48 for the Future


When 3-6 December, 2020

Where Globally online

  • Overview
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     👉http://bit.ly/48forthefuture 👈

    Garage48, U.S. Embassies in Tallinn, Copenhagen, Vilnius and Riga and Startup Wise Guys have gotten together to crush the crisis and build a stronger, more resilient, and trusted post-crisis economy.

    To support that goal, join us in an online global hackathon from December 3 to 6, 2020.


    Hacking the Post-Crisis Economy

    The COVID-19 pandemic has completely altered the world’s economic landscape, changing everything from where people work to how they consume. Communities will put forward real and pressing economic challenges they are facing – and creative problem-solvers around the world will have a chance to team up online over 48 hours to design innovative solutions. Help to build a stronger post-crisis economy and join the 48 for the Future hackathon!


    Garage48 online hackathon includes hands-on expert mentoring, inspiring keynote speakers, checkpoints, demo drills, intense teamwork, creativity, and resourcefulness == all will be key elements in building working prototypes in just 48 hours.

    • Help build economic solutions and resilience.

    • Solve a problem that COVID-19 has created.

    • Play a vital role in the global start-up scene – get noticed and become an influence!

    • Jump on board with your own challenges and participants.

    • Use the marketing opportunities the hackathon synergy creates.

    • Create new and innovative ways for collaboration.


    • Front-end and back-end developers and system engineers;

    • UX/UI designers and product designers;

    • Business developers and visionaries;

    • Marketing gurus;

    • Project managers and team leads;

    • HR enthusiasts;

    • Education specialists;

    • Cyber Security experts;

    • Travel industry experts;

    • Healthcare professionals;

    • Entrepreneurs;

    • Entertainment field experts;

    • Sports enthusiasts.


    IDEA SUBMISSION IS OPEN! Start brainstorming and put your team together. You can register to the hackathon as an individual or a team, with or without an idea until November 11th.



    Team formation around ideas is happening on November 13-27, you will get an invitation to the matchmaking event after registering to the event. Invitations will be sent out at the latest on November 12th.

    In the matchmaking event individuals with an idea can find team members and teams can find additional team members.

    Participants will be selected amongst at least four member teams that have the necessary expertise to build the prototype of their product or service during the hackathon.

    Team formation, ideas submission and validation and all hackathon processes will be happening online - we will guide you through all of it.


    Online matchmaking event will take place on November 22.

    TOP ideas and all individuals will be invited for a 24-hour facilitated session to pitch and present their ideas. As a bonus, speakers will provide inspiration and share hackathon tips and tricks.


    Teams selected to enter the competition will be announced on November 30. Teams will receive an e-mail with complete instructions, but get ready for the craziest 48-hour online hacking you have ever seen!


    Best teams will be awarded with follow-up mentoring!

    Make sure to attend the Facebook event for updates and communication with other participants.

    In case you have questions, feel free to write at triin@garage48.org.


    • Future of Creating Trusted Networks

    Many people are experiencing anxiety and fear about COVID-19. Misinformation about the disease can add to these feelings and cause more stress. Being armed with accurate information can help to put this extraordinary health situation into perspective and ease worry. Where could a person go for trusted health information on how to recognize, prevent, and manage COVID-19?

    Building, strengthening, and extending trustworthy networks within and between cities and other ecosystems would make us more resilient if a new pandemic or other future crises strike.

    • Future of Education

    When kids study from home, it strains both parents and kids. Not all kids adapt to new teaching methods and not everyone has the same resources to study remotely. While edtech solutions have brought some good ideas into the remote-education world, they rely on technologies that many families do not have access to. When parents have to focus on bringing the daily bread to the table, kids often struggle on their own, which might leave them falling behind, or even worse, dropping out. Not all skills can be taught well online, and even after training the teachers on how to use online tools, the materials and curricula still have to be adjusted to fit online teaching.

    • Future of Work

    It is no longer just the worry of AI killing jobs. The future of work has turned upside down and has gone in a completely new direction, becoming virtual and remote, rather than physical and local. HR departments all around the world must reassess their priorities. Critical skills are no longer synonymous with job roles: prioritizing resilience for the organization is as important as efficiency. Employers have to create new “employee journey maps” for the remote world, provide flexible work options, and rethink experience for a remote or mixed workforce. Training and personal development also require new thinking.

    How will work-life balance shift when both take place at home?

    These are just a few of the emerging issues that the COVID-19 crisis has brought to the foreground.

    • Future of Health

    The healthcare sector is one of the most active adopters of new technology and innovation. However, the road to adoption is far from smooth, with many new developments facing strict regulations, public mistrust, and complex healthcare systems. The pandemic overwhelmed hospitals, but the reaction to the spread of COVID-19 has helped to change perceptions about the value of new health technologies and could accelerate their adoption.

    Ideas and concepts such as telemedicine, open and transparent data sharing systems, and the availability of scientific research for biopharma are in the picture more than ever before.

    Economic recovery will depend heavily on protecting public health.

    • Future of Travel,Tourism & Hospitality

    Travelling has not ceased entirely, but it is different. How can the travel and tourism sectors provide service without putting people at risk? How can we travel without putting ourselves and others at risk?

    Many accommodation and food services are using the crisis to open new online and delivery services or to change their business concepts. What kinds of solutions and opportunities will create a crisis-proof future for those sectors?

    Local tourism seems to be the current rage - how can we make it resilient?

    • Future of Entertainment and Sports

    Perhaps no other sectors have been as devastated by the coronavirus pandemic as those that enrich and entertain us, from culture and the arts to sports and entertainment. Gathering together hundreds or thousands of people is now more complicated, and many venues for these activities have been closed. How will we enjoy concerts and football games in the future without putting our health at risk? Will the artist starve or find new digital ways to continue entertaining us?

    • Future of SMEs

    Young small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of employment growth. In the United States, 78 percent of net employment growth between 2013 and 2018 was generated by companies less than five years old. Unfortunately, the crisis has meant that SMEs have fewer cash reserves to maintain employee salaries and have more trouble navigating and accessing channels of aid. How to support community businesses and rural SMEs? How could this segment benefit from digitalisation to keep offering their valuable services and products?

    • Your Idea

    Any ideas you feel would boost the post-COVID economy, but can’t quite fit into

    the above-mentioned categories!

    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Stine Mølgaard Sørensen
    Co-founder & COO Radiobotics
    James S. York
    Director of US Business and Innovation at Enterprise Estonia


    Triin Preem
    Project Managet at Garage48