Garage48 to hold a hackathon in Riga

Garage48 is to hold its first hackathon in Riga, the capital of Latvia, where its intense startup bootcamp will focus on hardware and arts.

The hardware and arts Riga hackathon will take place from 29 September to 1 October as a part of EstLat Accelerate, a pre-acceleration programme, and it’s hosted by RTU Design Factory.

“Having Garage48 with us is relevant and essential for the development of hardware in the Latvian business environment,” Liene Rubina, the project manager at RTU Design Factory, said in a statement.

The mission of the hackathon is to move forward from software projects to create physical innovations that combine elements from software, hardware and arts.

Turning ideas into working prototypes in 48 hours

The teams will be formed on site and will develop the prototypes from late Friday evening until Sunday. “Teams need to muster a wider range of skills from hardware engineering, low voltage and app development to physical and software design. Yet somehow true magic happens while combining these talents, as they always manage to create real things over a weekend, whether for pure fun or to test serious product ideas,” Krists Avots, the corporate development manager at Lattelecom, the host of the event, said.

The most important aspect of the hackathon, according to Garage48, is to challenge oneself and learn new skills. “Product designers, UI/UX designers, electronics engineers, mechanics engineers, server programmers, mobile or web apps developers, marketers or researchers are all welcome to participate in this creative working environment,” the company said in a statement. In order to help to prepare for the hackathon, pre-events in both Tartu and Riga take place on 25 and 26 September.

Garage48 is a series of international start-up events for turning ideas into working prototypes in 48 hours.

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Cover: The Garage48 team.

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