TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. Join us at this iconic startup and thought leadership event in New York City in May.
What happens at Disrupt? We start each day with panels and one-on-one chats featuring TechCrunch writers and editors, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and fascinating entrepreneurs addressing the most important topics facing today’s tech landscape. Each afternoon, our Startup Battlefield competition takes place. And, on the final day, six finalists take the stage for a shot at winning the Disrupt Cup.
HACKATHON. We kick the conference off with our incredibly popular weekend Hackathon. The Hackathon will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, bringing together hackers and developers from all over the world. Teams join forces to create a product within 24-hours. During the Hackathon energy drinks are flowing, TechCrunch writers are scribbling interview notes, Nerf gun attacks are rampant and much, much more. Once the Hackathon ends, every team presents their hack to a panel of expert judges and audience members, and the winners go on to present their product on the Disrupt stage. At past Hackathons, we’ve seen everything from useful services to hilarious products. You might just end up as big as these guys.
STARTUP BATTLEFIELD. Startup Battlefield is the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt. 30 companies, chosen from hundreds of applicants, pitch their products live on the Disrupt stage in front of a panel of expert judges, press, live audience of thousands and online audience of millions. After demos, pitches and tough rounds of questions, TechCrunch’s editors and the expert judges panel (which includes VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs and product experts) select six companies for a final, drama-filled round on the third and final day of Disrupt. One Battlefield contender will take home a $50,000 check and the coveted Disrupt Cup.