Academy of Arts) and Finland (in Helsinki, at KIRAHub). Feel free to work on the challenge you want, regardless of your country of origin.

Garage48 hackathon is an intense, hands-on experience with expert mentoring, checkpoints, demo drills, and hard teamwork where you can implement your creativity and resourcefulness to the full extent. These are the essential parts in building working prototypes in just 48 hours that will become the change makers and drivers of the development of the digital construction industry.


We welcome international teams. You can register as an individual and with or without an idea. You can put together your team in the process or join someone else's team. Please note that only ready-made teams formed during the hackathon registration process are accepted for validation, and only pre-validated teams are allowed to participate in the hackathon. 


πŸ† Win 1500€ πŸ†

The best team to come up with and develop a solution for the Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster (EWHC) challenge of offsite-prefabricated deep energy renovation digital solutions can win up to 1500€!

πŸ† Win 3000€ πŸ†

Riigi Kinnisvara (State Real Estate) will give out a 3000€ prize for a team of their choice. 

πŸ† Win Nordecon Grand Prix 3000€ πŸ†

The prize goes to the general winner of the Digital Construction 2021 hackathon to celebrate the potential of digitalisation in construction business. Nordecon is one of the biggest construction groups in Estonia, proud of its ambitions to be the leader in the field of more efficient use of data and innovative digital solutions.  This hackathon is a perfect starting point for many initiatives to drive this change.

πŸ† Win 4000€ πŸ†

The Ministry of Environment of Finland and RYHTI give out two prizes 4000 € each.
1. One for the best team for solving the challenge #1: Accelerating user-driven services for the built environment: scaling up MyBuilding (OmaRakennus) demo.
2. One for the best team for solving the challenge #2: Accelerating the transition towards carbon neutral built environment – Opportunities in the circular economy of buildings. 


  • Tickets to WDBE2021 Summit on September 28-29. Present your project in the dedicated one-hour session covering the results of this hackathon, and get feedback and build connections globally.
  • 4-week remote accelerator program by KIRAHub to further develop your project towards the New European Bauhaus goes Digital event.
  • Fast-track participation to New European Bauhaus goes Digital on 28 September. Demonstrate your further developed project and get feedback from all around Europe.

πŸ† Win 5000€ πŸ†

The best team to demonstrate how their prototype benefits from the existing e-construction platform API services or how their prototype/service could add value to the platform can win a €5000 prize from The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

πŸ† Opportunity for further development πŸ†
There is also an opportunity to get potential project funding by the Ministry of Environment of Finland and RYHTI to further develop your solution (to be negotiated after the hackathon).

All monetary prizes are subject to withholding tax.


1 July - registration and idea submission open β†’β†’ Eventornado!

19 September - ideas submission deadline.

21 September - ideas evaluation and announcing the selected ideas.

21 September - team formation begins (around the selected ideas).

23 September - deadline to submit the team. Announcing TOP teams selected for the hackathon

24 - 26 September - Garage48 Digital Construction 2021.


More information about the event, mentors, additional challenges and prizes, and other important updates will be added on an ongoing basis - make sure to stay up to date!

πŸ‘‰Register HERE. 

πŸ‘‰ Follow the FACEBOOK event. 

πŸ‘‰Questions? kadi@garage48.org 

The hackathon is funded by the Estonian Digital Construction Cluster, Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Environment of Finland, Remato, the European Regional Development Fund, and Enterprise Estonia.