Garage48 Empowering Youth Chișinău Vol 2


When  26-28 March 2021

Where Artcor, Chisinau, Moldova

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Get Ready
  • We are excited to say that Garage48 is back in Moldova for the Empowering Youth hackathon which will be held on the 26-28th of March in Chisinau! Garage48 and Yep!Moldova invite young inspiring people to join us for the Garage48 Empowering Youth Chișinău Vol 2 and boost their ideas during the 48 hours!


    There is no doubt that the 21st century is definitely the century of young people who change our world really fast by creating innovative ideas and setting new trends.

    Hackathons are a great opportunity to try yourself, find cool people ready to work with you and help you to create clear goals and objectives, learn more about startups and entrepreneurship, and finally, get your idea into a prototype with help of the experienced mentors! We believe that young people will determine our future, that's why it’s important to empower them and give them an opportunity to share their ideas. You(th) rock!

    🚀 How does it work? 

          1. In the beginning of the hackathon we will form teams around best ideas - please don’t worry if you don’t have an idea, you are more than welcome to participate in the hackathon by joining teams to work together!
         2. During the 48 hours you will have exciting, hardworking, and brainstorming time working on the idea which will turn into a working prototype by the end of the hackathon.
         3. To make it real, there will be classy local and international mentors ready to share their expertise and help you throughout the whole event.
         4. All the finished prototypes will be evaluated and the best teams will get rewarding prizes that will empower them to develop their ideas even further!

    🧐 For whom?

    For the hackathon we are welcoming all young people - regardless of age, gender or nationality. If you have the spark inside and passion to make the world better, please join us for the Empowering Youth hackathon!

    📍 Where will it be?

    The hackathon is being held in Artcor, Chisinau, Moldova.

    🏆 Prizes

    Best teams will get a chance to receive monetary grants, post-mentorship and access to the incubation program by YEP and Garage360 acceleration program.


    🎫 Registration

    Young designers, passionate marketers, inspiring developers, big-thinkers - register now and get ready for the journey that will bring your idea to the next level! And remember - you(th) rock!

    👉 👈

    Make sure to attend the Facebook event for the updates:


    Garage48 Hackathon is organised by Garage48 and YEP Moldova with the financial support of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Fund for Development and Humanitarian Aid.



    Please do not attend the event if you are feeling ill or you have been feeling bad during the last 14 days or been in close contact with COVID-19 positive person. As there is still a spread of the virus in different countries, there may be changes in the organization of the event. In that case it can be fully switched to the online format. All people who are registered to the event will be notified about any changes shortly.

    Friday, March 26
    17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:15 - Opening remarks
    18:45 - 20:00 Presentation of ideas
    20:00 - Team formation
    21:00 - Team work begins

    Saturday, March 27
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues
    19:00 - Dinner

    Sunday, March 28
    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 - Winners & networking

    We'll start on Friday, March 26th at 17:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. The time before the official opening is a great opportunity to get to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, open-mind, and lots of energy together with everything you need for rapid product development. Please take your:

    • laptop

    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)

    • mobile phone

    • all chargers


    • photo camera to take and share photos

    • mattress and a sleeping bag

    • credit cards for domain registration

    • business cards (if you have any)


    Ideas are presented based on the “elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. The event host and the 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 12:00 PM

    (March 26th), to (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider the following key points:

    • Briefly, describe your idea 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 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 in your 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, 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 the 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.


    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.


    We provide full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. There is 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 fieldwork 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 afternoon 14:00 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.

    • Each 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 of your product!

    • The final demo event starts at 5:30 PM

    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+1 minute for questions).

    • We admit, that the development process is of the ultimate importance. But we still have a jury, to evaluate the results and choose the top projects.


    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


    1. What is Garage48 Empowering Youth?

    It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams, and build prototypes or sometimes full product/service over 48 hours.

    2. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone: teams and individuals. We are looking for Designers (Graphic, UI, UX), Project Managers, Marketers, Front-end Developers, Back-end Developers, Full stack Developers, and people who are into hacking and want to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!

    If you register for the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over.

    PS. If you come as a team, each team member still has to register individually.

    3. 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 favorite 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.

    4. 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 event

    before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions, and possibly develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    5. How long is the pitch?

    On Friday night there are 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from the audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    6. How are the ideas selected for the event?

    Afterward, 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 the proper team will have to join other teams.

    7. How big is an ideal team?

    In our experience, the 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, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and the max is 8 people.

    8. If I present an idea at the 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 the right time or the right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for making it happen!

    9. Are 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, or 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) those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!

    10. 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.

    11. Can I buy a domain and set up a 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 event.

    12. What happens to the developed products and services after the event?

    The project built during hackathon events 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.

    13. 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.

    14. What if I have registered for 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. This way we can give your spot to someone else.

    15. What are the criteria for the jury to select the winning team?

    The jury gives points between 1 to 10 and evaluates the following: people and team, business potential, product, presentation.


    ❗️Important to note that due to the COVID pandemic we will provide all the necessary security measures at the venue to let everyone feel comfortable and safe.



    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Sergiu Negara
    Board Member at Makers Moldova, Full Stack Developer


    Viorica Cerbusca
    Executive Director at Artcor
    Anna Babushkina
    Junior Project Manager at Garage48