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  • Brace yourself: Garage48 Hardware & Arts hackathon is coming again. On 12-14th of October, the legendary weekend bootcamp will bring together makers and creators from all over the world (mostly Baltics) to create hardware solutions that have never existed before.

    It’s where the hardware, software and design communities work together tightly in joint teams to deliver working physical prototypes in just 48 hours. And once again, it all happens in Riga!

    All the product designers, UI / UX designers, electronics and mechanics engineers, server programmers, mobile and web apps developers, marketers, business developers, students and art lovers are welcome - you can come with or without an idea! Previous hackathon experience is not needed, but we expect a positive attitude and willingness to learn.

    We’ll help you to form a team and give you tools and equipment to make your wildest hardware and arts-related ideas happen. During the hackathon we will take good care of you: you will be mentored by the best, fed the yummiest and introduced to cool new people!

    Make sure to attend the event on Facebook: facebook.com/events/458680331277181

    and join our secret group on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/490138121469642/

    List of available tools and materials:  bit.ly/g48materials

    In case of any questions, drop us an e-mail at riga.hardware@garage48.org.

    Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga is organized in co-operation with EstLat Accelerate project, financed by European Union European Regional Development Fund,  European Regional Development Fund Interreg Estonia-Latvia, Riga Technical University, Riga Technical University Design Factory, Garage48, EstLat-Accelerate and Hansamatrix. Event is supported by TechHub Riga, UT IdeaLab, Startin.LV, Baltic Innovation Academy, Mass Portal, Madeby, Buildit Accelerator, Fractory.co, Flyte, sTARTUp Day,  SPARK hub, Farnell, Techchill, Robotex,  Ubiquity Networks, Ajujaht and Click & Grow.

    Friday, 12th of October

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    19:30 - Refreshment Break

    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:45 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 13th of October

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentoring round starts

    13:00 - Lunch

    17.30 - Pitch drill introduction

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

    19:00 - Dinner  

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, 14th of October

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    09:30 - Checkpoint #3

    10:00 - Pitch drill session #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    13:30 - Pitch drill session #2

    15:30 - CLEANING

    16:00 - Refreshment break

    17:00 - Finale. Pitching session.

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

    19:00 - Award ceremony & networking

    21:00 - Buses leave for Tartu and Tallinn

    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, an open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development. We will have equipment and materials on site, 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 that 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 it home and continue working on it. This does not apply though for more expensive things - you can not take an oscilloscope with you or set of tweezers etc.

    Please take your:
    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance),
    mobile phone
    all chargers
    photo camera to take and share photos
    sleeping bag and towel (in case you registered for sleepover at the venue)


    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 (12.10), at the e-mail riga.hardware@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider the 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 favorite 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! The 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.
    Food and drinks. 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!



    Kai Isand

    Pitch Coach and Host @ Garage48; Startup-investor relations @ Latitude59

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    Indrek Rebane

    CTO @ Hedgehog Electronics Engineering


    Emil Syundyukov

    Lead @ Start(IT) Foundation


    Aija Freimane

    PhD, Associate professor, postdoctoral researcher in design @ Design department, Art Academy of Latvia


    Viesturs Sosārs

    Co-founder @ TechHub Riga


    Martin Vares

    CEO & co-founder @ Fractory.co

    Jānis Dimpers

    Rocket guidance engineer, Audio/video broadcast engineer @ MTG

    David Holahan

    Entrepreneur and  Business Leadership Consultant


    Matiss Neimanis

    Managing Partner & CEO @Buildit Accelerator


    Mindaugas Valkavičius

    3D printing, stockmaster, materials & moduling @ RTU Design Factory


    Aleks Koha

    CEO @ Promoty & TitanGrid


    Aldis Cimoška

    Member of the Management Board; Ventspils Plant manager @ HansaMatrix AS


    Kristaps Berzinskis

    Co-Founder @ Attitude.ai


    Pēteris Sala

    Design Unicorn, Modelling, 3D Printing @ RTU Design Factory

    Toms Mūrnieks

    Product Design, 3D Modelling & 3D Printing @RTU Design Factory

    Fricis Kalvelis

    Product design guru, 3D Modelling, 3D Printing @ RTU Design Factory

    Janis Lapsa

    Technical design, modelling & product design @RTU Design Factory

    Gundars Miezītis

    3D scanning, CNC Milling, Robotics @ RTU

    Aivars Vaivods



    Andrejs Čirkovs

    Independent tech consultant for startups


    Krišs Pujāts

    CTO / Cofounder at SSS


    Kristens Raščevskis

    3D modelling, Prototyping, Mechanics @ RTU


    Kadri Kõivik

    SPARK HUB & sTARTUp HUB Manager @Contriber, sTARTUp Day


    Marelle Ellen

    Head of Marketing at sTARTUp Day


    Viesturs Sosārs

    Co-founder @ TechHub Riga


    Indrek Rebane

    CTO @ Hedgehog Electronics Engineering


    Emil Syundyukov

    Lead @ Start(IT) Educational Foundation



    Operation Specialist @ TransferWise


    Liene Briede 

    Entrepreneurship program director @ RTU Design Factory, Climate-KIC manager in Latvia


    Līga Jupatova

    Project manager assistant @ RTU Design Factory & Climate-KIC 


    Elize Rubesa

    Project manager @Latvian Startup Association


    Sanita Lasmane

    Marketing and Sales Specialist @ Buildit Creative