Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017

When 17-19, February, 2017

Where Tartu, Estonia

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  • Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017 is a one of a kind hackathon bringing together the creative communities of electronics, mechatronics and software engineers, UI/UX and product designers, marketers and other professionals. The event will be held at the University of Tartu, Institute of Physics on February 17-19, 2017, marking its fourth year in helping teams to innovate and change our lives.

    This will be the hackathon of the year, where we expect people to work on crazy ideas with the aim to have fun while developing something cool and REAL - something you can hold in your hands. No matter what skills you possess - everybody who wants to build something is welcome! We want to engage people from different levels of experience: from students to experienced electronics engineers and start-up entrepreneurs.

    Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017 is organised in cooperation with the University of Tartu and the Estonian Academy of Arts.

    Garage48 has a flexible schedule. We have some key activities that needs to be planned ahead. Here is our tentative schedule, at least you know when to show up. :)

    Friday, 17th of February

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks 
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90" 
    19:30 - Refreshment Break 
    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90" 
    20:45 - Team formation 
    22:00 - Team work begins! 

    Saturday, 18th of February 

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    16:30 - Panel Discussion
    17.30 - Pitch drill introduction
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...
    19:00 - Dinner  
    20:00 - 22:00 Networking event
    22.00 Development continues

    Sunday, 19th of February

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues
    09:30 - Checkpoint #3
    10:00 - Pitch drill session for Hardware & Arts teams #1
    13:00 - Lunch
    15:00 - Pitch drill session for Hardware & Arts teams #2
    16:00 - CLEANING
    16:30 - Refreshment break
    18:00 - Finale. Pitching session.
    19:30 - Refreshment break and Jury takes the time to select winners
    20:00 - Award ceremony & networking
    21:00 - Buses leave for Tallinn

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

    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. We will have equipment and materials on site, but to be sure we recommend you to bring your own stuff as well. You never know when you need something yourself or if you could help out another team. Sharing is caring :)
    The fact is that, if you build something what really works on Sunday evening, then we will not ask the bits and pieces back - you don't have to break your prototype, the team can take the it home and continue working on it. This does not apply though for more expensive things - you can not take an oscilloscope with you or set of tweezers etc.

    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
    sleeping bag and towel (in case you registered for sleepover 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 (17.02), 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 16 to 18 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.


    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!


    #G48AH #G48TARTU

    The Mentors 

    Weronika Rochacka-Gagliardi
    Co-Founder & Design Strategist at DESIGN PROVISION
    Nithikul Nimkulrat
    Professor of Textile Design, Head of Department of Textile Design at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Marko Peterson
    Partner, Head of Engineering at Mobi Solutions, Co-Founder at 1oT
    Hardi Volmer
    Film Director, puppet theatre set decorator and musician
    Jaanus Kalde
    Co Founder at Crystalspace
    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Indrek Rebane
    CTO at Hedgehog Electronics Engineering
    Alvo Aabloo
    Professor at University of Tartu, Board member at NPO Robootika, Mentor at BuildIT
    Sten Allik
    PhD student, Department of Warfare, Finnish National Defence College
    Mihkel-Emil Mikk
    Industrial Designer at MI/KL Industrial Design Studio
    Mihkel Mäll
    Industrial Designer at MI/KL Industrial Design Studio
    Juris Klava
    Head of Product Development at Mass Portal
    Märt Jõesaar
    IoT Business Development at Elisa Eesti AS
    Valters Celmiņš
    Electronics Engineer at Mass Portal
    Daniels Voitovs
    3D printing Engineer at Mass Portal
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Krists Avots
    Director of Business Development @ Lattelecom
    Märten Peterson
    Architect and EKA 3DLab Assistant
    Tarvo Metspalu
    Co-Founder & Board Member at SPARK Makerlab
    Uku Püttsepp
    Co-Founder & Board Member at SPARK Makerlab, R&D engineer at Degritter
    Lauri Mihkels
    Specialist at DigiLab
    Teet Tilk
    Specialist of Electronics at University of Tartu
    Artur Abels
    Electronics Engineer, Teacher, Programmer at University of Tartu
    Renno Rehtla
    Mechatronics Engineer
    Leo Selavo
    Sr. Researcher at Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Professor at University of Latvia
    Pirjo Jha
     Senior Legal Counsel at VAIMO
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network


    Anu Piirisild
    Event Producer at GrIdEST
    Priit Salumaa
    Co-Founder at Mooncascade, Garage48 Foundation, and MobileMonday
    Alvo Aabloo
    University of Tartu Institute of Technology Professor of Polymeric Materials
    Indrek Rebane
    CTO @ Hedgehog Electronics Engineering
    Triin Liiv
    Social Media Marketing @ Garage48, Marketing Manager @ Lava Media
    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 
    Mariana Kukk
    Communication specialist at Institute of Technology University of Tartu
    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48

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