Garage48 Hardware and Arts 2015: The Winners

After the success of last years event. Garage48 returned to Tartu bigger and better than before! Such was the enthusiasm for the event coaches brought participants from both Riga and Tallinn. In total 140 participants from 7 countries took part, forming 18 teams.


After the success of last years event. Garage48 returned to Tartu bigger and better than before! Such was the enthusiasm for the event coaches brought participants from both Riga and Tallinn. In total 140 participants from 7 countries took part, forming 18 teams.

Before today’s teams hit the stage to make their final presentations we were very honoured to welcome Taavi Roivas, the Estonian Prime Minister. Who made an encouraging speech to all participants. He stated that “previous Garage48 competitors have joined him on business delegations all around the world”. What better encouragement do you need!?

What makes Garage 48 Hardware and Arts special? Event mentors Rachel Rayns and Ben Nuttal from Raspberry Pi said “The mixture of people from multiple disciplines such as design and marketing help teams to complete their project in a different way to other hackathons. This provides an ambitious, professional environment that encourages teams to continue after the event.” That must be why 6 teams from last year are in business today.

After 48 hours of hard work, all the teams had just 3 minutes to present their ideas to the crowd. If the audience of more than 250 wasn’t nerve-racking enough, knowing more than 2500 were watching online sure was.

Without further ado, here are the results:


WINNERS AND TEAMS

Overall Winner of Garage 48 Hardware and Arts 2015

HITAFLY


Hitafly is an electronic handgun coach. It's a training device and mobile app that displays shooting errors in real-time. They say practice makes perfect. Using this device you could even hit a fly!! Additionally, Hitafly keeps a shooting diary, so you know how much you've practiced and when to service your handgun.

Team members: Meelis Mandre, Ago Savi, Kaspars Laizans, Alex Shoh, Hannes Haljaste, Alvis Kundzins, Endel Soolo, Venno Viinapuu, Margus Pärt, Vahur Afanasjev, Veli-Johan Veromann

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Prizes: An Incredible Ski Trip with the Estonian National Defense College + much much more


RUNNERS UP

DO YOU EVEN LIFT?


Lose count while doing reps at the gym? Forgot what weight you were lifting. DYEL is the solution. It is a small device that attaches to gym equipment that relays the number of reps and weight completed back to your mobile device.

Team members: Maksim Zubkov, Aare Puussaar, Toomas Välja, Brett Astrid Vomma, Taavi Taros, Tõnis Bramanis, Karl Tõnissoo, Sven Kautlenbach

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BEEHUNTER 


Never lose a bee swarm again!! Beehunter is a smart sensor bee trap with an alert system for beekeepers to help catch an escaping swarms. Life just got that bit sweeter.

Team members: Hannes Praks, Paul Vahur, Tarmo Annus, Pertti Pleer, Maggie, Maarika Susi, Andres Järvan

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BEST TECHNOLOGY

LIQUID LIGHT

Are you bored of regular drinking?? Liquid light is a new way to serve drinks. It is an interactive tray for shots with programmable lights. As well as a robotic element that pours the drinks.

Team members: Edgars Grava, Andrejs Puķītis, Gunārs Frickauss, Jānis Dimpers, Aleksandrs Ļevinskis, Jānis Ģeņģeris, Zandis Murāns, Edgars Skruodis, Reinis Veips, Solvita Dižgalve

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BEST DESIGN

PUCA

Puca is an educational robot for children. That introduces the basics of robotics,electronics and programming to kids in a fun and engaging way. The robot is controlled via a mobile application.

Team members: Deepak Solanki, Riho Kerge, Kaiko Kivi, Kristi Kiiestu, Janno Jõulu, Elen Elbra, Kalvis Altens, Janis Mucenieks, Ivar Volt

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FAVOURITE OF THE AUDIENCE

AUTO PORRIDGE 3000

Want to sleep a little longer in the morning? Well who wouldn’t. Finally you can sleep in and have your breakfast too! Auto Porridge 3000 is machine that makes your morning porridge that can be controlled by an app.

Team members: Martin Meisalu, Jaan Tohver, Aare Undo, Helen Tikka, Liis Uustal, Sander Tammeoo, Ott Oja, Priit Pedastsaar, Leana Toom, Tiit Rätsepp

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MOST FUN TEAM

WILD RAT

Exhausted from playing with your dog? Sit back relax and let Wild Rat do the job. Wild Rat is an interactive toy for both the dog and the owner that can be controlled from  your mobile phone.

Team members: Egor Titov, Artur Leete, Gunilla Kõiv, Andrejs Andrejevs, Aleksei Muzalevski, Kaarel Tinn, Maret Kruve

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SPECIAL MENTION

BLACKOUT

Do you have an annoying sibling or noisy room- mate. Now you can kill their power anywhere, anytime via your smartphone. The device also has the potential to be used in the security, fire-safety and military fields.

Team members: Rihards Skrubis, Kristaps Grinbergs, Siim Raud, Kaspars Purmalietis, Krisjanis Ozols.

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Prize: 6 hours legal time with Glimsted

THE MICROSOFT SPECIAL PRIZE WAS SPLIT BETWEEN PUCA AND DO YOU EVEN LIFT!


   HUGE thanks also to our incredible sponsors, thanks to whom we can create such incredible events.

THANK YOU TO SPONSORS 


THIS YEAR’S WINNERS WERE CHOSEN BY THE FOLLOWING EXPERT JURY: PRIIT SALUMAA(GARAGE48, MOONCASCADE), PROF. ALVO AABLOO (UNIVERSITY OF TARTU), PROF. TOOMAS TAMMIS (ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS), COLONEL MARTIN HEREM (ESTONIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE), RAIN RANNU (GARAGE48, FORTUMO), ELISE SASS (MICROSOFT), INDREK REBANE (HEDGEHOG) AND TAAVI ROIVAS (PRIME MINISTER).

“The winner as well as the runner-ups presented prototypes where excellent execution meets great potential - all three  ideas could definitely be continued and turned into real products ,“ characterised Priit Salumaa, chief organiser of the event from Garage48.

“What struck me this time were the military ideas - how well they were prepared and how much the military appreciated what engineers and developers were doing for them. I´m really excited that we´ve been able to bring together these completely different sectors”, said jury member Elise Sass from Microsoft.

Want to know about the other incredible teams, read our previous post about them here.

Interested in joining us for the next event in Tallinn the 8-10th May? Well we caught up with mentor Martin Melioranski. Who had the following advice for someone thinking of attending the next event “don’t chicken out, come along!  You will be amazed just how much you learn in just 48 hours”!!

But how do you survive 48 hours with little sleep and complete a project. Well we caught up with Oscars Circis from the 1 VILN.IS ONE team. Who despite having just one hours sleep all weekend. Said “when you see you have made progress, it gives you the inspiration and energy you need to continue”.

So mark the 8-10th of May in your diary and get yourself to Tallinn. Don’t be shy, sign up!