Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga

When 12-14 October, 2018

Where Riga, Latvia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Get Ready

  • Brace yourself: Garage48 Hardware & Arts hackathon is coming again. On 12-14th of October, the legendary weekend bootcamp will bring together makers and creators from all over the world (mostly Baltics) to create hardware solutions that have never existed before.

    It’s where the hardware, software and design communities work together tightly in joint teams to deliver working physical prototypes in just 48 hours. And once again, it all happens in Riga!

    All the product designers, UI / UX designers, electronics and mechanics engineers, server programmers, mobile and web apps developers, marketers, business developers, students and art lovers are welcome - you can come with or without an idea! Previous hackathon experience is not needed, but we expect a positive attitude and willingness to learn.

    We’ll help you to form a team and give you tools and equipment to make your wildest hardware and arts-related ideas happen. During the hackathon we will take good care of you: you will be mentored by the best, fed the yummiest and introduced to cool new people!

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    List of available tools and materials:

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    Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga is organized in co-operation with EstLat Accelerate project, financed by European Union European Regional Development Fund,  European Regional Development Fund Interreg Estonia-Latvia, Riga Technical University, Riga Technical University Design Factory, Garage48, EstLat-Accelerate and Hansamatrix. Event is supported by TechHub Riga, UT IdeaLab, Startin.LV, Baltic Innovation Academy, Mass Portal, Madeby, Buildit Accelerator,, Flyte, sTARTUp Day,  SPARK hub, Farnell, Techchill, Robotex,  Ubiquity Networks, Ajujaht and Click & Grow.

    Friday, 12th of October

    17:30 - Check-in, networking & snacks

    18:00 - Opening remarks

    18:30 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    19:30 - Refreshment Break

    19:50 - Pitching ideas in 90"

    20:45 - Team formation

    22:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 13th of October

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1

    11:00 - Mentoring round starts

    13:00 - Lunch

    17.30 - Pitch drill introduction

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    19:00 - Dinner  

    20:00 - Development continues

    Sunday, 14th of October

    09:00 - Breakfast. Development continues

    09:30 - Checkpoint #3

    10:00 - Pitch drill session #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    13:30 - Pitch drill session #2

    15:30 - CLEANING

    16:00 - Refreshment break

    17:00 - Finale. Pitching session.

    18:30 - Refreshment break and Jury takes the time to select winners

    19:00 - Award ceremony & networking

    21:00 - Buses leave for Tartu and Tallinn

    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. We will have equipment and materials on site, but to be sure we recommend you to bring your own stuff as well. You never know when you need something yourself or if you could help out another team. Sharing is caring! :)

    The fact is that, if you build something that really works on Sunday evening, then we will not ask the bits and pieces back - you don't have to break your prototype, the team can take it home and continue working on it. This does not apply though for more expensive things - you can not take an oscilloscope with you or set of tweezers etc.

    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)


    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 (12.10), at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider the 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, 16 to 18 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! The 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.


    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!


    #G48AH #G48RIGA

    The Mentors 

    Kai Isand
    Pitch Coach and Host at Garage48; CEO @ Eventornado
    Indrek Rebane
    CTO at Hedgehog Electronics Engineering
    Emil Syundyukov
    Lead at Start(IT) Foundation
    Aija Freimane
    PhD, Associate professor, postdoctoral researcher in design at Design department, Art Academy of Latvia
    Viesturs Sosārs
    Co-founder at TechHub Riga
    Martin Vares
    CEO & co-founder at
    Jānis Dimpers
    Rocket guidance engineer, Audio/video broadcast engineer at MTG
    David Holahan
    Entrepreneur and  Business Leadership Consultant
    Matiss Neimanis
    Managing Partner & CEO at Buildit Accelerator
    Mindaugas Valkavičius
    3D printing, stockmaster, materials & moduling at RTU Design Factory
    Aleks Koha
    CEO at Promoty & TitanGrid
    Aldis Cimoška
    Member of the Management Board; Ventspils Plant manager at HansaMatrix AS
    Kristaps Berzinskis
    Co-Founder at
    Pēteris Sala
    Design Unicorn, Modelling, 3D Printing at RTU Design Factory
    Toms Mūrnieks
    Product Design, 3D Modelling & 3D Printing at RTU Design Factory
    Fricis Kalvelis
    Product design guru, 3D Modelling, 3D Printing at RTU Design Factory
    Janis Lapsa
    product design, prototyping, 3D modeling @ RTU Design Factory
    Gundars Miezītis
    3D scanning, CNC Milling, Robotics at RTU
    Aivars Vaivods
    Embedded System Developer at FabControl
    Andrejs Čirkovs
    Independent tech consultant for startups
    Krišs Pujāts
    CTO / Cofounder at SSS
    Kristens Raščevskis
    3D modelling, Prototyping, Mechanics at RTU


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Marelle Ellen
    Head of Marketing at sTARTUp Day
    Viesturs Sosārs
    Co-founder @ TechHub Riga
    Indrek Rebane
    CTO @ Hedgehog Electronics Engineering
    Emil Syundyukov
    Lead @ Start(IT) Educational Foundation
    Operation Specialist at TransferWise
    Liene Briede 
    RTU Design Factory
    Līga Jupatova
    Project manager assistant @ RTU Design Factory & Climate-KIC 
    Elize Rubesa
    Project manager at Latvian Startup Association
    Sanita Lasmane
    Marketing and Sales Specialist @ Buildit Creative 

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