2023 May/25

Research for Society News

UTCB organized a Research for Society Hackathon during INNOCONSTRUCT, International Conference in Bucharest, Romania

Between 18-19th of May, UTCB Staff members and UTCB EU-CONEXUS Representatives participated at the 3rd edition of the INNOCONSTRUCT International Conference – How Digital, How Fast, a conference about innovation in the field of constructions.

The panels of the conference were dedicated to the advancement of the digitalization process in the construction industry. New approaches in the development of digital skills in construction and the technologies and solutions that support digitization, energy efficiency were highlighted.

The 1st day of the conference was dedicated to the presentation of smart technologies and solutions, representative case studies on the digitization of the industry, trends in the sector; the 2nd day combined the round table debate on: digitization, the classification system, circular economy and the future of professions, with the practical part, where a Hackathon organized by UTCB took place.

This Hackaton was organized under the auspices of the EU-CONEXUS Research for Society project. A total of four teams participated, consisting of a maximum of four UTCB students, plus one teacher and one stakeholder. Their aim was to identify solutions for the societal challenge we proposed – using the Digital Twin concept in building renovation to reduce the environmental impact. The students had to come up with innovative solutions taking into account the challenge proposed and to show how they can be applied on some of the spaces of the most famous building in Romania – The Romanian Palace of the Parliament, the heaviest building in the world and second largest administrative building in the world.

At the end of the Hackathon, two teams that best presented their creative solutions were awarded by the jury made up of specialists and representatives of the Romanian Cluster TEC Association, namely. Their solutions included the following processes:

The jury was made of the following representatives:

  • Gabriel Marcu, Technical Director-General Construction Design Company, SC Leviatan
  • Bogdan Ghita, BIM Technologies Coordinator at POPP & Asociații
  • Mariana Garștea, Co-founder and President, Structural Health Monitoring, SIXENSE Romania & SEE
  • Rodica Lupu, CEO Loop Operations
  • Tudor Simion, Manager, KPMG Romania

We would also like to thank the mentors of the teams for their involvement and for the crucial support offered to the students:

UTCB researchers:

  • Ana-Maria Ghiță
  • Cristiana Croitoru
  • Florin Delia
  • Matei Georgescu
  • Mihnea Sandu
  • Radu Țurcanu


The prize worth 1000 euros was split between the two winning teams, as the jury considered both of them worthy of the 1st place.

The winners were:

  • Team III, entitled Eezy Evolve – Ovidiu Sandru, Alexia-Maria Radu, Constantin Dănuț Docuz, Isabel Măglan and
  • Team IV, entitled ESL – Energy Saving Solutions – Giulia Mocanu, Roberto Sofrone, Estefania Alexandra Brănescu, Marius Cristea.

The agenda of the event can be accessed here – https://innoconstruct.ro/#agenda

Congratulations to all 16 participants and to the winners!

  • Estefania Alexandra Brănescu
  • Alexia-Maria Codoi
  • Marius Cristea
  • Andrei Dincă
  • Constantin Dănuț Docuz
  • Andreea Ion
  • Bogdan Ion
  • Vasile-Marcel Jurarele
  • Ana-Alexandra Lăcătuș
  • Isabel Măglan
  • Giulia Mocanu
  • Onur Nasurla
  • Alexia-Nicoleta Prisecaru
  • Alexia-Maria Radu
  • Ovidiu Sandru
  • Roberto Sofrone

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