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  • We are back in Tbilisi to bring together the local startup-minded community. If your passion is building amazing mobile and web apps, if you have great ideas, if you want to share experiences, if you want to express yourself and if you want to gather a great team - then join us!

    We are organising the Garage48 Gamification & Entertainment hackathon that takes place in Tbilisi on 8-10 Dec @ Fabrika Tbilisi.

    The challenge:

    Entertainment involves everything from music, video, film, theatre, art, games, sport, education, AR/VR, interactive environments - you name it. Come up with any app/service/product for entertainment or  use gamification elements to make any app or service more entertaining to use. Today any app developer is using gaming elements to make the product more engaging and more fun to use - from banking to education to entertainment. 


    The event will be organised with the help of Estonian Development Cooperation and our great local partner Impact Hub Tbilisi. JOIN US for a exciting and creative weekend to work together with international talent, to build ideas into working prototypes and go home with great prizes! We will be hacking ideas in the field of Gamification & Entertainment!

    Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to work out new web and mobile applications and bring new startups into life. We expect around 80 software developers, UX/UI designers, business people, marketers and project managers. The event is opened for both, university students and already working specialists. We start on Friday with pitching ideas and forming teams with only one goal in mind - to have a working prototype by Sunday to present to the jury. All the teams will be supported by internationally experienced mentors throughout the event.


    Prizes!

    2000 GEL for the winning team by TBC Bank 
    1 month membership at Impact HUB Tbilisi 
    Goodies from PIPES burger joint, TSRE , Icy

    A cool Garage48 T-shirt for each participant and Red Bull to keep you full of energy


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    Please join the Facebook event for all the up-to-date news: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536351033114463/
    You can also follow us on Twitter HERE.


    Have questions? Contact us at info@garage48.org




    Friday, 8th December
    18:00 - Doors open, check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    18:30 - Opening remarks
    19:30 - Pitching ideas (90 sec per idea)
    20:00 - Refreshment break
    20:15 - Pitching ideas (continues)
    20:45 - Forming teams, everyone will choose their favourite idea
    21:00 - Teamwork begins!

    Saturday, 9th December
    09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    11:00 - Mentors go around
    13:00 - Lunch
    16:00 Presentation: What is Gamification? by Kalev Kärpuk
    16:50 TBC Bank: presenting Startuperi program
    18:00 - Checkpoint #2 & Pitch practice
    19:00 - Dinner
    20:00 - Product development continues

    Sunday, 10th 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
    17:30 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    18:00 - Final event & LIVE stream
    20:00 Jury deciding
    20:30 - Winners & networking

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


    We'll start on Friday, 8th of December at 18:00 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. See the agenda for further information.


    WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?

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


    Optional:


    PITCHING IDEAS

    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 Friday noon 12:00 PM

    (8th of Dec), to info@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).


    Consider following key points:


    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 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. 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 48 hours! 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.


    WORKING IN TEAMS

    After forming the teams, organisers 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/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. 48 hours is really a short time.


    FOOD & DRINKS

    We provide full catering at the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday. There is also snacks/drinks/coffee available, so you can fully focus on your work.


    MENTORS

    We have arranged great mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. 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!


    SUNDAY DEMO PRESENTATIONS:


    SLEEPING POSSIBILITIES AT THE VENUE

    Take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue.

    If you have further questions, please see the Agenda tab above and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at info@garage48.org


    FAQ:


    1. What is Garage48 Gamification and Entertainment Tbilisi 2017?

    It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes for web and mobile applications (sometimes a hardware prototype) over the 48 hours.


    2. Who can participate?

    Registration is open to anyone:  teams and individuals. We are looking for Developers (Front-end, Back-end, Full stack Developers), Designers (Graphic, UI, UX), Marketers, Project Managers, and people who are into ideas, innovation and hacking and want to deliver innovative working prototypes in just 48 hours!


    If you register for the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over. The event is meant for working professionals or university students!


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


    3. How the communication with the registered participants happen? Do I get an email with the confirmation of my participation? Is there any selection process or whoever gets registered just comes to the event?

    The event is for free but you still need to register. When you have done that on Eventbrite, you have a spot in the hackathon.


    4. 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 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 the best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.


    5. 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 event

    before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. In the hackathon event, there will be about 20-25 slots for ideas.


    6. 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.


    7. 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.


    8. 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.


    9. If I present an idea at an Garage48 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 making it happen!


    10. Are 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 or 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!


    11. Is it a startup competition to get funding?

    Not really. The main idea of the event is to build a 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.


    12. 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 hackathon.


    13. 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.


    14. Is the hackathon 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 in the venue in case you don't want to go home or to your hotel.


    15. 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: (info@garage48.org) as soon as possible about such changes. This way we can give your spot to someone else.


    16. 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.




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    Mentors

    Ragnar Sass

    Co-founder @ Garage48, Co-founder @ Pipedrive, Co-founder @ Clanbeat, Founder @ LIFT99

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    Kair Käsper

    Head of Engagement @ Pipedrive

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    Cesar Zeppini

    Head of Design @ Pocopay

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    Henri Kroosmann

    Engineering Manager @ Pipedrive

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    Kalev Kärpuk

    Gamification/User Engagement Specialist, Product Owner @ Sayat.me

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    Hayk Asriyants

    Consultant @ GlobalData Consumer

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    Sergo Karakozov

    Head of Development @ ITDC

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    Sandro Asatiani

    Manager @ GeoLab

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    Archil Bakuradze

    Financier and Entrepreneur, Executive Chairman @ JSC MFO Crystal

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    Giorgi Jibladze

    Entrepreneur, Software Engineer, Lecturer

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    Tornike Suladze

    Lead Game Developer @ Storm Bringer Studios

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    Kakha Dolidze

    Designer 

    Kakha Sinauridze

    Senior Designer @ LLC Smartex 

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    Organisers

    Kai Isand

    COO @ Garage48; Co-founder @ YourDesignWorks

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