Boise State University’s Venture College and Boise Entrepreneur Week have announced the winners for the statewide Hacking for Home Building challenge. The competition featured a division for the public and a separate division for students, but asked all competitors to identify solutions to problems presented in the home building industry. Winning ideas included laser-engraved floor plans, communication tools such as voice notes, and an innovative security solution.

Of the public teams, FlashPoint Building Systems took home first place and the $10,000 prize. The team made up of Nick Stoppello and Pat Churchman developed a patented process that uses a laser to engrave building information and plans onto the subfloor sheathing.

“The process allows for fast and easy installation, where vertical construction can begin immediately, at an unprecedented level of accuracy,” the team wrote in their project description.

Second place, which came with a $7,000 prize, went to Revonate. Gabriel Blanchet, Paul Hlatky, James Spearman, Kati Gullick, Lucas Jaramillo, and Jefferson Sanchez created Revonate to save remodel contractors’ time and give consistent profit margins. The group said this is done by converting property owners ‘unqualified leads’ to permitted, planned, and ready projects.

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