Garage48 Hardware & Arts – the very first hardware hackathon in the Baltics.

05. detsember, 2013

Garage48Hardware & Arts will be a “one of its kind” Garage48 hackathon, bringing together the creative communities of electronics, mechatronics, and software engineers, artists, product designers, and marketeers in Tartu, Estonia, on February 7-9, 2014.


This will be a truly amazing hackathon, where we expect people to work on crazy ideas with the aim to have fun while developing something cool and REAL – something you can hold in your hands. No matter what skills you possess – everybody who wants to build something is welcome! We want to engage people from different levels of experience: from students to experienced electronics engineers and start-up entrepreneurs.

*Introduction events* for Hardware & Arts will take place in three cities in the first week of December. We’ll be explaining what is going to happen, why and how:

• Tartu: 2nd of Dec, 18:00
Ülikooli Kohvik, Rõdusaal, Ülikooli 20, Tartu.

• Tallinn 4th Dec, 18:00
Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture, 3rd floor, Pikk 20,

• Riga – Date and place TBC

Everybody is welcome!

*Garage48 Hardware & Arts – When and Where?*

The event *Garage48 Hardware & Arts* will take place *7.-9. February 2014*at University of Tartu, old Physics building, Tähe 4, Tartu, Estonia.

Stay tuned for further details and registration opening in December at

*Hardware & Arts – Why?*
Those who are familiar with Garage48, know it is an event where ideas are turned into working prototypes in 48 hours. Usually, the teams are formed from software engineers, designers, visionaries and marketing specialists with ideas that tend to fall into the field of internet and mobile apps.

This is not always the case – we have had robots crawling around at Garage48. Thus, Hardware & Arts introduces something new to the event series.

There have been small hackathons with couple of guys sitting in a garage, combining solder with chips and transistors; gluing with lines of code and healthy dosage of black magic.

We have also seen product designers or architects working on their concepts with a string of hot wire and pieces of Styrofoam, or more lucky ones, with
3D CAD programs and printers.

We want to bring that feel of magic to Garage48 and introduce the synergetic event to creative minds of electronics and mechatronics engineers, artists and product designers. And not only that! We are inviting our usual suspects – software engineers, UI/UX designers, and marketeers to join in as well.

*Hardware & Arts – Who should come?*

Garage48 Hardware & Arts invites 100 participants with various roles:
• If you happen to be a mechanical, electronics, or a software engineer – we want you at our event!
• If you happen to be a product, UI, UX, or a fashion designer – we want you at Garage48!
• If you happen to be an architect, interior designer or an artist – we want you at our Garage48 Hardware & Arts.
• If you are a person who has ideas, who knows how to market and sell like hell – we want you to come!

You all have to come because it will be the start-up event in 2014.

Garage48 is not a search for a million dollar idea, but a crazy weekend project that needs the “just do it” attitude and 48 hours of commitment. The results are much more real than a business plan on paper – they are working products and services.

Please have a look at the short 90-second video about Garage48:

Check out previous projects launched at last Garage48 events at

Less talk, more action!
Garage48, Hardware & Arts team:

Garage48: Priit Salumaa & Krists Avots
Tartu University: Alvo Aabloo
Estonian Academy of Arts: Anu Piirisild
Hedgehog OÜ – Indrek Rebane
Shaka OÜ – Jens Kasemets

*About the organizers:*

*Garage48 *
Garage48 is a series of international start-up events for turning ideas into working prototypes in 48 hours. Garage48 brings together people with different skills to pitch ideas, form teams, and build real products and services under “blood & sweat” intensity. With origins in Estonia, so far 26 Garage48 events have taken place in 12 countries from South Africa to Russia with 2200 participants, 300 finished prototypes and 15+ successful start-ups created.

*Estonian Academage teeby of Arts*
Established in 1914, Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) is provides education in art, design, architecture, and art culture at three levels of higher education, which unites innovative studies, creative work, research and development at the highest level of the fields of visual culture. We believe that art, design, architecture and technology are subjects that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world we live in. EAA is modelling the future of the cultural and artistic landscape of Estonia.

*Tartu University – Institute of Technology and Institute of Physics*
The University of Tartu (UT) was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. UT is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. As Estonia’s national university, UT stresses the importance of co-operation and partnerships. In this event two institutes will play major role: Institute of Technology is the young research institute focusing on high level multidisciplinary research including biotechnology, materials science, computer engineering and robotics. Institute of Physics focuses on physics and materials science and technologies based on these basic disciplines.