Mentor @ MarineHäkk 2022

MarineHäkk 22 – 24 April 2022

Searching novel technology-based solutions and approaches towards climate-neutral economy!

🙌 We’re back & ready to bring technological innovation to Estonian & Baltic sea region maritime industry!

For the second year, Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Maritime Academy are hosting a maritime hackathon MarineHäkk in Estonia, taking place on 22-24th of April 2022 at Mektory, guided by the best mentors and experts in the field.

This year, we’ve expanded our event and partnered up with Tartu Biotechnology Park.

MarineHäkk is a 48-hour hackathon to build innovative and green technology solutions for the marine industry that contribute to moving towards a climate-neutral economy and adaptation to these changes in the following fields:

  • 🌊 Renewable energy & water resources
  • 🌍 Blue economy & circular economy
  • 🚢 Shipping & transportation, maritime safety incl environmental safety
  • ⚓ Shipbuilding and hydrodynamics

The detailed challenges will be announced and listed shortly.


  • The best teams will present their solutions 1st June in the Nordic Maritime Expo Navigate 2022. Navigate is the largest B2B trade exhibition for maritime and shipping professionals in Finland and takes place 1-2.6.2022 in Turku.
  • The best teams have a chance to win up to 4000€.
  • Direct access to Prototron TOP 50 – where the best teams get up to 35 000€ for prototyping – no equity taken.
  • Estonian Business Angels Network EstBAN awards the most investment-ready idea! The team gets one investor meeting with EstBAN angel investors.
  • 5h mentoring sessions, fast-track to an investor panel, and a goody bag from Tehnopol.
  • Tickets to Latitude59 – the flagship startup & tech event in the region.
  • Tickets to sTARTUp Day – the biggest business festival in the Baltics.

And the list is growing!

All monetary prizes are subject to withholding tax.


MarineHäkk 2022 will take place on-site at TalTech Mektory Innovation Centre, Tallinn.


We’re welcoming students, young professionals, working practitioners, experts and enthusiasts from different fields – engineers, developers, designers, data scientists, business visionaries and marketers – welcome to ✨ MarineHäkk 2022 hackathon! ✨

Additionally, we offer circular design, business model and pitch training and mentor’s guidance which help you achieve the expected outcome.  And of course, food and drinks – to stay sharp throughout the event!

Contribute to ideas and solutions and work together for a more sustainable future of our marine 💪

PARTICIPATE by registering here


Why am I mentoring there

I was once asked to participate and I was impressed of the organizing level, startups quality. At mentoring sessions we found lots of common ground. I myself studied in universities when I was a father, founder at survival mode, CEO of a successful business. Therefore, as a mentor, one gets to meet a variety of interesting people with different ideas and from different fields with different experiences. It’s sort of being adequate for me as well, keeping the pulse of what’s boiling there…

One thing remained relevant throughout these interesting meetings we had. Our competences often didn’t match. What I’ve learnt through hard way or easy way, is not what they have learnt. Combining skills, knowledge, expertise, network and fitting it all into startup world instructing them to get off flying high, easy and fast enough, is rewarding both emotionally and financially.

Brain food is usually what triggers me to do some good. Analyzing new patterns and problems, developing new systems – that is both inspiring and interesting for me. If not rewarded financially, at least I did my contribution to society and kept someone off making costly mistakes I’ve done already.

What would be my possible end-game to look forward

To be frank with you, I am not a super fan of hackathon type of events as I was used to be asked if there is something I can help with. It gives me an opportunity to evolve myself, to learn a new format, to fit in and find my calling/structure in it.

Am looking forward to deal with new problems, work with new teams, to advise, mentor, and/or coach in balance needed at the time and dependent of teams’ personality needs.

Am always looking for brain food and possibly a problem to attack myself to. For 3 years now I’ve been involved with number of stealth operating startups, mostly short-term. And it isn’t so fulfilling as one might expect.

A man needs a flag, a company, a country and a problem to fight for.

So join the hackathon and help to make a difference!


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