Garage48 Cyber Security 2020


When 23-25 October, 2020

Where Online

  • Overview
  • Agenda

    Garage48 and Startup Estonia together with the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Tartu invite you to join us digitally on the 23rd to 25th of October for the Cyber Security Online Hackathon 2020!

    Being one of the most digitally developed countries in the world and the most advanced cybersecurity country in Europe, Estonia has emerged as a true leader in the field, mastering the expertise in the research, development, and management of cybersecurity solutions.

    Our real-life and digital life overlap - and this can be felt both at the national level and in our personal lives. On a daily basis, our governmental organizations and startups set up new information systems and digital services, run and host high scale cyber projects, and fight cybercrimeInformation warfare affects every single one of us and is one of the biggest challenges democracies face today. Trusted and truthful information is the blood flow of democracy as informed citizens' decisions depend on it. At the same time, adversarial nations and organizations conduct disinformation campaigns and information operations to influence the information and decisions citizens take. Cyber hygiene is seen as the cornerstone of cybersecurity and is being taught even to our grandparents. With the constant rise of different social media platforms, cyberbullying has increased over the years and every year more and more children and young people report about being cyberbullied. 98% of Estonians possess an ID card and use it regularly to securely identify themselves and utilize e-services. 

    The main aim of the Cyber Security Online Hackathon 2020 is to showcase and strengthen the Estonian image as a strong, bold, and connected cybersecurity country. With this online hackathon, we want to grow, nourish, and expand the cybersecurity community and contribute to the formation of new cybersecurity startups here in Estonia.

    Help us to achieve that and join us for this online development event wherein 48 hours working prototypes will be developed through intense brainstorming and with the support of top-notch mentors and experts. Only ready-made teams with an idea will be eligible for the hackathon.


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

    • UX/UI designers and product designers;

    • Data specialists, data protection professionals;

    • Cybersecurity experts and enthusiasts;

    • Business developers and visionaries;

    • Marketing gurus;

    • Project managers and team leads.


    The pipeline of the activities is divided into the following timeline:

    • 19 August - 15 September - Registration 
    • 15 September - 4 October - Idea submission
    • 5 October - Announcing the ideas that made it to the online hackathon
    • 6 October - 18 October - Team formation and matchmaking
    • 19 October - Announcing the teams that made it to the online hackathon
    • 23 - 25 October - Online hackathon 

    JOIN the Facebook event for more info and updates on mentors and prizes:

    Our society is blessed with an abundance of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. We can use the best of this to maintain and create a sustainable and resilient future for the cybersecurity industry. If we take action together, we can do what is needed.

    Friday, 23/10
    15:00 Opening of the event: opening words, introduction to the event, format, mentors
    16:00 Teams start working
    18:00 Checkpoint #1
    20:00 - 21:30 Mentoring rounds

    Saturday, 24/10
    10:00 Checkpoint #2
    12:00 - 14:00 Mentoring rounds
    15:00 Demo tips and tricks - FB LIVE
    18:00 Checkpoint #3
    20:00 - 21:30 Mentoring rounds

    Sunday, 25/10
    10:00 Deadline to upload the demo of the prototype
    15:30 Finals - showcasing the top demos
    17:30 - 18:30 Jury decides
    19:00 Announcing the winners

    For inspiration, we have gathered a list of topics that can help you to think in the right direction: 

    • Website security
    • Cyber hygiene
    • e-Identity
    • Cyber defense
    • Cyberbullying
    • Cloud security
    • Passwordless verification
    • Device security
    • Disinformation detection
    • Data protection
    • Information warfare

    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Alexander Nolte
    Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Institute of Computer Science of University of Tartu
    Alo Peets
     Junior lecturer of distributed systems at the Institute of Computer Science of University of Tartu
    Egita Polanska
    Programs and Partnerships at Startup Wise Guys
    Triin Mahlakõiv
    Lead Generation and Marketing Manager EMEA at RangeForce
    Joseph Carson
    Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic
    Farid Singh
    Managing Director at CyberNorth SWG
    Oliver Sild
    Founder and CEO at WebARX
    Johannes Tammekänd
    CEO and Co-Founder of Sentinel
    Madis Vaikmaa
    Strategic Communications / European External Action Service at EUvsDisinfo
    Christopher Kerr
    Cyber Security Expert at RangeForce
    Siim Teller
    Managing Partner at Lemonade Stand 


    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Marily Hendrikson
    Cyber Defence Project Lead at Startup Estonia
    Darja Dovbõš
    Media relations / Volunteer at Garage48
    Helena Eglit
    Volunteer at Garage48