Month: April 2016

HackUConn Lets Students Create Tech For Smart Cities

HackUConn participants working to create Smart City solutions (Case Polen/ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society)

The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society held its first hackathon, HackUConn 2016 Smart Cities, on April 1 and 2. Hackathons are an opportunity for designers, engineers, and other interested individuals to come together and innovate hardware and software solutions to real problems. These have become regular events at institutions known for their innovative nature and this event demonstrates UConn’s support for hackathons and their relevance to learning.

The hackathon equipped me with the skills and confidence to develop my own innovations to tackle the engineering challenges of the future. – Jhomar Fernandez Mayi – UConn ‘17

The event, supported by both the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, allowed over twenty students to innovate over twenty-four hours by developing solutions to real problems in the topic area of Smart Cities.

Smart Cities are an attempt to integrate multiple information and communication tech solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets, including transportation systems, power plants, waste management, law enforcement and other community services.

HackUConn brought together student participants with industry and academic mentors and judges, along with a variety of resources such as 3D printers and other prototyping materials to aid in the experience. Food and coffee was provided to students, which proved particularly beneficial to students who never left the building for the entirety of the twenty-four hour event. In the early morning hour, some rooms were occupied by teams sitting around a table silently working to develop their product, participants debating over design options, or even some hackers taking a quick nap near their hacking space.

Hack:UConn provided a great opportunity to realize how my formal education can be used in practical application. – Giancarlo Castillo, UConn ‘17


Participants and judges together after the 24 hour event.
Participants and judges together after the 24 hour event.

This event will serve as an example for future hackathons to contribute to growing entrepreneurial and innovative culture at The University of Connecticut. All students from every discipline and university are welcome to attend next time. Keep an eye open for HackUConn 2017 at

At the conclusion of the event, four teams presented the projects they had developed over the past twenty-four hours. One group presented an application to create an on-demand car taxi service similar to Uber, but with the option to Carpool in order to save money and protect the environment. A different team worked to develop a high altitude water collection system to generate electricity without the need for environmentally destructive dams. Another group built a functional traffic simulation program to further study traffic patterns during peak hours in order to implement methods of more balanced use of roads. The last team developed an application to notify nearby medical professionals in the case of an emergency in order to provide quicker emergency response. This could be particularity useful in cities where traffic can lengthen response time while medical professionals may be in the restaurant next door.

reSET’s 2016 Impact Challenge

The reSET Impact Challenge is an entrepreneurial competition that awards funding and brings regional visibility to the most innovative and viable social venture start-ups in New England. This year, we are excited to announce that the prize purse has grown to $100,000!


To apply, businesses must meet the following three criteria:

  • The business must create positive social/environmental impact;
  • The business must be incorporated in, or hold significant operations in New England;
  • The business can’t have generated more than 1 million dollars in total revenue.

Applications are due June 1st, 2016. To learn more or to apply, visit our website, where you can also sign up for a coaching session to get some help with your application.

Bio Pipeline CT – Request for Proposals to fund commercialization of new bio-medical technologies

Bio Pipeline CT encourages start-up companies, student teams, and faculty affiliated with any CT university to apply for funding to help turn new bio-medical technologies into viable business ventures.  The most competitive proposals will be awarded up to $30,000 which can be a stepping stone to larger funding through sources like the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund (CBIF).   To apply, visit the Bio Pipeline CT website at

The Bioscience Clubhouse Event — April 5, 2016

Bioscience Clubhouse: Professor and Entrepreneur Hitten Zaveri Presents: Closed Loop Control of Human Brain Disorders- New Start-up Ideas

The considerable ongoing progress in sensors, computation, communication, miniaturization and materials has fostered a revolution in our ability to monitor and modulate human brain function. This presentation traces our ability to achieve device based closed loop feedback control of the human brain.


Hitten Zaveri is an Assistant Professor in Neurology at Yale University. He received academic training in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E, M.S.E), Computer Engineering (B.S.E) and Bioengineering (M.S., Ph.D.) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Epilepsy and Neurology (postdoctoral training) from Yale University. He is the director of the Computational Neurophysiology Laboratory at Yale University. His research interests lie at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering and mathematics.

Register Here


April 5, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Ave, New Haven, CT 06510