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Innovation and Hackathons: Starting a Program that Ensures Relevance in Your Industry
Industry Talk    ES125392
Mark LaBell Jr
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Have you ever had a dream, idea, or passion to inspire change in your organization? Innovation and hackathons seem to be all the rage these days-they're all over the Internet as ways to transform your business. This industry talk will discuss how a stodgy Midwestern EPCM (engineering, procurement, and construction management) organization took the leap of faith with a first hackathon in 2014, going on to make the hackathon an annual event. Additionally, we'll review how we launched an innovation platform for every employee to participate in ideation, project definition, business development, and execution stages throughout the entire year, and how this program is now launching into regular hackathon sessions at each office in the organization. We will also discuss innovation tools and practices, including Adobe's Kickbox Canvas, Autodesk's LUMIAMI, and Wild/World analyzer.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to implement a hackathon for any budget
  • Learn the importance of creating and sustaining a culture of innovation
  • Learn how to apply industry-proven tools for innovation on any project
  • Learn strategies to discuss innovation with senior management and get buy-in

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Mark LaBell has a passion and unparalleled dedication for the practice of virtual design and construction methods in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He has served as a user and customization expert in 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) / CAD software for over 15 years, and he provides support and training for users to educate them on how to maintain a sound and practical user environment. Always looking for the next best thing—whether process improvement, software, or hardware when it comes to practical design and user experience—LaBell has learned that there is never a “one size fits all” approach, no matter what the client requirements dictate. He has spearheaded and hosted SSOE Group’s annual hackathon, which is a business planning process that enables all non-principal-level staff to participate in business planning and new business opportunities. Over the past 18 months, LaBell has presented at numerous conferences, including Autodesk University, BIMForum, SPAR International, PSMJ AEC Thrive Summit, BIM Integration Congress, and Midwest University.
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