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  • Space is closer than you think.

    Many common everyday services such as weather forecasting, remote sensing, GPS systems and satellite television rely on space infrastructure. What will the future bring?

    Garage48 SpaceTech 2019 invites engineers, developers, marketers, designers, data scientists, project managers and field practitioners to explore the possibilities of space technology and create a working solution in just 48 hours.

    No previous experience needed - take it as a chance to learn about the magical world of space technology. You can come with or without an idea.   It’s your chance to learn about spacetech, make our everyday lives better and create technological solutions that our future relies on.

    And this time, the sky is not a limit. You can build some serious hardware, create a data-based solution or a space education project. There will be separate tracks for hardware and software projects and at the end of the weekend, two winners will be selected.

    We’ll help you to form a team and give you tools, equipment and materials to make your wildest space-related ideas happen. During the hackathon, you will be fed the yummiest and mentored by technical and business development mentors from the space industry.

    It’s always impossible until it's done.


    Early Bird tickets are on sale until 19th April for 15€.

    Get your tickets via fienta.com/garage48-spacetech-2019


    The event will be held in Tartu Observatory. You can accommodate at the floor space under the telescope, so pack your mattress, sleeping bag and towel with you and be ready for an adventure! 🚀


    Free participant buses are going to the venue from Tallinn, Tartu and Riga and back.


    You're welcome to attend the event on Facebook to stay informed! All the participants will get access to our secret Facebook group where we share up-to-date info with you and give you tips for better performance.


    We'll hold pre-events for (potential) hackathon participants to get to know each other, find inspiration, share ideas and develop them further. More information to be revealed soon!

    The event is financed by European Regional Development Fund, sTARTUp HUB, Heliocentric Technologies Latvia and Ventspils University College.

    Garage48 has a flexible schedule, but we do have some key activities that need to be planned ahead. Here is our tentative schedule, at least you know when to show up ;)

    Friday, 3rd May

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    19:30 - Refreshment Break

    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:45 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 4th May

    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, 5th May

    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

    20:30 - Buses leave for Tallinn and Riga

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

    Doors open on Friday at 17:30. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time - use it to get to know the crowd and to network.  See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, an open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for rapid product development. For hardware prototypes we will have equipment and materials on site, but to be sure, we recommend you to bring your own stuff as well. You never know when you need something yourself or if you could help out another team. Sharing is caring :)

    The fact is that if you build something which really works on Sunday evening, then we will not ask the bits and pieces back - you don't have to break your prototype, the team can take the prototype home and continue working on it. This does not apply, though, for more expensive things - you can not take an oscilloscope with you or set of tweezers etc.

    Please take your:


    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and the audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions. You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Friday, May 3rd by 13.00, at the e-mail space@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider the 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 favorite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 12 to 18 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, designer and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! Minimum size for a team is 5 people and max is 9 people.

    If some ideas get too few people or not a balanced team (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. But don’t worry, just choose another idea/team to join.


    After forming the teams, organizers 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) in the team - one of the tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is a really short time.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday and a 24/7 snacks and refreshments corner at the venue. So you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts.

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, except when working with power tools and machines, this will help to encourage networking and gets you past the security guards. Otherwise, be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!



    Kadri Kõivik

    SPARK HUB & sTARTUp HUB Manager @Contriber, sTARTUp Day


    Marelle Ellen

    Head of Marketing at sTARTUp Day


    Kai Isand

    Pitch coach & host @ Garage48 

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