2021 Competition Winners

Insulation Grown from Waste and Fungi

Open Competition – Runner Up (£2,000)

Mykor is an award-winning company developing sustainable building materials. Our custom-engineered insulation is highly performative, carbon-negative, and feels and performs like foam. This is beneficial for stakeholders needing to comply with embodied and operational carbon regulations and for the planet, as our renewable products are made with forestry waste and fungi.

Valentina Dipietro
Founder – Mykor Ltd

Automating Structural Timber Design

Open Competition – Winner (£5,000)

DAISY (Design AI SYstems) is the first of its kind, automated tool for structural design of timber buildings. DAISY allows structural engineers and architects to find the most optimal, production-ready and code compliant timber design with a click of a button. This saves cost, time and promotes sustainability.

Mario Selvaraj
Co-Founder / Head of Product – DAISY

Averto - A Fast and Quick Emergency Response to Workplace Accidents

Undergraduate Student Competition - Runner Up (£1,000)

Averto, an IoT-based device, is a low-cost, convenient and cutting-edge solution for minimizing and mitigating the danger of life-threatening injuries caused by incidents involving falls or collapsing scaffoldings. Using Machine Learning, we increase the efficacy of detecting a fall and will identify an accident even before it occurs.

Rohan Ghosalkar and Deepti Shetty
(Rohan) V.E.S. Institute of Technology, Chembur; (Deepti) National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra, India

Bacteria-Based Concrete

Undergraduate Student Competition – Winner (£2,500)

Bacteria-based concrete utilizes limestone-producing bacterial spores, which get activated when cracks are formed, and the spores are exposed to air and moisture. The bacteria consume calcium acetate and produce limestone crystals that fill the crack. CO2-removal qualities can be given by using cyanobacteria which have chlorophyll and act like plants.  

Abhishek Kumar Patra
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

2021 Finalists


Advanced Analytics, AI and Blockchain-based Construction Supply Chain Management System

Mufaro Gomera
University of the Witwatersrand

Our idea is a platform powered by artificial intelligence that eliminates costly supply chain inefficiencies in procurement, logistics, and back-office activities. Our mission is to create a platform that automates virtually every supply chain function, including demand forecasting, product procurement, scheduling, carrier logistics, driver dispatching, and invoicing.

Mufaro Gomera
University of the Witwatersrand

Auto Inflatable Safety Jacket

Chalana Gunathilaka
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), Sri Lanka

This is a wearable jacket around the body. During an instant or accidental falling of a human from a height, it is identified by the sensor. Then jacket is inflated instantly around the body to minimize the impacts to the spinal cord and other body parts from severe injuries.

Chalana Gunathilaka
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), Sri Lanka

Energy Management for Construction

Arvianto Nugroho
Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology

A system to manage energy consumption during construction and operation of a building. Using an optimization algorithm, the system can give an optimized schedule of load operation based on Real-Time Pricing (RTP) fluctuation. This will both increase energy efficiency and reduce the total electricity bills from the construction.

Arvianto Nugroho
Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology

Waste to Energy

Roshan M Naik
Goa University

We are working on decentralizing waste management by building a reactor system which will convert plastic into energy.

Roshan M Naik
Goa University

Data-driven IoT & Predictive Software System for Improving the Wellness, Safety & Energy Efficiency During Construction & Across the Building Lifecycle

Proactive end-to-end solution for air distribution systems that prevents the spread of contamination and infection, while reducing operational and maintenance costs.  

Natalia Mykhaylova
CEO – WeavAir

A SMART Device to Prevent Formwork Overload

Loadtag is a SMART device that will monitor live loads on formwork during concrete pouring to help prevent overloading and potentially catastrophic failure. This device will provide a safer working environment for those involved in the construction industry and the wider public affected by the works.

Kaz Hayat
Managing Director – Trent Energy Limited

High-Density Gypsum is Becoming the New Main Building Material

We created high-density gypsum technology. It allows us to use gypsum as the main building material instead of the Big 4 (concrete, ceramics, steel and wood). Gypsum has the lowest CO2 footprint and is completely recyclable. Our technology allows us to build 10 times faster, 2 times cheaper, better, more durable and greener!

Igor Stavrulov
CEO & Founder – AMATEC LLC

No More Dust from Drilling

The XtraHand is a universal hands free vacuum attachment that works with all drill bit types on all flat surfaces and effectively removes dangerous airborne dust particles along with any larger debris when drilling holes.

Alan Gillett
Director – DrillBuddy UK Ltd