Have you heard about Garage48 Start-up weekends? People are often afraid to start their own project or business. Common problems include lack of know-how and co-founders, lack of money, unknown risks etc. Garage48 was created to change that mindset and show that it’s all about positive “let’s do it” attitude, creative team members and a motivating deadline. Less talk, more action!
Garage48 event series started in Estonia in April 2010 and has expanded to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa since then. All Garage48 events are held in English and have ~100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.
The events usually start at 5pm on a Friday evening. All participants gather together in a big room and pitch about 30 to 40 ideas on stage. Each idea is put on the wall and everyone can choose their favorite idea and team. Usually about 12-15 ideas will be selected and teams start working. The coordinators provide facilities, mentors, food and drinks over the weekend, while teams are working on their projects. Sunday night 5pm is the deadline to step on the stage again and live-demo your project or prototype. The jury and audience will vote for their favourites and be part of choosing the winners.
Upcoming Garage48 event in Pärnu
This time TechSisters, a local women's community and Garage48 have joined forces to make sure that more women participate in the upcoming Garage48 Pärnu event on October 11-13. This is an awesome chance to test out those developer, front-end, back-end, design or marketing skills that you think you have but haven't had a chance yet to show off. You can even listen in on the pre-event sessions, next one is on the evening of 1st of October in the Tallinn Garage48 HUB at Rävala street. Event details can be found from TechSisters Facebook page in the upcoming week.
They are expecting ~100 people from neighboring countries (Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia etc) and all over Estonia to come together and create something awesome. You should join in too, as this time there will be more women participating than normally you should feel much better taking part in this. This is the perfect chance to let yourself be empowered and to do something that you've never done before in a safe environment. Registration open and there's even a discount offered to all women who decide to take part in it!
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