Garage48 Visual Hackathon

When 8-10 June, 2018

Where Minsk, Belarus

  • Overview
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  • Visualization through visual imagery has been an effective way to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas since the dawn of humanity. The last decade with the arrival of advanced technologies have brought the whole concept of visualization to another level. These new technologies already have and will continue to transform how we learn, work and spend our free time. We at Garage48 always try get a hang of new trends in technology and this is the reason we have teamed up with SPACE, AR Squad, MSQRD and Facebook to organize the Garage48 Visual Hackathon.

    We invite you to join us and spend the weekend in the world of computer graphics, storytelling, design, visual communication, 3D visualizations, VR Games, AR Experiences, visual effects for video and visual products in general. The Visual Hackathon will be an event you'll enjoy!

    The main goals of this hackathon are focusing on graphics and visual communication, understanding what can visual technology actually offer in the physical world beyond games and entertainment and have a lot of fun.

    We invite designers, developers, makers, AR/VR enthusiasts, artists, experts, creative minds, engineers, marketers and business brains to join forces, experiment and innovate.
    Let's explore the limits of visual communication together.

    If you already have an idea how to involve visual technology in interaction, product development, manufacturing, logistics, marketing and sales, human resources or any other field then upload your slides here. If you don't have an idea but you're still interested in the subject then don't hesitate and join us with your skillset.

    As we wish to get all the greatest minds together from all around the country we'll reimburse the costs for the trip (not accommodation). If you're interested in hopping on the bus to Minsk and back fill the registration form here: 
    Sleeping is possible at SPACE event space, but you should bring your own sleeping mat and -bag.

    Join the event on Facebook for updates about mentors and prizes
    Register to the event on, a ticket costs 10 BYN to guarantee your participation, 50% discount for students applies (you’ll be asked to show your student ID at the reception). 
    For those who come to listen to pitches only the entrance is free.
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    Friday, June 8
    17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:15 - Opening remarks
    18:45 - Presentation of ideas
    19:45 - Coffee Break
    20:00 - Presentation of ideas continues
    21:00 - Team formation
    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, June 9
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues
    19:00 - Dinner

    Sunday, June 10
    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, June 8 at 17:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration 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 and sleeping bag (in case you would like to stay overnight)
    - 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 upload the slide by Friday noon 12:00 PM (June 8), to Google Drive

    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? Target user count and description (30 sec)
    - Technical solution and 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 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 favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 14 to 20 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 10 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 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/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 Saturday and Sunday. 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 weekend. Some of them have great fieldworkexperience, 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!

    The Mentors 

    Andreas Roosson
    Graphic Designer at Hmmm Creative Studio
    Christer Loob
    CEO and Co-founder at Operose OÜ
    Alexandr Chekan
    Venture Partner at Haxus
    Andrew Yanchurevich
    CEO and Co-Founder at AR Squad
    Eugene Nevgen
    Project Manager at Facebook Messenger; CEO & Co-Founder of MSQRD
    Yury Kartynnik
    R&D Engineer at AIMatter
    Dmitry Koltsov
    Founder and CEO at VOIR Inc
    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Peeter Nieler
    Founder at Criffin & Co-founder @ Virtual Neuroscience Lab
    Eva-Maria Kangro
    Co-founder and Partner at Interim Gene 
    Matt Hanson
    Art Director at Facebook Messenger
    Dmitry Kurilo
    Engineering at Facebook London. MSQRD.
    Dzmitry Doryn
    3D artist, Co-Founder of AR Squad
    Ilia Kazantsev
    Chief executive officer at Sticker.Place
    Andrei Nikiforov
    Co-Founder at Sticker.Place
    Roman Gromov
    Head of Belarusian office at Play2Live
    Misha Sokolov
    CEO at OneTwoTrip, Сo-founder at MNFST, Board Member at Wheely, Doc+, Modulbank


    Natalie Mets
    Project Ninja at Garage48 
    Daria Shabala
    IT Event/Project Manager @
    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Valeriya Zaitseva
     IT Event Project Manager @

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