Friday, February 22, - Sunday, February 24, 2013

HackDay#24HackDay#24 will be held in Kaliningrad on February 22-24. The Event participants will get a chance to build a team, develop a prototype, attend a learning session and introduce their creation to colleagues, investors and market experts at the closing of the event. And all that within just a weekend! The official event venue is Zelenogradsk School of the Future.

In February HackDay will be held in Kaliningrad for the first time ever. The city has neither an established startup community, nor regular events to support a creation of such a community. HackDay, therefore, is perceived as an important initial step in the development of an IT Cluster in Kaliningrad.

“The Kaliningrad IT Cluster Project is focused on creating a favorable environment for the further advancement of IT companies able to compete successfully at the global level. To achieve that, priority needs to be given to the development of the local venture capital and startup markets and the promotion of entrepreneurship among young professionals. We regard HackDay as a landmark event for the entire region and possibly the most significant affair of the last several years in the local IT community,” says Yuriy Proskuryakov, Manager of the Cluster Initiative at the Kaliningrad IT Cluster.

Traditionally programmers, managers, designers, UI/UX designers, marketing and PR experts – as well as specialists in other fields with an original idea for an Internet project, but no team to implement it – participate in the event. This is where participants have an opportunity to talk over their ideas with our mentors, who are renowned experts in various related fields, and to establish new contacts and meet prospective investors.

The introduction of projects and team building are scheduled for Friday. Both Saturday and Sunday are allocated for project development. The most dedicated participants are welcome to work through the night.

In addition to working on the development of their projects, the participants will be offered a training session. Speakers from Russia, Europe and the US will talk about real-life situations, discuss what to expect once the project has been launched and offer insight into interface development for complex projects.

The event will be rounded out with a Demo Fest on Sunday evening. This is when the prototypes developed during the event will be broadcast online to an audience of nearly 1000 viewers.

The participation fee is a nominal 400 Rubles.

HackDay is expecting up to 200 participants from Kaliningrad, the region, the Baltic states, Poland and Belarus to participate in the event.

The HackDay team and the local hosts are not quite sure of the number of participants or the significance of the projects that will make it to the Demo Fest. Chances are that Kaliningrad has brilliant projects with great prospects of becoming global businesses one day. In any case, the output of the event will be a sure indicator of the developmental stage of the local market and will determine a strategy and direction for its further evolution,” says Evgenia Ovchinnikova, a HackDayRussia promoter.

Attention! The working language of the event is Russian.

Dates: February 22-24
Venue: Zelenogradsk School of the Future, 6 Turgeneva st., Zelenogradsk
Register online: http://hackday.ru/events/hackday-24
Promoted by: Michael Kechinov Web-Development Studio, TEDxKaliningrad, Global shapers HUB Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad IT-Cluster.
Our partners: Agency for Youth Affairs of Kaliningrad Region
Managers to contact:
    Mikhail Kulakov (St. Petersburg): +7 964 329 6771,  mikhail.kulakov@mkechinov.ru.
    Anna Khan (Kaliningrad): +7 981 469 02 59, ankakhan@gmail.com.

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