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Deep Science Hackathon
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We invite to participate in the development of high-tech in ‘Deep Science Hackathon’ on the 18-20 of May. We are looking for innovative ideas that use smart materials and we offer to take a lasting place in the environment of Baltic tech startups!

The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) and S/B PRO Startup Studio, will organize the first Deep Science Hackathon. We will identify the strongest material-based high technology ideas with the potential for innovations that will take a permanent place in the environment of new enterprises of Baltics. For three days, participants will create interdisciplinary teams and develop ideas with a help of mentors. At the end of the event, they will present their ideas to a jury, investors and stakeholders. During the event, participants will also be able to learn more about the innovation support ecosystem, business modelling and presentation.

We expect participants with completely new ideas as well as participants that have reached the prototype stage. We also look forward to welcome participants from companies with existing products that would benefit from further development with the help of advanced technology. If you do not have your own idea, you will have the opportunity to join one of the teams with your expertise (physics, materials science, chemistry, business development, design, engineering, programming, marketing, etc.).

We are looking forward to ideas from the following areas:

  • Smart materials
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Coatings and thin films
  • Photonics
  • Micro / nano electronics
  • Energetics

The best idea will get a cash prize, and the best three ideas will have the opportunity to continue implementation of their idea with a help of a six-month support program provided by the ISSP UL and S/B PRO Startup Studio (mentors, prototype creation and further funding attraction).

For submission of ideas registration by April 1 till May 10, 2018 (individual registration for each participant). Registration for participants till May 16th.

Participation at the event is free of charge.

Location of the venue: ISSP LU, 8 Kengaraga Street, Riga.

Working languages: Latvian and English.

Contacts for information and cooperation:


Event is supported: by KTH Innovation (Sweden), RISE (Sweden), Startin.LV

Event is supported: by KTH Innovation (Sweden), RISE (Sweden), Startin.LV

Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) is an internationally recognized leader with 40 years of experience in material science and cross-sectoral research, offering internationally competitive research and innovative solutions for industrial applications.

S/B-PRO Startup Studio is a fast-growing start-up development platform for businesses and founders, offering information and services for the successful implementation of business on a global scale. S/B PRO as the first start-up studio in Latvia is an active player in the innovation ecosystem.

Preliminary agenda

Friday 18.05.

17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks

18:00 - Opening & Introduction

19:30 - Presentation of ideas

21:00 - Team formation

22:00 - Team training – Steps Plan

22:30 - Team works begin

Saturday 19.05

9:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 1st Checkpoint & Team Training

10:30 – Preparation for Mentor session

11:00 – Presentations for Mentors

12:00 – Lunch

12:30 – Mentors work with each team

16:30 – break

16:45 – 2nd Checkpoint

18:30 – Dinner

19:30 – Key working night

Sunday 20.05

9:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – Energizer & Updates

10:15 – 3rd Checkpoint

11:30 – 1st Pitch training session

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 2nd Pitch training session

16:30 – Final updates and Checkpoint

17:00 – Final Event & LIVE stream

19:30 – Wrap-up & Networking