Future Construct Ep. 5 - Damon Hernandez, AEC Hackathon

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (35 min interview), we spotlight Damon Hernandez (@MetaverseOne), Founder and Executive Director of the AEC Hackathon, (@AECHackathon) and Co-Founder and Director of Technology at IDEAbuilder (@IDEAbuilder) as he joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss his current projects using 3D data throughout the construction process, what he has learned about how hackathons are beneficial to the landscape of the AEC industry after hosting 40+ competitions, some of his favorite hackathon projects, his thoughts on full adoption of "living-breathing BIM" in the industry, the importance of the multi-device experience in construction, seeing more VR headsets at AEC conferences than GDC and many more thoughtful insights.

Previously, Damon worked as a Product Manager for Samsung Research, where he turbocharged the mobile web for immersive technologies including Web 3D, VR, and AR. 

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Damon has been invited as a speaker to several conferences and events including, but not limited to, T-EDGE in Beijing, Developer Week in Austin, TX, IoT World in San Francisco, SimLibrary in Denmark, and many more.

To read more about Damon's personal story and insights on the impact he has had in the AR/VR industry as well as his involvement in community projects, check out his website, here.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this special episode of the Future Construct podcast and we would love to hear your suggestions for future guests!

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0:44 Amy Peck introduces the Founder and Executive Director of the
AEC Hackathon,
 Damon Hernandez.

1:21 You have tremendous expertise in the XR space and BIM. Could you talk about some of the projects you're working on? 

 As we start to think about how we'll start to wire smart buildings into smart cities, those controls become much more important. Have you seen solutions that are out there, and who is responsible for that?

 So, what are some of the interesting solutions that you've seen over the years, that came out of the Hackathon, that maybe even became full-blown products?

17:57 We have wearables and they're still coming. How much will that change the way that we think about these sort of 3D overlays, especially around BIM?

33:00 So, project yourself 20 or 30 years into the future, and you can create or have any gadget to make your life better or easier, on a personal level. What would it be and what would it do?


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