Beat the clock and apply for TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2018

Time is running out on one of the best ways for an early-stage startup to experience Disrupt San Francisco 2018, September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. We’re designating 60 pre-Series A companies to be a TC Top Pick. If we select your company, you get to experience Disrupt SF in all its techno-glory for free. That’s right, people: F-R-E-E. Applications close on June 29, so get a move on and apply right now.

Here’s the low-down on how the TC Top Pick program works. First off, it’s a highly competitive process. The TechCrunch editorial team carefully evaluates every application before selecting the winning startups to represent each of these 12 tech categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Biotech, Fintech, Gaming, Healthtech, Privacy/Security, Space, Mobility, Retail or Robotics.

Each TC Top Pick finalist receives a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. The package includes a one-day exhibit space in Startup Alley and three Founder passes (good for all three days of the show). You’ll get to participate in CrunchMatch — our investor-to-startup matching platform — to simplify finding and making appointments with potential investors, and you’ll have access to the full event press list.

Earning a TC Top Pick designation also gets you a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor — and we’ll promote that video across our social media platforms. That’s promotional gold right there, my friend.

One of the other fabulous opportunities for any startup exhibiting in Startup Alley (including Top Picks) is the chance to be voted the Startup Battlefield Wildcard by Alley attendees and TechCrunch editors. If that happens, you get to compete for the $100,000 Startup Battlefield prize. Yowza! Wait, you don’t think that could happen? Guess again. After being voted the Wildcard at Disrupt NY 2017, RecordGram won the Startup Battlefield.

Disrupt San Francisco 2018 takes place on September 5-7. The TC Top Pick deadline is June 29. Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit in Startup Alley for free. Apply for TC Top Picks today.

Showcase your country or state’s startups at Startup Alley

Disrupt SF is just a few months away (September 5-7 at Moscone Center West) and we’re looking for delegations of international startup groups, government innovation centers, incubators and accelerators to organize a country, state or regional pavilion in Startup Alley. Are you ready to step on a world stage, show off your emerging companies and be recognized as a leader in tech innovation?

Startup Alley is prime real estate, where hundreds of founders from everywhere in the world — and investors looking to fund them — gather to meet, connect and network. And maybe even produce a unicorn or two.

If you want to exhibit in Startup Alley as part of a country, state or region, your delegation startups must meet one requirement only: they must be Pre-Series A startups. If so, shoot our Startup Alley manager, Priya, an email at [email protected]. Tell us about your delegation and where you’re from, and we’ll provide more information about the application process.

Regions that have participated in previous TechCrunch events include St. Louis, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Caribbean, Catalonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Lithuania, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay. We believe that innovation and great ideas know no geographical boundaries, and we strive to increase the diversity within our regional pavilions at every Disrupt.

Organize a minimum of eight (8) startups in your region and you’ll receive a discount off each Startup Alley company’s exhibitor package — and you’ll get organizer passes to the event. Plus, if you book your pavilion before July 25, your startups will receive one additional Founder ticket to attend Disrupt SF. Email [email protected] for more pricing information.

Developers, hack your way to free passes to Disrupt SF 2018

You’ve heard how TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 is going to be the biggest, most ambitious Disrupt ever — and we’re serious. So serious, in fact, that we’re super-sizing the Hackathon, taking it online and making it global. Thousands of the world’s most talented developers, programmers, hackers and tech makers can participate and submit their hacks from anywhere in the world. The clock starts now — you have a little less than 6 weeks to build your team and start creating your projects — so sign up today to get started.

We’re asking you to show us how you’d creatively produce and apply technology to solve various challenges. Judges will review all eligible submitted hacks and rate them on a scale of 1-5 based on the quality of the idea, technical implementation of the idea and the product’s potential impact. The 100 top-scoring teams will receive up to 5 Innovator Passes for their team to attend TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018.

Plus, the 30 highest-scoring teams will advance to the semi-finals, where they get to demo their newly created product at Disrupt SF. From there, we’ll choose 10 of those teams to pitch their hack on The Next Stage in front of thousands of Disrupt SF attendees. One of those 10 teams will win the $10,000 grand prize and be the first-ever TechCrunch Disrupt Virtual Hackathon champ.

But that’s not all! We’ll also have some fantastic sponsor contests already announced from BYTON, TomTom and Viond:

BYTON

What can AI do for you while on the move?

What will people want to do in a car that has a 49” screen and drives autonomously? How can we create an enjoyable time with a vehicle that’s able to communicate with other vehicles on the road or smart city infrastructure? We challenge you to think creatively and develop unique solutions to give people their “time to be” while on the move. Smart agendas, recommendations and digital assistants are only some of the ways we’re thinking about doing artificial intelligence during the age of autonomy.

At BYTON we define ourselves by giving customers their “time to be” while in our cars through a unique user experience, interior design, and autonomous driving. The BYTON Concept is designed to make technology benefit life, providing an enjoyable time for people on the move. BYTON Life is the core of that experience. It is an open digital cloud platform that connects applications, data and smart devices. When integrated with innovative human-vehicle interaction, it takes the intelligent experience with the vehicle to a whole new level.

Sponsor Prizes: $5,000 and an invitation to a BYTON Co-creation Event to meet the creators of BYTON Life will be awarded to the top team that utilizes existing technology and APIs of their choice to develop a unique and creative solution. Awards for second prize will be $2,000 and third prize will be $1,000.

TomTom

TomTom created the easy-to-use navigation device, one of the most influential inventions of all time. Since then, our software and navigation technologies have been powering hundreds of millions of applications globally. From industry-leading location-based products, mapmaking technologies, innovative apps and connected car services. We continue to shape the future, leading the way with autonomous driving, smart mobility and smarter cities.

Location-based AR app on GitHub — Build an augmented reality (AR) application that demonstrates how the TomTom Maps APIs can be combined with AR technology to generate custom 3D worlds, enable location annotations or incorporate traffic-enabled directions and travel times in applications. The TomTom Maps APIs are already enabling developers to create location-aware applications that can display maps and traffic information, search for locations and points of interest and calculate traffic-aware routes and travel times. With this challenge, we want developers to enhance their solutions by combining TomTom location technology with AR technology in a mobile or web application. Creativity and innovation will be highly valued and rewarded!

Sponsor Prize: $5,000.

Viond

Viond allows creatives, agencies and businesses to create interactive 360° / VR experiences with drag-and-drop capabilities without the need for VR programming skills. Viond significantly reduces the effort and cost of creating 360° /VR experiences providing creatives with the tool and platform to explore this new medium.

Viond provides an authoring tool to create interactive 360° experiences. The authoring tool can be downloaded on the Viond Hackathon site and is available for Mac and PC. Experiences can then be published via the Viond Cloud to the Viond player available for iOS, Android and Oculus.

Sponsor Prize: First place: $1,000 US + 12-month Viond Enterprise license + the chance to win the TechCrunch hackathon. Second Place: $500 US + 12-month Viond Professional license. Third Place: $250 US + 12-month Viond Professional license.

It’s free to participate in our virtual hackathon and you can participate from anywhere! So what are you waiting for? Gather up a group of your closest developer friends and sign up today!

Get your ticket to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

We’re sentimental softies when it comes to tradition, and one of our favorites is the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital. This marks the thirteenth year of this Silicon Valley soiree, and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are released in batches, and the first round is available now on a first-come, first-served basis. They always sell out quickly, so buy your ticket today.

The Summer Party is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation — and to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship with your peers on the patio and grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park. Of course, every TechCrunch party holds the potential for networking magic. You never know when you might meet the perfect future investor, acquirer, partner or co-founder.

One legendary example: Our founder, Michael Arrington, used to hold these TechCrunch parties in his Atherton backyard, and it’s where Box founders Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith met one of their first investors, DFJ. Who knows? Come to the party and you just might start your own legend.

Here are the pertinent Summer Party details:

  • July 27, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • August Capital in Menlo Park
  • Ticket price: $95

Are you an early-stage startup?
Get a Summer Party demo table and showcase your early-stage startup at this legendary event. Each demo table comes with four (4) attendee tickets. Learn more about demo tables here.

Come for the food, come for the drink, come for the magic. Or hey, come for the door prizes, including TechCrunch swag, Amazon Echos and tickets to Disrupt San Francisco 2018.

The first batch of TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital tickets are available now, and you can buy yours today. We hope to see you there!

What to expect from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony at E3 2018

It’s June, so that means it’s time to spend some quality time in downtown Los Angeles. E3 doesn’t actually begin in earnest until next Tuesday, but much of the big news will actually drop over the weekend, during press conferences from Microsoft, EA and Bethesda.

Starting Saturday, the video game news will be arriving fast and furious. We’ll be on the ground at the Staples Center to cover all things E3, but in the meantime, here’s a breakdown of what we expect to see at one of the gaming world’s biggest events.

Microsoft

Microsoft’s press conference is the first of the big three. The bad news: The company just confirmed a recent report that Crackdown 3 has been delayed until February. Bummer. Bad news for those aching to get their hands on the open-world action-adventure, but the title will almost certainly get some love during the event, regardless. After all, Microsoft has been talking up the title since way back in 2014.

It wouldn’t be a proper Microsoft E3 event without a Halo title of some kind. Halo 6 seems like a possibility — if not a certainty. The latest rumor has the upcoming game titled Halo Infinity, which may or may not be the first direct follow-up to 2015’s lukewarmly received Halo 5: Guardians.

New Gears of War and Forza titles have also been rumored for the big show.

Microsoft’s event kicks off at 1PM PT on Sunday.

Nintendo

One thing we know for sure: A Super Smash Bros. title is coming to the Switch. Based on Nintendo’s recent habit of focusing on a key game at E3, it seems a safe bet that the beloved fighting game will get the lion’s share of the company’s attention.

Metroid Prime 4 and Yoshi seem like no-brainers for the big event, along with recently announced Pokémon titles Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. Oh, and did someone say Fortnite for the Switch? The rumor mill has also suggested a Star Fox racing title and even an N64 Classic Edition.

Nintendo is set to open the show at 9AM PT on Tuesday with a pre-recorded presentation.

Sony

Sony has already curbed speculation by announcing to the gaming world that there will be no hardware news at this year’s event. That said, there’s still going to be plenty of software firepower.

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has been appearing at these shows since way back in 2016. Even so, the game remains something of a mystery. Expect to see a fair bit more next week, as the title becomes something of a tentpole for Sony’s presentation. Kojima has certainly been talking it up on social media, including, compellingly, a tribute to late Joy Division frontman, Ian Curtis.

After debuting it at last year’s show, Sony has confirmed that Last of Us Part II will be making another appearance at E3. The eagerly awaited sequel appears to be largely focused on Ellie’s quest for revenge.

With a slated September release, Marvel’s Spider-Man also seems like a no-brainer for some serious stage time. Peter Parker will return as the webslinger this time out, and there will be a number of notable cameos for Spider-Fans, including Miles Morales and Mary Jane Watson, who will serve as a playable character.

Sony gets started at 6PM PT on Monday.

 

Announcing All Raise roundtable workshop, AMA and office hours at Disrupt SF

TechCrunch is building an epic Disrupt SF (September 5-7) and we’re proud to announce another major building block for the show, this one in line with TechCrunch’s Include program and the Justice/Diversity track at Disrupt.

The recently launched All Raise will run a three-part workshop for women founders over two days at Disrupt SF. In case you missed the news, All Raise launched in April thanks to the efforts of 36 women partners at venture firms committed to promoting diversity among “funders & founders.”

“Our mission is simple — to accelerate the success of female funders and founders,” All Raise co-founder Aileen Lee wrote on Medium. “We believe that by improving the success of women in the venture-backed tech ecosystem, we can build a more accessible community that reflects the diversity of the world around us.”

All Raise will organize the following activities for female founders at Disrupt SF to participate in.

On Thursday, September 6, All Raise will hold a roundtable workshop for women founders at Disrupt SF with the opportunity to participate at one of 12 tables, each representing a major challenge facing female founders. Richly experienced mentors, including Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures) and Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures), will lead discussions on topics, including: fundraising, recruiting strategies, company culture, sales and marketing strategies, board/investor management, M&A and more.

The roundtable participants will discuss their experiences as well as strategies for success.

After 90 minutes discussing those topics, the workshop will shift to an AMA with select All Raise leadership.  Workshop participants will have a chance to ask the top women in venture questions about whatever is top of mind. 

On Friday, September 7, All Raise will host Female Founder Office Hours at Disrupt with 18 or more All Raise VC and founder mentors. All female founders at Disrupt may apply for a 30-minute session. There will be 108 sessions over three hours.

Here’s how to participate:

Buy a pass to Disrupt SF. All pass types have access to the All Raise workshop and office hours, but a Founder pass provides access to all of the show’s vast programming, networking and several other female-focused activities to make the most of Disrupt SF.

Can’t swing a pass? All Raise has 50 available to distribute. Apply here.

Eligible pass holders will receive an email from TechCrunch as we get closer to the event with information on the All Raise workshop and office hours, including: 

  • When and where to go to attend the roundtables and AMA on Thursday — first come first serve. (Any female founder is welcome.)
  • Apply up for Office Hours on Friday. (Open to all female founders; applications will be reviewed by the All Raise team to select those founders who might most benefit from an Office Hours session.)

There are many reasons to attend Disrupt, including three days of programming and workshops across four stages, the hugely successful CrunchMatch founder-investor matching service, Startup Alley exhibit area and, of course, the legendary Startup Battlefield competition.

Thanks to All Raise, Disrupt has another fantastic attraction, this one designed specifically for female founders.

Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt SF

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 is coming to Moscone West on September 5-7, and this year will be twice as big and better than ever. We’re looking for startups to be a part of our massive menagerie of innovation, Startup Alley. If you’ve never been to a Disrupt, Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-stage companies (which are pre-series A although, we do make some exceptions) showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. This year, we’re expecting more than 1,200 startups to be in attendance.

Plus, we have some contests and giveaways just for those who sign up for a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package— yup, you have a chance to snag some free stuff! Who doesn’t want in on that?!

All you have to do is buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package for $1,995, and you might get one (or more!) of these opportunities:

  • All startups who purchase a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package will be entered into a drawing to win 2 VIP Disrupt SF dinner tickets; a rare chance to mingle with TechCrunch editors, investors and other tech enthusiasts
  • One startup from Startup Alley will be selected at random every week leading up to Disrupt SF to be featured on our website and in an email as the “Startup Alley Spotlight of the Week”
  • 25 startups from Startup Alley will be selected at random every month leading up to Disrupt to have a 60-second flash pitch on the Showcase Stage (that’s 75 startups who get to pitch!)

These incentives are available for Startup Alley Exhibitor Package purchases right now — remember, all you have to do is buy a table (and you get THREE Founder passes to the full conference if you buy before July 25), and you could walk away from Disrupt with some shiny new connections, exposure and more! But don’t take our word for it — the CEO of Testcard.com, Luke Heron said, “If you’re a startup or an entrepreneur, exhibiting at Disrupt is a no-brainer.” Even Vlad Larin of Zeroqode told us that “TechCrunch Disrupt was a massively positive experience. It gave us the chance to show our technology to the world and have meaningful conversations with investors, accelerators, incubators, solo founders and developers.”

So, what are you waiting for? Secure your table today.

Sign up: 2-4-1 Innovator passes for Disrupt Berlin available Wednesday

We love Berlin. It’s the epicenter of Europe’s vibrant startup scene, and we can’t wait to see what the continent’s tech titans and rising stars will bring to Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. These two action-packed days offer tremendous value at full freight but, on this Wednesday, May 30 at 12pm CEST / 6am EDT we’re offering a limited number of two Innovator passes for just €695. Simply sign up for our newsletter and we’ll notify you when to jump online and grab some for you and a friend.

Budget-minded startup fans take heed — this limited-time offer won’t stick around forever. Just imagine how much better you’ll feel knowing you got the best deal possible. And let’s face it, if you want to showcase your company, products and ideas in front of the international tech startup community, Disrupt Berlin 2018 is the place to do it.

Consider this: At Disrupt Berlin 2017, we hosted 2,600 attendees — including technologists, investors, entrepreneurs and media outlets. And those attendees made a bee-line to explore Startup Alley, where 416 pre-Series A companies exhibited the very best up-and-coming tech and talent.

Don’t forget about Startup Battlefield, our premier startup pitch competition. A curated group of tech’s top early-stage startups will compete for the $50,000 (or about €42,600) grand prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and intense media and investor interest. Just ask the folks at Lia Diagnostics, the winner of last year’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin.

Disrupt Berlin offers so much more, including workshops, world-class networking opportunities and after-parties. Your Innovator pass provides access to all that, along with: speakers on The Main Stage, The Next Stage and The Q&A Stage, full use of the Disrupt attendee list, use of the Disrupt Mobile App to contact conference attendees and, after the conference, access to the Disrupt Berlin event video library.

It’s time to place buying Disrupt Berlin tickets at the top of your priority list. Our two-for-one Innovator pass promotion goes live in just 48 hours with a limited number of passes, and it won’t last long. Sign up today.

Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team here.

Mobility startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF ‘18

Mobility is one of the most rapidly advancing technologies going, and we’re searching for the rising stars of early-stage mobility startups to apply as a TC Top Pick for Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. It’s a competitive application process, but if TechCrunch editors designate your company as a Top Pick, you get to exhibit for free in Startup Alley — the show floor and heartbeat of every Disrupt event. Besides, who doesn’t love free?

Mobile tech is on the cusp of a revolution, and we’re interested in startups focused on everything it entails — autonomous vehicles, sensors, drones, security — or something else altogether. Flying cars, anyone? Exhibiting in Startup Alley will expose your startup to more than 10,000 attendees, including potential investors, customers, partners and more than 400 media outlets.

Here’s how the TC Top Pick process works. First things first: apply now. Our expert team of editors will review each application and choose only five mobility startups as TC Top Picks. They also will select five startups for each of the following tech categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Biotech, Fintech, Gaming, Healthtech, Privacy/Security, Space, Retail or Robotics. A total 60 companies will exhibit in Startup Alley as a TC Top Pick.

If your mobility startup makes the cut, you receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, which includes a one-day exhibit space in Startup Alley, three founder passes good for all three days of the show, use of CrunchMatch — our investor-to-startup matching platform — and access to the event press list.

In addition to all the other potential media opportunities, TC Top Picks also get a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a writer — and we’ll share the heck out of that video across our social media platforms. That’s promotional gold right there, folks.

And who knows? As a Startup Alley exhibitor, your company might even get selected as the Startup Battlefield Wildcard — if they do, you get to compete in Startup Battlefield for a shot at the $100,000 prize.

Disrupt San Francisco 2018 takes place on September 5-7. Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit in Startup Alley for free. The TC Top Pick deadline is June 29, and we have special offers for early applicants. Does your startup have what it takes to be one of the five mobility TC Top Picks? Apply today to find out.

Apply today for a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt SF ‘18

Every tech founder worth their title knows that investors, customers and media exposure form the life blood of every early-stage startup. And there’s no better way to place your startup in front of these three essential groups than to exhibit in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2018. The conference takes place on September 5-7, but if you want to secure your spot you need to apply to purchase a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package before the application window closes.

Startup Alley at Disrupt SF ’18 will feature more than 1,200 highly vetted, early-stage startups showcasing the very latest in tech products, platforms and services spanning the tech spectrum. You can expect more than 10,000 attendees to pass through the Alley, including more than 400 media outlets.

Exhibit your company in the Alley’s energetic atmosphere of networking, collaboration and possibility. According to Crunchbase, Startup Alley exhibitors at Disrupt SF 2017 raised more than $37 million in seed and Series A funding within the four months following the conference.

The Startup Alley Exhibitor package includes a one-day 4’x6′ exhibit space, three Disrupt SF Founder passes (as long as you apply before July 25) and you get to use CrunchMatch — our curated investor-to-startup matching platform.

Plus, you can take advantage of the Startup Alley exhibitor lounge and receive access to the full Disrupt press list. Your company also will have the chance to be selected as a Wildcard entry to the Startup Battlefield pitch competition. Did we mention that we doubled this year’s prize to $100,000? Yeah, we did that.

The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package offers enormous value at $1,995. But here’s the thing — you can apply to exhibit in Startup Alley for free as a TC Top Pick. Here’s what you need to know:

Companies vying for a free TC Top Pick spot must fit in one of these 12 categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Biotech, Fintech, Gaming, Healthtech, Privacy/Security, Space, Mobility, Retail or Robotics.

TechCrunch editors will review every TC Top Pick application and select only five companies for each category. Each of the 60 companies receives one free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and will also score sweet media coverage in the form of a recorded three-minute interview on the Startup Alley Showcase Stage — and TechCrunch will promote that video across its social media platforms.

Now pay close attention to these three deadlines. If you want to be considered for a TC Top Pick, you must apply by June 29. If you want your Startup Alley Exhibitor Package to include three Disrupt SF Founder passes, you must apply before July 25. And finally, the last-chance application deadline for a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package is August 8.

Disrupt San Francisco takes place on September 5-7, and you simply won’t find a better opportunity to showcase your early-stage startup to the most influential industry movers and shakers. One more thing. We believe in rewarding action, and early applicants will be eligible to score special offers, so apply today. We can’t wait to see you there!