Garage48 Future of Wood 2020


When 13-15 November

Where Estonian University of Life Sciences

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Get Ready
  • Open Source Wood / Pattern Building CHALLENGE
  • MACHINES & EQUIPMENT at Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Estonian Woodhouse Association CHALLENGE
  • Welcome to Garage48 Wood series 4th event, happening on Nov 13-15th in TARTU, Estonia! 💚

    The growing community of people and organisations around the Garage48 Wood event series keeps growing and is now bringing one of the most anticipated Garage48 makeathons to Tartu - hosted by Estonian University of Life Sciences as a part of the celebrations of 100 years of academic forestry education in Estonia.

    Garage48, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts and Startup Estonia invite you to create the future of Estonian wood and forest!

    The rich forests that cover more than half of our country are one of Estonia’s most valued natural resources with high natural and ecological value and play a highly important role in economic, social, ecological and cultural aspects of our daily lives. The forestry sector of Estonia has a strong profitable potential of material and social benefits. Yet it's use has to be facilitated so that other values and benefits, including environmental, would not suffer.


    Architects, product designers, wood technologists, engineers and industry practitioners, forestry experts, climate and environmental experts, software engineers, designers and data scientists, marketers and visionaries - join us and come together to create prototypes of novel solutions for sustainable forestry and efficient forest management.

    You can join with or without an idea, as an individual or a team! 

    We're welcoming students, working practitioners, experts and enthusiasts!

    🦎🦎 PRIZE POOL up to 10000€ 🦎🦎


    In collaboration of our organising partners, we are calling you to create solutions in the following FOCUS TOPICS:



    Think of solutions that support the maximum use of one tree once it’s cut down. For example:

    - how to utilize less used and lower quality tree species in wooden products construction

    - how to use carpentry joints in wooden products instead of metal, to ensure as high lifetime for the product as the growing time of one tree

    - how to utilize wood waste (could we create a new material out of sawdust or wood chips?)

    - creation of composite materials

    - circular economy in wood processing, architecture and forestry. For inspiration, check out our last year’s team



     For example, think of:

    - remote sensing opportunities in forest management

    - how to process and use forest felling or assembly lines data for the better availability of forest resources

    🌿 Solutions to fight the CLIMATE CHANGE and that are ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

    For inspiration, check out out last year’s winner, Local Offset.


    We have some pre-defined & specific challenges and problems waiting for your creative ideas and solutions! 

    You can come as an individual or with a team to work on creating solutions for the challenges proposed.

    📗 Open Source Wood / Pattern Building CHALLENGEPRIZE POOL up to 8000€ 💰

    Metsä Wood, Estonian Academy of Arts and Harmet invite you to design house products and components to integrate 369 Pattern Building system. 

    📗 Estonian Woodhouse Association & Estonian Woodhouse Cluster CHALLENGES. PRIZE POOL up to 1500€ 💰

    Three problems the timber industry is facing and welcomes you to create solutions for, are:
    ✦ Carbon footprint calculator for a building's whole lifespan
    ✦ Weather- and moisture proof wooden houses assembyl
    ✦ Joint production waste management system across the sector

    Dedicated challenge mentors will work with you throughout the 48 hours. Read in more detail from the special challenge subpages (find above).


    To make all your ideas, both physical and software, in the mentioned focus areas a reality, we will provide you with all the necessary materials, data sets, mentors, rooms and equipment. The workshops of the Estonian University of Life Sciences are ready for the magic of the wood makeathon!

    🛍️ Goodie Bags from Rothoblaas are included in the hackathon package.


    All participants coming outside of Tartu will be provided accommodation, for FREE, in Hektor Design Hostel and a free participant bus from Tallinn to Tartu and back is welcoming you on board!

    The bus leaves at 15.00 on Nov 13th from Telliskivi creative city in Tallinn and heads straight to Estonian University of Life Sciences. Heading back right after the event ends.

    To book your accommodation and bus spots, fill in the info when registering:

    🦎  Stay tuned with updates by following the Facebook event

    All registered participants will also get access to the Facebook group with useful information and tips for better performance.

    🦎   Contact us if you have any questions at

    ‼️ In case of event cancellation due to COVID-19, all tickets are refunded. 

    Garage48 Future of Wood 2020 is financed by Estonian University of Life Sciences, Startup Estonia, European Regional Development Fund and Estonian Academy of Arts. We are supported by TSENTER Centre Competence for Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing, Metsä Wood, Harmet, Thorn Engineering and Creatomus Solutions, Tartu city, Eesti Kultuurkapital / Cultural Endowement of Estonia and Rothoblaas.

    Your health is important to us - we follow the regulations and advice from the Government of Estonia and Republic of Estonia Health Board. Please do not attend the event, if you are feeling ill or you have been feeling bad during the last 14 days or been in close contact with COVID-19 positive person.

    If you're attending the event, please download and use the Hoia app.

    If necessary, we are ready to modify the event structure in a way, that the health and safety of all participants, organizers and mentors is guaranteed.

    In case of cancellation of the event, all tickets are refunded.

    Garage48 has a flexible schedule, but we do have some key activities that need to be planned ahead.

    Friday, Nov 13th

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    19:30 - Refreshment break (if necessary)

    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:45 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, Nov 14th

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentoring round starts

    13:00 - Lunch

    14.00 - Pitch drill introduction

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    19:00 - Dinner  

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, Nov 15th

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #3

    11:00 - Pitch drill session #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2

    15:30 - CLEAN-UP

    16:00 - Refreshment break

    17:30 - Finale. Pitching session.

    18:30 - Refreshment break and the Jury takes the time to select winners

    19:00 - Award ceremony, networking & clean-up

    What is Garage48 about?

    Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out innovative technological solutions. In 48 hours, participants turn their ideas into working prototypes. A Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper's bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere. The aim of Garage48 is to bring innovative ideas and new startups into life.



    Your health is important to us - we follow the regulations and advice from the Government of Estonia and Republic of Estonia Health Board. Please do not attend the event, if you are feeling ill or you have been feeling bad during the last 14 days or been in close contact with COVID-19 positive person.

    If you're attending the event, please download and use the Hoia app.

    If necessary, we are ready to modify the event structure in a way, that the health and safety of all participants, organizers and mentors is guaranteed. 

    In case of cancellation of the event, all tickets are refunded.

    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. We will have equipment and materials on site (see the Machines, equipment & materials subpage), but to be sure we recommend you to bring your own stuff as well. You never know when you need something yourself or if you could help out another team. Sharing is caring :)

    The fact is that, if you build something what really works on Sunday evening, then we will not ask the bits and pieces back - you don't have to break your prototype, the team can take the it home and continue working on it. This does not apply though for more expensive things.

    Please take your:


    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance),

    mobile phone

    all chargers


    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, 12pm (13.11), 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 favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually 16 to 18 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, coffee, refreshment, snacks & drinks throughout the 48 hours. So you could focus on work and building your product.


    All participants coming outside of Tartu can be accommodated in Hektor Design Hostels, twin, triple and quadruple rooms together with other participants. Just let us know when signing up.


    Hop on board the free participant bus coming from Tallinn straight to the hackathon and back. Sign up when registrering.

    The bus leaves at 15.00 on Nov 13th from Telliskivi creative city in Tallinn and heads straight to Estonian University of Life Sciences. Heading back right after the event ends.


    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! 💚

    Metsä Wood, Estonian Academy of Arts and Harmet invite the participants of Future of Wood to design house products and components to integrate 369 Pattern Building system (

    You are encouraged and supported to propose your own concept for a timber building to explore mass-customisation.
    🌿  Prototype your own house concept based on the Pattern Building system
    🌿  Design the skin, layouts and components to hang on the 3-6-9 modules or fit into the modules it.
    🌿  Develop digital configurators, VR/AR solutions for the design, production and assembly process.

    All scales from smallest building components to city planning are relevant! We ask you to use primarily Kerto LVL and other timber based products combined with other materials of your choice, and share your work on the Open Source Wood platform (

    There will be full-scale modules of Pattern Building system ( available during the makeathon for you to get the feel of the space, and test your concepts in 1:1 scale. There will be technical and design mentors from the core team of Pattern Building to help you to take the most out of the event.

    🏆The jury will select 3-4 teams that get monetary support (1500-2000 EUR) for developing their concept further. 🏆

    Come join the Pattern Building ecosystem and help change the construction industry greener, healthier and more efficient!

    Estonian University of Life Sciences is open for the Garage48 Future of Wood participants to make your craziest ideas into prototypes!


    The Wood processing workshop is located in two different buildings and several rooms: mainly two larger units Sawmilling and drying and Wood processing hall (machinery room) are available.

    The sawmill unit 

    is set to start from the cutting of roundwood until the standardizing and drying the sawnwood assortments. Since the hackathon has very tight schedule, the use and need of specific sownwood assortments is needed to be ordered at least three weeks in advance. If the groups needed to have specific freshly cut sawnwood, then this request should be placed to organizers in minimum two weeks in advance.

    Woodworking Shop

    Depending on the material, the Woodworking Shop allows for sawing, chiselling, planing, milling, boring, lathing, sanding, gluing and bending various materials laminated in a vacuum. In addition, the lab has a wide selection of battery powered tools, manual tools and general wood processing power tools.

    Thermal treatment

    if you want to use thermal treated wood, we need to know it at least three weeks before the event.

    CNC working center

    Wide range of possibilities to process logs and pieces of sawnwood with various shapes and thickness. For this 5 axis operating unit, designed and realized to obtain highest performance in a minimum space.

    With this unit is possible to:

    - engrave on different surfaces, from different types of board materials (like OSB, plywood, MDF, plastic and other wood-based composites) cut shapes and details;

    - create profiled boards and joints;

    - mill shapes from wooden blocks (ISO fail is required).


    Also desinging software ( AutoCad; ArchiCad; Fusion 360; Rhinioceros; Vertex BD; hsbCad) can be used. For this a computer acess to software will be made available for the group on their request (at least three days in advance).


    Metal machining is possible with Haas CNCs and Knuth manual machines. For lighter milling needs UNICH CNC mills are available. Workshop has also welding capabilities and a laser cutter CO2 100W.


    Reverse engineering workflow available tools are Nikon MCAx20/ MMD50 laser scanner and Yxlon FF35 CT X-ray industrial computed tomography. The generated point clouds can be made into STL files and printed out with the available Ultimaker 3D printers.



    In the laboratory of biofuels and bioenergy the woody biomass can also be valorised through thermal conversion processes, such as torrefaction, pyrolysis or gasification. There is huge amount of residues on the forestry, wood, and pulp industry. Thermal conversion can be a solution to turn such residues into high-value products by integrating it with biochemical and microbiological processes.

    We will stock various prototyping materials for the makeathon. Please let us know what you need when registering to the event!
    We're ready to do additional shopping on Saturday, Nov 14th within reasonable wishes of the teams, but we prefer to be as prepared as possible. So please help us out here and let us know your needs.




    Estonian Woodhouse Association and Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster invite the participants of Future of Wood to hack timber building industry!

    Join the makeathon to create solutions for the following challenges:


    This should not be no ordinary calculator – it should take into account every aspect of house building „life cycle“ (buildings materials; transportation; offsite-onsite building; waste leftover/management; building utilization etc). Additionally, it should be integrated as a plugin into different planning software, so that it could be used in construction procurement as metrics.

    We believe that new housings should be built not only energy efficient but also environmentally friendly. If you think the same and you believe that you have what it takes to develop a new metric system - then this challenge is for you!


    It’s no secret that wood can not tolerate large amounts of moisture, such as rain. Therefore, it has been challenging and expensive for producers to protect their elements from rain while they are assembled together onsite. We would like you to think outside the box and suggest alternatives to expensive tents and waiting for more favorable weather conditions to start the assembly process.


    Waste management is not only the woodhouse sector problem, but as a sustainable and environmentally driven sector, we would like to push these limits even further. Timber construction has already minimized their material loss in construction, but what to do with waste that comes from packages or gypsum boards that are also used in constructing a module or element?

    Questions: WHAT to do with this kind of waste; HOW to gather information on different types of generated waste from the industry; HOW TO CREATE an EFFICIENT waste collection system and recycling – are waiting for your ideas! If you know the solution that can contribute not only to our manufacturers but the whole industry - speak up!

    Dedicated mentors will be working with you throughout the 48 hours as you develop the solutions for these challenges.
    You are welcome to join as a team or as an individual - pitch your idea on the opening evening and gather your team around it!

    🏆 The jury will select 1-2 teams whose ideas get support (500-1500EUR) for developing their concept further. 🏆


    #G48WOOD #G48TARTU

    The Mentors 

    Maarika Truu
    Head of Startup Estonia
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Jörgen Dobris
    Wood industry development manager at Võru County Vocational Training Centre
    Lauri Semevsky
    Project manager at Wood Competence Centre TSENTER, Designer at
    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Tuukka Kyläkallio
    Business Development Manager at Metsä Wood
    Anna-Greta Tšahkna
    Co-founder & CCO at Timbeter
    Mayri Tiido
    Educator and Trainer, Circular Economy Expert
    Tõnis Teppand
    Civil engineer, Lecturer of Analytical Selection of Building Structures at Estonian University of Life Sciences
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network
    Siim Tiisvelt
    Architect at 3+1 arhitektid
    Karel Nappus
    COO at Montonio Finance; UI / UX design 
    Ahto Kangur
    Associate Professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering
    Egle Vogt
    Project Manager at Harmet, Lead System Engineer at 369 Pattern Buildings
    Kristo Kalbe
    Energy Efficient Construction Expert at TalTech, HVAC and Energy Engineer at 369 Pattern Building
    Eero Tuhkanen
    Lead Structural Engineer at 369 Pattern Buildings, Teaching Assistant at TalTech
    Aigar Kons
    Project Cargo Transportation at DSV
    Aleksander Tomas
    Product Manager at KOOR Wood
    Jüri Kaljundi
    Co-Founder at Weekdone, Co-Founder at Koosloodus, Co-founder at Garage48 
    Tõnis Agasild
    Lead Structural Engineer and Partner at Arro & Agasild Inseneribüroo


    Kadri Kõivik
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Anna Babushkina
    Marketing volunteer at Garage48
    Lauri Semevsky
    Project Manager at TSENTER Centre of Competence for Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing
    Ahto Kangur
    Associate professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering
    Linnar Pärn
    Development Manager at Estonian University of Life Sciences Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering