Global Hackathon Seeks to Strengthen the Post-Crisis Economy

November 3, 2020


The United States Embassy in Tallinn, together with the U.S. Embassies in Riga, Vilnius and Copenhagen and implementing partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys, is proud to announce the international hackathon 48 for the Future which will find solutions to build a stronger, more resilient, and trusted post-crisis economy. The virtual hackathon will take place December 3-6, 2020 and is open to teams or individuals from around the world. The deadline to apply is November 11, 2020.

“The United States Embassy is proud to support the 48 for the Future hackathon as a way to support the power of innovation to solve global challenges. From the importance of creating trusted networks to futures of education, health, travel, or entertainment, we believe that collaboration is the key to finding meaningful solutions,” said Mark Naylor, Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn.

“In 2020, the coronavirus that conquered the world left a strong mark on the economy, changing many areas forever. In order to adapt to the new reality and emerge stronger, we must look to the future for sustainable solutions that will strengthen our economy for the long run,” said Mari Hanikat, CEO of Garage48, stressing the importance of the hackathon.

Participants in the Hackathon will have 48 hours to turn ideas into prototypes in the following areas:

  • The future of creating trusted networks;
  • The future of education;
  • The future of work;
  • The future of health;
  • The future of travel, tourism, and hospitality;
  • The future of entertainment and sports;
  • The future of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

The best teams will have the opportunity to further develop their idea in the Startup Wise Guys pre-acceleration program, and more. Participation is free and registration is open through November 11 at

For more information about 48 for the Future, visit or email