Garage48 Future of Wood 2020

Fri 13. November at 18:00 - Sun 15. November 2020 at 20:30

Doors open at 17.30

Estonian University of Life Sciences · Kreutzwaldi 1, Tartu, Estonia

Mark your calendars and save the dates! The FOURTH Garage48 Wood makeathon is welcoming you on Nov 13-15th in TARTU!

The growing community of people and organisations around the Garage48 Wood event series keeps growing and is now bringing one of the most anticipated Garage48 makeathons to Tartu - hosted by Estonian University of Life Sciences as a part of the celebrations of 100 years of academic forestry education in Estonia.

Garage48, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts and Startup Estonia invite you to create the future of Estonian wood and forest!
The rich forests that cover more than half of our country are one of Estonia’s most valued natural resources with high natural and ecological value and play a highly important role in economic, social, ecological and cultural aspects of our daily lives.

The forestry sector of Estonia has a strong profitable potential of material and social benefits. Yet its use has to be facilitated so that other values and benefits, including environmental, would not suffer.
Architects and product designers, wood technologists, engineers and industry practitioners, forestry experts, climate and environmental experts, software engineers, designers and data scientists, marketers and visionaries - join us and come together to create prototypes of novel solutions for sustainable forestry and efficient forest management.
In the collaboration of our organizing partners, we are calling you to create solutions in the following FOCUS AREAS:

Think of solutions that support the maximum use of one tree once it’s cut down. For example
- how to utilize less used and lower quality tree species in wooden products construction
- how to use carpentry joints in wooden products instead of metal, to ensure as high lifetime for the product as the growing time of one tree
- how to utilize wood waste (could we create a new material out of sawdust or wood chips?)
- creation of composite materials
- circular economy in wood processing, architecture and forestry

for example, think of:
- remote sensing opportunities in forest management
- how to process and use forest felling or assembly lines data for the better availability of forest resources

Estonian Academy of Arts challenges the participants of Future of Wood to design interactive digital and physical 'configurators' using 369 Pattern Building system ( You can propose your own building concept to explore mass-customisation in design and production of modular timber buildings. Fabricate your first digital or physical prototype during the 48h makeathon! The best teams are offered financial and technical support to develop their concept into an original piece of art or product to be exhibited at EKA and internationally.

* *Solutions to fight the CLIMATE CHANGE and that are ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
For inspiration, check out out last year’s winner


To make all your ideas, both physical and software, in the mentioned focus areas a reality, we will provide you with all the necessary materials, data sets, mentors, rooms and equipment. The workshops of the Estonian University of Life Sciences are ready for the magic of the wood makeathon!

More info about challenges, mentors and what to expect coming soon!

Stay tuned with updates by following the Facebook event.

All registered participants will also get access to the Facebook group with useful information and tips for better performance.

Contact us if you have any questions at


Garage48 Future of Wood 2020 is financed by Estonian University of Life Sciences, Startup Estonia, European Regional Development Fund and Estonian Academy of Arts. We are supported by Metsä Wood, Harmet, Thorn Engineering and Creatomus Solutions.

We are keeping up to date with the COVID-19 conditions and restrictions as the health and safety of us all is the most important thing to us. If necessary, we are ready to modify the event structure in a way, that the health and safety of all participants, organizers and mentors is guaranteed.

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