The construction industry has been an instrumental driver of economic growth and enabler of social development, with the annual construction expenditure in Hong Kong expected to increase to over HK$300 billion in the coming years.

Powered by the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, this year’s hackathon aims at energising the construction community and accelerating its innovation. It is a platform for those interested in reimagining a sustainable construction culture; accelerating the adoption of sustainable processes and practices, providing the chance to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with like-minded people.

Supported by our Co-organiser and Innovation Partner, The Construction Industry Council, SustainabilityHACK 2024 invites the community to explore ways to build processes and practices for “Sustainable Construction”, through innovative new ideas and adoption of new technologies.

The four pillars to sustainable construction are:

Promoting design for sustainable construction

(2) Improving safety and wellbeing practices in the workplace

(3) Reinforcing the circular economy to reduce and recycle waste, and reuse building materials

(4) Introduce new energy solutions in the construction life cycle

Hackathon (May 31 – Jun 1, 2024)
This 2-day hackathon welcomes university students and professionals with diverse backgrounds across all disciplines. This will be an in-person program for all participants. Teams will be divided into two tracks: 1) Ideation and 2) Early Stage Start Up. 

Pre-hack (May 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2024) 
To better prepare participants for the hackathon, we will be organising multiple online speaker events on the week leading up to the hackathon. Additionally, there will be an optional in-person Team Formation Mixer on May 30, where individual applicants can form teams ahead of the hackathon.

Join us to gain: 

  • Exclusive mentorship & industry network
  • Cash prizes totalling up to HK$50,000
  • A platform to showcase innovative ideas


Who is it for?

  • We welcome university students, engineers, scientists, designers, developers, and business…you name it!


How do I register?

  • Interested individuals or teams are required to register online by May 10 (Fri). Click here for the registration link.

What’s the team size?

  • The ideal team size is 4-5 people. Teams are recommended to have individuals from different disciplines to maximise the knowledge and skill sets.

How will we form teams?

  • We will be hosting an optional in-person evening team formation mixer on May 30, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Node for individuals who need to form teams or for teams who need to recruit more members. 

What do we provide?

  • In addition to mentorship, we will also host guest talks and workshops on design thinking and pitching. Ultimately, a great opportunity to learn from each other! 

What are the deliverables?

  • We expect teams to do a 5-minute pitch that can demonstrate a great problem-solution fit in front of a judging panel of professionals on the last day. 

What are the prizes?

  • Winning teams will receive cash prizes and access to mentorship and industry network! Cash prizes totalling up to HKD 50,000 will be given to the winners!

Any other questions?