CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Garage 48, express course in Estonia

CIRRUS express:
Hackathon Garage 48, organised jointly by Estonian Academy of Arts, Tartu University and Garage 48.
Avilability for scholarships: 2 CIRRUS express grants based on short motivation letter:  (330 travel/Iceland 660 + 70 EUR accommodation and subsistence cost)
Application deadline: November 25, 2014
Application form online
Once granted mobility, students must fill in the CIRRUS grant and forward to
There is a registration fee 25 EUR to every student taking part in this event (not only CIRRUS students) that is to be covered by the CIRRUS students as well.
Two seats have been reserved for CIRRUS students especially, so they don’t need to register at the web site of the event now, but after they have been granted a scholarship through CIRRUS.
Everyone, who wants to join the event anyway (with-or without grant) is welcome to register already now at the event web page below.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2015 – the biggest hardware  hackathon in the Baltics
Garage48 Hardware & Arts will be a one of a kind hackathon, bringing together the creative communities of electronics, mechatronics, software engineers, artists, product designers and marketeers at University of Tartu, Institute of Physics (the new Physicum building) on February 6-8, 2015.
This will be a truly amazing hackathon, where we expect people to work on crazy ideas with the aim to have fun while developing something cool and REAL – something you can hold in your hands. No matter what skills you possess – everybody who wants to build something is welcome! We want to engage people from different levels of experience: from students to experienced electronics engineers and start-up entrepreneurs.
Did you know that the first Hardware & Arts event in February 2014 attracted the biggest ever crowd in Garage48 history? Over 130 participants built 20 amazing prototypes over the weekend, from hydroponic greenhouse to a discolights dress with 30,000 beads, from personalised insole modeller to interactive cat toy (full story on the last event can be read on Garage48 blog).
Hardware & Arts – Who should come?
Garage48 Hardware & Arts invites 120 participants with various roles:
• If you happen to be a mechanical, electronics, or a software engineer – we want you at our event!
• If you happen to be an architect, interior designer or an artist – we want you at our Garage48 Hardware & Arts!
• If you happen to be a product, UI, UX, or a fashion designer – we want you at Garage48!
• If you are a person who has ideas, who knows how to market and sell like hell – we want you to come!
You all have to come because it will be the startup event of 2015 and we will have a ton of gadgets and cool devices you can work on. The list will be published on – stay tuned to our Twitter and FB updates.
Register Now!
The earlier you register, the better chances to find a team at the event ☺
At the beginning of December we will also create a closed Facebook group for participants so you can promote your idea, get feedback and others interested.
Less talk, more action!
Garage48 Hardware & Arts team:
Garage48: Priit Salumaa
University of Tartu: Alvo Aabloo
Estonian Academy of Arts: Anu Piirisild
Hedgehog OÜ: Indrek Rebane
About the organisers:
Garage48 is a series of international start-up events for turning ideas into working prototypes in 48 hours. Garage48 brings together people with different skills to pitch ideas, form teams, and build real products and services under “blood & sweat” intensity. With origins in Estonia, so far 40+ Garage48 events have taken place in 12 countries from South Africa to Russia with 2200 participants, 400 finished prototypes and 20+ successful start-ups created.
Estonian Academy of Arts
Established in 1914, Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) provides education in art, design, architecture, and art culture at three levels of higher education, which unites innovative studies, creative work, research and development at the highest level of the fields of visual culture. We believe that art, design, architecture and technology are subjects that can help us understand and give meaning to the world we live in. EAA is modelling the future of the cultural and artistic landscape of Estonia.
Tartu University – Institute of Technology and Institute of Physics
The University of Tartu (UT) was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. UT is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. As Estonia’s national university, UT stresses the importance of cooperation and partnerships. In this event two institutes will play major role: Institute of Technology is the young research institute focusing on high level multidisciplinary research including biotechnology, materials science, computer engineering and robotics. Institute of Physics focuses on physics and materials science and technologies based on these basic disciplines.