Garage48 Arts&Culture Yerevan

When 15-17 December, 2017

Where Yerevan, Armenia

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  • This event will be a double-debut for Garage48: it's the first time we'll hack the field of arts and heritage culture and come to Armenia!

    Therefore, we are super thrilled and excited to invite all the future founders and hackers to join us on 15.12-17.12 for Garage48 Arts&Culture 2017 hackathon in Yerevan!

    Armenian culture scene is known worldwide for its prominent carpet-weavers, its oldest, richest and most varied dance tradition in the Near East, its music and of course local cuisine and wine.

    At the same time, Armenian tech industry is growing at an annual rate of 20 percent and the country has been called the new Silicon Valley of the former Soviet Union.

    Garage48 Arts&Culture 2017 development weekend is co-organised with EIVA Arts Foundation under the auspices of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Estonian Development Cooperation. This hackathon aims to bring together the brightest minds of Armenian cultural heritage and arts community with the technology sector and startup community specialists to develop innovative and sustainable products fostering the improvement, growth and preservation of Armenian cultural heritage.

    The main focus topics for the hackathon are:

    • Traditional Culture and Culture Heritage

    • Cultural Tourism

    • Cultural Education

    • Art and Technology

    • Showcasing Culture Heritage in Contemporary Environment

    All product & spatial designers, skilled graphic, UI and UX designers, passionate ethnographers, art historians, cultural theorists and artists, inspired and inspiring project managers, dedicated developers & engineers and representatives of any other field with a passionate attitude towards arts, culture, heritage and hacking are welcomed to join us to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!

    Come with the craziest ideas: physical products, web & mobile apps or hardware hacks.
    Just let us know when registering for the event so that we could prepare better

    You can join the event with the plan to pitch an idea or just join a team most likeable for you. The event will be held in English and we'll take very good care of you by providing mentorship by strongest experts, feeding you with comforting food and keeping up the positive energy!

    What is Garage48 about?

    Garage48 is a weekend-long intensive development event to work out innovative technological solutions. In 48 hours, participants turn their ideas into working prototypes. A Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper's bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere. The aim of Garage48 is to bring innovative ideas and new startups into life.

    How does Garage48 work?

    • The event begins on a Friday night with pitching ideas and forming teams.

    • Experienced technical mentors and field experts guide the teams towards better solutions and working prototypes over the weekend.

    • Sunday evening the event ends with presenting prototypes and selecting winners. Although, everyone is a winner after making many new contacts, crazy progress and learning a lot over the weekend.

    What's self-explanatory today can be heritage tomorrow!

    Please join the Facebook event for all the up-to-date news
    You can also follow us on Twitter HERE.

    Have questions? Contact us at

    Register for the hackathon HERE

    Register to pre-event HERE
    The pre-event is meant for the participants of Garage48 Arts&Culture 2017 hackathon in Yerevan to get to know each other, mix & mingle, share their ideas and get a better understanding of what will follow in the weekend.

    Pre-event  (14.12)

    Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center (ISTC)
    19:00 - 21:00

    This pre-event is meant for the participants of Garage48 Arts&Culture 2017 hackathon in Yerevan to get to know each other, mix & mingle, share their ideas and get a better understanding of what will follow in the weekend.
    You can get answers to all your questions you may have regarding the upcoming weekend from the organisers and mentors

    Garage48 Arts&Culture Yerevan Agenda

    Friday, 15th of December
    16:30 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    17:30 - Opening remarks & hackathon kick-off
    17:45 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    19:00 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    19:40 - Estonian-Armenian Delegation Reception @ Yerevan State University 
    21:30 - Back to ISTC, Teamwork begins!

    Saturday, 16th of December
    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
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 17th of  December
    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, 15th of December at 17:30 with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. The time before the official opening is a great opportunity to get to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, open-mind and lots of energy together with everything you need for a rapid product development.Please take your:

    • laptop
    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)
    • mobile phone
    • all chargers

    • photo camera to take and share photos
    • mattress
    • sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)
    • 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 12:00 PM

    (15th of Dec), to (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly, describe your idea 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 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 in your 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 favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, 14 to 20 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, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people. If some ideas get too few people or are not balanced (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/field expert) on 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.


    We provide full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. There is also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them have great fieldwork experience, others are more technical. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!


    • Sunday afternoon 14:00 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.
    • Each team will practice their demo together with mentors and jury members for 10 minutes to make the final adjustments and make a better presentation.
    • We do not allow any Powerpoint presentations for web services - we want a live demo of your product!
    • The final demo event starts at 5:30 PM
    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+1 minute for questions).
    • We admit, that the development process is the ultimate importance. But we still have a jury, to evaluate the results and choose the top projects.


    Take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue.

    If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at


    1. What is Garage48 Arts&Culture Yerevan?

    It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full product/service over the 48 hours.

    2. Who can participate? 

    Registration is open to anyone:  teams and individuals. We are looking for Designers (Product, Spatial, Physical stuff), Designer (Graphic, UI, UX), Experts (Ethnographer, Folklorist, Art/Culture Historian, Art/Culture Theorist, Artist), Project Managers, Marketers, Engineers (Mechanical, Tisler, Electronic etc),Front-end Developers,Back-end Developer,Full stack Developers and people who are into culture, heritage and hacking and want to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!

    If you register for the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over. The event is meant for working professionals or university students!

    PS. If you come as a team, each team member still has to register individually.

    3. How the communication with the registered participants happen? Do I get an email with the confirmation of my participation? Is there any selection process or whoever gets registered just comes to the event?

    We will send you an e-mail one week before the event asking you to confirm your registration. Then you can count on the participation, get ready and come hack!

    4. I don't have my own team? Can I come?

    Sure, Garage48 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new products/services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas on Friday evening, all participants will choose their favourite idea and form a team on-site. You should carefully review all pitched ideas, talk to the team members, negotiate, brainstorm and finally find the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    5. How to submit and pitch an idea?

    We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but also share your idea to our Facebook event

    before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    6. How long is the pitch? 

    On Friday night there are 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    7. How are the ideas selected for the event?

    Afterwards, when ideas are pitched, each participant will choose the idea that s/he wants to work on. Ideas that are able to gather a sufficient team around them will prevail. People who have chosen the ideas that are not able to gather proper team will have to join other teams.

    8. How big is an ideal team?

    In our experience, best teams have between 4 and 7 members. Each team should be self-sufficient by having all the main roles (business and product vision, design, programming, marketing, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people. 

    9. If I present an idea at the Garage48 Arts&Culture Yerevan 2017 event, can someone steal it?

    Of course :) Hackathon has many participants, including journalists, bloggers and tweeters - your idea will not remain a secret. So, if you think you have a top-secret, patentable, Nobel-prize worthy idea, then don't present it in the hackathon ;). On the other hand, if you have an idea that has been sitting in your head for some time, waiting for right time or right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for making it happen!

    10. Are 48 hours enough?

    Yes, and No. 48 hours is more than enough time to take an idea, build a working prototype, alpha or beta service and make it publicly available for users, potential customers. (Unless you are building a nuclear reactor, new drug, a spaceship or something similar, of course). However, to make your prototype, alpha or beta into a viable business, much more work after the event is needed. We encourage (and give preference in selection) to those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!

    11. Is it a startup competition to get funding?

    Not really. The main idea of the event is to build a startup community, find new friends and meet people, build something cool in 48 hours. But it's not so much about winning the prize or getting financing. This hackathon is mostly an experience of building a new (working) project in 48 hours, meet and work with new people whom you probably would not meet otherwise.

    12. Can I buy a domain and set up hosting account before the event?

    Yes, you can do various preparations for your project unless you start designing or coding. We encourage you to think of the project name, business model, short-term and long-term plan etc. But it's not allowed to do any coding work on the project before the Garage48 Arts&Culture Yerevan 2017 event.

    13. What happens to the developed products and services after the event?

    The project built during hackathon events owned by the team who built it. So it's up to the teams to decide how do they take it forward. Some ideas are very likely to be developed into successful businesses, others struggle to find a feasible business model and fade away. Organisers are encouraging teams to continue developing the ideas and provide mentorship, but ultimately, the success or failure rests solely with the members of the team.

    14. Is the hackathon a continuous 48-hour marathon or can I sleep during the event, too?

    Sleep is for the weak. (Just kidding). While some teams pulled all-nighters at the last events, most successful teams did take time to get a full 7-8 hour sleep, come back in the morning refreshed and were fully productive during the day. We provide floor space in the venue in case you don't want to go home or to your hotel.

    15. What if I have registered for the hackathon event as a participant but can not come to the event?

    Please notify us by e-mail: ( as soon as possible about such changes. This way we can give your spot to someone else.

    16. What are the criteria for the jury to select winning team?

    The jury gives points between 1 to 10 and evaluates the following: people and team, business potential, product, presentation.

    Award information TBA soon!

    The Mentors 

    Maarika Truu
    Garage48 host & mentor, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Helen Kokk
    Design Product Lead
    Vaiko Hansson
    Leadership coach, Agile mindset trainer, Speaker, Music composer
    Albert Poghosyan
    COO, Business Specialis at Rodin
    Mikk Meelak
    Architect, Designer at Platvorm
    Piruza Harutjunjan
    Head Of Business Services at SK ID Solutions
    Kaja Kruus
    UX/UI Designer at Proekspert AS
    Ashot Arakelian
    Product Owner at Kuehne + Nagel, Co-founder at
    Ara Tarumyan
    Systems Engineer at National Instruments
    Aryan Behzadi
    CEO and Co-founder at Of Triple-E
    Karen Hambardzumyan
    Machine Learning Researcher at YerevaNN research lab


    Natalie Mets
    Project Ninja at Garage48 
    Lía Mkhitaryan
    Co-Founder and CEO of Eiva Arts Foundation

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