How do you envisage the future of buildings?

In the first program of this unique hackathon series, we are starting with one of the Big Five - the core elements of the Future World: Buildings.

How can IoT enable smart buildings to empower people and businesses? How can we reduce the CO2 emissions of buildings?

Startups and other innovative companies are invited to submit their solutions and develop their own IoT application to make buildings smarter and more sustainable.

Smart infrastructures can transform cities and industries

Buildings are responsible for around 40% of global energy consumption and are also where most people spend up to 90% of their time. So why not track key metrics of building performance to monitor their environmental impact and adapt them to the needs of people?

Unleash your creativity to make buildings smarter and more sustainable!

How the process flows

We are looking forward to commencing this unique journey with you - Let's make a change!

The challenge

How do you envisage the future of buildings?

  • How can we reduce the CO2 emissions of buildings?
  • How can we monitor, control and analyze building assets and manage space in a smarter way?
  • What are new ways smart buildings will interact with people, systems and external elements around them?
  • How can smart building solutions answer the constantly changing usage profiles of buildings already before they are built?
  • How can smart building solutions help to reduce the need for buildings in the future?
  • Is data more durable than ferroconcrete – How will digitization change the face of buildings? etc.

You choose the major challenge you want to tackle!
Showcase your digital buildings solution to create the future of smart buildings!

Why join the experience?

Create next-level apps as solutions to confront crucial global challenges

Access real-world insights from the industry top-player

Network with Siemens experts and other players from the building industry

Win an all-inclusive trip to Dubai, right at the heart of innovation

Benefit from high visibility as you present your solution on a Siemens stage at Expo 2020 Dubai

Who are we looking for?

This hackathon series is open to startups and other innovative companies, with the capacity to develop a new product or repurpose their existing solution.
  • IoT enabled solution startups
  • Construction Tech startups
  • Tech Property Management startups
  • Smart city startups
  • IoT Infrastructure startups
  • Real Estate & Construction startups
We are looking for partners since the winning solution will have the chance to be implemented within Siemens environment.

How to join?

In order to participate in this hackathon you need to access this portal and follow the steps below:

1. Log in or sign up to the Siemens Ecosystem Platform

2. Verify your email address (only for new accounts)

3. Complete your profile by answering general questions (only for new accounts)

4. Submit your startup’s or company’s solution/idea

*You have to fill in all the information at once, but i can be edited it after submitting (before the submission deadline)

Judging Criteria


  • Adaptable/scalable/reusable solution
  • Fit to MindSphere (description and sketched architecture)
  • Solving a real life problem
  • Innovation
  • Creativity

Extra points:

  • Return of investment
  • Business Model
  • Sustainability impact

Onsite Hack

  • Prototype
  • Business value/impact
  • Innovation
  • Feasibility / Adaptability
  • User journey / User experience


Discover the MindSphere Smart City App

At the heart of the MindSphere Future World Series stands the ground-breaking MindSphere Smart City App and its IoT framework that bring the physical Expo site into the digital space. 

The app is designed to digitally optimize Expo 2020 Dubai, enhancing the visitor experience and reducing energy and water use during the six-month event. Initially operating across two domains – environmental monitoring and irrigation – the app will collect, monitor, correlate and analyze data from the site, and visualize it to allow real-time monitoring and control of infrastructure from static and mobile devices. 

Be one of the great minds during the MindSphere Future Hacks and make the Big Five – Buildings, Energy, Mobility, Industry and Water – smarter!


The Big Five of the MindSphere Future World Series: 5 topics, 5 programs

Tackle the challenges for each topic!

7 Nov. 2021 - 11 Dec. 2021

Energy - Power for everything

12 Dec. 2021 - 15 Jan. 2022

Mobility - Everything on the move

16 Jan. 2022 - 19 Feb. 2022

Industry - Producing good for the world

20 Feb. 2022 - 26 Mar. 2022

Water - Most valuable resource on earth

Contact & FAQ

Questions about the MindSphere Future Buildings Hack?

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