AccelerateEstonia Moonshot Hackathon


When 25-27 September

Where Palo Alto Club

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • AccelerateEstonia and Garage48 announce a hackathon for moonshot ideas - we are looking for radical ideas for tackling major problems in the public domain.

    We are looking for solutions to wicked problems in the following fields of life: real-time economy, life environment, social welfare, labour market, circular economy, energy transition, construction, health.
    The goal is to choose around 5 ideas that the government will support and fund through the AccelerateEstonia incubation program - where you get up to 100k worth of services to make your solution happen.

    At the moment, we have pre-selected 67 ideas, you can have a look at all the ideas on the table here:


    While we have closed the application for new ideas, you can still apply as an individual team member.
    Register here:
    The deadline for the application is 20/09!

    If you are a field /domain expert, founder or ex-founder, who has experience on building up a business on a specific field,   UX designer/product manager or just someone who's passionate, business-savvy and/or knowledgable about building a better future for the society- you can apply!
    We can only accept a limited number, so make your application shine.


    26 August, 14.00-18.00 @ Palo Alto Club First pre-event for idea owners only.  Focused on idea development, ecosystem mapping and meeting the policy owners in your field.

    2 Sept, 14.00-18.00 @ Palo Alto Club Second pre-event, open for all the individual applicants to join in as well,  focused on mapping user journeys and storytelling.

    2-8 Sept - Teams have a chance to update their applications
    9-13 Sept The chancellors are going through the applications and make a decision
    16 Sept Teams who get picked for the hackathon get announced
    20 Sept Deadline to submit your Individual Application for the hackathon

    25-27 Sept Up to 15 teams deliver a proof of concept at the AccelerateEstonia moonshot hackathon.

    Join the hackathon on Facebook!

    After the hackathon, a jury will pick around 5 ideas that will be financed and supported by the government through the AccelerateEstonia incubation program.

    Wednesday, 25th of September

    09.00 Coffee and Registration

    10:00 Opening words

    10:10 Kickoff to the hackathon. What needs to be achieved by Friday?

    10:30 Pitching
    11: 15 Team formation

    11: 45 Work begins

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Storytelling workshop

    14:45 Work continues

    16:00 Checkpoint 1

    17 00 Mentors go around

    18:00 Dinner

    19:00 Workday ends, but the doors remain open 24/7

    Thursday, 26th of September

    09:00 Breakfast

    10:00 Checkpoint 2

    11: 00 Mentors go around

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Pitch Training

    16:00 Pitch drill 1

    17:00 Checkpoint 3
    18:00 Mentors go around

    19:00 Dinner

    20:00 Workday ends, but the doors remain open 24/7

    Friday, 27th of September

    09:00 Breakfast

    10:00 Checkpoint 4

    11:00 Pitch drill 2

    12:00 Quick lunch

    12:30 Final event with the demos

    14:00 Announcing the winners

    14:30- 16:00 Afterparty 



    The Mentors

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Mikk Vainik
    Project Lead for Smart Economy at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia


    Kai Isand
    Pitch coach & host at Garage48