Idea Garage Cyber Security Powered by UK 

When 23 January, 2018

Where Vilnius, Lithuania

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  • In today's world, we all rely on technology more than we really want to. Therefore it’s important that technology is available, protected and secure. Unfortunately, most technology that is available is quite vulnerable and can be easily hacked.

    Idea Garage Cyber Security Powered by UK will bring together people from many different fields: data scientists, non-technical and technical cybersecurity or data protection professionals, designers, developers, marketers, passionate project managers and much more!

    Through intense brainstorming, different expertise and top-notch mentors, a lot can be done in a day. What might be a daunting task alone, can be easily done together!

    Idea Garage: Cyber Security Powered by UK is an event series which has been brought to you by Garage48, British Embassy and Startup Estonia. The idea is to organize 3 Idea Garages on Cyber Security - one in Riga, one in Vilnius and one in Tallinn. The Idea Garage in Vilnius will take place on the 28th of November in Rise Vilnius, the exact dates and venue for the events in Riga and Tallinn will be announced soon.

    The main aim of this event series is to bring the cybersecurity communities of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and UK  closer together and gather ideas and challenges which are ready to enter a full-size hackathon in Spring 2018!

    Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone, brainstorm and meet exciting new people!

    Join the event on Facebook:


    09:30-10:00 Gathering, morning coffee, quick breakfast

    10:00-10:10 Greetings, introduction to the event and setting the main goals for the day (Liis Narusk, Elevate) 

    10:10-10:45 Introduction by a UK cybersecurity specialist on UK`s cyber security sector, focus areas (Kieren Lovell, Head of Incident Response at the University of Cambridge) 

    10:45 -11:00 Introduction to the Idea Garage48 format and what to expect

    11:00-12:00 Pitching the Ideas

    12:00-12:15 Formation of the teams, dividing the mentors between the teams

    12:15-13:15 First work session in the teams

    13:15-14:15 Lunch (you are encouraged to take a quick lunch and go back to work faster than an hour)

    14:15-14:30 How to present an idea? Pitch training (Liis Narusk, Elevate)

    14:30- 16:30 Second work session in the teams

    16:30-17:00 Coffee and snacks break

    17:00-17:30 Presenting the final ideas (in a 90-second pitch format, feedback, questions by jury)

    17:30 Announcing the winners

    We'll start on Tuesday, 23th of January at 09:30 AM with opening the doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. The time before the official opening is a great opportunity to get to know the crowd and to network. Check the agenda for further information.


    • Positive attitude, open-mind and lots of energy together with everything you need for a rapid product development. Please take your:
    • laptop

    • 3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)

    • mobile phone all chargers


    • photo camera to take and share photos
    • 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 the 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 Tuesday 10:00 AM (23th of January), to (Subject: name of your project).

    The pitch should include your name & background, idea name, problem, solution, (technical vision - if there is one).

    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly, describe your idea 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 there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered) (30 sec)

    • Who do you need in your team? (10 sec)

    NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!


    After pitching is over еvery participant will choose their favourite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually, around 10 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation. The average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designers, a project manager (team lead/visionary/field expert) and marketer in order to get the product/service ready in the short time given during the day! The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people. If some ideas get too few people or are not balanced (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.


    After forming the teams, organisers will give a room/space for every team to work. 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/field expert) on 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. A couple of hours is a really short, but enough time for amazing ideas to come into being!


    Breakfast & lunch (included in your small ticket fee) will be served at the venue. There is also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the day. Some of them have great fieldwork experience, others are more technical. 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. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!


    1. What is Idea Garage Cyber Security Powered by UK?

    Idea Garage is not your regular workshop, where people gather together, talk a lot and then go home and forget about it. It is a much-needed gathering, where initial ideas will mature and be ready for the next stage.

    2. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone: teams and individuals. We are looking for kick-ass cyber security specialists, data specialists, UI/UX designers, front-end developers, back-end developers, project managers, marketer gurus or passionate visionaries and people who are into cyber security, technology and blockchain and want to get out of their comfort zone, brainstorm and meet exciting new people while delivering innovative solutions to real problems!

    PS. If you come as a team, each team member still has to register individually.

    3. I don't have my own team? Can I come?

    Sure, Garage48 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new products/services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas 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 the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    4. How to submit and pitch an idea?

    We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but you can also share your idea to

    our Facebook event before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further.

    5. How long is the pitch?

    On Tuesday (23rd) there would be 90-second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    6. How are the ideas selected for 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 to join other teams.

    7. 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, expertise in the subject of the hackathon) covered. The minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    8. What happens to the developed products and services after the event?

    The project built during hackathon events 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. Organisers 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.

    9. What if I have registered for 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. This way we can give your spot to someone else.

    10. What are the criteria for the jury to select winning team?

    The jury gives points between 1 to 10 and evaluates the following: people and team, business potential, product, presentation.

    Award information TBA soon!



    The Mentors 

    Liis Narusk
    CEO at ELEVATE by Garage48
    Siraj Shaikh
    Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at CyberOwl
    Calum Cameron
    CEO of DP Innovation Labs and Edasi Labs
    Godfrey Gasto
    Director at CSIT - Centre for Secure Information Technologies
    Kieren Lovell
    Head of CERT (TalTech) & Incident Response Lecturer (Defence Academy of the UK)
    David Modic
    Research Associate at Cambridge University's Computer Lab
    Tauri Kärson
    Chief Operations Officer at WebARX


    Viliyana Mutafova
    Project Manager at Garage48

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