Skanska and Proptech Romania launch the first real-estate hackathon

Innovation becomes a practical tool to accelerate the digitization of office buildings, as part of the first proptech hackathon for the office segment. Built under the theme “On the fast track to future-proof”, the competition is the result of the partnership between Skanska Romania, the local subsidiary of one of the largest real estate developers worldwide, and Proptech Romania. Skanska experts, together with startups and IT companies, will direct their resources and expertise towards finding the most innovative technological solutions to promote the digitization of the real estate industry in the office sector.

The event will take place on November 22-23, 2019 and will take place at the new Impact Hub location, located in Equilibrium, the latest Skanska project. More than 20 participating teams will be selected, who, within the competition, will identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the real estate developer. The creative process will be facilitated by mentors from companies that have joined the initiative: together with Skanska, IT specialists from top companies such as Microsoft and Honeywell will be mentoring.

The competition ‘On the fast track to futureproof’is developed under the umbrella of the Skanska CEE innovation strategy and we are proud to organize this event in Romania, bringing added value to the region. It is very important for us that we have business partners who, like us, set the following trends and we can build together a community of experts in technology and real estate. We rely on the synergy of the participating teams with the proposed mentors and ambassadors, and we trust that it will be a beautiful experience for all involved,” said Aurelia Luca, Country Director Skanska Property Romania.

Following the 48-hour competition, three winners will be selected, who will receive cash prizes of over 7,500 euros. Moreover, the winning teams will also receive access to future grants, being automatically introduced in Proptech Romania’s mentoring and acceleration program.

Proptech Romania is focused on stimulating the creation of new solutions and products for the real estate industry, assistance and support in obtaining investments, as well as commercial assistance for proptech startups. Our open innovation programs encourage collaboration between traditional companies in the industry and innovative startups, with concrete results in developing and implementing solutions, which have been achieved in a very short time,” said Ciprian Pasca, co-founder of PropTech Romania .

Skanska and Proptech Romania invite start-ups, technology companies and experts from the real estate industry to participate in this event.