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  • Empowering Women - Estonia 100 Edition

    Women rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women are important priorities for all of us. Today we’re happy to see that there are more and more strong Estonian female leaders emerging in all fields from politics and tech to education and beyond. In recent years, many successful female founders have become to running outstanding start-ups in Estonia and contributing to changing the world. We are proud, but not settled. As we are determined to see this trend grow worldwide, Estonia 100, Archimedes Foundation and Garage48 are calling together this hackathon on EMPOWERING WOMEN! It is about time to get out your megaphone, ladies!

    On November 2-4, 2018 Garage48 and Archimedes Foundation are coming to Lviv for an Estonia 100 edition hackathon to encourage more women to take the entrepreneurial path!

    Why do women need to step up?

    Time to change these stats! Because recent studies state that:

    They have the background. They have the skills. They definitely have the spirit. We are here only to give a little nudge so they could also have the opportunity.

    Why should everyone participate?

    In Empowering Women - Estonia 100 edition:

    Prepare for 48 hours full of fun, coding, building, designing, marketing and thinking BIG! If you’re ready to think outside of the box, meet like-minded people and get empowered! This event is for you!

    We expect BOTH GENDERS with DIVERSE SKILL SETS - developers, designers, marketers, visionaries, project managers  - to come together and work on their ideas with a target to have fun while doing it!

    Everybody will get a chance to present their idea on Friday (November 2) in a 90-sec pitch.

    Teams are formed on the spot around the best ideas (so please, do not worry if you don´t have an idea at all - you are more than welcome to the hackathon!). 48 hours that follow, will be filled with vibrant community energy, brainstorming and hard work, all in order to turn the initial idea into a working prototype. All the teams will be supported by top-notch local and international experts. All the finished prototypes/apps/platforms will be presented at the Sunday finale and the best teams will receive rewarding prizes that will enable them to develop their ideas even further!

    The intense hackathon session will be followed by a celebratory evening event, where you get to have a drink and unwind while chatting with inspiring Estonians and Ukrainian friends of Estonia! The evening event is powered by Study Estonia and Archimedes Foundation.

    The event is organized by Garage48, Archimedes Foundation & N-iX in partnership with Work Estonia and Study Estonia. The event is dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.

    Ticket price for all 3 days of the event is just 300 UAH and includes meals at the venue.
    Registration and ticket sales: https://goo.gl/WeKcEN

    Have questions? Contact us at info@garage48.org

    #garage48lviv #garage48empowher #Estonia100 #ArchimedesEE

    Friday, November 2
    17:30 - Check in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:30 - Presentation of ideas
    19:45 - Coffee break
    20:00 - presentation of ideas continues
    21:00 - Team formation
    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, November 3
    9:00 - Coffee and breakfast
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Design workshop
    11:30 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - development continues
    17:00 - Pitch theory
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2
    19:00 - Dinner
    19:45 . Development continues

    Sunday, Sunday 4
    9:00 - Coffee and breakfast
    10:00 - Checkpoint #3
    11:30 - Pitch drill session #1
    13:00 - Lunch
    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2
    17:00 - Coffee break with light snacks
    17:15 - Final event and LIVE stream
    20:00 - Reception and networking

    We'll start on Friday, November 2nd at 17:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. The time before the official opening is a great opportunity to get to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, open-mind and lots of energy together with everything you need for a rapid product development. Please take your:



    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and the 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 12:00 PM

    (March 16), to linn@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    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, 14 to 20 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation. The average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people. If some ideas get too few people or are not balanced (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.


    After forming the teams, organisers 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/field expert) on 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 full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. There is also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them have great fieldworkexperience, others are more technical. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!



    Take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue.

    If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at linn@garage48.org


    1. What is Garage48 Empowering Women?

    It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full product/service over the 48 hours.

    2. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone:  teams and individuals. We are looking for Designers (Product, Spatial, Physical stuff), Designer (Graphic, UI, UX), Experts (Ethnographer, Folklorist, Art/Culture Historian, Art/Culture Theorist, Artist), Project Managers, Marketers, Engineers (Mechanical, Tisler, Electronic etc), Front-end Developers, Back-end Developer, Full stack Developers and people who are into culture, heritage and hacking and want to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!

    If you register for the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over. The event is meant for working professionals or university students!

    PS. If you come as a team, each team member still has to register individually.

    3. How the communication with the registered participants happen? Do I get an email with the confirmation of my participation? Is there any selection process or whoever gets registered just comes to the event?

    We will send you an e-mail one week before the event asking you to confirm your registration. Then you can count on the participation, get ready and come hack!

    4. I don't have my own team? Can I come?

    Sure, Garage48 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new products/services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas on Friday evening, all participants will choose their favourite idea and form a team on-site. You should carefully review all pitched ideas, talk to the team members, negotiate, brainstorm and finally find the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    5. How to submit and pitch an idea?

    We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but also share your idea to our Facebook event

    before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    6. How long is the pitch?

    On Friday night there are 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    7. How are the ideas selected for the event?

    Afterwards, when ideas are pitched, each participant will choose the idea that s/he wants to work on. Ideas that are able to gather a sufficient team around them will prevail. People who have chosen the ideas that are not able to gather proper team will have to join other teams.

    8. How big is an ideal team?

    In our experience, best teams have between 4 and 7 members. Each team should be self-sufficient by having all the main roles (business and product vision, design, programming, marketing, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    9. If I present an idea at the event, can someone steal it?

    Of course :) Hackathon has many participants, including journalists, bloggers and tweeters - your idea will not remain a secret. So, if you think you have a top-secret, patentable, Nobel-prize worthy idea, then don't present it in the hackathon ;). On the other hand, if you have an idea that has been sitting in your head for some time, waiting for right time or right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for making it happen!

    10. Are 48 hours enough?

    Yes, and No. 48 hours is more than enough time to take an idea, build a working prototype, alpha or beta service and make it publicly available for users, potential customers. (Unless you are building a nuclear reactor, new drug, a spaceship or something similar, of course). However, to make your prototype, alpha or beta into a viable business, much more work after the event is needed. We encourage (and give preference in selection) to those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!

    11. Is it a startup competition to get funding?

    Not really. The main idea of the event is to build a startup community, find new friends and meet people, build something cool in 48 hours. But it's not so much about winning the prize or getting financing. This hackathon is mostly an experience of building a new (working) project in 48 hours, meet and work with new people whom you probably would not meet otherwise.

    12. Can I buy a domain and set up hosting account before the event?

    Yes, you can do various preparations for your project unless you start designing or coding. We encourage you to think of the project name, business model, short-term and long-term plan etc. But it's not allowed to do any coding work on the project before the event.

    13. What happens to the developed products and services after the event?

    The project built during hackathon events owned by the team who built it. So it's up to the teams to decide how do they take it forward. Some ideas are very likely to be developed into successful businesses, others struggle to find a feasible business model and fade away. Organisers are encouraging teams to continue developing the ideas and provide mentorship, but ultimately, the success or failure rests solely with the members of the team.

    14. Is the hackathon a continuous 48-hour marathon or can I sleep during the event, too?

    Sleep is for the weak. (Just kidding). While some teams pulled all-nighters at the last events, most successful teams did take time to get a full 7-8 hour sleep, come back in the morning refreshed and were fully productive during the day. We provide floor space in the venue in case you don't want to go home or to your hotel.

    15. What if I have registered for the hackathon event as a participant but can not come to the event?

    Please notify us by e-mail: (linn@garage48.org) as soon as possible about such changes. This way we can give your spot to someone else.

    16. What are the criteria for the jury to select winning team?

    The jury gives points between 1 to 10 and evaluates the following: people and team, business potential, product, presentation.

    Award information TBA soon!



    Ragnar Sass

    Co-founder at Garage48, Co-founder @ Pipedrive, Co-founder @ Clanbeat, Founder @ LIFT99


    Eva-Maria Kangro

    Co-Founder and Partner at Interim Gene 


    Christer Loob

    CEO & Co-founder at Operose OÜ


    Kristina Lillemets

    Estonian Research and Education Network (EENet) of Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)


    Calum Cameron

    Startup Developer at Proud Engineers

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    Helen Kokk

    UX & Service Design Lead at Nortal

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    Triin Mahlakõiv

    Product Business Development Manager at NameNorth Star AI


    Jaanika Merilo

    Deputy Mayor of Dnipro; Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv


    Andrew Pavliv

    CEO & Founder @ N-iX, Serial Entrepreneur


    Andreas Roosson

    Graphic Designer @ Hmmm Creative Studio


    Mikk Kard

    Software Developer at Heathmont


    Merilin Lukk

    Startup Visa Project Manager at Startup Estonia


    Kate Alekseyeva

    PhD in Computer Science, Lead Software Engineer @ N-iX

    Orest Halan

    UX designer, Product Manager @ Luxoft

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    Maksym Palamarenko

    All technical competencies at N-iX as Director of Software Development Office

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    Liis Linn

    Project Manager @Garage48

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    Mari Hanikat

    CEO @Garage48

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    Nilay Rammul 

    Marketing Manager @Garage48

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    Merit Vislapu

    Project Manager @Garage48

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