Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech

When 2-4 December, 2016

Where Pärnu, Estonia

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  • Garage48 is teaming up again with Tech Sisters, Pärnu City Council and Pärnu Entrepreneurship & Development Center and our local partners to bring a hackathon to Pärnu for the 4th year. This time you can join with whatever cool and innovative idea you have. Prepare yourself for 48 hours full of fun, coding, building, designing, selling and thinking BIG! So if you’re ready to think outside of the box, meet like-minded people and build something crazy and innovative, this event is for you!

    Why Women in Tech?

    Technology can be the great equalizer. Start-ups are not constrained by nationality, language, or borders. Instead, ideas and teams are the driving force behind their innovative and disruptive concepts. However, despite their egalitarian nature, women are often excluded from start-up teams whether they are located in Europe or elsewhere in the world and we are setting out to change this fact. We’re proposing a gender-equal hackathon to encourage more women to participate in Estonia's tech sector. 

    The hackathon aims to motivate and invite around 50% of the participants to be women.

    We expect people of all skill sets - engineers, developers, designers, marketers, visionaries - 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 and teams are formed on the spot around the best ones. The 48 hours that follow are full of vibrant community energy, top-notch local and international mentors and team effort to present a working prototype at the Sunday final.

    Join our pre-events to hear more & prepare yourself for the hackathon event:

    * 16th Nov 18:00-20:00 "Garage48 & Tech Sisters present: Why Women in Tech?" hosted by Jobbatical
    Location: Niine 11, Tallinn
     Jobbatical with its inspiring power woman founder Karoli, international vibrant team & cozy office in Kalamaja is welcoming us for an evening meetup.
    We are really happy to see these women rocking the stage and hopefully inspiring you:
    - Karoli Hindriks (Co-founder Jobbatical) welcoming us and telling the inspiring story of Jobbatical

    Lauren Proctor (Head of Marketing @ Jobbatical, Digital Marketing & Web Development Strategy Consultant)
    - Maarika Truu (Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech main organizer)

    Register for the event on Facebook

    * 30th Nov 18:00-20:00 "Tips&tricks to succeed in Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech" hosted by ShipitWise

    Location: Rotermanni tn 2-B2, Tallinn

    The second pre-event for the Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech on 30th November is focusing on giving specific tips on how to get the most out of the hackathon. 5 lucky idea owners will be given the opportunity to participate in the pitch training session. To undergo the pitch training, please write to
    Wonderful speakers at the event:
    - Anna Medjanskaja (Chief Logistics Officer @ Shipitwise)
    - Maarika Truu (Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech main organizer)
    More Speakers TBA
    Register for the event on Facebook

    Join our official  Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech hackathon's event page on Facebook to get updates and information:

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity and be part of the disruption!

    Friday, 2nd December
    • 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, 3rd December
    • 09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast.  Development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    • 11:00 - Mentors go around
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 16:00 Helen Kokk inspirational UX workshop "How to make right decisions in short time"
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 19:30 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    Sunday, 4th December
    • 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

    NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen.

    GET READY section for participants

    We'll start on Friday (2nd December)  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 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 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 latest (2nd December), at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly describe 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 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.

    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.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged great 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. They are there to help you!

    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!


    • Sunday afternoon 14:30 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.

    • Every 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 product live demo!

    • The final demo event starts at 5:30pm in Tervis Spa Hotel Culture Room

    • 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. We have prepared a separate room for all the dreamers:)    

    • If you have further questions, please see the Agenda and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech? It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full service over the 48 hours. This will be the 4th hackathon event organized in Pärnu city with the aim of inviting more women to the tech scene. The idea is to have a balance of 50% of women with 50% of men in the hackathon. 

    • Who can participate? Registration is open to anyone. We are looking for people with different roles - front-end developers, back-end developers, mobile developers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, project managers, but also other people interested in building a cool project within 48 hours. If you register to the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over.

    • I don't have my own team? Can I come? Sure, Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new 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 a best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    • 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 group before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. On the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    • 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.

    • How are the ideas selected on 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 join other teams.

    • If I present an idea at the Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech 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 make it happen!

    • Is 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 of 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!

    • Is it a startup competition to get funding? Not really. The main idea of the event is to build 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.

    • 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, business development) covered.

    • 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 Garage48 Pärnu 2016 Women in Tech event.

    • What happens to the developed products and services after the event? The project built during hackathon event is 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. Organizers 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.

    • Is the hakathon 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 for foreigners in the venue in case you want to save on hotel costs.

    • What if I have registered to 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. Garage48 does not give refund to purchased ticket but you can use the same ticket to any other Garage48 hackathon, just let us know beforehand.



    The Mentors 

    Elise Sass
    Advisor at Garage48
    Karen K. Burns
    CEO and Co-Founder at Fyma
    Helen Kokk
    Design Product Lead
    Janika Liiv
    Founding Engineer at Clanbeat
    Lembit Lõpp
    Senior Front-End Developer at Pipedrive
    Sven Kirsimäe
    Chief Architect at R&D, Software and Data at Salto Network
    Sander Gansen
    Managing Partner at Springrise
    Jordan Valdma
    Co-founder at Producement


    Maarika Truu
    Host & mentor at Garage48, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Heleri Holm
    Volunteer @ Garage48, Business Development Assistent @ Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
    Chief Logistics Officer @ Shipitwise, Garage48 Volunteer
    Customer Solutions Expert @ Pipedrive, Volunteer @ Garage48

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