Garage48 Future of Mobility

When 19-21 February, 2019

Where Riga, Latvia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Get Ready
  • Get connected! Hackathon on Smart Mobility and Sustainable Logistics

    There are more than 1.2 billion cars in the world, more than a hundred thousand flights per day are made, countless hours are spent commuting between home and work, making mobility a core component of life in the 21th century.

    However, opportunities come with challenges. National governments and companies have been increasingly focusing on so-called "smart mobility": developing solutions for faster and more convenient transportation that would reduce pollution and the time spent commuting, as well as improving the efficiency and sustainability of logistics.

    In order to find solutions to these challenges Garage48, the Embassy of the Netherlands, and Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) bring the Future of Mobility hackathon to Latvia! This hackathon will aim to create innovative ideas and robust solutions concerning the mobility of people and goods, and the sustainability of transportation and logistics. The hackathon will include mentors, jury members, and participants from the Netherlands bringing their expertise to this event.

    At the Future of Mobility hackathon, we encourage participants to focus on the following themes:
    1. Alternative Mobility,
    Tackling issues related to car-sharing, car-pooling, micro transit, ride-hailing, bike-sharing, cycling, walking, incentive schemes, community schemes, affordable transport, total cost of vehicle ownership, connection of suburban areas with city centre, indoor navigation in public transport stations, internet in public transport vehicles, facial recognition, dynamic use of dedicated lanes as positive motivation for participation in sharing economy, blockchain applications.
    2. Navigation and Innovative Use of Traffic Data,
    Including big data applications, advanced trip planning, taxi and GPS traffic data utilisation, innovative applications for public transport and drivers, real-time transport flow management, dynamic use of dedicated lanes.
    3. Mobility as a Service,
    Solving different challenges connected to increased congestion, growing public transport, CO2 reduction, growing pressure on space and infrastructure in urban areas.
    4. Smart Urban Logistics,
    Including optimal planning of warehouse locations, efficient utilisation of warehouse space and delivery infrastructure, alternative courier services, courier-sharing (uber of courier services), smart pick-up points, last-mile multiple-service integration, real-time monetization of returned goods.

    Participants can join with their own ideas, participate in a challenge offered by one of our partners, or join someone else's idea presented at the hackathon.
    More information on the challenges will be offered soon.

    Who can participate?
    • Front-end, Back-end and Mobile developers
    • Data scientists
    • Engineers
    • Experts in transportation/logistics/smart mobility
    • UX and UI designers
    • Business visionaries
    • Product managers
    • Marketers
    For updates, please follow the event on Facebook

    Our partners and sponsor have put out some challenges for you to solve during the hackathon. 
    Bureau Design Digitale Zaken (BDDZ) would kindly ask you to find out "How to disrupt fixed traveling patterns through Behavioral Science, using the power of code, data & tech?"

    ANWB asks you to think about "How to use MaaS (Mobility as a Service) to overcome 1) Increasing Congestion 2) Growing pressure on space, infrastructure in urban areas and economic centres 3) Growth of public transport 4) Co2 reduction (Paris Climate Agreement)"

    Riga City Council is challenging you to think of how to efficiently implement strategy of diversified working time and remote work (both, public and private sector), as well as diversification within studying schedules (schools, kindergartens) in order to reduce traffic flow inside and out of the city during rush hour.

    - Freeport of Riga would like to find smart solutions for autonomous boat traffic in river Daugava connecting the Riga city centre with Pārdaugava (other side of the river).

    -   Participation in 5GAA (5G Automotive Association) event for several team members together with representatives of LMT.

    - Three winning teams have the change to pitch on
    TechChill Superhero Stage - in front of hundreds of  investors, entrepreneurs, business people, just cool people etc.

    Accenture Latvia will award the most promising hackathon team with fast track to Accenture Innovation Accelerator! The prize will include technical & business development mentorship by our internal IoT, AI, smart city, blockchain and other experts, allowing the winning team to mature their devised protype and, if relevant, conduct real life testing within VEF innovation district.

    - We have tickets to North Star AI - Applied Machine Learning Conference for developers, technology leaders & data scientists on March 7, 2019 in Tallinn. Speakers include AI champions from Google DeepMind, Netflix, Spotify, Taxify, Nvidia, Microsoft, Amazon, Starship Technologies. 

    - There are also tickets to GreenEST Summit 2019, happening in October in  Tallinn. 

    - Also tickets to Latitude59 - Gathering for startups, investors and smart governance.

    - Swedbank is offering a space in their DoBe co-working area for three months! 

    ESPA Riga is giving some teams SPA tickets, Drifthalle some gift-cards, Ööloom some lovely sleeping masks for you to rest after the hackathon!

    To be continued... 
    Tuesday, 19th of February
    16:30 Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    17:00 Opening remarks
    17:30 Presentation of ideas
    19:00 Team formation
    20:00 Team work begins

    Wednesday, 20th of February
    09:00 Coffee and breakfast. Development continues.
    10:00 Checkpoint #1
    11:00 Mentors go around
    13:00 Lunch
    13:45 Development continues
    17:00 Pitch training (theory)
    18:00 Checkpoint #2. Development continues.
    19:00 Dinner

    Thursday, 21st of February

    08:00 Coffee and breakfast. Development continues.
    08:30 Checkpoint #3
    09:30 Pitch drill session #1
    10:30 Lunch
    12:00 Final event & LIVE stream
    14:00 Winners & Networking

    We'll start on Tuesday, February 19th at 16:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration and security 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 a 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
    • 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 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 Tuesday noon 12:00 PM, (February 19), to (Subject: Future of Mobility Hackathon).

    Consider 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? (30 sec)
    • Technical solution and 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, 12 to 18 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.


    After forming the teams, organisers will give a room/space for every team for the hackathon. 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 Wednesday and Thursday. 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 hackathon. 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!


    • Thursday afternoon 12:00 pm is the deadline. Either you have your prototype 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 in the finals - we want a live demo of your product!
    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+2 minute for questions).
    • We admit, that the development process is 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 to


    1. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone:  teams and individuals. We are looking for Designers, Project Managers, Marketers, Engineers, Front-end Developers, Back-end Developer, Full stack Developers, Data Scientists, Experts in Mobility and people who want to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!

    2. How the communication with the registered participants happen?

    We will send you an e-mail several days before the event with the information. Then you can count on the participation, get ready and come hack!

    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 Tuesday 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 to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 25-30 slots for ideas.

    5. How long is the pitch?

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

    6. How are the ideas selected for 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.

    7. 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, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and 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 right time or 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) to 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 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 winning team?

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



    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Ton van 't Noordende
    CEO & Founding Partner at 01Ventures
    Paul Swaak
    Project Manager at Talking Logistics, Founder at
    Kristjan Jansons
    CEO at MindTitan, ex-Project Manager for Autonomous Vehicles at Milrem 
    Gregor Abbas
    Manager CIO Office at ANWB
    Ingus Rukis
    Co-CEO at Mapon, Founder at Tachogram
    Kaspars Lakševics
    CMT Portfolio Lead at Accenture
    Lāsma Ivaska
    Project Manager & Urban economist at Accenture
    Māris Šmits
    Project Manager at Accenture
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network
    Matias Alvarez Capitaine
    Andrei Tarasevich
    Head of UX/Product Design in Aras Corp - PLM product company
    Anastasia Begun
    UI/UX Designer at Scandiweb


    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Aleksander Tali
    Project Manager at Garage48

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