Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016

When 21-23 October, 2016

Where Tartu, Estonia

  • Overview
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  • About the upcoming hackathon

    Garage48 in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Information System Authority and University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science are hosting a hackathon that makes data science the centre of the stage!

    Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 will take place in the framework of EU Structural Funds support scheme “Raising Public Awareness about the Information Society” and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

    The Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon in Tartu, Estonia is bringing data science closer to teams by opening up data sets to explore and develop. Over the past few decades we have gathered an unfathomable amount of data, which presents an opportunity for generating new knowledge and new economies. Big data is already known for predicting crime, traffic, customer buying behaviour etc., but there is so much more that can be done. The likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon rely heavily on open and big data for their business purposes and to create live communities.

    Thus the government and many private companies have provided us with a wide list of data that are ready to be put into action in smart, lucrative and creative ways. At the hackathon you will get to use open data sets that could be used for private or public purposes. Participate at the Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon to take data science to the next level! Data is power in the hands of the powerful!

    Data scrapers, data scientists, backend developers, frontend developers, UI/UX designers, visionaries, experts, marketing/project management gurus are welcome to JOIN!

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    NB! Transport for the hackathon from Tallinn and Riga is FREE.  More info tba!

    Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event

    We also urge everyone who are planning to participate at the hackathon to take part in the pre-event on the 21st of September. At the pre-event you will get to prepare for the prototyping hackathon with a brainstorming session, a Q&A session and you get to hear a presentation on how to deliver a perfect pitch for the Friday's idea pitching!

    What: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event

    When: Sept 21, 2016 at 4 pm

    Where: At the Mooncascade Tallinn office at Tartu mnt 43 in Tallinn (6th floor)

    Check the Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event event Page on Facebook for more info and registration here

    NB! Participants of the pre-event will be invited to the main event first

    Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Event Roadmap

    * May 26: Mooncascade Machine Learning Camp & Pizza @ Garage48 HUB Tartu 
    * Sept 2: Mooncascade Data Science & Machine Learning in R Camp & Pizza @ Mooncascade Tartu office
    * Sept 21: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 Pre-event @ Mooncascade Tallinn office
    * Oct 21-23: Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon @ Institute of Computer Science, Tartu University

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    Friday, October 21

    17.30 Gathering, coffee pause with hearty snacks

    18.00 Welcoming words, introduction of agenda and house rules

    18.45 Idea pitching

    19.45 Coffee break, salty and sweet snacks

    20.00 Idea pitching continues

    21.00 Formation of teams

    22.00 Presentation by tech mentor

    22.20 Group work starts

    Saturday, October 22

    9.00 Breakfast

    10.00 Checkpoint #1

    11.00 Mentor round #1

    13.00 Lunch

    14.00 Work continues and mentor round #2

    16.00 Presentation

    18.00 Checkpoint #2

    18:30 Presentation: how to prepare for the grand finale pitching?

    19.00 Dinner

    Sunday, October 23

    9.00 Breakfast

    10.00 Checkpoint #3

    10.30 Pitch drill #1

    13.00 Lunch

    14.00 Pitch drill #2

    17.00 Coffee and light meal

    17.30 Grand finale. Final pitching

    20.00 Winners will be announced

    How to prepare for Garage48 Open & Big Data 2016 hackathon:

    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, 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!


    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 

    Priit Salumaa
    CEO & Founder at Better Medicine
    Andres Kütt
    Former Architect at Estonian Information System's Authority
    Ilya Kuzovkin
    PhD Student at University of Tartu
    Dmytro Fishman
    Junior Researcher at the University of Tartu & Researcher @ Quretec OÜ
    Indrek Seppo
    Data Analyst at CentAR
    Taavi Tammiste
    Head of Data Science at Mooncascade
    Veli-Johan Veromann
    Designer and UX/UI Guru
    Kristjan Eljand
    CEO at STACC (Software Technology and Applications Competence Center)
    Anna Leontjeva
    Senior Data Scientist at STACC
    Mikhail Iljin
    Senior Data Scientist at Bolt
    Irene Teinemaa
    Data Scientist at STACC
    Tauno Metsalu
    Data Scientist at Kaya Consulting, Scientific Programmer @ University of Tartu 
    Sander Kuusemets 
    IT Specialist at High Perfomance Computing Centre at University of Tartu.
    Prof. Jaak Vilo
    Head of Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu
    Mark Fishel
    Associate Professor at University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science
    Andres Luhamaa
    Data Integration & QA Engineer @ PlanetOS
    Annika Ljaš
    Full Stack Marketer〡Visiting CMO〡PR Expert


    Karin Sepp
    Incubation Manager @ Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
    Kai Isand
    Host, mentor and pitch coach at Garage48 
    Triin Liiv
    Social Media Marketing @ Garage48, Marketing Manager @ Lava Media
    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Mikk Lellsaar
    Specialist at Ministery of Economic Affairs and Communications
    Maarja-Leena Saar
    Data activist at Estonian Open Data Community
    Madli Kaljula
    Activist ǀ Volunteer ǀ Entrepreneurial Soul
    Kristi Vabamäe
    Student @ University of Tartu

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