Garage48 Grodno 2016

When 25-27 November, 2016

Where Grodno, Belarus

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    Garage48 is back in Belarus and this time we are teaming up with our amazing alumni team and an awesome success story MSQRD to bring the 48-hour hackathon to Grodno!

    Garage48 takes place in the town of Grodno on 25-27 November @ High Tech Park Grodno. The event will be organised together with our great friends and partners from MSQRD, SPACE, State University of Grodno and High Tech Park Grodno. JOIN US for a exciting and creative weekend to work together with international talent, to build ideas into working prototypes and go home with great prizes!

    Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out new web and mobile applications and bring new startups into life. We expect around one hundred software developers, designers, marketers and visionaries. The event is opened for both, university students and already working specialists. We start on Friday with pitching ideas and forming teams with only one goal in mind - to have a working product by Sunday to present to the jury. All the teams will be supported by internationally experienced mentors throughout the event.

    Hackathon is a gathering of people with technical background (working professionals, students, enthusiasts) to form teams around a problem or idea and then try to solve the problem with an app or web service. If you have an idea, you can present it on stage on Friday. If you don't have an idea, you can join the ideas that are presented. You can come alone or with a team - everybody's welcome! The main idea is to form teams, work together, learn new technologies and try to build something great!

    Best teams will be awarded with amazing prizes and have a chance to find needed contacts of future co-founders, employees and/or investors from the Garage48 community.

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    FREE startup roadtrip for Baltic participants

    There is a free bus arranged en route Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius-Grodno and back plus free accommodation. 
    1. Fill in the registration form, after that you will receive a application to fill in + instructions to drop off your passport. We will arrange a group visa to everyone. 
    2. 25-seater comfy bus will leave Tallinn 24th Nov (at 4pm) stopping in Riga (ca 8pm) and Vilnius & arriving back 28th Nov early morning. 
    3. We are staying in Shemasko hotel . We have booked twin rooms with all needed comforts (bed linen and towels, wireless internet, toilet and shower etc). We’ll share the rooms in the bus.

    4. Group visa is arranged. You just need to fill in the application and drop off your passport. (More info when you register.)

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    Friday, 25th November
    18:15 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    19:00 - Opening remarks
    19:30 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    20:00 - Refreshment break
    20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    21:00 - Teamwork begins!

    Saturday, 26th November 
    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 & Pitch practice
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 27th November 
    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

    NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen 


    We'll start on Friday at 18:30 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 tab 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
    mattress, sleeping bag and towel (in case you plan 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. 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 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 necessary, like 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.

    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.

    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!

    The Mentors 

    Martin Grüner
    CTO, Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder at Aplefly Games
    Konstantin Zhilin
    CTO at and Magento Guru / LAMP full-stack Developer
    Fred Moritz
    UX/UI Designer at Imagine AD 
    Cesar Zeppini
    Design Lead at Veriff
    Oskars Gauks
    Business Dev at SorryAsAService; Events & Sponsors @ Garage48
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Andrew Tchircoff
    CTO at Aurum IT
    Jānis Peisenieks
    Software Engineering Manager atFullContact Inc.
    Alexey Spas
    CEO & Owner at *instinctools EE Labs; DITAworks
    Kirill Shashkov
    Lead of iOS Development at IntexSoft
    Eugen Shashkou
    Deputy Director at IntexSoft


    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 
    Daria Shabala
    IT Event/Project Manager @

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