VUNK Garage48 Hackathon 2016

When 9-11 September, 2016

Where Tallinn, Estonia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
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  • Join us for a weekend of hacking the telecom industry. Build your idea into a working prototype and get inspired. Winners get to the next phase!

    This year we are looking for teams who can disrupt the world of INTERNET OF THINGS, E-COMMERCE & DIGITALIZATION 

    During the 48 hours teams consisting of programmers, designers, marketers, visionary entrepreneurs, project managers and other cool people will develop creative ideas to working prototypes. The applications and services that will be created should bring a fresh and innovative way of thinking to the sector chosen by you. We will have exciting prizes, international mentors, good food and everything you need to help you give your best during the weekend. This is your time to go big or stay home!

    Read more about the VUNK program:

    We are organizing 4 pre-events to inspire you in the mobile field, give you more insights & guidelines about the hackathon and to help you to get prepared:
    * 26th May 18:00 "Kick-off event" @ Garage48 HUB (Rävala pst. 7, Tallinn)
    * 9th June 18:00 "Idea Garage event #1" @ Garage48 HUB (Rävala pst. 7, Tallinn)
    * 24th August 18:00 "Idea Garage event #2" @ Testlio HQ  (Telliskivi 60, Tallinn)
    * 31st August 18:00 "Idea Garage event #3" TARTU @ SPARKDemo (Narva mnt. 3, Tartu)
    * 7th September 18:00 "Pre-Hack event" @ Testlio HQ  (Telliskivi 60, Tallinn)

    VUNK startup labs is an entry-point for innovative B2B and B2C startups in the region seeking to partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market.
    Whether you’re an early-stage startup, an entrepreneur with an idea, or a startup ready to scale-up, join us for the 2016 program!
    VUNK is powered by Telia and is partners with Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys.
    Friday, 9th September
    • 17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    • 18:15 - Opening remarks by Dan Strömberg, CEO @ Telia
    • 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, 10th September 
    • 09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast.  Development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    • 11:00 - Mentors go around
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 16:00 - Inspirational start-up story
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 19:45 - Product development...
    • 20:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    Sunday, 11th September
    • 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. Opening remarks by Holger Haljand, Head of New Business @ Telia , Co-Founder @ VUNK
    • 20:00 - Winners & networking

    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.

    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, 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 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!

    See the final presentations LIVE Stream starting from 11th September 17:30 pm on:


    The Mentors 

    Ragnar Sass
    Founder and CEO at Salto Network, Co-founder at Pipedrive, Founder at Lift99
    Calum Cameron
    CEO of DP Innovation Labs and Edasi Labs
    Holger Haljand
    VP International Operations & New Business Areas @Eesti Telekom Ltd
    Viktoria Ruubel
    Co-Founder & Advisor at VUNK Labs
    Toomas Kärner
    Business Manager at Elion Enterprises Ltd
    Henri-Paul Ariste
    Department Manager at Telia Estonia
    Martin Rand
    EU Commercial Lead at The Climate Corporation
    Ivo Kukavica
    Innovation Catalyst at Telia Company
    Elise Sass
    Advisor at Garage48
    Tiiv Püvi
    Brand Manager at Telia
    Lauris Muzikan
    Business Innovation Coach @ Telia Company
    Ivo Remmelg
    Venture Partner at Superhero Capital, Board Member at EstBAN, and


    Maarika Truu
    Host & mentor at Garage48, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Co-Founder / Marketing Hacker @ Vunk Labs
    PR & marketing manager @ Music Estonia
    Co-founder & Business Catalyst @ VUNK labs

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