Garage48 Tech for Agriculture

When 8- 10 June, 2018

Where Tallinn, Estonia

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  • Agriculture is at an interesting spot at the moment.  With loads of exciting things happening at the agritech scene, ranging from biotech startups, inventing new super-power crops, to hardware companies, fighting against the drought or to startups working on data-based solutions- they all face  similar challenges. With 70% of water already used and the land available for agriculture limited, it’s quite clear that the only solution is producing more crop on the limited acres. At the end of the day we have to do more with less  and the only way to do it is with technology.

    Garage48,The Netherlands Embassy in Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs and Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality  have joined the forces to bring some fresh new solutions into the field of agriculture!

    Let’s make agriculture smart TOGETHER!

    TECH FOR AGRICULTURE is a data-focused hackathon, which aim is to gather fresh and innovative ideas and create new co-operation opportunities in the field of agriculture between The Netherlands and Estonia.

    We are going to prepare you loads of relevant open data among with challenges that tackle  
    real life problems!

    Come play at the interesting field  of data or bring your own ideas on how agriculture could benefit from tech!

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR: farmers, engineers,  data scrapers, data scientists, data- visualizers,  back-end developers, front-end developers, UI/UX designers, business visionaries and marketing specialists!

    Warm meals three times a day, snacks and drinks to keep you going, fast wifi- everything is available at the SpringHub- just make sure to sign up SOON, because the tickets are selling out FAST.


    Check the data-sets ready for the hackathon:

    For the updates, please, follow the FB event: all information about the available datasets, your daily dose of agtech inspiration, mentors introduction and many more!

    Friday, 8th of June

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

    18:15 - Introduction to the hackathon,  Garage48 Liis Narusk
    18:20 - Opening remarks,  Karen van Stegeren Ambassador  of the Netherlands in Estonia
    18:25 - Opening remarks, Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development
    18:30 - Inspirational speech, Martin Rand, EU Commercial Lead at The Climate Corporation, co-Founder at Vitalfields, ex-Skyper

    18:45 - Presentation of ideas  

    20:00 - Team formation

    21:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 9th of June

    08:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    09:00 - Checkpoint #1- whole team please show up

    10:00 - Mentors go around

    13:00 - Lunch

    13:45 - Product development

    16:00 Pitch training 

    17:00 - Checkpoint #2

    19:00 - Dinner

    19:45 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 10th of June

    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 product demonstration

    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks

    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream

    20:00 - Winners & Networking &  Cake!

    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
    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!


    Check the data-sets ready for the hackathon:



    The Mentors 

    Liis Narusk
    Co-Founder / CEO at ELEVATE by Garage48
    Peeter Marvet
    Chief Poltergeist Officer at
    Vahur Singa
    Founder and  CEO of Doping Digital Agency
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Sicco Pier van Gosliga
    Founding Member, Director of Data Science at Connecterra BV
    Karel Kuningas
    CEO and Founder atTerake
    Helmert Werkman
    Professional in Digital Agritech
    Frans Lips
    Policy Officer Geo-Information at Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Environment & Food Quality
    Martin Rand
    EU Commercial Lead at The Climate Corporation
    Inge La Rivière
    Software engineer / researcher at Wageningen Environmental Research
    Kristjan-Julius Laak
    Product Owner at eAgronom
    Johan Jansen
    Founder at Special Plant Zundert, at TEABYME
    Mark van de Pol
    Program Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Jheronimus Academy of Data Science
    Katri-Liis Reimann
    Associate professor at TLU, social entrepreneur, management consultant
    John C. Sullivan
    Founder and President at Resmantra OU


    Polina Shevchenko
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Marina Kilter
    Intern at Garage48
    Margot Roose
    Regional Business Development, Baltics & Finland @The Netherlands Embassy in Estonia
    Operation Specialist at TransferWise

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