Garage48 Tech for Humanity is a hackathon devoted to finding innovative solutions to ease and prevent humanitarian disasters.
This event is organised the collaboration of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and Garage48.
Taking place on June 9-11, 2017, at the Tehnopol Startup Incubator in Tallinn, Estonia, the hackathon awaits DEVELOPERS, DESIGNERS, MARKETERS and FIELD EXPERTS with big hearts and bright ideas to work together and find solutions to aid humanitarian catastrophes. If You want to make the world a better place, then this hackathon is for YOU!
There are three areas of focus at Garage48 Tech for Humanity: finding new implementations of technology to aid:
- the refugee crisis,
- natural disasters and
- developing countries.
According to the United Nations, there were 65 million displaced people in the world in 2016 - that is the highest number since the Second World War. Millions more suffered due to hunger and numerous natural disasters. When it comes to helping in such disasters, the effective use of information and technology are nowadays as important as food, water and medicine.
Our partners International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL), NGO Mondo and Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation have mapped out the most crucial problems:
As a result of this hackathon, along with your team, you will have developed an idea into a working prototype and have a chance to present your solution to the ICRC, GHL and our other partners. From there on, the product development can continue in collaboration with the GHL or ICRC and the best solutions will be put to work at the international catastrophe sites.
- Better solutions in logistics, information gathering and distribution are essential to ensure that help would quickly reach the ones who need it the most.
- Sustainable solutions in education and psychological help are needful to ensure the normal quality of life for displaced people. These are just a few examples of areas in need of innovation.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about the problems that await innovative solutions at the hackathon. Additionally to the challenges proposed by our partners, participants are encouraged to propose their own challenges to be solved at the hackathon.
What is Garage48 about?
Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out innovative technological solutions. In 48 hours, participants turn their ideas into working prototypes. A Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper's bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere. The aim of Garage48 is to bring innovative ideas and new startups into life.
How does Garage48 work?
- The event begins on the Friday night with pitching ideas and forming teams.
- Experienced technical mentors and field experts guide the teams towards better solutions and working prototypes over the weekend.
- Sunday evening the event ends with presenting prototypes and selecting winners. Although, everyone is a winner after making many new contacts, crazy progress and learning a lot over the weekend.
- Read more about the event in the AGENDA and GET READY tabs.
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Tech for Humanity is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Global Humanitarian Lab.
GET READY for participants
We'll start on Friday (June 9) 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.
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)
- mobile phone
- all chargers
- 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. This slide will be shown on the big screen while you pitch.
You should send the slide by Friday noon latest (June 9), at the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
The average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) 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 are not balanced (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, organisers 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/field expert) on 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 have great field work experience, others are more technical. 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.
If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, field experts, 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 the 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 to 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. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.
If I present an idea at the Garage48 Tech For Humanity 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 making 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 a 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 Tech for Humanity 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. Organisers 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 hackathon 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 a refund to purchased ticket but you can use the same ticket to any other Garage48 hackathon, just let us know beforehand.