The WINNER of Garage48 SpaceTech 2016 Hackathon Developed Protection Against Corrosion In Space

Garage48 SpaceTech 2016 hackathon in Tartu proved that Space is actually for everybody and not an exclusive field for selected scientist and entrepreneurs. This historical weekend in space hackathons marked the beginning of further innovations and achievements in the field of SpaceTech, which included all the imaginable space spheres from the ground to the Earth orbit. All the 12 teams had been working all 48 hours passionately to develop prototypes for a better (space) future, concluding that the sky is not the limit in the Space science.

Jury member and mentor “the Estonian space-entrepreneur-hackathon-rockstar“ Erika Ilves encouraged people to think outside the Earth bubble and the COO & Architect at the Shackleton Energy Company Jim Keravala added that space is essential for the future of humankind and during these weekend Garage48 SpaceTech builded engineers with existential crisis.

The rising space industry is creating new environment for next generation entrepreneurs and many of the today's space discoveries are tomorrow in our everyday use! And our young space enthusiast sure knew how to push the boundaries. Out of the 22 ideas pitched on Friday, 12 gathered a team and started to work on their space related prototypes.
(Meet the teams here:

The first Space themed 48-hour hackathon in Nordic and Baltic  was made possible in cooperation with City of Tartu, Estonian space pioneers ESTCube, TTÜ/Mektory Space Centre, Tehnopol Science Park, University of Tartu, Tartu Observatory, and Tartu Science Park.

Garage48 SpaceTech would like to make a big bow to the mentors. Internationally recognized space scientists and space entrepreneurs: Ene Ergma (grand lady of astrophysics), Anne Sulling (Parliament of Estonia), Mart Noorma (University of Tartu), Erika Ilves (Shackleton Energy, OffWorld), Alo Lilles (city of Tartu), Anu Reinart (Tartu Observatory) and Priit Salumaa (Garage48, Mooncascade)

The lead of the Garage48 hackathon Priit Salumaa toned that “this weekend and the decision making has been weird and interesting at the same time. While the top three were selected really quickly, the selecting the overall winner was a really tough job! Because the opinions varied greatly and many ideas raised up. The best win from this event is that you get to network with the amazing people as you are.” Priit remarked that although in that sense all the participants are winners, still  the prizes had to be shared.

The participating ideas were assessed on 5 criteria – presentation, idea, execution, marketing and potential – coming to the following conclusion:

Overall winner: 
Spaceprot Technologies

Prize: Latitude59 tickets for the whole team, 1000 euros from the city of Tartu &  Massportal winner cup
Team members: Maido Merisalu - selling or dreaming big; Kaspar Roosalu - researcher; Hannu Kikkas - coder; Kristjan Laht - coder; Helle-Mai Piirsoo - researcher; Karin Kõiv - marketing; Ingmar Laan - design

1st runner up: 

Prize: Box of Battery energy drinks & 3 tickets to Arctic15 conference in Helsinki
Team members: Peep - team lead, data processing; Vitalii - web app, product; Karl - web app; Toomas - web app; Artur - web app; Mihhail - data processing; Arno - data processing; Mikk: data processing; Karlis: research; Madis: research

2nd runner up: 


Prize: 4 Microsoft Band 2 wearables
Team members: Pekka Laurila - CFO at Iceye; Vladimir Ignatenko - engineer at Iceye, Alessandro Andreoni - engineer at Iceye, Siim Esko - market discovery, Jean-Philippe Dumont - marketing, Martin Raadik - pitch and marketing; Johannes Vallikivi - designer; Indrek Lasn - coding and design; Martin Mägar - coding and team leading

Tartu Science Park Special Prize: 
Prize: mentoring session + contacts + access

“Keeping the spirits high” award:  

Cosmic Flavor Lab

Prize: a box of Lehe beer

Team members: Paul Liias - intergalactical team leader, Erik Kulu - space food enthusiast, Tiina Pärtel - designer from another galaxy, Kaspar Jõeveer - space food critic, Martin Meisalu - space food chef

Space promotion award: 

Love Space

Prize: box of Õllenaut beer

Team members: Oskars Ozers - leader, Vita Galisteo Kanjasa - founder & visionary; Ronalds Sovas - backend developer, Liga Legzdina - frontend developer, Rudolfs Petrovs - product developer, Adham Kira - product developer, Kaspar Jõeveer - product developer

Engineering Prize: 

E-Sail Module

Prize: Box of Mars chocolate

Team members: Ayush Jain - mechanical, Shrey Kalra - team lead, Shreyash Patel - mechanical, Eduar Yesid Rodriguez Caro software interface, Kristaps Dreija - electronics, Roberts Trops - electronics

Favourite of the audience: 


Prize: visit to Tartu Seikluspark!

Prototron TOP 40 Special Prize: 


Prize: meeting with angel investor with a possible funding

Ajujaht Special Prize:

Spaceprot Technologies

Prize: invitation to the jury

And HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all the other amazing teams who delivered at the grand finale:

AIRSPLINT helps paramedics treat multiple trauma victims with broken limbs by fitting ultra thin inflatable splints in their medkits. #NaturalDisasterrelief #MultiCasualtyAccidents #MountainRescue #CombatCasualtyCare
Team members:
 Rait Arro - team lead, product manager; Mathilde Viry - engineer, product researcher; Arturs Neitals - industrial designer; Peep Uudeküll - engineer; Wajid Khilji - communication manager; Jevgeni Šulga - engineer; Artem Kobrin - business and legal adviser; Ingela Viks - industrial designer; Aleksandr Kostjukevits - business and legal

Space gardening and related tourism - space flights for picking apples in space.
Team members:
Kristina Õim - fontend; Gert Post - design, coding, botanics; Jürgen Laks - embedded code; Morten Sirtse - electronics; Rando Pikner - team lead, sales

Helps you to avoid the hot side of the car on your road trip
Team members: Kristaps Klēvers - Project lead, Designer, Pitcher; Karl Lubja - Developer; Christian Safka - Developer; Gatis Steinbergs - Developer; Andreas Vija - Developer

Camera System Casing for Nanosatellite
To generate an alternative design solution to existing design in order to improve the total mass and volume of the optical system
Team members: Mart Vihmand - Project management, scheduling, planning; Aris Klavins - Mechanical and optical design; Mardo Soo - Marketing; Kaspar Kaur - Graphical design to support the project for public demonstration

Creating efficient exploration algorithm for looking water and other minerals on Moon with robots.
Team members: Reem Hesham - Team Lead, IoT Networking; Martin Kontus - Pitching, Algorithm Developer; Lars Sjödahl - Senior Software Developer; Marc Picornell - Concept Developer; Davis Zarins - Programmer; Karl Kruuse - Programmer

FlexPlate is a plate that stays stable in the Air even is the ground is moving. FixPate is specially created for use on Yachts and Boats
Team members: Johannes Tamegger - Team Leader, Daniel Raljov - Engineer, Mihkel Güsson - Designer, Karl Aleksander Kongas - Developer

And BIG THANK YOU goes to our sponsors and partners, thanks to whom this event was made possible: