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  • Chisinau hackers and hustlers, watch out! This February Garage48 is coming back in town, big time!

    Got a cool idea that needs just a bit of a boost? Want to meet like-minded enthusiasts who aim to bring their cool tech ideas to life, make friends and have a great time working on your gig?

    Book your place today for Garage48 Chisinau 2017 Hackathon! Top-notch mentors will be there to support you along the way and guarantee you will not forget this weekend!

    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, local and international mentors, hearty food and everything you need to help you give your best during the weekend. This is your time to go big or stay home!

    Join our pre-event to hear more & prepare yourself for the hackathon event:

    * 15th Feb 18:00-20:00 "Tips&tricks to succeed in Garage48 Chisinau 2017" 

    Location: Dreamups Innovation Campus (Strada Uzinelor 1, Chișinău, Moldova)

    This pre-event for the Garage48 Chisinau 2017 is focusing on giving specific tips on how to get the most out of the hackathon. 5 lucky idea owners will be given the opportunity to participate in the pitch training session. To undergo the pitch training, please write to merilin@garage48.org
    Wonderful speakers at the event:
    - Kai Isand (COO of Garage48, Pitch trainer)
    - Andrei Spinu (Entrepreneur)

    Register for the event

    Join our official  Garage48 Chisinau 2017 hackathon's event page on Facebook to get updates and information: https://goo.gl/uBWYqs

    *The event is organized by Garage48 in partnership with friends and partners from Dreamups Innovation Campus and Civitta, with the financial support of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Fund for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

    Friday, 17th February
    Saturday, 18th February

    Sunday, 19th February

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

    GET READY section for participants

    We'll start on Friday (17th Feb)  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 would like to stay overnight)

    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 latest (17th Feb), at the e-mail merilin@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.

    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.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged great 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. 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. We have prepared a separate room for all the dreamers:)    

    Frequently Asked Questions



    Cesar Zeppini

    Designer at Veriff


    Andres Susi

    Tech Entrepreneur

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    Niko Porkka

    CEO & Founder at Midealab


    Joao Rei


    Harri Tallinn

    Startups Programs & Ecosystem Developer


    Jordan Valdma

    Co-founder at Producement


    Andrei Spinu



    Kai Isand

    Pitch Coach and Host at Garage48; Startup-investor relations @ Latitude59

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    Peeter Tamla

    CTO of New Cloud Innovations at Levira Ltd.




    Project Manager @ Garage48



    Country Manager @ CIVITTA