Oxford announces winners of its global hackathon competition to disrupt the future of commercial real estate development

September 24, 2019


Oxford Properties Group ('Oxford'), a leading global investor, developer and manager of real estate, gathered over 500 thinkers for Global Hackathon competition to disrupt the design and construction process of commercial real estate buildings. Hosted concurrently across three continents, participants in London, Sydney, Boston and Toronto spent 48 hours wrestling with the most pressing challenges in commercial real estate development. The participants were divided into 50 teams with the top three in each city taking home a share of the US$20,000 in prize money.

"The commercial real estate industry is primed for disruption – the process we use to design and construct buildings has not materially changed in almost a century. This is why we invited people to come in and hack us at this Global Hackathon competition. If we can disrupt ourselves first, we can help guide the industry into the future. We hope that the ideas and solutions we have discovered through the hackathon will inspire the industry to explore new ways of driving innovation through technology," commented Dean Hopkins, COO at Oxford.  

The first-place winners are:

  • Sydney | Team Oxford City(Jacqueline Lee, Larissa Mak, Chris Rabe, Billy Zhong)
    • collaborative and automated materials cost management tool that uses artificial intelligence to crawl design files and buildings specs, allowing users to quickly compare materials and optimize cost.
  • Boston | Team Kaven 207(Adam Collins, Aidan Mayer, Kelley Townley, Samantha Wile,

Kristophe Zephyrin)

  • web-based solution that leverages historical building design data and best practices plus incorporates regulatory and programmatic constraints to self-generate and optimize the design of building cores.
  • Toronto | Team Build Stream(Kartik Budhiraja, Sukhy Dhami, Jishnu Kidile, Abhinav Meda,

Abbas Rattansi, Raisa Sayed)

An application to collect real time customer-generated data to create experience-driven user personas. This data helps to incorporates the wants and needs of a building's end users in the design and development process.  

  • London | Team Data Space(John Glennon, Shannon Henry, Youssef Ibrahim, James Kitchen,

George Mosey, Jack Weller)

  • contractor involvement program that allows collaborative and agile working to be started from the onset of the design process. This allows for increased cost certainty, increased value engineering and earlier access to the supply chain.

The winning teams were judged based on their solution, how it supported and advanced commercial real estate development, its impact on the end-users, and its feasibility. 

"As a global company, it is important for us to hear perspectives and ideas from across the world. The solutions the participants came up with were unique and addressed issues the industry is contending with on a daily basis. Oxford has a vested interest in pushing the boundaries of the industry, and we will do our part to drive innovation and speed up the commercial development process," said Hopkins.   

The Hackathon is part of Oxford's broader mission to spur new innovation in the global construction industry, which is expected to exceed $15.5 trillion in 2030. Oxford has a history of making strategic investments in the best and fastest growing PropTech companies, including most recently Honest Buildings which was recently acquired by Procore.