Microsoft is supporting Garage48 events this season to boost innovation!

Garage48 hackathons are alway looking for innovation. We are happy to present Microsoft as our great supporter this season bringing top quality professionals to mentor the teams during week-ends, organizing special interesting seminars also for Garage48 hackathon participants and giving out devices. For Microsoft it's very important to support Eastern European developers and give them more motivation to participate in events like Garage48.

Microsoft® BizSpark®
 is sponsoring Garage48 events this spring starting with Minsk, Tallinn,Kiev and Ventspils.


  • Mentors – awesome mentors from design, business and tech to each event
  • Free access to Azure to make it quick to start building your product
  • BizSpark membership for freshly created startup teams
  • Windows 8 devices to test and touch


Garage48 Minsk 2013 mentors

Elise Sass

Startup-Lead at Microsoft in Central-Eastern Europe. Elise joined Microsoft recently to support the activities with startups. She comes from the startup world herself as founder of Startup Wise Guys accelerator, organizer of Garage48 in Africa and been part of several startups herself. Elise started her startup career as a community manager in an international social network. Now you can ping her with all ideas, crazy questions and requests for Microsoft and Bizspark.

Elise will teach Garage48 Minsk teams how to pitch their idea the best possible way.

Agu Suur 

Frontend Developer at Axinom. Starting out with the web and moving on to applications, Agu has 7 years of experience in user interface design and development across a variety of different platforms and form factors. For the past years he has been focusing on XAML-based frontends, including Windows Phone, Xbox and most recently Windows 8. 

Agu will spend the whole weekend advicing the teams on design, and if you ask him nicely he might even help your team to come up with heart-breaking winning design – who offers more gets this advantage.

Alexey Fedorov

Cloud Services Lead at Aplana Company - a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner and Member of the Azure Circle Program. Aplana offers Windows Azure related services - a structured set of consulting engagements targeted to different types of customers looking for cloud solutions on Windows Azure platform – Startups, ISVs and Enterprises. Alexey’s previous experience includes 9 years at Microsoft, where as a Platform strategy Advisor he helped numerous ISVs and startups to create and migrate solutions to Windows Azure, as well as working in Russian and international IT companies. 

Alexey gives a pre-event workshop on Friday and stays to mentor and advise teams on every single cloud and Azure detail on Saturday as well.

Surface & Windows phones

Windows 8 has been talked about a lot recently – and it’s time to take close look on Microsoft Surface products and Windows Phones. There will be some devices at the event, to touch and play around with the support from Microsoft mentors and partners.

There will be almighty surprises from Microsoft at each Garage48 event.


Microsoft "SaaS Business Basics for Startups" workshop takes place on 1st March starting from 14:00 at BSUIR (Petrus Browski Street 6, 220013, Minsk, Belarus) corpus 4.


Part 1. SaaS Applications Business

Many cloud initiatives fail to reach their full potential because companies do not look at the impacts across the entire organization to maximize their chances for success in the cloud. In SaaS world many key aspects are different – sales and marketing, service packaging and pricing, financial metrics and so on. Companies need to rethink who they target, what they offer, how they make it happen and so on. All of this is covered in the first part of the event.

  • Business Model Changes for SaaS Companies
  • Customers - Choosing right customers and customers segments
  • Products and Services - Product pricing and packaging
  • Activities, Resources and Partners - Key activities and required resources, the role of partners
  • Sales & Marketing - New types of sales and marketing activities
  • Financial Metrics - How to measure your success, what to track

Part 2. SaaS Applications Architecture Specifics

Creating  successful cloud product requires the thorough thinking on new architectural approaches designing SaaS applications, pricing and scalability optimizations, multi-tenancy, extra modules that should be implemented in order to SaaS-fy the service (Azure Building Blocks) and so on. These topics are covered in the second part of the seminar.

  • Azure hosting Pricing and pricing optimization
  • Implementing SaaS-related functionality of the Applications
  • Windows Azure Building Blocks Partners
  • Delivering Applications through Windows Azure Marketplace