TechCrunch, a major website network dedicated to covering breaking news on up-and-coming technology products and services, will be holding its annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this September. TechCrunch has been holding the Disrupt conference every year since 2011 in the cities of San Francisco and New York as well as various locations in Europe.
The Disrupt conference is a highly popular event that brings influential leaders in technology together with talented startups, exhibitors, and sponsors. Guest presentations from prominent investors, entrepreneurs, and designers provide insight into important issues and topics affecting today’s tech community. There are over 30 different speakers at this year’s San Francisco conference, including Marc Benioff, CEO of salesforce.com, and Sir Michael Moritz, chairman of Sequoia Capital.
Startup Battlefield is a competition in which new technology startups contend for a chance to be funded. Vaunted as “the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt,” this contest gives upcoming startups exposure, press, and excellent preparatory training. Thirty startups are chosen from several hundred applicants. Each launches its product live on stage in front of an audience and panel of top technology entrepreneurs as judges. This year’s Startup Battlefield judges include such influential figures as Susan Wojcicki, Michael Arrington, and Marissa Mayer. The winning startup will receive a $50,000 prize.
The TechCrunch Hackathon is a competition in focused innovation. Teams of coders from around the world are challenged to create a unique and inventive product in only 24 hours. Projects vary widely, with programmers working on anything from voice-controlled robots to music games. A panel of judges evaluates the products produced at the end of the Hackathon, and participants may receive a monetary prize. Some products have emerged from the TechCrunch Hackathon and gone on to make it big: the messaging app GroupMe, created at TechCrunch’s 2010 Hackathon, was acquired by Skype for $80 million.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF will be held at the Concourse at San Francisco Design Center from Sept. 7-11. Tickets are available for purchase at TechCrunch’s website.