We are young. We are free. We are makers united.

We are the brave new world.

There is something extraordinary happening in the world. Over the last 20 years, the internet and smart phones accelerated innovation exponentially and changed the world as we know it. Now the third wave, the makers revolution has begun. Open hardware and easy access to tools are going to improve cities, homes, and our approach to health and food production. Most of these advances will emerge from companies that don't exist today--from teams of young entrepreneurs known as startups.

The Event

The Brave New World startups creation program is the region's biggest startup event uniting developers, engineers, makers, hackers, designers, and beyond. The world's foremost innovators will join the local community to build successful local startups that use technology to solve real city problems.

This 5-day event kicks off with a conference followed by Zero-to-Hero workshops and closes with a make-a-thon focused around smart cities, IoT, drones, ponics, and robotics. By the end, participants will have built their first functional apps and devices.

Dubrovnik hackathon startups
Brave New World Conference 2016

Conference JUN.04

The Brave New World conference brings the most knowledgable speakers together to share their expertise and discuss the latest technologies, best practices, and success stories of smart cities, IoT, drones, robotics and ponics implementations around the world. Speakers are mostly practitioners, young people, startup founders, and experts in the modern world of smart city IoT.

Keynote: Easton LaChappelle

Making his first appearance in the region, we are excited to welcome Easton LaChappelle as the keynote speaker at this year's conference. A 19-year-old prodigy, Easton designed a 3D-printed robotic prosthetic arm that is controlled by brain waves. Determined to make something bigger than himself, he open-sourced all of his designs and source code.

Easton's inspirational story, vision, and ingenuity is exactly the kind of spirit this conference is all about. His words will truly be an inspiration to young aspiring makers, engineers, and developers.

Easton LaChappelle
Zero to Hero

Tech Workshops JUN.4-5

The workshops are conducted as intensive, 'Zero to Hero' bootcamps - where in 1 day attendees can learn everything from the basics all the way to building a fully functional smart city application. Workshops will feature the latest and coolest future tech from autonomous drones and hydroponics, to robotics and building your own IoT devices.

Learn to program a drone in NodeJS. Suited for both beginners and advanced NodeJS hackers, you'll learn basic JavaScript programming and building NodeJS Web Services all the way to controlling and streaming media from a Parrot 2.0 drone.
Drone Automation in NodeJS
Learn to build, connect, and control electronic devices. Start with Arduino basics then learn to blink LEDs, connect sensors and WiFi, then build one IoT prototype device--a remote switch, which could be used for turning lights off & on or unlocking doors.
Build Your Own IoT Device
Learn how to grow food in an automated hydroponic environment without classic gardening. We'll cover all stages of development from micro-controller programming and seed selection to successful plant breeding and harvesting.
IoT Hydroponics
Kids ages 8+ will be introduced to robotics by learning to build their own walking, talking robot from scratch using Lego Mindstorms. First, they will assemble a unique robot using LEGO bricks, then program it to move and sense their environment.
Lego Robotics
This workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of 3D printing. You'll learn about the various devices available, how to create and prepare your 3D model for printing, and finally, how to use the 3D printer successfully.
Intro to 3D printing
Learn to build your own PCB (printed circuit board) from scratch which can be used to make quick prototypes to test your concepts. First you'll learn the basic techniques and safety, then build your own custom PCB that you can take home.
Build a DIY PCB Board
Great products balance aesthetics with form, function, usability, ergonomics, engineering, and marketability. After you learn the basics of product design, you'll design a basic hydroponic planter using 3D modeling software.
3D Device Design
Take the user experience beyond the screen by learning how to design apps for IoT devices. Created just for developers, you'll learn the complete UX design process from personas to flow maps and wireframes, then design a simple IoT app from scratch.
App Design For IoT
Learn to build your first iOS app for an IoT device. First, you'll learn the basics of Swift and iOS 9, then get introduced to the CityOS Swift framework which you will use to quickly develop an app for a real IoT device. All levels welcome.
iOS Apps Development
Nothing is more fun than flying a drone, but it's important to learn the basics first before diving in. Learn everything to you need to fly a drone safely and effectively. First you'll practice on a simulator then take turns flying a Phantom drone!
Intro to drone flying
With the global population of bees under threat, we built technology to help ensure their survival. The IoBees (Internet of Bees) open hardware project automates beekeeping, allowing scalability to hundreds of hives. Learn how in our workshop.
IoBees Automated Bee Colony
Learn how to use ESP8266, the most widely used wireless module for IoT. This module is great for creating projects that are controlled remotely with mobile apps. Learn how to program and implement this module in your existing projects.
IoT with ESP8266
In order to 3D print an object, a 3D model is required. Learning the basics of 3D modeling will give you the skills required to design your own custom products and then bring them to life with 3D printing.
Intro to 3D Modeling
IoT Grid lets you connect devices and apps over an infinitely scalable IoT grid. With the power of Cloud Services, build and maintain a back-end service for millions of devices, without running a single server.
CityOS Grid
Brave New World Conference 2016

Founders Hackathon JUN.10-12

On the second weekend, there will be a 48-hour Founders Challenge hackathon, where developers, engineers, makers, architects, UI/UX designers and others apply everything they learned and join forces to build the best smart city solutions for their challenges using IoT and robotics technology. The hackathon results in multiple functional usable apps and devices. Team projects are presented on Sunday and the winners will receive startup shared space, maker labs, coaches, equipment, and other things needed for their success. During the hackathon, we provide mentors, a hardware lab, Mac computers, as well as food, drinks and everything else needed by participants.

1 Million in funding offers!

We are giving away millions of kunas to help get your startup launched after the hackathon. We will provide the hackathon winners with 1.000.000 kunas worth of startup capital, 6 months of co-working space, lab access, and startup coaching from San Francisco pros, plus many more resources to get your startup off the ground.

Startup funding
If you are one of the best in your city, then join us on June 4th-12th and make your mark on your city.


Location: HUB385
10:00 - 10:15 Opening: Ivana Soljan - co-founder of HUB385
10:15 - 11:15 Ceco Gakovic: The Third Industrial Revolution Startups
11:15 - 12:15 Keynote: Easton LaChappelle-3D Printing the Future
12:15 - 12:30 Coffee break
12:30 - 13:30 Saba Ghole: Education 2.0
13:30 - 14:00 CityOS Labs & Studios (Sarajevo & Dubrovnik):
City Garden - Haris Ovcina
Smart Parking - Niksa Vlahusic
DU Card - Andrej Saric
Solar Bench - Petar Matusko
Smart Park - Dubravko Jakovljevic
Bee Happy - Emir Memisevic
14:00 Closing: Don Hudspeth, Dean of RIT Croatia
11:00 - 15:00
Drawing Robot (ages 7+) / Stomp rocket (ages 7+) / Electronic badge (ages 10+)
Bojan Floriani, Silvana Strok, Evica Sajgo, Dinka Vukovic
14:00 - 15:00
Stomp rocket (ages 7+)
Bojan Floriani, Silvana Strok, Evica Sajgo, Dinka Vukovic
15:00 - 17:00
Arduino for Beginners
Ana Sovic Krzic, Boris Krzic, Zeljko Krnjajic
Lego Robotics (ages 8+)
Miron Banjac, Irfan Smajevic
Smart Lumies (ages 8+)
Filip Kovacic Popov, Martina Grgic
15:00 - 18:00
Drone Flying School
Dino Joldic
3D Device Design
Haris Ovcina
15:00 - 19:00
Drone Automation with Node.js
Aljosa Sljuka
Solar-powered wireless sensors (medium-advanced)
Ivan Voras
16:00 - 17:30
Make your own electronics (ages 14+)
Rimac Automobili
17:00 - 19:00
LEGO: WeDo (ages 7+)
Ivan Decker
10:00 - 19:00
Science & Art
Exhibition of the Panmonism project and microtonal music-presented by Zoran Scekic.
Crobotix Showcase
Exhibition of Arduino gadgets and a mobile robot made by exhibitors-presented by Albert Gajsak and Filip Jaksic
HROBOS Showcase
Arduino teleoperation robots, Darwin mini humanoid robot, and OpenCM9.04 microcontroller-presented by Zeljko Krnjajic
STEMI - a robot you can make at home
The STEMI robot teaches scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical concepts in a fun and easy way.
Dubrovnik Startups
Smart Park, Smart Parking, Solar Bench, and DU card startups-presented by Niksa Vlahusic
Sarajevo Startups
IoT Bees and Aeroponics startups-presented by Emir Memisevic, Haris Ovcina
DJI drone
Ivan Troskot, AVITEH Audio Video Tehnologije d.o.o.
SPRY drone
Tarsier Drones
Radiona/Zagreb Makerspace
Project Exhibition
Robotic arm, Drone made by exhibitors, Meteorology station, Car with Arduino platform-presented by Mateo Sokac, Patrik Durasek, Filipe Aleixo, Adi Cengic / Robotics club, RIT Croatia Zagreb
A little drive that fits in your pocket and acts like your own personal cloud. With a high internal storage capacity it allows you to store, access, and share your files through the air using Wi-Fi without the need of internet-presented by Adel Miljkovic
11:00 - 13:00
Lego Robotics (ages 8+)
Miron Banjac, Irfan Smajevic
A Robotic Chair - Parallel Driving (ages 7-9) / Drawing Robot (ages 7+)
Bojan Floriani, Silvana Strok, Evica Sajgo, Dinka Vukovic
11:00 - 14:00
Drone Flying School
Dino Joldic
DIY PCB from scratch
Filip Kovacic Popov
3D Modeling
Martina Grgic
11:00 - 18:00
iOS App Development for IoT
Andrej Saric
App Design for IoT
Monika Godfrey
Build your own Hydroponics
Ceco Gakovic, Dubravko Jakovljevic
Build your own IoT Device
Niksa Vlahusic, Petar Matusko
Bee Hive Automation Using IoT
Emir Memisevic
14:00 - 16:00
Electronic Badge (for juniors 10+)
Bojan Floriani, Silvana Strok, Evica Sajgo, Dinka Vukovic
15:00 - 17:00
Hour of Code
15:00 - 19:00
IoT Cloud Grid
Aljosa Sljuka
3D printing
Filip Kovacic Popov
IoT with ESP8266
Armin Salcin
10:00 - 19:00
Same as June 4th fair
15:00 - 18:00
Drone racing by Drone Racing Team Croatia
10 11 12
Founders Challenge Hackathon
19:00 - 19:30 Registration
19:30 - 19:45 Keynote
19:45 - 20:00 Introduction (hackathon rules)
20:00 Hackathon starts
All Saturday Hackathon rages on
18:00 - 19:30 Project presentations