The goal of the hackathon, organized by Magnetic Latvia Startup and Imaguru Startup Hub Minsk, along with TechChill and Startin.LV, is strengthening relations between the startup environments of Latvia and Belarus.
The Latvian teams will travel to Minsk on August 27, where they will explore the city and network with the teams at Imaguru Minsk Startup Hub.
Before departing to Riga, hacking in teams and mentoring sessions will be held.
The most untraditional part of the hackathon will be the night on the train, when mixed teams from both countries will spend the night hacking away on their ideas on the overnight train from Minsk to Riga.
The teams include TripShare, a photo and video sharing space; Finance Flow, a startup aiming to evaluate the efficiency of employees and clients; Remuzio, a music industry initiative focused on combating the shadow economy; PVN Compliance, which aims to ease VAT compliance for digital companies; MAZZY, offering new products for the IoT cloud; OpenBusiness - offering SaaS to retailers and banks; the ARrow sketch app; Smart Snekarers - a blockchain app; and MeetnGreetMe - a catering initiative for meeting locals while traveling; and Krāsu emocijas (Color Emotions) aims to make phone apps more emotionally appealing.
After arrival in the Latvian capital, teams will take part in a pitching course, and explore the city afterwards. The hackathon will end with a Grand Finale in the very center of the Latvian startup community on August 31.
All costs for transportation, accommodation, meals and visas are taken care of by organizers. Internet connection on a route Minsk-Riga will be provided by the partners of the hackathon.
The Minsk-Rīga Startup Train is organized by Imaguru Minsk and Magnetic Startup Latvia, fuelled by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia and supported by Startin.LV and TechChill.