Garage48 Empowering Women Kharkiv 2018

When 7-9 December, 2018

Where Kharkiv, Ukraine

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  • Watch out! Garage48 is coming to Ukraine for the next Empowering Women hackathon already! This time the destination is Kharkiv!

    Why so soon? Is it because Ukrainians are full of love for new challenges or is it because Garage48 is being so impatient for more and more impact! It’s both actually, but there is more to the story.

    The demand for these consequent events is shaped by the current status of business dynamics regarding gender and productivity. Even though IT-savvy labour is in great demand for many industries, and despite of widespread promotions for tech careers among women, it seems the ideal diversity is yet nowhere to be realized. Recent studies revealed that gender-balanced teams make a significant difference in team effectiveness and outperform both predominantly male and predominantly female teams. However, the stats are still indicating to a displeasing picture:

    - From 1980 to 2010, 88% of all IT patents were by male-only invention teams, while 2% were by female-only invention teams.
    - Today, only 25% of computing jobs are held by women. This is a number that has been on a steady decline for years.
    - Only 5% of leadership positions in the tech sector are held by women; they make up only 7% of partners at top 100 venture capital firms.

    We believe that if we approach to the matter on a grassroots level, we can affect some real change. Garage48’s worldwide experience in enabling promising venture entrepreneurs to deliver impactful results within a short yet efficient period of time is trusted by many global and leading companies, therefore we teamed up with Beetroot and YEP in partnership with Estonian Development Cooperation to initiate the winds of change.

    After all, the potential is out there based on recent studies, just waiting for us all to give it a nudge:
    - Women are more likely to launch education businesses.
    - Women are determined to run sustainable businesses.
    - Women are ready to go that extra mile to see their companies grow. 57% of women business owners expect their revenues to increase in 2018.

    It seems like they have the background. They have the skills. They definitely have the mindset and spirit. We are here only to give a little nudge so they could also have the opportunity. BUT, we need your help to minimize the restrictive barriers and stereotypes for women to boost gender diversity at tech-business life.

    Just to be clear, this event is for everyone! No restrictions are allowed in this zone: all genders, ideas, topics and background are more than welcome! Synergy and diversity are vital for innovation and growth; which is why you are all invited to take part in this powerful hackathon! Let’s show the world how impactful the results can be once the right alliance is set.

    What to expect from Garage48 Empowering Women Kharkiv Hackathon:

    Prepare for 48 hours full of fun, coding, building, designing, marketing and thinking BIG! If you’re ready to think outside of the box, meet like-minded people and get empowered, this event is for you!

    We expect BOTH GENDERS with DIVERSE SKILL SETS - developers, designers, marketers, visionaries, project managers - to come together and work on their ideas with a target to have fun while doing it!

    Everybody will get a chance to present their idea on Friday (December 7) in a 90-sec pitch.

    Teams are formed on the spot around the best ideas (so please, do not worry if you don´t have an idea at all - you are more than welcome to the hackathon!). 48 hours that follow, will be filled with vibrant community energy, brainstorming and hard work, all in order to turn the initial idea into a working prototype. All the teams will be supported by top-notch local and international experts. All the finished prototypes/apps/platforms will be presented at the Sunday finale and the best teams will receive rewarding prizes that will enable them to develop their ideas even further!

    Before the hackathon, we will have a pre-event where we can all get to know each other, mix & mingle, share the ideas and get a better understanding of what will happen at the main event. It will be powered by Startup Estonia, whose representatives will have the stage to give us inspiring and empowering speeches to get us in the mood for the weekend marathon!

    The intense hackathon session will be followed by a celebratory evening event where you get to have a drink and unwind while enjoying the company of brilliant minds surrounding you!

    The event is organized by Garage48, Beetroot and YEP in partnership with Estonian Development Cooperation.
    Ticket price for all 3 days of the event is just 150UAH for the EARLY BIRDS for 2 weeks. 
    After that the ticket price will be 200UAH. Ticket price includes meals and coffee at the venue.
    Registration and ticket sales:

    Have any questions? Contact us at

    #garage48kharkiv #garage48empowher
    Friday, December 7
    17:30 - Check in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:00 - Opening remarks
    18:30 - Presentation of ideas
    19:45 - Coffee break
    20:00 - Presentation of ideas continues
    21:00 - Team formation
    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, December 8
    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. Development continues
    19:00 - Dinner

    Sunday, December 9
    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 - Winners & networking

    We'll start on Friday, December 7th 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

    (December 7th), 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 fieldworkexperience, 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 Empowering Women?

    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 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 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 

    Kai Isand
    Pitch Coach and Host at Garage48; CEO @ Eventornado
    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Merilin Lukk
    Lead mentor at Garage48
    Marina Shutova
    User Onboarding Specialist at Katana Smart Manufacturing Software
    Maido Parv
    Senior Product Designer at Wise
    Marko Russiver
    Co-founder at Guaana
    Romet Tagobert
    Senior Software Engineer at Twilio
    Kristi Tammet
    Integration Manager at Playtech
    Christer Loob
    CEO and Co-founder at Operose OÜ
    Oksana Kobzar
    Owner at Oksana Kobzar Law Office / Partner at Axon.Partners
    Yevgeniy Shpika
    Co-founder at,,
    Stanislav Termosa
    Senior Consultant at Nyvara Software and Software Engineer at BanQu Inc.
    Olena Parkhomenko
    Business Development Director at ILF
    Julia Shaptala
    Director at WebSpellChecker LLC
    Kateryna Stetsura
    Education Specialist at Beetroot Academy
    Irina Tischenko
    Product manager at Beetroot Academy


    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Nilay Rammul 
    Marketing Manager at Garage48
    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48

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