Garage48 Cyber Security

When 20-22 April, 2018

Where Tallinn Estonia

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  • Technological advancements have flattened the world and brought people from across the globe together via the ever-growing cyberspace.  Industry experts predict there will be 6 billion internet users by 2022 (75 percent of the projected world population of 8 billion). Cybercriminals smell blood now, not silicon:)

    This rising tide of cybercrime has pushed cybersecurity spending to more than €69.7 billion in 2017. That doesn't include an accounting of internet of things (IoT), automotive/drone security, and other cybersecurity categories.  We have to fight against this incoming tide.

    It is hard to believe that people used to keep their money under their mattresses.  Common illnesses that are now easily treated used to take lives of millions. Modern advancements have solved these problems but opened the door for cybercrime.  Two of the top targets of cyber attacks involve the healthcare and financial sectors. We are all vulnerable and need to work together to find smarter ways to fight these threats!

    Please join us for the Garage48  Cyber Security Hackathon from 20-22 of April @TTÜ IT College!

    The main aim of the  Garage48 Cyber Security hackathon is to find solutions to some of these recurring problems or come up with completely fresh approaches which would take the cybersecurity to the next level!

    Through intense brainstorming, different expertise and top-notch mentors, a lot can be done in a weekend. What might be a daunting task alone, can be easily done together!

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR: data specialist,  non-technical cybersecurity or data protection professionals, UI/UX designers, front-end developers, back-end developers, electronics engineers, mechanics engineers, marketers, visionaries, experts, marketing gurus and passionate project managers!

    Join us for this weekend-long intensive development event where we will develop working prototypes in 48 hours! Prepare yourself for 48 hours full of hacking, coding, designing, building, selling and thinking BIG! If you’re ready to create something crazy and innovative, then this is the event for you!

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    PRE EVENT, registration is a must!

    17th of April in LIFT99, Tallinn, ESTONIA

    The event is brought together by Startup Estonia and British Embassy.


    Friday, 20th of April

    17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks

    18:15 - Opening remarks

    18:45 - Presentation of ideas  

    20:00 - Team formation

    21:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 21st of April

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentors go around

    13:00 - Lunch

    13:45 - Product development

    17:00 Pitch training (theory)

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2

    19:00 - Dinner

    19:45 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 22nd of April

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #3

    11:00 - Pitch drill #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    14:00 - Pitch drill #2 with demo

    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks

    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream

    20:00 - Winners & networking

    We'll start on Friday 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. 

    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 registered for sleepover at the venue)
    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. You should send the slide by Friday noon, at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).


    • Describe briefly your 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 if 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 for the team? (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!


    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 10 to 14 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.


    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 and drinks. We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.

    Mentors. We have arranged 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.

    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.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!



    The Mentors 

    Kieren Lovell
    Head of CERT (TalTech) & Incident Response Lecturer (Defence Academy of the UK)
    Oliver Sild
    Founder and CEO at Patchstack
    Andrus Padar
    Head of Technology Department of Estonian Information System Authority and Volunteer of Estonian Cyber Defence League
    David Chan
    CEO at Cyber startup, EiR at CyLon
    Hans Metsoja
    Security engineer 
    Kirils Solovjovs
    IT security expert and lead researcher at Possible Security
    Calum Cameron
    CEO of DP Innovation Labs and Edasi Labs
    Rehman Zafar
    Co-founder at Verimuchme
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Karen Burns
    Consulting Director - Cybersecurity at CGI
    Peeter Marvet
    Chief Poltergeist Officer at


    Renita Nõgu
    Intern at Garage48
    Operation Specialist at TransferWise
    Kelli Rimmeld
    Volunteer @Garage48
    Ucha Vekua
    Event Producer, Volunteer Coordinator @Garage48
    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48

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