A Better World Hackathon


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Friday, May 5, 2023 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 3:00pm
36 days remaining

The Better World Hackathon is a weekend-long event aimed at creating innovative solutions to improve our climate, our lives, and our transportation systems. This is a unique opportunity for tech enthusiasts, makers, and problem solvers to come together and put their skills to the test using cutting-edge technologies.

This hackathon is designed for participants of all skill levels, and no prior experience is required. The only requirement is to produce a physical prototype (functional or design) for a concept that will make a better world.  We suggest exploring opportunities in the subject of:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Wireless communication / Internet of Things,
  • Robotics.

The event will begin on Friday with team forming exercises to ensure that everyone is working with individuals who complement their strengths and share their passion. If you form your own team in advance you can work remotely and join us Saturday morning. It is strongly recommended recruit a MakeHaven member on your team with who is qualified on the tool relevant to your idea (do you need welding, sewing or some other skill?). Throughout the weekend, participants will collaborate, learn, and create innovative solutions that have the potential to change the world.

The Better World Hackathon will culminate on Sunday afternoon with a pitch competition, where participants will have the chance to showcase their projects and compete for glory (we are seeking prizes, contact if interested in sponsoring)


Iitinerary :

Friday (Optional)

5:30pm - 6:00 - Presentation on Ideation and Prototyping (Suggested if dont have idea)

6:00 - 6:30::  Team Forming Exercises (Suggested if dont have team)

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Meet & Greet / Light Dinner

8pm: MakeHaven closes to non members, Teams may start work independently




10:00am - 10:30am: Team Introductions

10:30am - 1:00pm: Team Project Work

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch / and talk (speaker TBD)

2:00pm - 6:00pm: Team Project Work

6:00pm MakeHaven closes to non members



10:00am - 1:00pm: Team Project Work

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Casual Lunch (team work continues)

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Team Project Work (final push)

3:00pm - 3:30pm : Prepare Product 2 Minute Pitch

3:30pm - 4:15pm : Teams Pitch

4:15pm - 4:30pm: Audience Q & A (while judging happens)

4:30pm - 5:00pm: Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks


This itinerary is subject to change and may be adjusted based on the needs of participants and the event organizers.



$50 per person*, includes 2 lunches, and breakfast snacks.

* If let us know at events@makehaven.org if there is financial hardship and we will scale price.

Participants must be 18+ year of age, or be accompanied by a guardian, or supervised by an approved program.


Real name: 
J.R. Logan


Instructor Bio: 

J.R. is a cofounder and executive director of MakeHaven, a nonprofit makerspace and FabLab in New Haven, Connecticut.  J.R. has a history of nonprofit leadership at United Way, in New Haven he currently serves on the board of the Eli Whitney Museum and Elm City Innovation Collaborative. He has been involved in local environmental initiatives and is an advocate for urban river restoration and access. He has earned a master's degree in Public Affairs from the School and Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with a focus on nonprofit management.

When capacity of event is full you may join the Waiting List. For online events a link to join the session will be automatically emailed after registration.

MakeHaven Main Space

The main makerspace and connected shops. This is located at 770 Chapel Street. Registered participants should ring the MakeHaven labeled doorbell. They will be directed down a long hallway, and down a set of stairs to our basement workshop.