A 12-grader from Marupe nails it at TechCrunch hackathon in London

Startup Weekend Riga alumni Elizabete Dikmane and her teammate Daniel took part in TechCrunch hackathon in London, getting free tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt

"I cannot believe we actually did this," Elizabete reveals to Matupes Vestis newspaper, "76 teams, 24 hours, ultimate struggle and disgusting food. Not even talking about the secondary obstacles such as terrorist attack with 3 people stabbed in a tube station next to us. Despite all of this, we managed to finish our product, give a kick-ass presentation in 60 secs and even get a high score amongst other participants which gave us a free pass to London Techcrunch Disrupt!"

Elizabete's product is a web service that lets students compare study-abroad opportunities, based on subjects, location and budget. She is active in youth leadership and sports, playing volleyball professionally, and already co-founded CrowdGame, a crowdsourced sports analytics platform. Her impressions from TechCrunch Disrupt are bright:

"Speeches from Transferwise, AngelPad, Deliveroo and many other industry stars," she remembers. "Europe's hottest start-ups and most important investors in one place. Amazing people and unforgettable experience, especially as this was my first alone-in-a-big-city adventure. I am sure it could be well summed up with some "inspirational/tumblr quote", but, really guys, don't ever let someone make you question your abilities and take an attempt every time, no matter how hopeless it may seem."