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About the Event

Join leading architects, engineers, reseachers, builders, fabricators, real estate professionals and technologists for a weekend of innovation focused on mass timber, digitalization of construction, automation, robotics and software. The event will feature workshops and presentations followed by a weekend long hackathon focused on mass timber. 

This event will be followed by the International Mass Timber Conference on March 24-26th. We welcome participants to join both events in Portland, Oregon .

The Pacific Northwest is the fastest emerging American "cluster" of mass timber companies and home to the country's most productive forests. Interest in mass timber is growing quickly as are the "local" and thriving technology, real estate and construction industries - all while the U.S. West Coast housing shortage continues to grow. Join us for a weekend of developing solutions using technology and timber.

This event is created to give those designing, building, fabricating and building the future of the mass timber industry a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with both partners and cutting-edge technologies and the technologists creating the tools and future of the $12 trillion construction industry.

The first "Mass Timber Hackathon" is being organized by the team that created a global construction innovation movement through the AEC Hackathon (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) events (43 AEC Hackathons in 30 cities in 10 countries thus far). This Hackathon will be focused on mass timber and associated digitalization.

What happens at a Hackathon focused on Construction Innovation?

Watch the videos below from past AEC Hackathons we helped organize. The first video is from Copenhagen from our AEC Hackathon at Bloxhub in 2019 and the second from our AEC Hackathon in Berlin in 2018. Also please visit our AEC Hackathon website

Also read this article on the why we started the AEC Hackathons and their history. "Hacking the $12 Trillion Construction Industry: 41 AEC Hackathons in 30 cities in 10 countries".

Our Speakers

Thomas Robinson

Founding Principal, Lever Architecture

Thomas is the Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture. He works closely with clients to develop the design vision for each project. Prior to establishing the firm, Thomas led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. He received an MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jelle Feringa

CTO, Aectual

Jelle Feringa is an architecture and robotics specialist and as CTO of Aectual responsible for the development and production of tailor-made building products at a mass scale.

While developing his PhD thesis at TU Delft, Jelle established a full robotics lab in the docks of Rotterdam. Here he developed the technical underpinnings for Odico formwork robotics, the first publically traded architectural robotics company which he co-founded in 2012.

Technologies that Jelle developed, include hotwire, hotblade, diamond wire cutting and large scale 3d printing and are applied in high-profile construction projects.

Jelle has taught and lectured at the Bartlett, Architectural Association, Paris-Malaquias, ETH Zürich, TU Delft and Aarhus School of Architecture.

Jelle is a founding partner of EZCT Architecture & Design Research. The work of the office is widely exhibited, exhibitions include the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Archilab, Orléans, Barbican Gallery Design Miami/Basel. Projects by the office are part of Pompidou Center permanent collection.

He is a long-term contributor of the PythonOCC project, and some of his fascinations include levelsets, stereotomy and powertools.


Oregon State University

555 Southwest Morrison Street #2100

Portland, OR 97204

United States

Date And Time

Fri, Mar 24, 2020, 1:00 PM –

Sun, Mar 26, 2020, 6:00 PM PDT


Please contact us to support the mass timber industry and innovation.


Friday Summit Schedule
Venue:  555 Southwest Morrison Street, #2100, Portland, OR, 97204


Hackathon – Saturday, March 21st
Venue: TBD -possibly Sideyard, an award-winning innovative mass timber building.

Hackathon - Sunday, March 22, 2020
Venue: CutMyTimber Factory at
2407 NW 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97210


Mass Timber Conference

March 24-26, 2020

Join us at the world's largest mass timber conference.

Hackathon and Wood City Videos

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