Over three days this week starting Wednesday, more than 10,000 attendees will descend on TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. This event is a showcase for game changers and rule breakers in the tech sector. The meeting is all about launching impactful startups and some very influential companies have gotten their start here. Even if you never attend Disrupt, their goal remains to become part of your daily life. Covering everything from AI to blockchain, and gaming to robotics, TechCrunch Disrupt will change the tech world.
Why do People Love Disrupt?
These are seminars, conferences and competitions meant to introduce startups and their brilliant, usable tech ideas to the public. Disrupt started in San Franciso in 2011, but Berlin, London, Beijing and New York have also held these events. Featuring speakers and interactive workshops with tech industry leaders, this is a hot ticket for startups with a good idea.
People who attend Disrupt are there to be noticed. They’re looking for funding and backing for their tech companies. The goal is to pitch an idea or look for a job. Workshops provide tips and interactive opportunities to solve problems. This gathering facilitates networking with options like CrunchMatch, a kind of platonic set-up for investors and founders.
The weekend before Disrupt on the west coast, there’s a Hackathon. For the first time this year, the hackathon is an online affair open to people from all over the world. The goal is to solve various challenges through the creative production and application of technology. The incentive is a $10,000 grand prize and a chance to pitch your hack to Disrupt attendees. Even if your effort doesn’t win you the prize, this is a valuable opportunity to show off your skills. A lot of important figures in the tech industry will be paying attention, so a good showing can get a person noticed.
This part of Disrupt may as well be called the street of dreams. It’s certainly the central feature and another chance to showcase talent and technology. More than 1200 startups and sponsors take up this space to display their latest tech products, platforms and services. According to CrunchBase, last year’s Startup Alley exhibitors raised funding in excess of $37M within four months of the meeting in San Francisco. Check out the Top Picks—five exceptional startups chosen in each category are the ones to watch!
If you thought the Hackathon with it’s $10,000 prize was impressive, that was just the warmup. Startup Battlefield is the main event. This is a chance for startups to pitch their business ideas on stage for venture capital investors. Promising startups compete not only for the attention of media and investors, but they’re also vying for the $100,000 prize. Groups have six minutes to impress judges and answer questions. That’s a pretty good hourly payoff!
Tech Makes the World Go Round
Even if Disrupt is outside your realm of understanding or interest, you will likely benefit from something happening there. Technology connects our world in both overt and subtle ways. For us, equipment has gotten smaller, faster and less expensive. That means corporate video is within reach. Call us today for a free quote.