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  • NB! Registration is now open. Please note the registration for Baltic participants and local participants is different. 

    * BELARUS PARTICIPANTS: https://bezkassira.by/garage48_hackathon_gamehack-2261/ 
    GameHack_STUDENT_50 - promo code for a 50% discount for students.


    *BALTIC PARTICIPANTS: Registration is closed.


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    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.



    Follow us on social media


    Please join the Facebook event for all the up-to-date news HERE.
    You can also follow us on Twitter HERE.



    FREE startup roadtrip for Baltic participants


    There is a free bus arranged en route Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius-Minsk and back plus free accommodation. 


    Trip schedule:
    23.03
    16:00 We leave Tallinn from Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Rävala pst 3.

    21:00 We leave Riga from Hotel Tallink, Elizabetes iela 24.


    24.03
    Ca 7:00
    We arrive to our hotels in Minsk:
    Hampton by Hiltonvulica Talstoha 8, Minsk.
    Beijing Hotelvulica 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.

    26.03
    Morning - hotel checkout. Bring your stuff to Event Space.

    Ca 22:00 after the hackathon finishes we start driving back from Event Space Minsk.

    27.03

    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 info@garage48.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
    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream
    19:30 Game showcase, jury deciding
    20:00 - 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:

    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 latest (March 24), at the e-mail dagmar@garage48.org (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!



    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.

    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 & 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 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



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    Mentors

    Andri Allas

    MängudeÖÖ, Level1.ee

    Facebook

    Mart Virkus

    Marketing team lead @ Toggl

    Linkedin

    Fred Moritz

    UX/UI Designer @ Imagine AD 

    Linkedin Facebook

    Jaanus Sakkis

    Creative Director & Founder @ Feks Design

    Linkedin Facebook

    Amid Moradganjeh

    Designer, passionate about human-centered approach to innovation

    Linkedin

    José Prieto

    Co-founder @ Sama Sama Studios; Co-founder, CTO @ HiveUp 

    Linkedin

    Oleg Tsurikov

    Technical Director @ Limestone Games

    Aleksei Nehoroshkin

    Creative Director @ Limestone Games

    Linkedin Facebook

    Andrew Yanchurevich

    COO & Product Designer @ MSQRD

    Linkedin

    Dmitrii Dorni

    3D artist @ Facebook / MSQRD

    Linkedin

    Christopher Hamilton

    Producer, Rovio Stars at Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

    Linkedin

    Anton Sitnikov

    Deputy VP of Game Design @ Wargaming.net

    Linkedin

    Ivan Baryshnikov

    R&D Producer @ Wargaming.net

    Linkedin Facebook

    Constantine Ramenskii

    Lead Game Designer @ Gameloft

    Linkedin

    Kristina Zavarykina

    Game Economy Designer @ Gameloft

    Linkedin Facebook

    Kirill Govzich

    Lead Game Developer @ Gameloft

    Linkedin Facebook

    Peeter Tamla

    CTO of New Cloud Innovations @Levira Ltd.

    Linkedin

    Vladimir Yatsukevich

    Game Designer & Producer @ Vizor Games

    Linkedin Facebook

    Organisers

    KAI ISAND

    Head of Operations @ Garage48

    Linkedin Facebook

    Daria Shabala

    IT Event/Project Manager @ EventSpace.by

    Linkedin

    Dagmar Urb

    Volunteer @ Garage48; Queen of Marketing 

    Linkedin