Garage48 Future of Wood


When 4-6 October 2019

Where Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn 

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  • When we first took the Garage48 format to the very physical world of wood, we didn't know what to expect. After two amazing events hacking on wood, product design and architecture we want more!


    Garage48 and Estonian Academy of Arts in cooperation with Startup Estonia and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications are excited to invite you to create the future of wood. 

    Welcome to our third wood event -  Garage48 Future of Wood makeathon!


    Estonia is one of the forest richest countries in the world. Our woods, covering more than half of Estonia, are our national treasure with high economic, social, ecological and cultural value. 

    Forest is one of the most important ecosystems as the keeper of many biocoenosis, part of the groundwater circulation and storer of CO2.

    Our aim for this hackathon is to bring together the people in the various fields of forestry and wood industry to discuss and work together on EFFICIENT and SUSTAINABLE solutions for maintaining and increasing the value of our forests.


    To make it happen we are welcoming architects, designers, software developers, wood industry practitioners, wood technologists, forestry experts, circular economy, sustainablity and environmental experts, business developers and marketers to come together to find solutions to the problems in the wood and forestry industry.

    For this event we have THREE MAIN FOCUS AREAS:

    ** digitalization in construction of wooden houses
    Pre-event is happening on Sept 20th in Estonian Centre for Architecture. More info HERE.

    ** sustainability, circular economy and efficiency in forestry and wood industry

    ** new solutions in wood processing, design and architecture

    For the first time in wood makeathon history we are welcoming also software prototypes! You can come with or without an idea! Teams are formed at the spot around the best ideas.


    Join us for this weekend-long intensive development event where we will develop working prototypes in 48 hours!

    Prepare yourself for making, hacking, coding, designing, building, selling and thinking BIG!


    Solve a pre-formed challenge and win prizes! See challenges descriptions on the CHALLENGES subpage.

    * Nordic Tower challenge - prize 2000€

    * Metsä Wood Open Source Wood challenge - prize 1500€

    * RMK - State Forest Management Centre challenge (info coming soon)


    You know and we know that the wood makeathon magic comes from the workshops.
    Your playground for the 3rd wood event is the Estonian Academy of Arts fresh and fabulous workshops, machines & equipment! They go together with on-site mentors and various materials you can use.
    Rothoblaas will be providing connecting materials for the building of your prototypes and you will get to choose from their catalogue your needs.

    Read more on the Machinery, equipment & materials subpage.

    You're welcome to attend the Facebook event to stay informed!

    All the participants get access to our secret Facebook group where you will get up-to-date info, tips for better performance and get to e-meet your fellow participants.

    See the full AGENDA on the agenda subpage. 

    In case you have any questions, write us at

    Garage48 Future of Wood is financed by Estonian Academy of Arts, European Regional Development Fund, Startup Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. 
    Our sponsors are Metsä Wood and Rothoblaas.
    The event is coming together with the support of Tsenter Wood Processing Competence Centre, TalTech, Cleantech ForEst, Innove, Eesti Metsaselts, RMK, Keskkonnaministeerium, Tehnopol and Estonian Centre for Architecture.

    Garage48 has a flexible schedule, but we do have some key activities that need to be planned ahead. 

    Friday, Oct 4th

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    19:30 - Refreshment break (if necessary)

    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:45 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, Oct 5th

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentoring round starts

    13:00 - Lunch

    14.00 - Pitch drill introduction

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    19:00 - Dinner  

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, Oct 6th

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #3

    11:00 - Pitch drill session #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2

    15:30 - CLEAN-UP

    16:00 - Refreshment break

    17:30 - Finale. Pitching session.

    18:30 - Refreshment break and the Jury takes the time to select winners

    19:00 - Award ceremony, networking & clean-up

    NB! The schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen.

    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.


    We'll start on Friday 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.


    Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development. We will have equipment and materials on site (see the Machines, equipment & materials subpage), but to be sure we recommend you to bring your own stuff as well. You never know when you need something yourself or if you could help out another team. Sharing is caring :)

    The fact is that, if you build something what really works on Sunday evening, then we will not ask the bits and pieces back - you don't have to break your prototype, the team can take the it home and continue working on it. This does not apply though for more expensive things.

    Please take your:


    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance),

    mobile phone

    all chargers


    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, 12pm (04.10), at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    - Describe briefly 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 for the team? (20 sec)

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


    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 16 to 18 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation.

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

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


    After forming the teams, organizers 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) in 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.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts.

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

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!

    All the MAKERS!

    You know and we know that the wood makeathon magic comes from the workshops.

    Your playground for the 3rd wood event is the Estonian Academy of Arts fresh and fabulous workshops, machines & equipment. 

    They go together with on-site mentors to assist the use of machines and various materials you can use.

    Woodworking Shop

    Is divided among three rooms: machinery room, a classroom furnished with workbenches, and a finishing room for painting and fashioning plastic models from various fibres.
    Depending on the material, the Woodworking Shop allows for sawing, chiselling, planing, milling, boring, lathing, sanding, gluing and bending various materials laminated in a vacuum.

    The Prototyping Lab 

    Hosts the 3D printers, CNC milling machines, laser cutters and   electronics subjects. The prototyping lab has a total 10 plastic 3D printers, three smaller CNC milling machines, one large CNC milling machine with a very high precision class for metal and one laser cutting machine with a large work area. In addition, the lab has a wide selection of battery powered tools, manual tools, electronic tools and modelling equipment.

    The 3D Lab

    Tools for prototyping and digital environment outputs into physical space:

    - 100W laser cutter with an operating area of 600 × 900 mm (can be used by those who have completed training)
    - Stratasys Dimension SST 768 ABS plastic 3D printer + WaterStation (by agreement with the Head of 3DL)
    - Ultimaker 3+ Extended FDM 3D printer (can be used by those who have completed training)
    - Universal Robots UR10 6-axis Kobot

    Digitalization of 2D/3D/4D analogue/physical environment:
    - Microscribe G2L 3D digitizer with an operating area of 1500 mm (can be used by those who have completed training)
    - Leica Disto S910 3D and laser distance meter (can be used by those who have completed training)
    - Flir E5 thermal camera (can be used by those who have completed training)


    We will have various materials for you in stock and we're ready to provide you additional prototyping materials on Saturday after you understand your needs for the prototype. 

    You're welcome to bring your own materials. If you need something specific, let us know on registering. 

    Rothoblaas will be providing connecting materials for the building of your prototypes.

    If you have your idea in mind, then take a look at their catalogues and let us know what materials you would need at

    Check it out here:

    In case you have additional questions about the machines or materials, write us at

    Solve a pre-formed challenge and win prizes!


    Nordic Tower – Challenge for the highest pre-fab wooden residential building with over 25 floors.
    Create an innovative architectural concept suitable for pre-fabrication and considering the advantages of BIM for the Nordic Tower and win 2000€!

    Nordic Tower is a novel structural system as the core of a carbon negative residential building. The challenge is a pre-study by Tampere University and Business Finland, aiming at a realisation of the development with a consortium.

    🌲You may consider various USE CASES
    For example, high-end luxury living, affordable living, student housing, hotel and short term rentals etc. Also mixed-used functions may be considered given the volumes of high-rise buildings (more than 10 000m2).
    Within the use cases, detailed considerations should address the architectural concepts on facades and creating urban identity. The demonstration site is located in Helsinki, in the new central Pasila area. You may use the location for considering the urban design elements of the concepts.
    🌲Things to consider
    Regarding the facades, the benefits of using wood should be studied such as enclosed balconies, overhangs, and non-load bearing facades providing a wide range of options for pre-fab compostions of facades.
    Second, consider the variety of layouts of floors - how various apartment plans are best fitted around the structural core of the building.
    Third, the concepts should consider ways for pre-fabrication and mounting elements as part of the interior and exterior architecture.

    🌲Your challenge MENTOR, who will guide your teamwork, will be Harry Edelman - Head of Sustainable Design and Group Development at Tampere University and Co-Founder at AIDOMUS.

    If you want to develop a solution for this challenge, then sign up for the makeathon!
    To already work on the possible solutions of the challenge, join the Garage48 Future of Wood Pre-Event: From Design to Production for an ideation workshop this Friday, Sept 20th!

    The Mentors

    Maarika Truu
    Head of Startup Estonia
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Martin Melioranski
    Architect & Designer at MELIORAD, Director of 3DL at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Jörgen Dobris
    Wood industry development manager at Võru County Vocational Training Centre
    Jakob Päll
    Design Lead at Homne
    Lauri Semevsky
    Project manager at Wood Competence Centre TSENTER, Designer at
    Jaan Saar
    Head of Digital Construction at Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
    Maido Parv
    Freelance designer & photographer
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Kadri Kaarna
    Project Manager and Systems Innovation Coach at Cleantech ForEst
    Tanel Kärp
    Head of Interaction Design at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Anna-Greta Tšahkna
    Co-founder & CCO at Timbeter
    Ragmar Saksing
    Greentech Sector Manager @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
    Harry Edelman
    Head of Sustainable Design and Development Group at Tampere University, Co-founder at AIDOMUS
    Tuukka Kyläkallio
    Business Development Manager at Metsä Wood
    Mihkel Mäll
    Industrial Designer at MI/KL Industrial Design Studio
    Mihkel-Emil Mikk
    Industrial Designer at MI/KL Industrial Design Studio
    Jaan Kers
    Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Program Manager of Technology of Wood, Plastic and Textiles


    Kadri Kõivik
    Project Manager at Garage48, Community Relations at sTARTUp Day
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts

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