Garage48 Impact Hackathon

When 21-23 September, 2018

Where Oslo, Norway

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  • Garage48 - legendary hackathon series from Estonia is going to Oslo Innovation Week 2018!
    Bright-minded startup enthusiasts from Norway, Estonia and beyond are welcome to join the awesome 48-hour hackathon to turn an idea to prototype in just two days.

    The last couple of years we've been seeing the rise of the Impact Economy marked by the growing connection of social and commercial interests. The organisations willingly work on creating a positive impact on the communities they interact with: customers, employees, suppliers, citizens with the aim of making “profit with purpose”.

    A lot of international organizations also aspire to have a positive impact on communities across the globe. Such, UN defined 17 Sustainable Development goals to transform our world, each focusing on several problems seriously affecting the wellbeing of people pretty much everywhere.

    We invite you to become a part of this movement at Garage48 Impact Hackathon that will take place on 21-23 of September in Oslo on a weekend prior to and as a part of Oslo Innovation Week 2018: sustainABILITY.

    During Garage48 Impact Hackathon, the participants will focus on getting closer to achieve two UN Sustainable Development goals by developing an impactful startup idea.

    There will be 3 streams:
    • Smart City - focusing on solutions that would make the cities safer, cleaner, and more inclusive.
    • Mobility - focusing on developing solutions for faster and more convenient transportation that would reduce the pollution and time spent commuting, as well as will make delivering goods more efficient and sustainable.
    • Sustainable Energy - focusing on making energy more accessible and affordable, by developing tech-driven sustainable solutions.
    However, since the topics are so connected, the idea might be also on the intersection of these streams.

    For Garage48 Impact Hackathon WE ARE LOOKING FOR: field experts, engineers, developers, designers, business visionaries, product managers and marketers.

    Join the hackathon to make the world a better place! From our side, we'll provide you warm meals three times a day, snacks and drinks to keep you going, fast wifi - everything is available at the VENUE just make sure to sign up NOW, because the tickets are being ordered FAST.


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    Garage48 Impact Hackathon is organized in cooperation with Estonian Investment Agency and Xplorico

    This event is part of Oslo Innovation Week 2018, 24-28 September.  #oiw2018


    Friday, 21st of September

    17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks

    18:15 - Introduction to the hackathon and opening remarks

    18:45 - Presentation of ideas  

    20:00 - Team formation

    21:00 - Team work begins!

    Saturday, 22d of September

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #1- whole team please show up

    11:00 - Mentors go around

    13:00 - Lunch

    13:45 - Product development (mentors go around)

    16:00 Pitch training

    18:00 - Checkpoint #2

    19:00 - Dinner

    19:45 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 23d of September

    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues

    10:00 - Checkpoint #3

    11:00 - Pitch drill #1

    13:00 - Lunch

    14:00 - Pitch drill #2 with product demonstration

    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.

    Please take your:
    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance),
    mobile phone
    all chargers 

    sleeping bag

    your own plastic cup to reduce the environmental footprint of this hackathin
    photo camera to take and share photos
    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, at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).


    • 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 

    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network
    Liis Narusk
    CEO at ELEVATE by Garage48
    Rune Elvrum
    Co-founder at Xplorico
    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Cesar Zeppini
    Design Lead at Veriff
    Silje Bareksten
    Head of Smart City at Oslo Business Region 
    Trond Skudberg
    Co-Founder & CEO at Nordic Hub India
    Bjørn Utgård
    Director of New Markets at EVBox
    Raido Lember
    Head of Investment Advisers at Estonian Investment Agency
    Rune Aune
    Principal Software Engineer at, ex-Engineer at Google
    Kris Riise
    Founder & CEO at Unloc


    Polina Shevchenko
    Project Manager at Garage48
    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48

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