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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!

Friday, 27 November 2015

MoMo Friday Special: Music Meets Technology

You migh have heard that Tartu Music Week will have a different flavor this year. This time the whole festival is designed around our local tech-scene. There will be free pop-up concerts at startups and a special MobileMonday: "Music Meets Technology" event to finish the day!

So this Friday, the 27th we'll meet at  Garage48 HUB Tartu - Raekoja plats 16 at 18:00. We'll start the event as usual, have a more party-like feeling to the whole thing - it's FRIDAY afterall! and will go later to Genialistide Klubi.

This will be a different MobileMonday - different day, different feeling, a very different topic bringing together both important scenes in Tartu - the Music and Tech.

Couple of highlights to raise your appetite to meet extraordinary people from Music scene:

Markku Mäkelä, also known by his producer monicker Marked Man, is a Finnish music producer, label owner and manager of Noah Kin. He is a partner at the Helsinki based record label Cocoa Music that has been gaining attention through their releases and high-end music videos for artists such as Noah Kin, Ronya, Gracias, Biniyam and Femme En Fourrure.

Mäkelä’s background is in the IT sector, where his first company in the mid-90’s was one of Finland’s first internet service providers. This lead him working in various new media companies through the early 2000’s.

Sandra Sillamaa is a renowned Estonian bagpipe player and a member of the bands Trad.Attack!, Paabel and Ro:toro. Sandra is also the author of the idea behind "100 Bagpipes" video blog where well-known Estonians are trying to play the Estonian bagpipe for the very first time.

Her  main band, Trad. Attack! are multiple winners of Estonian Music Awards and Estonian Ethno Music Awards have toured all over Europe and beyond since their debut live at Tallinn Music Week 2014. The band has also gained attention for their forward-thinking marketing and active usage of modern social networking apps.

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

Eventbrite - MobileMonday Special: Music Meets Tech @Garage48 HUB Tartu


18:00 Gathering and collecting badges.

18:15 Priit Salumaa - Co-founder @ MoMo Estonia & Mooncascade - Opening words

18:20 Panel Discussion: How to promote a b(r)and – new ways of introducing new products and brands to the world

Sandra Sillamaa – musician, co.founder of Trad.Attack!
Markku Mäkelä – Finnish music producer, owner of a record labels & artist manager, Cocoa Music
Helen Sildna – main organizer Tallinn Music Week
Priit Salumaa – Co-founder at Mooncascade

Moderator – Tõnu Runnel, Co-founder at Voog

19:00 Panel Discussion: Tartu start-up community – how to grow Tartu into something like Silicon Valley?

Rein Lemberpuu – Founder at Contriber Labs
Priit Salumaa – Co-founder at Mooncascade
Tõnu Runnel – Co-founder at Voog
Veiko Raime – Co-founder at Mobi Lab
Lemmit Kaplinski – Aparaaditehas

Moderator – Helen Sildna, Tallinn Music Week

19:30 Networking and drinks! And a DJ!

20:30 We all go to Genialistide Club!

Venue: Garage48 HUB Tartu, II floor of Raekojaplats 16 - entry from the Kompanii street. Event is held in English

See the schedule for the rest of the day (pop-up concerts, gatherings) HERE.

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

Monday, 5 October 2015

MobileMonday: Continued Transformation @ Garage48 HUB Tartu

We are opening our season 2015/2016 with a transformation - we are going to have a look at how the mobile industry has been changing when compared to a couple of years ago. We are also going to have the opening event at a new venue - the Garage48 HUB Tartu.

The autumn of 2015 has brought great news to us - Garage48 HUB Tartu was opened and we are going to check out this new co-working space by having our very first event of this season there! Everybody is welcome - bring your friends.

We have been looking at different topics of mobile engineering and business since 2007. In our 8th year of MoMo events we are dedicating this event to looking at today with yesterday's eyes. Once it was all paid apps, but we see changes to mobile monetisation today. Once it was all native apps, but what about today? And how do companies create their mobile strategies?

We'll meet up on 5th of October at 18:00 at Garage48 HUB Tartu - Raekoja plats 16. As always, the event will feature speakers from both start-ups and established companies, with a surprise thrown in!

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

Eventbrite - MobileMonday: Continued Transformation @Garage48 HUB Tartu


17:30 Gathering and collecting badges.

18:00 Priit Salumaa - Co-founder @ MoMo Estonia & Mooncascade - Opening words
18:05 Andrea Boetti - VP of Global Business Development & Sales @ Fortumo - "Mobile Monetization: from a dream of Democracy to Oligopoly"
18:30 Martin Rand - Co-founder @ VitalFields - "Why does an Agritech Company have a Mobile Strategy"

18:55 Refreshments and networking break.

19:20 Sven Kirsimäe - Co-founder @ MoMo Estonia & Senior Mobile Software Engineer at Pipedrive - "How mobile software development has changed from the beginning of smartphone era"
19:50 Open Panel Discussion on the topic of the event with the speakers and the audience pitching in.

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

Venue: Garage48 HUB Tartu, II floor of Raekojaplats 16 - entry from the Kompanii street. Event is held in English

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

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Thank you for a great Mobile Monday event!

Hi all, thank you for coming to yesterday's Mobile Monday event at Antoniuse Õu! We hope it was fun and you made at least one (as instructed by Priit) contact with someone you had neveer spoken to before. Firstly, Priit Salumaa gave his usual welcome speech and an introduction to the evening:

After this, Karen from Mooncascade spoke briefly about the history of wearables, but deu to technical issues the much anticipated video did not work! The link is ion the slideshow, you can watch it yourself and at least - everyone got to see the, arguably the world's first Go Pro - a pigeon with a strap-on: Post opening mayhem, Mr Tõnis Saag, from Sportlyzer, got into the topic of wearable tech for sportsfanatics: And we opened the second half of our event with Karin Täär, a lawyre in everyday life, but triathlete outside of the office realm, who psoke about her personal experiences with sports watches and gave some tips and tricks. We also had Maarja Pehk from Tartu's BuildIt Creative Industries programme giving an overview of what the new programme is about. Hoping to see lots of new crazy wearable tech and art pieces come out of it! We ended our evening with Lukas from At Point Ag, who introduced their new gamification-for-work-solution to reward eployees and co-workers. And we had chocolate (lots of it) and beers (lots of this too) and beautiful finger food from Spargel. Thank you all!

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