For the third timeGarage48 took place in Minsk, Belarus on 4th to 6th of April. A fun crowd from Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania came together and pitched 22 ideas; the best 12 were turned into working prototypes. The participants were blessed with a sunny weather and great mood for whole of the weekend. After tough discussions the jury just couldn't choose just one winner, so for the first time in Garage48 history the jury announcedto two winners so check out what the projects were about:
After the final demos a tough discussion (and we really mean it!) dragged on in jury room with no-near ending until for the first time in history of Garage48 the jury voted on a tie! One of the most experienced Garage48 participants-now-turned-mentor Martin Gruner pointed out: "one the teams had one of the best executions in my 12-time Garage48 experience; while the other one had a solid prototype and a compelling business case".
So both AmFree, an app to meet your friends spontaneously and ReCalorie - an automatic calories counter were announced as winners and will have a chance to attend Esonian ITC week and pitch their ideas in Latitude59 confernce. In addition MyMarx - an browser add-on to complete your CRM system - received recognition as the runner-up and FingerFolk app received the Microsoft Special Prize after presenting with a live local folk dance. Here are all the top teams:
AmFree is all about making spontaneous plans and going out with your friends. Selected friends will see you are free to go out with them and vice-versa. Team: Constantine Yurevich (Developer), Alex Yakovlev (Design). Web: http://getamfree.com
WINNER & ARCTIC15 SPECIAL PRIZE
Having problems with filling-in your diary for calories? Recalorie counts your calories for you. Just take a picture of your food and the application will automatically recognize the calories in it.Team: Eugene Nevgen (Design/front end), Maksim Kamenkov (Back end), Andrey Adamovich (Mobile front/back end), Boris Bolokhonov (Marketer).
Using MyMarx you will never loose your bookmarks again and you find all necessary information easily. Bookmarks is like your personal Google. Team: Dmitry Kaigorodov (Teamlead), Vasili Shinkorenko (Marketing), Peter Katsko (Business), Egor Bukraba (Front end), Alex Tarasenko (Marketing), Aleksandr Oreshkevich (Trainee) Download it in Chrome store!
Let's fingerfolk the world! Fingerfolking is the new black! Compete and be the best in a two-fingered touchscreen dance! Team: Erik Ehasoo (Teamlead), Reigo Kimmel (Marketing), Kristo Peterson (Marketing), Rain Juhkam (Disain), Fred Moritz (Disain), Rauno Vilberg (Developer), Tatiana Btukhan (Folkspecialist), Cristo Pajust (Business Consultant).
IMAGURU SPECIAL PRIZE
Get to know and see the personal profiles of the anonymous visitors and commentators on your homepage. Team: Alexey Ustyantsev (Back end), Dmitri Pluschaev (Back end), Aleksandr Tatulchenkov (Back end), Ronalds Sovas (Back end), Gints Turlajs (Visionary).
MENTORS AND JURY
Jaanus Sakkis, Priit Salumaa, Ragnar Sass, Martin Grüner, Nastia Khamiankova, Yuri Ziser
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
Garage48 Minsk 2014event was organized by Garage48 Foundation with invaluable help of Bel.Biz and IMAGURU hub team. Huge thanks for our supporters who helped to make it happen: