Garage48 Future of Wood


When 4-6 October 2019

Where Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn 

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • When we first took the Garage48 format to the very physical world of wood, we didn't know what to expect. After two amazing events hacking on wood, product design and architecture we want more!


    Garage48 and Estonian Academy of Arts in cooperation with Startup Estonia and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications are excited to invite you to create the future of wood. 

    Welcome to our third wood event -  Garage48 Future of Wood makeathon!


    Estonia is one of the forest richest countries in the world. Our woods, covering more than half of Estonia, are our national treasure with high economic, social, ecological and cultural value. 

    Forest is one of the most important ecosystems as the keeper of many biocoenosis, part of the groundwater circulation and storer of CO2.

    Our aim for this hackathon is to bring together the people in the various fields of forestry and wood industry to discuss and work together on EFFICIENT and SUSTAINABLE solutions for maintaining and increasing the value of our forests.


    To make it happen we are welcoming architects, designers, software developers, wood industry practitioners, wood technologists, forestry experts, circular economy, sustainablity and environmental experts, business developers and marketers to come together to find solutions to the problems in the wood and forestry industry.

    For this event we have three main focus areas:

    ** digitalization in construction of wooden houses

    ** sustainability, circular economy and efficiency in forestry and wood industry

    ** new solutions in wood processing, design and architecture


    Join us for this weekend-long intensive development event where we will develop working prototypes in 48 hours!

    Prepare yourself for making, hacking, coding, designing, building, selling and thinking BIG!


    PRE-EVENTS are happening in Tallinn and Tartu. More info coming soon.


    The fresh making labs of the Estonian Academy of Arts with equipment, materials and mentors will be open to you.

    We will have some basic materials you might need in stock, but if you have an idea, please let us know on registering what you need to build your prototype.

    You're welcome to attend the Facebook event to stay informed!

    All the participants get access to our secret Facebook group where you will get up-to-date info, tips for better performance and get to e-meet your fellow participants.

    See the full AGENDA on the agenda subpage. 

    In case you have any questions, write us at

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

    Friday, Oct 4th

    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, Oct 5th

    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, Oct 6th

    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

    NB! The schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen.

    The Mentors

    Maarika Truu
    Head of Startup Estonia
    Renee Puusepp
    Architect & Designer, Senior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Martin Melioranski
    Architect & Designer at MELIORAD, Director of 3DL at Estonian Academy of Arts
    Jörgen Dobris
    Wood industry development manager at Võru County Vocational Training Centre
    Jakob Päll
    Design Lead at Homne
    Lauri Semevsky
    Project manager at Wood Competence Centre TSENTER, Designer at
    Jaan Saar
    Head of Digital Construction at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia


    Kadri Kõivik
    Project manager @Garage48