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* BELARUS PARTICIPANTS: https://bezkassira.by/garage48_hackathon_gamehack-2261/
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*BALTIC PARTICIPANTS: Registration is closed.
We are back in Minsk to bring together the gaming community. If games are your passion, if you want to share experiences, if you want to express yourself and if you want to gather a great team - then join us! We are organising Garage48 GameHack that takes place in Minsk on 24-26 March @ EventSpace Minsk.
The event will be organised with the help of Estonian Development Cooperation and our great local partner EventSpace.by. JOIN US for a exciting and creative weekend to work together with international talent, to build ideas into working prototypes and go home with great prizes! We will be hacking GAMES!
Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out new web and mobile applications and bring new startups into life. We expect around one hundred game designers, programmers, animators, 2D/3D artists, marketers and project managers. The event is opened for both, university students and already working specialists. We start on Friday with pitching ideas and forming teams with only one goal in mind - to have a working prototype by Sunday to present to the jury. All the teams will be supported by internationally experienced mentors throughout the event.Garage48 GameHack will be a awesome hackathon event - a gathering of people with technical background (working professionals, students, enthusiasts) to form teams around ideas for games that entertain, educate and bring people together.
If you have an idea, you can present it on stage on Friday. If you don't have an idea, you can join the ideas that are presented. You can come alone or with a team - everybody's welcome! The main idea is to form teams, work together, learn new technologies and try to build something great!
Best teams will be awarded with amazing prizes and have a chance to find needed contacts of future co-founders, employees and/or investors from the Garage48 community.
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FREE startup roadtrip for Baltic participants
There is a free bus arranged en route Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius-Minsk and back plus free accommodation.
16:00 We leave Tallinn from Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Rävala pst 3.
21:00 We leave Riga from Hotel Tallink, Elizabetes iela 24.
Ca 7:00 We arrive to our hotels in Minsk:
Hampton by Hilton, vulica Talstoha 8, Minsk.
Beijing Hotel, vulica Čyrvonaarmiejskaja 36, Minsk.
Free time to eat, sleep and / or see around town.
18:15 doors open at the event venue - Event Space Minsk,
Вход через ул. Октябрьскую, 10б, vulica Kastryčnickaja 16А, Minsk.
19:00 Hackathon starts.
Eat. Sleep. Hack. Repeat.
See Agenda tab for hackathon schedule.
Morning - hotel checkout. Bring your stuff to Event Space.
Ca 22:00 after the hackathon finishes we start driving back from Event Space Minsk.
Ca 8:00 We arrive to Riga. Stop at Riga Hotel Tallink.
Ca 13:00 We arrive to Tallinn. Stop at Radisson Blu Sky Hotel.
Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 24th March
18:15 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
19:00 - Opening remarks
19:30 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
20:00 - Refreshment break
20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
21:00 - Teamwork begins!
Saturday, 25th March
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 & Pitch practice
19:00 - Dinner
20:00 - Product development continues
Sunday, 26th March
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
17:30 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
18:00 - Final event & LIVE stream
20:00 Game showcase, jury deciding
20:30 - Winners & networking
NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen
GET READY for participants
We'll start on Friday (24th March) at 18:15 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:
3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)
photo camera to take and share photos
sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)
credit cards for domain registration
business cards (if you have any)
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 latest (March 24), at the e-mail email@example.com (Subject: name of your project). Ideas sent to us via email get preference.
Consider following key points:
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 14 to 20 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.
WORKING IN TEAMS
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.
FOOD & DRINKSWe 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.
We have arranged great 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. 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
SLEEPING POSSIBILITIES IN THE VENUE
Take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue.
Frequently Asked Questions
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, project managers, 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 a 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. On the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.
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 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, business development) covered. Minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.
If I present an idea at the Garage48 Minsk 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 make 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 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 Minsk 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. Organizers 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 hakathon 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. Garage48 does not give refund to purchased ticket but you can use the same ticket to any other Garage48 hackathon, just let us know beforehand.