Garage48 HealthTech 2016

When 15-17 April, 2016

Where Riga, Latvia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Get Ready
  • First health technology hackathon in the Baltics – “Garage48 HealthTech” will be held in Riga from 15th till 17th of April, 2016. It will take place newly built Academic Centre for Natural Sciences.

    There will be three main tracks in the hackathon:
    - Hardware - participants will work with actual hardware creating physical prototypes.
    - GadgetHack – participants will create device specific applications and projects.
    - Software – participants will create software and virtual projects regarding the theme.

    If you are coming from Estonia and want to take a FREE bus, please register here:

    The bus will start from Tallinn, then go to Tartu and end up in Riga by 5.30 pm on April 15.
    It will come back from Riga on April 17 starting at approx. 9.30 pm


    We will provide the hackers with the hardware and devices to hack during the event. Let us know ( what else you would like to see and we will do everything we can to make it happen.
    The list is below (list might be updated):

    - Pebble
    - Beddit
    - Leap Motion
    - Polar T-34
    - Mass Portal 3D Printers
    - Oscilloscope
    - Arduino
    - Raspberry Pi
    - Samsung Gear S2
    - Arduino Uno
    - Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
    - Pulse Sensors
    - Servos
    - Humidity, Temperature Sensors
    - IMU sensors
    - Alchohol Gas sensor
    - Communication modules: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
    - Soldering Stations
    - Other electronic components and soldering materials


    Friday, 15th of April

     17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:15 - Opening remarks
     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, 16th of April 

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    13:45 - Product development
    18:30 - Checkpoint #2
    19:00 - Dinner
    19:45 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 17th of April

    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 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. 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 :)
    Please take your:  laptop 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance), mobile phone all chargers Optional: photo camera to take and share photos mattress sleeping bag and towel (in case you registered for sleepover at the venue) credit cards for domain registration business cards (if you have any). Students who have free participation have to bring valid ISIC to prove, that your are a student.

     PITCHING IDEAS Please prepare a good pitch! 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, 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 to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!

     FORMING TEAMS 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 15 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation. Average team has about 4 to 6 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.

     WORKING IN TEAMS After forming the teams, 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!


    The Mentors 

    Krists Avots
    Director of Business Development @ Lattelecom
    Indrek Rebane
    CTO at Hedgehog Electronics Engineering
    Jaanus Sakkis
    Creative Director and Founder at Feks Design
    Eriks Klotins
    PhD at Blekinge Institute of Technology
    Aija Klavina
    Professor and Chief Researcher @ the Latvian Academy of Sport Education
    Sergey Jakimov
    CEO at Koatum, Cofounder @ Vortex Oil
    Krišjānis Nesenbergs
    Researcher and Member of the Scientific Council @ Institute of Electronics and Computer Science
    Sven Parkel
    Technology Transfer Officer (biotech) @ University of Tartu
    Ilze Zaharane
    Co-founder & CEO at CheeksUp
    Marcin Borecki
    Microsoft Regional Director, IoT Workshops organizer
    Thomas Schmit
    Associate Partner at Accelerace Management A/S
    Kerli Gabrilovica
    Chief Corporate Development Officer, Member of the Board @ Lattelecom
    Charles Busmanis
    Head of Design & Education @ Riga Technical University Design Factory
    Juris Kļava
    Head of Product Development @ Mass Portal


    Oskars Gauks
    Garage48 events & sponsors
    Emil Syundyukov
    Founder @ Health Hackers
    Austris Cīrulnieks
    Student Partner at Microsoft

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