The fall edition of TechCrunch Disrupt is fast approaching – less than three weeks to go before the conference kicks off on September 27th. As part of the New York event we held an overnight hackathon immediately beforehand, organized by hackers extraordinaire Daniel Raffel, Chad Dickerson, and Tarikh Korula, and it was, without a doubt, a smashing success. Over 300 participants built some really incredible projects: one team built a sword-wielding robot (Mr. Stabby as he was affectionately known); another team modified eye tracking software to let you play Mario Brothers with your eyes. One team kept building their idea after the Hackathon ended and has secured a nice chunk of money to turn it into a company.
Naturally, we’ll be doing this again at Disrupt San Francisco. We’ve got some great judges lined up, including Joshua Schachter, moot, and Dean Hovey. Tons of you have been emailing us asking when you could sign up for a slot – and we have good news:
So if you think you’ve got what it takes, sign up now to compete for a spot on stage at Disrupt! If you have an idea for something cool but need some help on the execution, post it to the Ideas page on the Hackathon wiki and start scheming with your co-conspirators. In addition to providing your team with space to hack, pizza, and caffeine, there will also be a number of workshops where you can learn more about APIs from companies like Groupon, Microsoft/BizSpark, BitTorrent, and Google. These APIs are key when you have less than 24 hours to put something together.
We’ve posted all the information you could ever want on the event page as well as the Hackathon wiki. But if you have questions, let us know in the comments. We’re also taking suggestions for the last couple of judging slots. Who would you like to see?