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  • Garage48 is back in Tbilisi, Georgia!

    Join us for the weekend long intensive development event where we will develop working prototypes in 48 hours! With origins from Estonia & Silicon Valley, Garage48 events begun with being the first of its kind in rapidly developing tech countries like Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus & many others.

    During the 48 hours, teams consisting of programmers, designers, marketers, visionary entrepreneurs, project managers and other cool people will develop creative ideas to working prototypes. We will have exciting prizes, local and international mentors, hearty food and everything you need to help you give your best during the weekend.

    Prepare yourself for 48 hours full of fun, coding, designing, selling and thinking BIG! If you’re ready to create something crazy and innovative, then this is the event for you! Join us and experience this exciting start-up event!


    Registration is open until April 13, 6PM! All selected applicants will be contacted and submitted to the hackathon after careful consideration.

    NB! We will kick off the hackathon on Friday at Rooms Hotel Tbilisi ( 14 Merab Kostava St). On Saturday and Sunday the hackathon will take place in Impact Hub Tbilisi (Fabrika, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili St).

    Friday (@Rooms Hotel)

    17:30 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:15 - 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 (@Impact Hub)
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    14:00 - "How to speak to investors" - Yrjö Ojasaar, entrepreneur Startup Wise Guys
    15:00 - Development continues
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2 & Pitch practice
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    Sunday (@Impact Hub)
    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
    20:00 Jury deciding
    20:30 - Winners & networking


    GET READY for participants


    We'll start on Friday (21st April)  at 17:30 with opening doors in Rooms Hotel. 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.

    Important! On Saturday and Sunday the hackathon will be held in Impact Hub (Fabrika, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili Street)!


    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 on Saturday at Impact Hub)

    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 (April 21), at the e-mail merilin@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 on Saturday.


    Frequently Asked Questions



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    Mentors

    KAI ISAND

    COO @ Garage48; Founding team member @ YourDesignWorks; Pitch Coach

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    JOAO REI

    Digital Innovation @ Idea Group

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    JORDAN VALDMA

    Tech Lead @ Transferwise

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    Cesar Zeppini

    Head of Design @ Pocopay

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    Archil Bakuradze

    Financier and Entrepreneur, Executive Chairman @ JSC MFO Crystal

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    Sandro Asatiani

    Manager @ GeoLab

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    Organisers

    MERILIN LUKK

    Project Manager @ Garage48

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