Garage48 Baltic Open & Big Data 2017

When 19-21 May 2017

Where Tallinn, Estonia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
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  • FINAL EVENT Sun, 15 May @ 5.30pm


    1) FOLLOW the live stream on Delfi TV: 
    2) JOIN the final event at Lift99, Telliskivi Creative City, B-building, 2nd floor. It is opened for everyone.

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    About the hackathon

    Garage 48 in collaboration with Tele2 is proud to announce  Baltic Open &Big Data 2017— a hackathon that puts data in the centre of the stage! Garage48 Baltic Open & Big Data 2017 takes place on 19-21 of May in Tallinn at LIFT99- a one of a kind, urban co-working space nestled in the middle of a lively Telliskivi Loomelinnak.

    This hackathon is targeted towards anybody, who feels passionate about data and wants to put their thoughts into action. Data aficionados, visionaries, developers, designers— you are all invited to join!

    Over the past few decades, we have gathered a vast amount of data, which presents a perfect opportunity for generating new knowledge. Big data is already known for having a major impact in transforming healthcare, predicting crime, studying customer’s buying behaviour and helping manufacturers to avoid miniature but costly mistakes. But there is so much more to be done!

    Garage48 Open & Big Data 2017  hackathon is bringing data science closer to teams by providing them with a wide list of open databases for both public and private purposes.  While open data contains stories that empower the general public and encourage change, not everyone is data-literate. People approach big data differently and by coming together we can solve problems or come up with completely new groundbreaking solutions. 
    Whether you are working on a grand scheme on how to change the world to a better place, or have just some good old knowledge on how to put open data to use for business purposes- your contribution matters.

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR:  data scrapers, data scientists, back-end developers, front-end developers, UI/UX designers, visionaries, experts, marketing gurus and passionate project managers!

    Garage48 Baltic Open & Big Data 2017 Pre-event

    In order to narrow down the subject list, come out with more specific ideas and possibly form teams, there will be a pre-event held on the 10th of May at Lift99. On May 10th we are going to announce all the datasets available to you at the Garage48 Baltic Open & Big Data 2017 hackathon. Join in to get inspired, brainstorm fresh ideas and practice your pitch to already get feedback. We urge you to take part in our pre-event happening at Lift99 on May 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

    Pre-event Agenda: 

    18.00-18.30 Gathering, coffee break with snacks
    18.30-18.45 Welcoming words. Whats the hackathon all about? How to prepare?
    18.45-19.00 Andres Kütt: chicken and egg problem in open data
    19.00-19.15 Tele2: what interesting data does a telco collect and how to use it
    19.15-19.45 Pitches from our partners: What exclusive datasets will you get access to at the event? from Tele2, SEB, Credit Info, Ekspress Media, Elering and others.
    19.45-20.00 Presentation: How to pitch your idea? by Elise Sass
    20.00-20.30 90-second idea pitching with feedback

    Read about the open datasets available

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    Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to get a preview of all the datasets available! 

    What challenges will you tackle? What questions will you ask?  Let's hack the data together!


    17:30 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:15 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    20:00 - Refreshment break
    20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    21:00 - Teamwork begins!

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2 & Pitch practice
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #3
    11:00 - Pitch drill session #1
    13:00 - Lunch
    14:00 - Pitch drill session #2
    17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    17:30 - Final event & LIVE stream
    20:00 Jury deciding
    20:30 - Winners & networking


    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.

    Positive attitude, an 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)
    mobile phone
    all chargers


    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 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 noon, at the e-mail (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 on 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 favourite 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.

    An 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! A 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.


    After forming the teams, organisers 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.


     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.




    The Mentors 

    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Andres Kütt
    Former Architect at Estonian Information System's Authority
    Dmytro Fishman
    Junior Researcher at the University of Tartu & Researcher @ Quretec OÜ
    Mikk Lellsaar
    Executive Officer at Ministery of Economic Affairs and Communications
    Jordan Valdma
    Co-founder at Producement
    Markko Karu
    CDO at Funderbeam
    Janno Siimar
    Design Lead and Partner at Velvet 
    Martins Untals
    Head of Billing and IT at Tele2 Eesti
    Hille Hinsberg
    Open Knowledge Estonia
    Mikhail Iljin
    Senior Data Scientist at Bolt
    Adolfo Ruiz Calleja
    Senior Research Fellow in Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining at the School of Digital Technologies of Tallinn University
    Antti Poikola
    Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology; Co-founder @ Open Knowledge Finland
    Taivo Pungas
    AI product lead at Veriff
    Mait Tafenau
    CIO at Ekspress Media
    Calum Cameron
    CEO of DP Innovation Labs and Edasi Labs
    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Martin Verrev
    Creative Engineer at Littlebit and lecturer at TalTech
    Peeter Piksarv
    Data Scientist at Mooncascade
    Jaan Kurvet
    Consultancy Manager at Credit Info 
    Kaspar Gering
    Data Scientist at Transferwise
    Anne Jääger
    Partner Relations Manager at Institute of Computer Science, UT
    Toomas Seppel
    Attorney at Hedman Partners Attorneys-at-Law
    Ave Kargaja
    Head of Geoinformatics and Cartography at Urban Planning Department of Tallinn
    Benson Muite
    Researcher at University of Tartu 


    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 
    Johanna Kristina Väät
    Volunteer @ Garage48 
    Karin Sepp
    Incubation Manager @ Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
    Heleri Holm
    Volunteer @ Garage48, Business Development Assistent @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
    Maarja-Leena Saar
    Open Knowledge Estonia
    Mihkel Joasoo
    CEO Trainee at Tele2 Eesti AS

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