NewHaven++ (Hackday)

NewHaven++ (“New Haven Plus Plus”) is a day-long hackathon that will focus on improving New Haven. People like you will work together to creatively solve some of New Haven’s biggest and smallest problems. Both developers and non-developers are needed to make this event a success.

This event is being hosted by the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Tech Bootcamp, a program that teaches full-stack web development to 30 entrepreneurial Yale students. Most of the YEI Tech Bootcamp students will be attending this Hackathon, but we hope to be greatly outnumbered by developers, designers, and innovators from the community.

Exciting Features

• the opportunity to work with others to create something valuable

• a chance to meet other developers, entrepreneurs, and designers

• No admission fee

• Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner

• The chance to win prizes


All are welcome, regardless of skill level!

Developers aren’t the only people who get a lot out of a hackathon. A hackathon like this really thrives if it has diverse teams and many complementary skillsets. See below for a list of potential non-developer roles.

A team might consist of the following roles (adapted from HackforWesternMass):

• Project manager: we’re only working for one day, so it’s critical to keep the team on track

• Documenter/scribe: it’s also critical for teams to document the decisions they make throughout the day and to document their solution so people can use it

• Presentation preparer: each team will have a chance to show off its work, so someone will need to get ready (slides? screenshots? the daring live demo?)

• Designer: someone who can make the project look good and create a great user experience

• Problem solver: every great team has someone who can see the big picture, solve problems, and get people unstuck

• Social media maven and blogger: share your work and projects on social media / a blog, so others can see what we’re up to!

• Developer: creates the actual project


8:30am - Breakfast and meet and greet

9:00am - Kickoff (introductions, team formation)

10:00am - Teams are formed, coding begins

12:00pm - Lunch (teams can break as they please)

4:45pm - Wrap up coding, prepare presentations

5:00-6:00pm - Presentations of projects to audience + judges

6:00pm - Dinner, judges deliberate

6:30pm - 7:00pm - Presentation of prizes, wrap up


Volunteers and sponsors needed! Please email [masked] if you think you might be able to lend a hand :)

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  • kedar k.

    Hello everyone, my name is Kedar and I'd like to thank YEI and Tech Bootcamp for putting the event together. I've recently entered my startup into a Cincinnati based competition and we really need votes! Please take 15 seconds (5 seconds if you use facebook) to give my team a quick vote! This will be a great help. Thanks!

    July 14

  • Victor M.

    I would like to thank everyone for making this happen, I had fun and learned a lot!

    2 · July 13

  • Casey W.

    1. You can follow our hashtag on twitter to see what the groups are working on and thinking #newhavenplusplus

    2. A set of photos from today are up:

    July 12

  • Casey W.

    Teams will be formed by 10am, but you can join one when you get here!

    1 · July 12

  • Ray

    Running late; ok to show up at 10am?

    July 12

  • Casey W.

    NewHaven++ approaches! We have so much free food, so much free swag, and so much love in our hearts for coding and the beautiful city of NewHaven. Hope you're getting so excited! :D

    Your to-do list to prepare:
    1. RSVP here in the NewHaven++ Meetup Event
    2. Brainstorm problems New Haven has that we might be able to solve together!
    3. Plan to be here tomorrow 8:30am-7pm at 17 Hillhouse Ave for a wonderful time

    - Bagel breakfast
    - Modern Pizza for lunch
    - Chipotle for dinner
    - Snacks on snacks
    - $20 Lob Credit (whoa!)
    - SWAG, including: stickers, water bottles, t-shirts, nice laptop bags, and Blue State gift cards

    All of this is possible thanks to our wonderful sponsors ^_^
    - Continuity Control
    - Core Informatics
    - Elm Street Ventures
    - Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
    - Lob

    If you have dietary restrictions please let us know when you sign in/register tomorrow morning and we'll take care of you :)

    July 11

  • John K. P.

    Ok, I'll see when I can make it. Probably won't be there for the start.

    1 · July 11

  • Casey W.

    We expect many different projects to be worked on at this hackathon, maybe including the gps bus project. That would certainly be an appropriate project! :)

    July 11

  • John K. P.

    Is this a continuation of the gps bus project from last month?

    July 10

  • Casey W.

    We're brainstorming problems that can be worked on this Saturday. The best ideas will be selected as suggested project topics for the NewHaven++ Hackathon. We won't restrict what you can work on, but this should help most people get started quickly on Saturday!

    Please take a couple of minutes to think of problems, and let us know what you come up with!
    NewHaven++ Problem Ideas (Form)

    Please help suggest ideas whether or not you can actually come :)

    July 10

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