What to expect from TechCrunch’s Disrupt 2017

What Is Disrupt?

TechCrunch Disrupt is the premier startup and technology news conference that brings to life all the things that make techcrunch.com great – startups, news, and a no “BS” attitude. Digital Intervention will be there this week to take in this experience. For full information from TechCrunch, click here.

What Can You Do At Disrupt?

TechCrunch Disrupt is for anyone who is interested in startups and tech. It has become the “Go To” event for Tech startups.

  • Get breaking news first-hand from our Disrupt main stage with high-profile speakers and thought leaders.
  • Watch the ultimate pitch competition during the Startup Battlefield, where a select handful of top-notch early stage startups compete for a $50,000 grand prize and the coveted Disrupt Cup. 
  • Discover & meet hundreds of early stage startups in Startup Alley or Hardware Alley. Startups exhibiting in the Alley change each and every day!
  • Network and schedule meetings with other attendees through the Disrupt App.
  • Investors and Startups get matched with CrunchMatch, a curated matching program with private meeting spaces at Disrupt.
  • Decompress after a full day at the official Disrupt After Party.

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Here are a few items you can expect at Disrupt NY 2017 according to Tech Crunch. 

Derek Jeter and Jaymee Messler of The Players’ Tribune will discuss the future of the site and sports media. Facebook’s Fidji Simo will talk about how video leads the site’s content creation and what comes next. We have AngelList founder Naval Ravikant discussing changes in how investing is done. And author, famed World Chess Champion and political enthusiast Garry Kasparov will talk about his new book, “Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins.”

Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger is set to close the show on Wednesday, May 17th with a special musical presentation, featuring Pharrell Williams and Incubus, that will demonstrate the technology developed by his startup, MIXhalo. We’ll hear about what exciting things Instagram’s head of product, Kevin Weil, has in store for us and we’ll hear from the co-founder of Campaign Zero, Brittany Packnett, about how data is used in social movements. And, of course, there are 20 amazing young companies in Startup Battlefield that will compete to win the Disrupt Cup and $50,000.

Full agenda is here.

disrupt hackathonThe Hackathon at Disrupt – Where Great Products Are Born in 24 Hours

Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on May 13-14, where  developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product, present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands and compete for a variety of prizes, including the chance to win free tickets to the Disrupt Conference. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen great success beyond the event, like GroupMe which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80M.

More info on the Hackathon.

Showcase Stage Demos In Startup Alley

Stop by the Showcase Stage in the heart of Startup Alley to see startups in these fields demo their company’s innovations at 12:00pm each day of the conference.


Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. Since appearing on the TechCrunch stage, Battlefield alumni have collectively raised over $6.9 billion. The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs, and past winners include names like Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, Zenefits, and many more. Participation is free and open. More info.

Casey Neistat at TechCrunch 2016

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