24 November 2020 | Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

Construction News is leading the way in promoting new and fresh thinking by hosting its first 24-hour hackathon. We are creating an environment to promote not just the discussion of ideas but to ensure they flourish into innovative solutions through the hard work of the industry’s brightest minds and most exciting companies. Challenge yourself and your colleagues by putting your knowledge and creativity to the test – sign up your team for the hackathon today.


The Tech Sprint will take the form of a 24-hour hackathon seeking new ideas and solutions which could change the construction industry over the next five years. These technology-based solutions should be centred on meeting the government’s Construction 2025 vision for reducing the cost of construction by 33%. Solutions should be focused on driving efficiencies in the design, construction or maintenance of the built environment.

The challenge:

Reduce the cost of construction or maintenance by 33%

Who should enter:

Clients, main contractors, specialist contractors, consulting engineers, service providers, manufacturers, technology provider, start-ups 

We will shortlist:

  • 4 teams from clients or main contractors with innovative ideas they want to develop or challenges they want to solve 
  • 4 teams from the supply chain and technology companies who wish to demonstrate their knowledge and explore the impact for future projects

Entry is free but the number of shortlisted teams are limited to 8 and chosen by Construction News. 


The Tech Sprint is taking place at the CN Summit on the 11-12 October at the Hilton Bankside. The Sprint will run from 4pm on Tuesday 11 to 4pm on Wednesday 12.  



Entries close on the 12th August. Entries deadline extended till the 9th September. Last chance to submit

Enter your team here. ​

If you are shortlisted

  • A shortlist of 8 teams will be announced on Friday 2 September 2016
  • Guidelines will be communicated to all those shortlisted in preparation for the Sprint in September

On the day

  • Registration will be from 3pm on the day 
  • The Tech Sprint formally begins at 4pm with speeches from Construction News and the head judge
  • While the Sprint is in progress, judges and the Construction News team will be on hand to check on progress and answer questions 
  • Food, drinks and sugar will be provided throughout the 24 hours 
  • Formal hacking should close by 1pm on day two so there is time to develop and refine pitches 
  • Pitches and judging will take place between 2pm-3.30pm before the winner is selected. Pitches will last 3 minutes with 2 minutes for questions afterwards

The Prize:

The winning team will be featured in Construction News, in print and online, post event. 

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