About the upcoming hackathon
Garage48 in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Information System Authority and University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science are hosting a hackathon that makes data science the centre of the stage!
Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 will take place in the framework of EU Structural Funds support scheme “Raising Public Awareness about the Information Society” and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon in Tartu, Estonia is bringing data science closer to teams by opening up data sets to explore and develop. Over the past few decades we have gathered an unfathomable amount of data, which presents an opportunity for generating new knowledge and new economies. Big data is already known for predicting crime, traffic, customer buying behaviour etc., but there is so much more that can be done. The likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon rely heavily on open and big data for their business purposes and to create live communities.
Thus the government and many private companies have provided us with a wide list of data that are ready to be put into action in smart, lucrative and creative ways. At the hackathon you will get to use open data sets that could be used for private or public purposes. Participate at the Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon to take data science to the next level! Data is power in the hands of the powerful!
Data scrapers, data scientists, backend developers, frontend developers, UI/UX designers, visionaries, experts, marketing/project management gurus are welcome to JOIN!
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NB! Transport for the hackathon from Tallinn and Riga is FREE. More info tba!
Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event
We also urge everyone who are planning to participate at the hackathon to take part in the pre-event on the 21st of September. At the pre-event you will get to prepare for the prototyping hackathon with a brainstorming session, a Q&A session and you get to hear a presentation on how to deliver a perfect pitch for the Friday's idea pitching!
What: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event
When: Sept 21, 2016 at 4 pm
Where: At the Mooncascade Tallinn office at Tartu mnt 43 in Tallinn (6th floor)
Check the Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event event Page on Facebook for more info and registration here: http://goo.gl/xSbx8U
NB! Participants of the pre-event will be invited to the main event first
Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Event Roadmap
* May 26: Mooncascade Machine Learning Camp & Pizza @ Garage48 HUB Tartu
* Sept 2: Mooncascade Data Science & Machine Learning in R Camp & Pizza @ Mooncascade Tartu office
* Sept 21: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event @ Mooncascade Tallinn office
* Oct 21-23: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon @ Institute of Computer Science, Tartu University
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Friday, October 21
17.30 Gathering, coffee pause with hearty snacks
18.00 Welcoming words, introduction of agenda and house rules
18.45 Idea pitching
19.45 Coffee break, salty and sweet snacks
20.00 Idea pitching continues
21.00 Formation of teams
22.00 Presentation by tech mentor
22.20 Group work starts
Saturday, October 22
10.00 Checkpoint #1
11.00 Mentor round #1
14.00 Work continues and mentor round #2
18.00 Checkpoint #2
18:30 Presentation: how to prepare for the grand finale pitching?
Sunday, October 23
10.00 Checkpoint #3
10.30 Pitch drill #1
14.00 Pitch drill #2
17.00 Coffee and light meal
17.30 Grand finale. Final pitching
20.00 Winners will be announced
How to prepare for Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon:
We'll start on Friday at 17:30 with opening doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. This time before the official opening is a great opportunity for getting to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?
Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development.
Please take your:
3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)
photo camera to take and share photos
sleeping bag and towel (in case you registered for sleepover at the venue)
credit cards for domain registration
business cards (if you have any)
Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and 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 noon, at the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: name of your project).
Consider following key points:
Describe briefly your background (10 sec)
What is the name of the idea (5 sec)
What's the idea all about? What is the problem your idea solves? Target user count and description (30 sec)
Technical solution and if there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered?) (30 sec)
Minimum viable product and plan for 48 hours. Who do you need for the team? (20 sec)
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 10 to 14 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation.
Average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designer, a project manager (team lead/visionary), and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! Minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.
If some ideas get too few people or not balanced teams (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.
WORKING IN TEAMS
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 his tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is really a short time.
Food and drinks. We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.
Mentors. 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, this will help to encourage networking and gets you inside through security guards. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.
MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!