Interested in helping to build a better Brooklyn? 

If you’re a student in Downtown Brooklyn studying to become the next marketing genius, sales expert, design guru, data scientist, a master developer, successful entrepreneur, political maneuverer, or you just love Brooklyn, we need YOU at this year’s third annual BE.Innovative Mentorship Hackathon event!

We’re bringing great minds together to think about innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact and improve our community as Brooklyn continues to grow. Spend the weekend with a great team dreaming up and building prototype products and services focused on creating more sustainable, greener, and innovative options for development, energy, sanitation, transportation, education, government, even entertainment.


And there'll be lots of free food and a $2,000 cash prize to the winning team!


BE.IN Mentorship Hackathon Participants must be undergraduate or graudate college students. 


Teams MUST consult with at least one mentor before presenting. Teams will not be allowed to present unless they have consulted with a mentor before 3pm on Sunday, April 10. 

Teams do not have to submit a functioning app, software, hardware, website, or service but   presentations must contain at least 3 slides explaining the project concept. 

Final projects will be judged on originality, viability of the concept, how well the project addresses the challenge, how developed is the comcept. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,000 in prizes


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Register for the event at
  2. Sign up as either a student (developer, designer, coder, non-technical, marketing, etc) or a mentor (developer, designer, non-technical, makreting) on this site. 
  3. Go to the hackathon on April 8 @ LIU Entrepreneur's Lab, 1 University Plaza; 5:30pm
  4. Brainstorm ideas + form teams. Hack away!
  5. By 3pm on April 10, submit your product + make your presentation!


John Lynne

John Lynne
Program Manager | Startup Institute

John Rudikoff

John Rudikoff
CEO | Center for Urban Business and Entrepreneurship, Brooklyn Law School

Michelle Carollo

Michelle Carollo
Community Engagement Manager | Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Cristian Fleming

Cristian Fleming
Principal + Designer | The Public Society

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Does the project address a new issue and provide a good solution? Does it tackle a problem that has been overlooked or ignored in the past? Or does it address a problem in a new way? Does it work better, faster, and more efficiently than an old system?

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