Riga 2014 GameDev & Gamification

When 5-7 December, 2014

Where Riga, Latvia

  • Overview
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  •  According to Garage48 co-founder Priit Salumaa the previous Garage48 events in Riga have proved to be the most fun events ever. The energy, enthusiasm and skills are just the ones needed to build products that would make people happy all around the world. Moreover, Riga hosts a bunch of notable gaming startups and startups that attempt to gamify the uttermost serious services to make them user friendly. All of this makes a great ground to launch more and more of great gaming & gamified products! Continue reading to find out some more great reasons: The Experience, The Mentors & The Prizes
    All of this makes a great grounding to launch more and more of great gaming & gamified products!

    The Experience

    Garage48 events are all about experience, to give you opportunity to meet new people, exchange ideas, build together, learn new stuff. It is a great place to test your idea, by seeing if you can pitch it good enough to get a team and then build a prototype to test it with potential users. Its an equally great place to gain experience, learn new technologies by doing and of course have some fun! 

    A bunch of notable gaming companies are operating from Riga, including InnowateAmber Games and more. Some Riga-based startups attempt to gamify the uttermost serious services to make them user-friendly; for example, BranchTrack is turning customer engagement training into a virtual role-play.


    We expect about 100 people with a full commitment to participate the challenging 48 hour weekend program building new web and mobile applications. We are looking for various skill-sets and roles:

    • Graphic Designers - mavericks creating visual identity and user interfaces; some of them can do front-end as well, but it's not must.
    • Back-End/ Mobile Developers - planning technical architecture, writing functional code and testing the outcome, some can built apps for mobile platforms.
    • Web/ Frond-End Developers - HTML/CSS/AJAX/JS wizards making the design work smoothly in all web browsers.
    • Marketers - evangelists and sales wizards making the products fly and reach the audience.
    • Visionary / Project Manager - people with ability to start new business ideas, run teams and deliver; have good understanding about "the big picture". 
    For Marketers & Team leaders there is a pre-registration; as there is usually big interest
    • Ticket: 20 EUR - covers all food, snacks and drinks during the event!
    Discounted ticket 10 EUR  for people younger than 23 years. Don't cheat!
    NB! Before you choose a role, insert Promotion Code "LessThan23" below the registration form. 
    • Free entry for audience at Sunday Demo Night, 7th of December at 5:30pm.
    We are expecting people from neighboring countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Finland etc).
    • There is a possibility to overnight at SSERiga - bring your own sleeping bag and a thin mattress.
    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, 5th of December
    • 17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks
    • 18:15 - Opening remarks
    • 18:45 - Pitching ideas in 90"
    • 19:45 - Coffee Break
    • 20:00 - Pitching ideas in 90"
    • 21:00 - Team formation
    • 22:00 - Team work begins!
    Saturday, 6th of December
    • 09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast.  Development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    • 11:00 - Mentors go around
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 16:00 - Start-up storytelling presentation
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 20:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...
    Sunday, 7th of December
    • 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.   


    The Mentors 

    Ingus Rukis
    Co-CEO at Mapon, Founder at Tachogram
    Martin Grüner
    CTO, Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder at Aplefly Games
    Aigars Macins
    Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
    Dmitry Burbo
    Product Analyst and Partner at RUBYLIGHT
    Aiga Skubina
    Art Director at RUBYLIGHT
    Andrey Ivashin
    Internet Entrepreneur, Investor and Technical Advisor
    Christopher Hamilton
    Producer at Rovio Entertainment Ltd.


    Krists Avosts
    Garage48 events & sponsors
    Oskars Gauks
    Garage48 events & sponsors
    Karlis Zenne
    Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Support Centre at SSE Riga; Manager at MAMMU
    Andris Zieds
    Assistant Producer at McCann Live

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