Garage48 Lagos 2011

When 6–8 May, 2011

Where Lagos, Nigeria

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • For the first time in its existence, the Garage48 event series is coming to Lagos. Together with two world companies, Google and Nokia, it will take place from the 6th to the 8th of May 2011 at the Lagos Resource Centre, Victoria Island. Originally developed in Europe, Estonia and expanded to other countries, the purpose of the event is to build new web and mobile services in one single weekend - 48 hours.

    This information is MUST-READ for Garage48 registered participants!
    Garage48 Lagos will start on Friday, 6th of May at 12:00am in Lagos Resource Centre, check on venue page. Please come ahead of time, as the registration process might take some time - the doors open at 11:00am.


    The participation fee of 2000 Naira covering all food, snacks and drinks during the event will be payed upon registration on site in cash.


    • Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy :)
    • Everything you need for a rapid product development. 
    • Please take your:
      • laptop
      • all chargers, 
      • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance),
      • mobile phone
      • we should have WiFi but just to be sure bring also your own mobile internet modem for your laptop.
    • Optional:
      • pen and paper
      • photo camera to take and share photos
      • credit cards if domain registration is necessary
      • business cards


    • To have your product, business or service idea implemented during the Garage48 weekend you have to submit it to our Facebook Group. There will be 30 ideas selected to be presented / pitched on Friday evening.
    • If you have not yet submitted your idea, then do it NOW to Facebook group "G48 Lagos". 
    • The deadline for submitting ideas is Wednesday 5pm, 4th of May. 
    • Please also review the ideas and "Like" your favourite idea(s) in the Facebook group during Wednesday!
    • The mentors and organizers will then choose TOP30 ideas based on idea description and popularity (number of Likes) in Facebook group.
    • Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Organizers and audience can ask 1-3 short questions. All pitched ideas will be later listed on the wall to form the teams.


    • If your idea gets to TOP30 list, please prepare a good pitch. Consider following key points:
      • Briefly describe your background (10 sec)
      • Your idea and "the problem" what you are solving.
      • Who are the targeted users, how big is the market (30 sec)
      • The solution: technical + business model (30 sec)
      • Which skills do you need and what is realistic to build in 48 hours during the weekend (20 sec)
      • Look at the guideline and example "how to prepare a good pitch" (slideshare)
      • NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!
    • You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. If you wish to show a slide, then please send it for us for Thursday noon (5th of May) by e-mail and we have it ready in our computer on-site. Please put your project name as subject line.


    • After pitching is finished, we will put all ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favourite idea. Usually 12-15 best ideas will get enough interested team members to get the "green light" for implementation. 
    • Average team has about 5-7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like: a project manager, developer(s), designer 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 a balanced team (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people will choose another idea / team to work with.


    • After forming the teams, organizers will give a room/space for every team for the weekend. 
    • You should start by dividing the roles, set the product vision, customer journey and start working right away.
    • It is very important that you have a project manager for 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 can help you with domain registration and hosting if you need. Ask from organizers. [TO BE CONFIRMED]
    • Food and drinks. We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So you can focus on work and building your product. See agenda for details.
    • Mentors. We have arranged mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy, so be open and ask for their advice and contacts in case you need.
    • 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. And of course, have fun!


    • Sunday afternoon 2:00 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!
    • The final demo event starts at 5:00pm
    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+3 minutes 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.
    • When jury goes "off" to choose the winners, we have few speakers from our sponsors telling you how they could work and help with your teams after the Garage48 event.


    • Usually local participants stay at home or at their friends place.
    • For reasons beyond our control, this time, the Garage48 event will not have a sleep-over arrangement at the venue.  The venue closes between 8pm and 10pm.
    • There will be two buses for those who would like to go all the way down to the main land.
    • If you have further questions, please see the Agenda and FAQ page. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at


    We thank all our sponsors and partners to make Garage48 Lagos a cool startup community event!   
     Garage48 events have flexible agenda and changes are likely to happen. 

    Friday, 6th of May
    • 12:00 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    • 12:30 - Opening remarks
    • 13:00 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    • 14:00 - Refreshment Break
    • 14:30 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    • 15:30 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    • 17:00 - Teamwork begins, lets start the hard work!
    • 22:00 - Venue closes
    Saturday, 7th of May
    • 09:00 - Doors open. We offer light breakfast. Development work continues...
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 16:00-17:00 - Guest speakers and product demos from our sponsors
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 19:45 - Product development...
    • 22:00 - Venue closes
    Sunday, 8th of May
    • 09:00 - Doors open. We offer coffee and light breakfast. Product development continues
    • 13:00 -  Lunch 
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 14:00 - Finalize preparing your product demo / presentation
    • 14:30 - Demo practice with mentors / jury members (10min per team)
    • 16:30 - Coffee break with light meal / snacks
    • 17:00 - Final event: presentation of finished products/services to jury and audience.
    • 20:00 - Announcement of winners, Wrap-up, networking...



    Sander Saar
    Director International Product and Operations at Maker Studios Inc
    Martin Villig
    Co-Founder of, Taxi Booking App in East & Central Europe | Co-Founder of Garage48
    Priit Salumaa
    Co-Founder at Mooncascade, Garage48 Foundation, and MobileMonday
    Ragnar Sass
    Co-founder of Garage48, Pipedrive co-founder & President.
    Francis Onwumere
    Co-founder, Business developer @Prowork
    Sheriff Shittu
    Founder and CEO at


     Thanks to our great sponsors helping us to make this great event become reality.

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