On 6-8th October Garage48 community gathered in Tallinn, where circular economy experts, environmental specialists, software developers, marketers, project managers, designers, UI/UX gurus, product engineers & visionary entrepreneurs from around the world were finding eco-innovative solutions – action towards the sustainable future and growth.

The overall crowd that took part in the hackathon was truly international! Spring Hub hosted 110 devoted mentors and participants from 21 different nationalities (Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Georgia, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ecuador, Finland, China, Cyprus, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Brazil, France, Netherlands) that worked together for 48 really intensive and fun hours to find new and innovative solutions for transition to circular economy through eco-innovation. This time Garage48 hackathon event was part of the EU Presidency programme partnered up with Estonian Ministry of the Environment, financed by European Regional Development Fund and Estonian Environmental Investment Centre.

The mentor & experts team consisted of specialists from the local and international circular economy & startup field: Elise Sass (Lift99), Harri Moora (Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre), Christiaan Kraaijenhagen (Innoboost), Matthew Fraser (Circle Economy), Marie-Helene Morvan (AirFrance), Sven Kirsimäe (Pipedrive), Jordan Valdma (Producement.com), Erko Risthein (Producement.com), Cesar Zeppini (Pocopay), Maido Parv (Skype), Kair Käsper (Pipedrive), Piotr Barczak (European Environmental Bureau), Roman Zinchenko (Greencubator), Andres Susi (Garage48).

Special thanks also to our wonderful JURY – Jana Pavlenkova, Marie-Helena Morvan, Ado Lõhmus, Piotr Barczak, Roman Zinchenko, Erko Risthein & Ragnar Sass.

Siim Kiisler, Estonian Minister of the Environment opened the hackathon event on Friday hoping that great ideas will be brought to life and presented on Sunday. He said that more needs to be done for the change in the economic models than just talking about the pressing problems.

Let’s see the projects developed over the intensive week-end. We will announce the winners of Garage48 Circular Economy 2017:

2500 EUR
3CULAR (Sawdust 3D Printer)
Creating a 3D printer that uses wood waste and circular design to produce new value objects.
Team members:Mikheil Kelenjeridze (Georgia) – Engineer, Alexander Tkeshelashvili (Georgia) – Marketer, Kaisa Hansen (Estonia) – Project manager

Ajujaht Prize: 
Ajujaht is giving a DIRECT pass to their TOP30 development program. Since most of the teams who made it last time to TOP30 had some kind of prototype to show beforehand, we’re giving away with the pass first 500 EUROS from the prize pot

Prototron Special Prize: 

Prototron sends two teams out of more than 300 applicants through its TOP40 program in autumn and gives the team an opportunity to take part in the Prototron training day (they can compete with the prize money).

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