Garage48 Circular Economy 2017

When 6-8 October, 2017

Where Tallinn, Estonia

  • Overview
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  • Garage48 Circular Economy is a hackathon devoted to finding  eco-innovative solutions - action towards the sustainable future and growth. 


    Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 International Hackathon awaits circular economy specialists, environmental experts, software developers, marketers, project managers, designers, ux/ui experts, visionary entrepreneurs & people with big hearts and bright ideas to work together and find new and innovative solutions for transition to circular economy through eco-innovation. If You want to make the world a better place, then this hackathon is for YOU!

    Environmental problems are complex and integrated to everyday production and consumption patterns and value chains. So the solutions have to be “out of the box” for the already developed patterns to change.


     Let’s dream and discuss solutions in following relevant areas:
    * Implementing circular economy principles in businesses and services
    Secondary raw material use, creating new material cycles, re-use schemes, upcycling

    * Eco-innovative and circular solutions for production and business models
    Durable products that are easy to repair and disassemble, reducing hazardous chemicals and substances in products

    * Circular and nature based solutions for smart local development planning
    Green procurement, ICT use in planning city development, using blue and green infrastructure for smart planning

    * Reducing packaging waste and improving plastics recycling
    Using reusable packaging, finding alternatives for plastics, using plastics more effectively for recycling

    * Product transparency about product material and hazardous substances contents
    Information of materials and chemicals especially for electronics, textiles, plastics

    * Sustainable consumption behaviour
    Ways of compiling and sharing environmental and chemicals information for consumer decisions

     

    Central to achieving the goals of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement is the redesign of EU activities in a smart, resource efficient and innovative way, while reducing impacts on the environment.

    The EU has committed itself to play the role of a frontrunner in the actions towards circular economy and a contributor to the achievement of Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Eco-innovation is one of the key enabling instruments in achieving these goals. It addresses circular economy and SDGs from a solution-oriented perspective and puts a way forward for a cleaner environment, economic growth, healthy lives and social well-being.


    What is Garage48 about?

    Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out innovative technological solutions. In 48 hours, participants turn their ideas into working prototypes. A Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper's bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere. The aim of Garage48 is to bring innovative ideas and new startups into life.


    How does Garage48 work?
    • The event begins on the Friday night with pitching ideas and forming teams.
    • Experienced technical mentors and field experts guide the teams towards better solutions and working prototypes over the weekend.
    • Sunday evening the event ends with presenting prototypes and selecting winners. Although, everyone is a winner after making many new contacts, crazy progress and learning a lot over the weekend.
    • Read more about the event in the AGENDA and GET READY tabs.


    Screw it, let’s do it!

    Registration to Garage48 Circular Economy is open! Make sure to register via Eventbrite to get your spot



    PRE-EVENTS
    Join the pre-events of the hackathon to learn more about the topic, discuss challenges & problems and network with other participants.

    #1 Wednesday, 27th September 18:00-20:30 "Eco-innovative solutions - action towards the sustainable future & growth"
    @ LIFT99 (Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn)
    This event is targeted at everyone interested in learning more about the topic, discuss challenges & problems and network with other participants.
    Speakers:

    * Kerli Kant Hvass (Circular Economy & Sustainibility Expert @ SUSTINERE)
    What does Circular Economy mean in fashion & textile industry? What are the risks, opportunities & challenges in transitioning over to circular economy based on international use-cases and practises
    * Ann Runnel (Founder & Visionary @ REVERSE RESOURCES)
    Ann will be sharing her own company story, how they started, what they are focusing on and what does the future bring.
    *
    Rainer Pesti (Head of Marketing @ Ragn-Sells)

    #2 Thursday, 5th October 18:00-20:30
    "Tips & Tricks to succeed in Garage48 Circular Economy 2017"
    @ Spring HUB (Pärnu mnt 148, Tallinn)
    This event is targeted at Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 International Hackathon participants to find answers how to prepare, what to bring to the event, but also to meet other participants and practise pitching ideas.
    Speakers:
    * Christiaan Kraaijenhagen (Innovation Strategist @ Innoboost, Author of the book Circular Business)
    * Erki Ani (CEO @ Cleantech ForEst)
    Elise Sass (Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 mentor, pitch trainer)

    #3 Friday, 6th October
    "Interactive Session: Innovative approaches towards resource efficiency and circular economy"

    @ Spring HUB (Pärnu mnt 148, Tallinn)

    We are expecting experts, policy makers, private sector and NGO representatives throughout Europe to be part of the discussions on innovative approaches.
    9:00 - 9:30 Morning Coffee

    9:30 - 9:40 Opening remarks by Ministry of the Environment of Estonia
    9:40 - 10:00 Keynote by Matthew Fraser "Circular economy principles"
    10:00 – 10:15 Keynote by Roman Zinchenko "Taking action on circular economy"
    10:15 – 10.30 Keynote by Kristjan Kookmaa "Practical solutions for circular economy and resource efficiency"
    10:30 – 11.00 Discussion on transitioning from linear economy to circular economy model, through practical solutions
    11:00 - 11:20 Introduction to the Garage48 innovation incubator session & what to expect (hosted by Elise Sass)
    11:20 - 12:30 Brainstorming session, teamwork
    12:30 - 13:30 Presentation of projects, conclusions
    13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & networking



    This event is organised in collaboration with Estonian Ministry of the Environment, financed by European Regional Development Fund and Estonian Environmental Investment Centre.



    Program & Agenda

    Pre-events 
    #1 Wednesday, 27th September 18:00-20:30 "Eco-innovative solutions - action towards the sustainable future & growth"
    @ LIFT99 (Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn)
    This event is targeted at everyone interested in learning more about the topic, discuss challenges & problems and network with other participants.
    Speakers:
    * Kerli Kant Hvass (Circular Economy & Sustainibility Expert @ SUSTINERE)
    What does Circular Economy mean in fashion & textile industry? What are the risks, opportunities & challenges in transitioning over to circular economy based on international use-cases and practises
    * Ann Runnel (Founder & Visionary @ REVERSE RESOURCES)
    * Rainer Pesti (Head of Marketing @ Ragn-Sells)
    Ann will be sharing her own company story, how they started, what they are focusing on and what does the future bring.

    #2 Thursday, 5th October 18:00-20:30
    "Tips & Tricks to succeed in Garage48 Circular Economy 2017"
    @ Spring HUB (Pärnu mnt 148, Tallinn)
    This event is targeted at Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 International Hackathon participants to find answers how to prepare, what to bring to the event, but also to meet other participants and practise pitching ideas.
    Speakers:
    * Christiaan Kraaijenhagen (Innovation Strategist @ Innoboost, Author of the book Circular Business)
    * Erki Ani (CEO @ Cleantech ForEst)
    * Elise Sass (Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 mentor, pitch trainer)

    #3 Friday, 6th October
    "Interactive Session: Innovative approaches towards resource efficiency and circular economy" 

    @ Spring HUB (Pärnu mnt 148, Tallinn)

    We are expecting experts, policy makers, private sector and NGO representatives throughout Europe to be part of the discussions on innovative approaches.
    9:00 - 9:30 Morning Coffee

    9:30 - 9:40 Opening remarks by Ministry of the Environment of Estonia
    9:40 - 10:00 Keynote by Matthew Fraser "Circular economy principles"
    10:00 – 10:15 Keynote by Roman Zinchenko  "Taking action on circular economy"
    10:15 – 10.30 Keynote by Kristjan Kookmaa "Practical solutions for circular economy and resource efficiency"
    10:30 – 11.00 Discussion on transitioning from linear economy to circular economy model, through practical solutions
    11:00 - 11:20 Introduction to the Garage48 innovation incubator session & what to expect (hosted by Elise Sass)
    11:20 - 12:30 Brainstorming session, teamwork
    12:30 - 13:30 Presentation of projects, conclusions
    13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & networking



    Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 International Hackathon Agenda
    Friday, 6th October
    17:30 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks & hackathon kick-off
    18:15 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    19:30 - Refreshment break
    20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    21:00 - Teamwork begins!

    Saturday, 7th October
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 8th October 
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #3
    11:00 - Pitch drill session #1
    13:00 - Lunch
    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2
    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream
    20:00 Jury deciding
    20:30 - Winners & networking

    GET READY for participants


    We'll start on Friday, 6th Oct  at 17:30 with opening doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. This time before the official opening is a great opportunity for getting to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU? 

    Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development.

    Please take your:

    • laptop
    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)
    • mobile phone
    • all chargers

    Optional:

    • photo camera to take and share photos
    • mattress
    • sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)
    • credit cards for domain registration
    • business cards (if you have any)


    PITCHING IDEAS
    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions.
    You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Friday noon 12:00pm (6th Oct), at the e-mail maarika@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly describe your background (10 sec)

    • What is the name of the idea? (5 sec)

    • What's the idea all about? What is the problem your idea solves? Target user count and description (30 sec)

    • Technical solution and if there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered?) (30 sec)

    • Minimum viable product and plan for 48 hours. Who do you need in your team? (20 sec)

    NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!



    FORMING TEAMS

    After pitching is over, we will put all the ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 14 to 20 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation.

    The average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    If some ideas get too few people or are not balanced (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.



    WORKING IN TEAMS

    After forming the teams, organisers will give a room/space for every team for the weekend. You should start by dividing roles, setting the product vision, customer journey and start working right away.

    It is very important that you have a project manager (team lead/field expert) on the team - one of his tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is really a short time.



    FOOD & DRINKS

    We provide full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday.
    There’s also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    MENTORS

    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them have great field work experience, others are more technical. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!



    SUNDAY DEMO PRESENTATIONS

    • Sunday afternoon 14:00 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.

    • Every team will practice their demo together with mentors and jury members for 10 minutes to make the final adjustments and make a better presentation.

    • We do not allow any Powerpoint presentations for web services - we want a live demo of your product!

    • The final demo event starts at 5:30 pm

    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+1 minute for questions).

    • We admit, that the development process is the ultimate importance. But we still have a jury, to evaluate the results and choose the top projects.


    SLEEPING POSSIBILITIES IN THE VENUE

    Take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue.

    If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at jonne@garage48.org or info@garage48.org




    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is Garage48 Circular Economy 2017? It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full product/service over the 48 hours.

    • Who can participate? Registration is open to anyone. We are looking for people with different roles - front-end developers, back-end developers, mobile developers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, field experts, but also other people interested in building a cool project within 48 hours. If you register to the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over.

    • I don't have my own team? Can I come? Sure, Garage48 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new products/services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas on Friday evening, all participants will choose their favourite idea and form a team on-site. You should carefully review all pitched ideas, talk to the team members, negotiate, brainstorm and finally find the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    • How to submit and pitch an idea? We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but also share your idea to our Facebook group before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    • How long is the pitch? On Friday night there are 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    • How are the ideas selected on the event? Afterwards, when ideas are pitched, each participant will choose the idea that s/he wants to work on. Ideas that are able to gather a sufficient team around them will prevail. People who have chosen the ideas that are not able to gather proper team will have to join other teams.

    • How big is an ideal team? In our experience, best teams have between 4 and 7 members. Each team should be self-sufficient by having all the main roles (business and product vision, design, programming, marketing, circular economy/environmental expertise) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    • If I present an idea at the Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 event, can someone steal it? Of course :) Hackathon has many participants, including journalists, bloggers and tweeters - your idea will not remain a secret. So, if you think you have a top-secret, patentable, Nobel-prize worthy idea, then don't present it in the hackathon ;). On the other hand, if you have an idea that has been sitting in your head for some time, waiting for right time or right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for making it happen!

    • Is 48 hours enough? Yes and no. 48 hours is more than enough time to take an idea, build a working prototype, alpha or beta service and make it publicly available for users, potential customers. (Unless you are building a nuclear reactor, new drug, a spaceship of something similar, of course). However, to make your prototype, alpha or beta into a viable business, much more work after the event is needed. We encourage (and give preference in selection) to those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!

    • Is it a startup competition to get funding? Not really. The main idea of the event is to build a startup community, find new friends and meet people, build something cool in 48 hours. But it's not so much about winning the prize or getting financing. This hackathon is mostly an experience of building a new (working) project in 48 hours, meet and work with new people whom you probably would not meet otherwise.

    • Can I buy a domain and set up hosting account before the event? Yes, you can do various preparations for your project unless you start designing or coding. We encourage you to think of the project name, business model, short-term and long-term plan etc. But it's not allowed to do any coding work on the project before the Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 event.

    • What happens to the developed products and services after the event? The project built during hackathon event is owned by the team who built it. So it's up to the teams to decide how do they take it forward. Some ideas are very likely to be developed into successful businesses, others struggle to find a feasible business model and fade away. Organisers are encouraging teams to continue developing the ideas and provide mentorship, but ultimately, the success or failure rests solely with the members of the team.

    • Is the hackathon a continuous 48-hour marathon or can I sleep during the event too? Sleep is for the weak. (Just kidding). While some teams pulled all-nighters at the last events, most successful teams did take time to get a full 7-8 hour sleep, come back in the morning refreshed and were fully productive during the day. We provide floor space in the venue in case you don't want to go home or to your hotel.

    • What if I have registered to the hackathon event as a participant but can not come to the event? Please notify us by e-mail as soon as possible about such changes. This way we can give your spot to someone else.






    Garage48 Circular Economy 2017 


    LIVE STREAM

    8th October 17:30pm (GMT+3)

    You can also follow live stream via our FB page or Postimees channel

    WHAT IS SAID

    #G48CIRCULARECONOMY #G48TALLINN

    THE SUPERSTARS
    The Mentors

    Elise Sass
    Advisor at Garage48
    Harri Moora
    Programme Director at Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre
    Christiaan Kraaijenhagen
    Innovation Strategist at Innoboost
    Matthew Frase
    Senior Project Manager at Circle Economy
    Marie-Helene Morvan
    Director at AirFrance Transformation Program
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at LIFT99co / Former Engineering Manager at Pipedrive
    Jordan Valdma
    Co-founder at Producement
    Cesar Zeppini
    Designer at Veriff
    Kair Käsper
    Head of Engagement at Pipedrive
    Piotr Barczak
    Waste Policy Officer at European Environmental Bureau
    Roman Zincher
    Co-Founder at Greencubator

    Organizers

    MAARIKA TRUU
    Events & Sponsors @ Garage48
    INGRID HERMET
    Environmental Adviser @ Estonian Ministry of the Environment
    AIRE RIHE
    Advisor @ Estonian Ministry of the Environment
    JONNE VIINAMÄGI
    Project Manager @ Garage48
    KERTU KARNER
    Volunteer @ Garage48