Garage48 Bucharest "Digitalizing Governance" 2016

When 17-19 June, 2016

Where Bucharest, Romania

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  • Garage48 helping to innovate governance in Romania! 

    For the first time Garage48 is coming to Bucharest, Romania to help to innovate the public sector and bring e-services closer to governance. The event is organised  in cooperation with TechHUB Bucharest and Microsoft Corporation on June 17-19, 2016 @ TechHUB Bucharest! Prepare yourself for 48 hours full of fun, coding, designing, selling and thinking BIG! If you’re ready to disrupt the outdated technologies and create something crazy and innovative, then this is the event for you!

    During the 48 hours  teams consisting of  programmers, designers, marketers, project managers, visionary entrepreneurs, public sector & governance experts and other cool people will develop creative ideas into working prototypes. The applications and services that will be created should bring a fresh and innovative way of thinking to the public sector. We will have exciting prizes, international mentors, good food and everything you need to help you give your best during the weekend. This is your time to go big or go home!

    What is Garage48 about? Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out new web and mobile applications to bring new startups into life. 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: Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya & elsewhere.

    So, here we go - registration  is open! All  talented  back-end, front-end and mobile developers, field experts, designers, team leaders, visionaries and marketers - grab your seat! The event will take place from the 17-19th June, 2016 in TechHUB Bucharest!

    Screw it, let's do it!


    Friday, 17th June 

     17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:15 - Opening remarks by TechHUB Bucharest
     18:45 - Presentation of ideas
    19:45 - Coffee Break
    20:00 - Presentation of ideas continues
    21:00 - Team formation
    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 18th June

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

    Sunday, 19th June 

    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.
                    Opening remarks by Dan Nechita (the Counselor to the Prime Minister of Romanian Government in IT Systems & Cybersecurity)

    20:00 - Winners & networking

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

    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, 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 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 (17th June), 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)

    Look at the guideline and example "how to prepare a good pitch" (SlideShare)

    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.


    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!

    The Mentors 

    Andres Susi
    Tech Entrepreneur
    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Krists Avots
    Director of Business Development @ Lattelecom
    Helen Kokk
    Design Product Lead
    Margus Simson
    E-services Expert & CEO at Ziraff
    Radu Stefan
    Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
    Denis Chiurtu
    Startups & Academic Evangelist @ Microsoft
    Laura Savu
    Premier Support Engineer on Dev Technologies @ Microsoft Romania


    Maarika Truu
    Host & mentor at Garage48, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 
    CMO & Conference Manager @ How to Web, CMO @ TechHUB Bucharest
    Business Developer @ TechHUB Bucharest

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