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Monday, 9 May 2016

Mobile Monday: Oh! Another social network!

Mobile Monday Estonia is starting up community meetings in Tallinn. This time we'll be touching discussions and topics around Estonian social networks - both the old and the new.

Estonian social networks - some we have seen to fade, some are still here to stay and some are to be seen in the future to prevail? We'll get deep insights on how Estonian social networks are born, how to escape failures and what are the possible key concepts to succeed.

Our speakers have experience in creating and managing social networks in the past. They will be sharing their thoughts around some of the home-brew Estonian social networks:
  • Andrei Korobeinik on Rate and Flirtic
  • Sten Seppo on Addgoals
  • Martin Henk on Uniteddogs
  • Marko Russiver on Guaana
  • Martin Grüner on
Event will be hosted by Andrii Gorbenko, Project Manager at Stoneful.

We'll meet up on 9th of May at 19:00 at Garage48 HUB Tallinn (Rävala pst 7, Tallinn).

As it's traditional for MoMo events, the fascinating presentations will be accompanied by drinks, snacks and lots of networking. The event will be held in English and is free to attend. Registrations is mandatory, though!

Eventbrite - Mobile Monday: Oh! Another social network!

Thank you and see you on Mobile Monday!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Thank you for another great MoMo event!

It was awesome to hear about new and well-functioning hardware solutions. Even better, we could even see and touch some, an actual electric motorcycle for example! Though as Pearu and others described, it is not only fun and chill in hardware prototyping.

The way how Kinotehnik has grown is truly amazing and you need to earn a lot to buy their next big product :)

Lahzit proved us perfectly that you do not have to have a background in economics to do succesful business all over the world. And Evocon - well, they are really making manufacturing smarter!

Once again a big thank you to participants and especially to our great speakers! Looking forward to the next meet-up!

Here are also the slides of the presenters and some photos. See you guys next time!

Monday, 28 March 2016

MobileMonday: Mechanic Monday :)

Our second MobileMonday of the year 2016 will give us a peek inside a whole different ballgame. We will hear stories from people who interact daily with software, but their main focus is HARDWARE. So if you have a need for custom hardware and you still do not know whether your idea is feasible, this is the place to be ;)

Tõnis from Kinotehnik will give a quick overview what is needed to transform an idea to full-blown product. Pearu (Protolab) with Rainer (Digitigu) will show a prototype electric motorcycle and talk about the pains of hardware prototyping and Ahto from Evocon will introduce you to Mr. Evocon who knows everything about smart manufacturing.

We'll meet up on 28th of March at 18:00 at GarageHUB, Tartu. Make sure you come by and bring your friends!

As per the established tradition, the event will be held in English and is free to attend (registrations is mandatory, though!).

Eventbrite - MobileMonday: Mechanical Tuesday :) @Garage48 HUB Tartu


18:00 Welcome and Introduction - Priit Salumaa
18:10 Rainer Paat / Oliver Meus - Founder and Engineer @Digitigu LLC: "Project BatteryBlok! (One Step Closer to Electric Motorcycle's and Electric Go Karts)"
18:35 Tõnis Liivamägi - Founder and CEO @Kinotehnik: "Inventing world's first and smallest bi-color, variable beam smartphone controlled LED light - The Practilite 602"

19:00 Refreshments and networking break.

19:20 Ahto Krõlov - Co-Founder @Evocon: "Manufacturing meets IT"
19:45 Toomas Laatsit - Mechanical Engineer @LahZit: "One of the ways to turn local technical knowledge into the global market"

20:10 Networking and drinks! As usual for MobileMonday :)

Venue: Garage48 HUB Tartu. The event is held in English.

Supporters: Tartu Business Advisory Services,  European Union Regional Development Fund, MooncascadeFortumoMessenteMobi Lab.

Key supporters:
This MoMo has been financed via Tartu Business Advisory Services from EU Regional Development Fund priority area No 5 'Developing SME's and regional entrepreneurship' strand 'Strengthening regional competition' activity No 5.4.2 'Regional initiatives for increasing labour market inclusion and developing entrepreneurship'.

EU Regional Development Fund
Tartu Business Advisory Service

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Thank You for the Techie Event!

This was really refreshing to have an event focussing more on development platforms and technical choices the leading people in our community have to take. Thank you all who came and special thanks to the speakers. 

Next to quite serious topics we had our fair share of fun and I'm sure I had not heard so many times the combination of terms "monolith" and "micro services" next to each other on one and the same event in Tartu. I'm also not going to look at a marshmellow the same ever again.

To follow up, here are the slides of the presenters and some photos. See you next time!

And the pics :)

Tartu - "Technical Platform Choices for a Startup Becoming an Enterprise"

Monday, 25 January 2016

MobileMonday: Technical Platform Choices for a Startup Becoming an Enterprise

The first Mobile Monday of the year 2016 will take us on an exploration of a more technical topic than the previous ones. We will be focussing on the choices of technical platforms for a start-up that wants to grow into an enterprise - what are the criteria to bear in mind? What are the options and limitations? We'll be hearing it straight from the horse's mouth as Pipedrive, Testlio and others take to the stage.

Pipedrive is a sales management CRM system that nearly every Estonian knows - with offices locally and stateside, one of their co-founders Martin Henk will be giving their account on the subject matter. We also welcome Testlio, who have seen superb growth over the last 3 years to their QA service offered by a community of qualified testing engineers. Additionally, Messente and Fortumo will also share their expertise and we will conclude with a stimulating Open Panel Discussion!

We'll meet up on 25th of January at 18:00 at GarageHUB, Tartu (note location!!). As always, the event will feature various speakers from both start-ups and established companies, with a surprise thrown in! So make sure you come by and be one of the first ones to know about the best choices to make when choosing a technology platform for your start-up.

As per the established tradition, the event will be held in English and is free to attend (registrations is mandatory, though!).

 Eventbrite - MobileMonday: Wearable Technology 

First we'll have an introduction into the topic by our very own Priit Salumaa, after which the presenters will take to the stage. Afterwards our traditional networking session accompanied with beers and snacks shall commence :)


18:00 Welcome and Introduction - Priit Salumaa
18:15 Pipedrive - Martin Henk, Co-Founder, Head of Product Management: "The art of not being too good at the Marshmallow test"
18:30 Messente - Jaanus Rõõmus, Co-founder & CTO: "What we have learned about API scaling throughout Messente's international SMS traffic growth"
18:45 Testlio - Martin Raag, Head of Engineering: "Adventures in Serverless Backends"

19:00 Refreshments and networking break.

19:15 Fortumo - Taavet Tamm, Senior Dev: "“Startup - it’s not just an IT project” - a random sampling of problems we’ve faced so far."
19:30 Open Panel Discussion and a religious fight about software platforms.
19:50 Networking and drinks! As usual for MobileMonday :)

Venue: Garage48 HUB Tartu, 25. jaanuar 18:00. The event is held in English.

Supporters: Department of Business Development at Tartu City CouncilMooncascadeFortumoMessenteMobi Lab.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Garage48 Hardware & Arts is coming again!

Registration is now open for Garage48 Hardware & Arts

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Garage48 Hardware & Arts will be a one of a kind hackathon bringing together the creative communities of electronics, mechatronics, software engineers, artists, product designers and marketeers at University of Tartu, Institute of Physics on February 5-7, 2016.

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.

Hardware & Arts – Who should come?
Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2016 invites participants with various roles:
  • If your passion is Designing - UI / UX Design or designing/creating physical things - we want you at our event!
  • If you are best at Building - Electronics, Mechanics, Server programming, Mobile or web apps - we want you to come!
  • If you are Dreaming or Selling big - we want you at Garage48!
The earlier you register, the better chances you have to find a team at the event. At the beginning of January we will create a closed Facebook group where participants can promote their ideas, get feedback and connect to others interested.

At the event we will have a ton of gadgets and cool devices you can work with as well as awesome mentors. The list will be published on - stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook updates.

Don´t miss the startup event of 2016 and register NOW on Early bird fee applies until 31 December 2015.

Less talk, more action!

Garage48 Hardware & Arts team:
Priit Salumaa - Garage48
Alvo Aabloo - University of Tartu
Anu Piirisild - Estonian Academy of Arts
Indrek Rebane - Hedgehog OÜ

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Thank you for a great Mobile Monday event!

The final Mobile Monday event of this year was held last Friday - thank you all for attending and for yet another fantastic MoMo event! We had 99 participants and the panels presented at the event were indeed highly interesting.

Music panel had mixed tech and music people, for example Helen Sildna, as the new Citizen of the Year award recipient, and the über-cool and highly successful Finnish music producer Sillamaa (she is able to live off completely from her band - not a usual achievement for a musician as usually musicians have to have a day-job to support them).

It was great to witness how music and tech people see the world so differently - ranging from ownership of ideas to how to execute them. However, we must concede - our core values are the same and creativity definitely is a shared trait.

The community panel featured both start-ups and Tartu City Council. We discussed how not to loose Tartu's identity and how to make Tartu a better place for everyone. The resulting very first Tartu community discussion meet-up was announced and on Tuesday 35 people gathered for a follow-up lunch in Garage48 hub in town to discuss these topics in more detail.

In conclusion - it was a truly a great Mobile Monday plus we had an awesome party later at Genialistide Klubi together with Tartu Music Week.

Let's do something like this again!

And great thanks to our sponsors: Department of Business Development at Tartu City CouncilMooncascadeFortumoMessenteMobi Lab.

PS! Happy festive season to all!

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