GiveGif brings gifs back to life!

April 29, 2012
Priit Salumaa (founder of Garage48) was amazed of the very first event in Valmiera, shining out quite a few big cities and producing one of the top levels of energy and team effort in Garage48 history. GiveGif impressed the jury the most - ready to use application came the winner of the Garage48 Valmiera 2012.

25 ideas were pitched at Valmiera Business and Innovation Incubator on Friday 27th of April, where Garage48 Valmiera 2012 was kicked off for the very first time. We found many cool ideas from Valmiera, 10 of them got the needed team behind to be able to start development. 

GiveGif allows you to capture more from your special moment than just an image. GiveGif creates short, stunning animations within just a few seconds! Priit (founder of Garage48) said that GiveGif idea is very simple and wished the team good luck in having to struggle in tough competition:)

Thanks to all our great sponsors: FMSRubylightSkypeCredit24 and many others for joining forces with Garage48 Foundation to hold the latest Garage48 in Valmiera. A weekend-long intensive event resulted in 10 new prototypes. 

Aldis Eglis from FMS brought out the positive spirit of competition in Garage48 events which persuades the teams to work harder. He liked the two ideas: Fastr which proved to work brilliantly and GiveGif which struggled a lot in the process, but succeeded to deliver.

Teams & Winners

GiveGif - The Winner of Garage48 Valmiera 2012
GiveGif allows you to capture more from your special moment than just an image. With GiveGif you can create short, stunning animations within just a few seconds! When the animation is complete, you can apply a cool filter to your gif to give that special touch of atmosphere.
Team: Gatis Strods, Kārlis Biķis, Marcis Viskints, Дмитрий Ангеловский, Kristaps Jaunzems.
Facebook | @give_gif

Fastr - the Second Place 
+ FMS Special Prize
+ Skype Special Prize
Fastr is a speed reading application for iPad, that lets you to import text and books form multiple sources and read them using speed reading algorithms. Our application will be created to be used on a daily basis for speed reading (not just training).
Team: Eldars Loginovs, Karina Pilyushonoka, Ingus Rūķis, Alexander Bičkovs, Dāvids Stabiles, Kārlis Kalniņš, Aleksejs Sinicins.

PixelTowers - The Most Fun Project
Attaches fun to LED display using remote tools connected via internet (like mobile phone, tablets etc.).
Team: Artis Blūms, Alvis Kundziņš, Gunts Šmaukstelis, Rihards Skuja, Vents Doriņš, Ilmārs Čukurs
Facebook | @pixeltowers (Find A Job) - The Audience Favourite
Idea is to visualise demand and supply of employment in Latvia according to official Baltic states employment date, and easily apply CV through the system.
Team: Dāvis Štegmanis , Lauris Āriņš, Viesturs Ķiecis, Mārtiņš Grigors, Andrejs Labunskis, Oskars Gauks.

Pirmie Soļi (First Steps) - FMS Special Prize
We are helping kids to learn the First Steps in LATVIAN language! They can learn first numbers, colours, shapes, animals in interesting way with a sound, so they can repeat it, repeat it and again repeat it! It could be expanded to other languages. 
Team: Aleksandrs Ščavlevs, Rūta Ujska, Gints Ērglis, Dairis Cālītis, Guntis Sils.

A white label mobile application and communication platform for cities and local municipalities that allows them to be more attractive for tourists and improve communication with inhabitants. Solution can be quickly implemented, it's cost efficient and requires little or not input from the client as data is mainly aggregated from existing sources.
Team: Miķelis Zaļais, Emīls Skujiņš, Rūdolfs Janītis, Uldis Trapencieris, Rūdolfs Levins, Mārtiņš, Janševskis, Mārcis Kaksis.

You visit a city for the first time you like to: Sleep, Eat, Drink, Party, See, Do In the best places!   LIKEGUIDE ranks the top 10 in each category by Facebook Likes and were heres.
Team: Austin Nicholas, Kiril Menshikov, Serge Savranchuk, Rihards Sceredins, Rolands Umbrovskis.

Search, find and connect with people who like to do team team sports. Pay and join the next game.
Team: Jānis Ķipurs, Roberts Baltiņš, Sergejs Zubovs, Artis Bajārs, Jānis Bebrītis, Kaspars Rinkevics. is a mobile geo located deal guide just around you. Pick out your phone and see fancy pictures of deals right around your location and book/buy them from your phone.
Team: Aivars Lauzis, Dainis Voronins, Olegs Bogdanovs, Janis Eglitis, Janis Sprenne, Ingmars Gross.

One Scan Buy
Aims to create platform on iOS and Android smartphones to help people shop online using existing logistics solutions from retail stores.
Team: Aleksejs Mjaliks, Andrey Grave, Janis Jansons, Jānis Ķempe, Martins Lucaus, Vita Vagnere Grinberga
Facebook | @onescanbuy


Garage48 Valmiera 2012 event happened thanks to our cool sponsors!

Premium sponsors
  • Skype is place where sharp dreamers and skilled doers create meaningful things - and we're hiring
  • Rubylight - technology and investment fund with experienced tech entrepeneurs
  • FMS - main supplier of Accounting, Resource management and HR solutions for Latvian Government and Private sector
  • Edicy - simple online website creator, everyone can create a website in 3 minutes!
  • Makonix - All-Inclusive headache-free virtual servers
  • mearra - business of open technology
  • TechHub Riga 
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