Going back-to-back with the Dublin Web Summit, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be on the ground and covering the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe event in Berlin this coming 26th-29th.
The 26th and 27th will see a number of enterprising young talent going for the gold in the ever popular TechCrunch Hackathon event. 25.5 hours of blood, sweat, and tears are poured into this process, with teams hacking anything from useful products, to the absolutely ludicrous. The teams that form at the hackathon will then present their hack to judges and audience members, with winners then going on to present at the main Disrupt stage later in the week.
Monday morning the main event kicks off, and the shutter will be set to continuous mode. With an agenda that looks like a speed round of the European tech communities who’s who, I’m happy to see the Marco Boerries will be speaking, and most probably enthralling audiences again, as he did at the European Pirates Summit. Other first day notables include Nate Blecharczyk of Airbnb, Jens Begemann of Wooga, Tim Armstrong of AOL, Yossi Vardi, and long time Heisenberg Media friend Christian Thaler-Wolski.
Oh, and then there’s this thing called the Startup Battlefield sandwiched in between these amazing speakers. Or is it the other way around? The Battlefield will see 20+ companies launch their products on the Disrupt main stage. These 20+ are then whittled down to a select 6 who then go head to head on the final day, competing for a healthy €40,000 check, and perhaps more importantly, the coveted Disrupt Cup.
Day two will see Alex Ljung of Soundcloud on stage, as well as Patrick Collison of Stripe. Judges from the aforementioned Battlefield include notables Michael Arrington of Crunchfund and TechCrunch and Dave McClure of 500 Startups.
And I’m mentioning a small faction of the talent lined up for this event. Don’t miss the full list of speakers.
Oh, and then there are the parties. No rest for the Wicked.
Bis Bald Berlin, and ….
Until the next shoot – Dan