Garage48 SpaceTech: Integrated Applications

When 3-5 November, 2017

Where Tartu, Estonia

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  • The European Space Week will be THE event for European Space in 2017 fostering interactions between the space and the digital community. For the second year in a row Garage48 will kick off the week-long event by organizing a hackathon , this year with amazing partners on board

    we welcome you to

    Garage48 SpaceTech: Integrated Applications hackathon

    The event is a one-of-a-kind gathering of engineers, developers, designers, scientists and experts eager to explore the possibilities of space technology and to brainstorm ideas on how to apply them here, on Earth. We are excited to present our amazing line-up of partners leading the ten hackathon streams:

    ESA (European Space Agency)

    Isn’t the European Space Agency a bunch of astronauts and rocket scientists? What does ESA have to do with hackathons and building services? A lot! From space, our planet’s atmosphere, land, and water can be monitored for multiple application fields. ESA is responsible for the satellites of the European Copernicus programme which is doing exactly that. And ESA is also very interested in making Earth Observation data more and more popular, also for those who have not yet discovered their usefulness for enriching apps and services. It’s a chance to make the resulting information accessible to a broad audience and create value in the process!  

    Technology available: ESA will provide an API that will contain access to Earth Observation data, in particular to those from the Copernicus programme. The geographical area to be used is the Baltic States and the surrounding waterways.

    GSA (European GNSS Agency)

    When was the last time you used a satellite? Likely, not more than 5 minutes ago. Positioning is a core asset of our lives and society as we know it. Yet, because space technology is somehow remote, we tend to forget what enables us to position ourselves, our means of transport or any other asset we may want to track: satellite navigations systems such as GPS, Galileo or Glonass.

    Galileo - the European Global Navigation Satellite System  - is now operational and is delivering live services to the Geo-IoT community.

    This year GSA is joining Garage48 SpaceTech, looking for pioneers and passionate coders who want to shape the future of Location-Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT, and discover how Galileo satellites can help transform ideas into reality!

    Join the hackathon, showcase your skills, connect with the Geo-IoT app-dev community, gain a competitive advantage for your future projects and win great prizes for you and your team.

    Technology available: Galileo enabled hardware with GNSS raw measurements to play with.


    The evolution of small satellites has made space technology more accessible to the private sector and entrepreneurs. Advances in the miniaturization of electronic components and breakthroughs in space technology have enabled small satellites (10x10x10cm and multiples of) to perform a wide variety of operations with ever increasing efficiency and ease. Small satellite missions range from, but are not limited to: earth observation, telecommunications, demonstrating new spacecraft technologies and even asteroid mining.

    ESTCube is the team behind the first Estonian satellite launched to space in 2013. At the hackathon, they would be responsible for helping you integrate the hardware components into your ideas. The technical mentors will be helping out with all IoT solutions, extra points if you choose to integrate with other satellite data streams.

    Technology available: ESTCube will be responsible for all the hardware equipment at the event. 

    There are 3 different Laboratories you can use in Physicum. 1) with white board and computers, 2) for electronics and 3) for mechanics.

    Laboratories are equipped with basic lab tools.

    Electronics lab includes soldering tools, multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope and signal generator.In electronics lab we shall also have Rasbperry evaluation boards for programming.The mechanics lab include drill press, one lathe and CNC for wood and plastic.

    We will also have the option for on demand 3D printing with supervision. So, please let us know if your idea requires the need for 3D printing!

    All other necessary materials will be ordered before the event as needed by your needs! So, please let us know as soon as possible your idea and what would you need.

    If you do not know what you need but you have an idea, ESTCube team can help you to understand what you will need! Write to!

    The hackathon challenge:

    Come up with exciting ideas

    use different elements from different streams to 

    create integrated solutions and meet like-minded people

    to explore and learn about the possibilities of space technology.

    4 main themes: 

    Galileo data, 

    Copernicus data, 


    social media  

    10 focus domains:

    1.       Games (Galileo, Copernicus, social media)

    2.       Agriculture (Galileo, Copernicus, hardware)

    3.       Security (Galileo, Copernicus)

     a.       Boarder protection

     b.      Crisis management

    4.       IoT applications (Galileo, hardware, social media)

     a.       Smart cities

     b.      Industry4.0

    5.       Public services / e-Governance (Copernicus, Galileo, social media)  by CGI Eesti 

    6.       Transport

     a.       Aviation

     b.      Maritime

     c.       Rail

     d.      Road

    7.       Environmental Protection

    8.       Lifestyle

     a.       Tourism,

     b.      Health;

    9.       Mapping; Surveying

    10.   Other topics out of the box


    Innovation, creativity

    Is the application integrating different elements from different hackathon streams to create an original application/product? Is the application making use of space technology and data?

    Progress and potential of the team

    Has the project advanced significantly during the 48 hours? How well did the team work together? Is the team ready to take on the challenge?

    Product and business potential

    Is the demonstrated part polished, visually appealing, easy and enjoyable to use? Is there a potential market demand/customer base?


    Is the solution completed or could be feasibly completed? Does the final presentation make clear of what has been built and what is the future vision?

    Why join?

    1. Learn about the European flagship space programs Galileo and Copernicus, get access and learn about the data available and put it in use immediately.

    2. Engage with like-minded people, work with expert mentors who are working hands-on in the European space field.

    3. Come up with new and exciting software and hardware solutions with a clear benefit to the end-user

    4. Win appealing and exciting prizes

    5. Have FUN - every hackathon is chance to make new friends while building something exciting!

    Pre-event Webinar

    Prepare and get inspired for the hackathon with the pre-event webinar on October the 18th. 
    The webinar will include: short intro to Garage48 & detailed description of the technology ESA and GSA are bringing to the hack. They will also announce their special prizes! 
    Of course, all participants can ask questions. 

    Apply for a travel grant 

    We hope that all the really motivated participants can join us for this amazing weekend! We want to find you and help you out. So if you live and breath space tech, then you can apply for a travel grant for joining the hack. The applications have been closed. 


    Join the Facebook event and get updates:

    Ready to innovate? Register here:

    Any questions? Write to us at

    Friday, 3rd of Nov

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

    18:15 - Opening remarks

    18:45 - Presentation of ideas (90 seconds)

    19:45 - Coffee Break

    20:00 - Presentation of ideas continues

    21:00 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 4th of Nov

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentors go around

    13:00 - Lunch
    16:00 - Inspiring panel discussion w/ our partners

    17:30 - Pitch training

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2.

    19:00 - Dinner

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, 5th of Nov

    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 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.

    Please register choosing the one role you feel most comfortable with. If you register with an idea you will gather a team on the spot or if you register without one, it is okay too, you will just join someone else’s team after pitching.


    Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development. We will have equipment and materials on site, let us know in the registration form what you need.

    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

    mattress, sleeping bag and towel (in case you want to sleep over 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 on Friday night. 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).

    Consider following key points:

    • 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)

    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 favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually ca 15 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 necessary like engineers, designer, a project manager (team lead/visionary) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours!

    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.


    The venue is opened 24/7. We will have separate sleeping areas, so please bring your mattress + sleeping bag if you'd like to stay there. There are showers and also a sauna on Saturday night. Catering and snacks/drinks/refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

    MOST IMPORTANT - be open, get to know new people, share your ideas & HAVE FUN!



    The Mentors 

    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Alvo Aabloo
    Professor at University of Tartu, Board member at NPO Robootika, Mentor at BuildIT
    Priit Anton
    Program Manager at Guardtime
    Tõnis Eerme
    Owner at Invent Baltics OÜ
    Kaupo Voormansik
    Head of Remote Sensing Department @ Tartu Observatory, System Engineer @ ESTCube-1
    Jaan Praks
    Doctor of Science (Technology), Space technology and remote sensing at Aalto University
    Pekka Janhunen
    Research Manager at Finnish Meteorological Institute
    Justyna Redelkiewicz
    Head of Sector LBS and IOT at European GNSS Agency (GSA)
    Moisés Navarro Gallardo
    Navigation User Receiver Testing Engineer at Airbus DS GmbH
    Richard Süselbeck
    Principal Developer Evangelist at HERE Technologies
    Valentijn Venus
    Researcher at ITC, founder at Ujuizi Laboratories, founder at RAMANI, founder at FoodBank Arnhem
    Firman Wahyudi
    CTO at UJUIZI Holding B.V., Co-founder at RAMANI B.V. & Ujuizi Laboratories, Technology provider & Coach at ESA Space App Camps
    Hendrik Ehrpais
    CTO at Estonian student satellite foundation (ESTCube)
    Erik Ilbis
    System Engineer at EstCube
    Indrek Sünter
    Junior Research Fellow at Tartu Observatory, EstCube
    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Veli-Johan Veromann
    Designer and UX/UI Guru
    Henri Kuuste
    Systems architect at Milrem Robotics, IT industry veteran, system engineering adviser at ESTCube-2, supervisory board member at Estonian Student Satellite Foundation 
    Martin Jüssi
    Director Consulting Services, Earth observation at CGI
    Krzysztof Kanawka
    Technical Manager at Space3ac
    Martin Sunkevic
    Market Development Innovation Officer at European GNSS Agency
    Cristina Comunian
    Communications Strategist for Innovation at European GNSS Agency 
    Paolo Crosta
    Radio Navigation System Engineer at European Space Agency
    Lukasz Bonenberg
    Senior Experimental Officer at the University of Nottingham
    Gerwin Bosch
    Mobile (Android) and Geo-semantics engineer at RAMANI B.V., Coach at ESA Space App Camps
    Vladimir Ignatenko
    Research Engineer at ICEYE 


    Natalie Mets
    Project Ninja at Garage48 
    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 

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