Garage48 has teamed up with Microsoft and Estonian Development Cooperation Fund to organize the first IoT and machine learning hackathon in Kyiv (Kiev), which will be held on March 25-27, 2016.
The Garage48 IoT & Machine Learning Hackathon will enable teams to build innovative products with the help of startup mentors from Estonia, use top-notch hardware equipment and have access to Microsoft’s IoT platform throughout the week-end event.
The event will be held at Microsoft’s office, located at the Eurasia Business Centre. The aim of the hackathon is to bring together electronics and mechatronics engineers, big data specialists, software developers, product designers and sales professionals to form expert teams that can produce real results in just 48 hours.
Within the nearest future, there will be a continuously increasing number of items, that will be equipped with sensors. They will interact and collect data, then communicate this data through the internet with users and systems. The hackathon will help you realize your ideas to innovative these technologies and infrastructure, that enable connected devices to communicate with each other. There are many startups in Ukraine who are already taking the opportunity to build ground-breaking products, like Agromonitor and Onlizer.
Developer and Platform Experience Lead at Microsoft, Viktor Tsykunov knows that IoT is the future: “According to Gartner research amount of connected devices will grow from 5B to 25B till 2020. This is huge opportunity for startups to invent completely new services and apps. Core industries of Ukrainian economy – agriculture, metallurgy and IT gives startups in Ukraine great possibility to test and implement new ideas.”
The teams will be mentored by startups professionals, like the co-founder of Pipedrive Ragnar Sass, the CTO at Buildit Hardware Accelerator Indrek Rebane, among local IoT professionals.
Karin Rand, the organizer of the hackathon is confident that the teams are going to have the best tools and know-how to produce amazing technologies. “IoT & Machine Learning are changing the ways we use our everyday devices, besides finding a clever way to put all the data into good use. At Garage48 we have all the equipment ready to enable teams to really think outside of the box in terms of what can be done,” she said.
At the hackathon 100+ people will work on crazy ideas with a target to have fun while developing. Teams are formed on spot aim to realize ideas presented on Friday evening and deliver working prototypes by Sunday. The vibrant community energy and “no PowerPoint” rule enables each team to reach the aim.
Garage48 is a weekend long intensive development event to build working prototypes from software and hardware ideas and bring new startups into life. So if you’re an engineer, marketer, designer, passionate visionary or just a really cool person with an interest in innovation, join the extreme startup event in Kyiv! With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Oman & elsewhere.