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Garage 48 Food in cooperation with TFTAK!

Are you passionate about a more sustainable future for Food? Then, Garage48 Food is open for registration!


In co-organization with Garage48, Estonian University of Life Sciences and Estonian Research Council, and in partnership with Polli Horticultural Research Center, TFTAK, TalTech, BioCC, and Tartu Biotechnology Park (EIT Food Hub in Estonia), a second food technology hackathon will take place 27-29 January 2023 in Estonia, to find solutions to different challenges in the food industry.

This year we have something extraordinary planned for you! There will be actual food tasting at the hackathon, so tell us about the Food you want to develop, come and run the tests you need at our partner laboratories, and surprise us with new tastes!


Physical food related solutions

We welcome science-driven ideas until 15 November and selected idea owners will have 2-month access to our partner laboratories with the necessary mentorship to run tests and develop their product!

During this 2-month period, registered individuals (marketers, designers, etc.) have time to apply to join this idea on Eventornado. The product owner will bring his/her prototype for tasting to the hackathon in January and within 48 hours, his/her team has to create a business and marketing plan, a concept for packaging and some branding, together with a clickable prototype of their product (a mobile app, landing page).

The 2-month laboratory access will take place in TFTAK, BioCC, TalTech, Polli Horticultural Center and the food laboratory of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

Software development-related solutions

Teams must develop a clickable prototype in 48 hours. We welcome software-related ideas until 20 January.

Garage48 Food hackathon 2022/23 on January 27-29 is an entirely ON-SITE event at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu.

👉 Register for the hackathon HERE.

👉 Follow the event on our FACEBOOK lehel.

👉 Küsimusi?


Garage48 invites bio- and food technologists, all food enthusiasts and idea owners, nutritionists, food safety professionals, agriculturers, educators, food policy experts, entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, business visionaries, and (UX/UI) designers to contribute to developing more environmentally friendly and healthy eating habits in food technology, and solve the challenges of food systems and production.


You can register as an individual and with or without an idea. You can put together your own team in the process or join someone else’s team. Please note that ready-made teams formed during the hackathon registration process are accepted to participate in the hackathon.

Team formation takes place on Eventornado platform. Browse through the submitted teams, and “APPLY” an idea you like.

Ideally, the team should consist of at least 4 members – an idea owner, field expert, designer, business person/marketer.


To keep you on track with the ideas, we’ve developed focus topics that give you an insight into what is most relevant and needed in the food industry and where it’s heading soon so you’d come up with solutions with an actual potential output for the market. So check out the topic areas section to get further insight and get inspired!

  • Bio and circular economy in food technology

  • Sustainable sources of proteins

  • Novel food

  • Sustainable food chain

  • Food education

Check out the topic areas tab for further insight!


The best solutions will be awarded sweet prizes that help the teams to develop their prototypes further and get them ready to enter the market.

The prize pool is growing. Stay tuned for updates!


🚌 🚌🚌 Transportation for participants to get to the hackathon venue in Tartu will be organized from Tallinn.

🏡🏡🏡 Organizers will also do their best to provide accommodation for participants outside of Tartu. More information will be given closer to the event on an ongoing basis.


16 September – registration and idea submission is open →→ Eventornado.

15 November – physical food development-related ideas submission deadline.

18 November – announcement of the teams who will get 2-month access to our partner laboratories with necessary mentorship to develop their product.

21 November – 20 January food product development period at the laboratories with mentorship.

20 January – registration and software-related ideas submission deadline

23 January – team formation deadline

27 – 29 January – Garage48 Food 2022/23 hackathon


👉 Register HERE

👉 Follow the FACEBOOK event.

👉 Questions?

Participation in this event is supported by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund Estonian University of Life Sciences ASTRA Project “Value-chain based bioeconomy 2 “; Estonian Research Council via ResTA programme, and by EIT Food, Innovation Community of The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), which is an independent body of the European Union.



17.30 – Check-in and snacks

18.00 – Opening

18.30 – Checkpoint #1

20.00 – Teamwork and mentoring


10:00 – Checkpoint #2

11:00 – Mentoring starts

13:00 – Lunch

14.00 – Pitch drill ABC

18:00 – Checkpoint #3

19:00 – Dinner

20:00 – Teamwork continues


10:00 – Checkpoint #4

11:00 – Pitch drill session #1

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Pitch drill session #2

17:30 – The finals

19:00 – Refreshment break and the jury deliberates

19:30 – Award ceremony

NB! The schedule is tentative; changes are possible and likely to happen.


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