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David Barista is Editor-in-Chief of Building Design+Construction and, properties that combined reach more than 100,000 commercial building professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners. David has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than a decade, previously serving as Editor-in-Chief of Professional Builder, Custom Builder, and He has won numerous editorial awards, including three Jesse H. Neal Awards and multiple honors from the Construction Writers Association and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.


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Do you have the next big breakthrough for the AEC industry?

September 05, 2013

Next month's Under 40 Leadership Summit (October 9-11 in San Francisco) is your place to shine. 

This leadership development and networking event for young AEC professionals will feature an XPrize-type competition, called Vision U40, that will reward (with praise and cash) the U40 Summit attendees who develop the most innovative solutions to today's pressing social, economic, technical, and cultural problems related to the built environment. 

Our U40 Summit lead facilitator, Tom Wujec, offers more detail on the $5,000 Vision U40 competition in this video (see transcript below). 

"How do become stronger as an AEC leader?

In this year's U40 Leadership Summit, you'll have the opportunity to exercise your creative muscles by developing innovative solutions to some of the grand challenges facing the world today. 

This year's Summit will take the form of a competition—a collaborative contact sport that will give you the opportunity to think deeply about the impact of great design, engineering, and construction. Working in small groups with your peers, you'll pick a pressing issue from one of eight areas, and together you'll brainstorm, develop elegant concepts, and pitch a solution—large or small—that effectively addresses the challenge. 

Four teams will win $500 each, and the best pitch wins the $3,000 cash prize and eternal admiration of your colleagues. Along the way you'll have a chance to network with other leaders across the entire AEC spectrum. 

The Vision U40 competition—it's friendly, it's fierce, and it's wickedly fun, and it takes place in beautiful San Francisco. We hope to see you there." 



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