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  • Garage48 Tech for Humanity is a hackathon devoted to finding innovative solutions to ease and prevent humanitarian disasters.

    This event is organised the collaboration of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and Garage48.

    Taking place on June 9-11, 2017,  at the Tehnopol Startup Incubator in Tallinn, Estonia, the hackathon awaits DEVELOPERS, DESIGNERS, MARKETERS and FIELD EXPERTS with big hearts and bright ideas to work together and find solutions to aid humanitarian catastrophes. If You want to make the world a better place, then this hackathon is for YOU!

    There are three areas of focus at Garage48 Tech for Humanity: finding new implementations of technology to aid:

    According to the United Nations, there were 65 million displaced people in the world in 2016 - that is the highest number since the Second World War. Millions more suffered due to hunger and numerous natural disasters. When it comes to helping in such disasters, the effective use of information and technology are nowadays as important as food, water and medicine.

    Our partners International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL), NGO Mondo and Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation have mapped out the most crucial problems:

    As a result of this hackathon, along with your team, you will have developed an idea into a working prototype and have a chance to present your solution to the ICRC, GHL and our other partners. From there on, the product development can continue in collaboration with the GHL or ICRC and the best solutions will be put to work at the international catastrophe sites.

    Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about the problems that await innovative solutions at the hackathon. Additionally to the challenges proposed by our partners, participants are encouraged to propose their own challenges to be solved at the hackathon.

    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.

    How does Garage48 work?

    Screw it, let’s do it!

    Sign up TODAY & let’s change the world together!

    Book your ticket here.

    All registered participants will be invited to a dedicated Slack channel where you can discuss ideas with mentors & other participants.

    Read more about CHALLENGES that need a SOLUTION by scrolling to the bottom of this page.


    In order to narrow down the subject list, come out with more specific ideas and form teams, there will be a pre-event held on the 6th of June at Tehnopol Startup Incubator.
    Follow the pre-event on Facebook for more details!

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    Tech for Humanity is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organised with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Global Humanitarian Lab.
    17:30 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:15 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    20:00 - Refreshment break
    20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    21:00 - Teamwork begins!

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2 & Pitch practice
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    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
    20:00 Jury deciding
    20:30 - Winners & networking

    GET READY for participants

    We'll start on Friday (June 9)  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:



    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. This slide will be shown on the big screen while you pitch. 

    You should send the slide by Friday noon latest (June 9), at the e-mail dagmar@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project). Ideas sent to us via email get preference.

    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’s 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 field work experience, 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 dagmar@garage48.org or info@garage48.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions



    Chiara Zanette

    Health Care Program Officer @ International Committee of the Red Cross


    Tarun Sarwal

    Head of Innovation Labaratory @ International Committee of the Red Cross


    Daniel Dobos

    Physicist @ CERN, Co-Founder @ THE Port hackathon



    CEO @ELEVATE by Garage48

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    Martin Goroško

    Startup Incubator Manager @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol



    Garage48 Advisor

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    Tauri Tuubel

    Co-founder & CTO @ Defendec


    Chris Raastad

    Product Engineer @ TransferWise


    Cesar Zeppini

    Designer at Veriff


    Fred Moritz

    UX/UI Designer @ Imagine AD 

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    Kristi Ockba

    Humanitarian Aid Expert @ NGO Mondo


    Mari Kinks

    Education Expert @ NGO Mondo

    Veronika Svištš

    Humanitarian Aid Expert


    Eero Janson

    Director at Estonian Refugee Council


    Mari Rohtla

    Project Manager @Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation


    Siim Nemvalts

    Advisor @Estonian Rescue Board


    Jaanika Hirv

    Educational technology specialist @ Tallinn University


    Kersti Eesmaa

    Director General of Consular Department @ Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Tarmo Terep

    Director of the Rescue Services @ Estonian Rescue Board


    Mari Hanikat

    CEO @Garage48

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    Dagmar Urb

    Volunteer @ Garage48; Queen of Marketing 



    Project Manager @ Garage48


    Heleri Holm

    Volunteer @ Garage48, Business Development Assistent @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

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    Kairi Sülla

    Greentech Sector Manager @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol


    Kelli Rimmeld

    Volunteer @Garage48


    Kai Isand

    Pitch coach & host @ Garage48 

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