AccelerateEstonia Moonshot Hackathon


When 25-27 September

Where Palo Alto Club

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • AccelerateEstonia and Garage48 announce a hackathon for moonshot ideas - we are looking for radical ideas for tackling major problems in the public domain.

    We are looking for solutions to wicked problems in the following fields of life: real-time economy, life environment, social welfare, labour market, circular economy, energy transition, construction, health.
    The goal is to choose around 5 ideas that the government will support and fund through the AccelerateEstonia incubation program - where you get up to 100k worth of services to make your solution happen.

    We went through several ideations and elliminations to find the best ideas, and these were the 17 that made the cut. 
    Take a look at them here:


    While we have closed the application for new ideas, you can still apply as an individual team member.
    Register here:
    The deadline for the application is 20/09!

    If you are a field /domain expert, founder or ex-founder, who has experience on building up a business on a specific field,   UX designer/product manager or just someone who's passionate, business-savvy and/or knowledgable about building a better future for the society- you can apply!
    We can only accept a limited number, so make your application shine.


    26 August, 14.00-18.00 @ Palo Alto Club First pre-event for idea owners only.  Focused on idea development, ecosystem mapping and meeting the policy owners in your field.

    2 Sept, 14.00-18.00 @ Palo Alto Club Second pre-event, open for all the individual applicants to join in as well,  focused on mapping user journeys and storytelling.

    2-8 Sept - Teams have a chance to update their applications
    9-13 Sept The chancellors are going through the applications and make a decision
    16 Sept Teams who get picked for the hackathon get announced
    20 Sept Deadline to submit your Individual Application for the hackathon

    25-27 Sept Up to 15 teams deliver a proof of concept at the AccelerateEstonia moonshot hackathon.

    Join the hackathon on Facebook!

    After the hackathon, a jury will pick around 5 ideas that will be financed and supported by the government through the AccelerateEstonia incubation program.

    Wednesday, 25th of September

    09.00 Coffee and Registration

    10:00 Opening words

    10:10 Kick-off to the hackathon. Opening words. 

    10:30 Pitching
    11:15 Team formation

    11:45 Work begins

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Storytelling workshop. What needs to be achieved by Friday. 
    14:30 Work continues for teams

    14:30 Mentor meeting
    15:00 Mentors go around 

    17:00 Checkpoint 1

    18:00 Dinner

    19:00 Workday ends, but the doors remain open 24/7

    Thursday, 26th of September

    09:00 Breakfast

    10:00 Checkpoint 2

    11:00 Mentors go around

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Pitch Training

    16:00 Pitch drill 1

    17:00 Checkpoint 3

    18:00 Dinner

    19:00 Workday ends, but the doors remain open 24/7

    Friday, 27th of September

    09:00 Breakfast

    10:00 Checkpoint 4

    11:00 Pitch drill 2

    12:00 Quick lunch

    12:30 Final event with the demos

    14:00 Announcing the winners

    14:30- 16:00 Afterparty 



    The Mentors

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Mikk Vainik
    Project Lead for Smart Economy at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia
    Joel Burke
    Entrepreneur at Charity Entrepreneurship
    Calum Cameron
    Startup Developer at Proud Engineers
    Andreas Roosson
    Graphic Designer at Hmmm Creative Studio
    Cesar Zeppini
    Designer at Veriff
    Maarika Truu
    Head of Startup Estonia
    Riina Raudne
    Strategy Consultant at Akkadian Message Agency
    Dr Noah Raford
    Futurist in Chief & Chief of Global Affairs at the Dubai Future Foundation
    Viljar Lubi
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Undersecretary for Economic Development & Founder of aEstonia
    Taavet Hinrikus
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, TransferWise CEO and co-founder
    Daniel Vaarik
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Partner at Akkadian
    Piret Mürk-Dubout
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Member of Board, Tallink
    Taimar Peterkop
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Secretary of State
    Tõnis Saar
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Secretary General, Ministry of Justice
    Karoli Hindriks
    Member of the Advisory Board of AccelerateEstonia, Founder at
    Marko Russiver
    Co-founder @ Guaana
    Evelin Pärn-Lee
    Attorney at Law at Priorilaw
    Kati Jakobson-Lott
    Lawyer at Priorilaw


    Kai Isand
    Pitch coach & host at Garage48 

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