TechCrunch Disrupt is back and in a big way. The conference we launched last year in New York and San Francisco is coming back this year and this time we are going global by adding another destination – Beijing. All three conferences will be packed with the best new startups, all-star speakers, free WiFi, and after parties. The first Disrupt will take place in New York City on May 23rd to 25th, right after our Hackathon on May 21st to 22nd where developers come together to create a product in 24 hours.
Like we’ve said before, anything can happen at these events. During Disrupt last year, we launched two dozen startups (the winner was international startup, Soluto), Charlie Rose kicked off the event by interviewing legendary VC John Doerr, Carol Bartz told Michael Arrington to *ahem*, and we even had a real company emerge from our Hackathon, GroupMe, which later went on to raise $10.6 million. You can read about co-founder Jared Hecht’s experience at Disrupt here.
If you are building a company or a product that you feel is going to make a huge impact and change the world, we want you to apply. There are no fees to apply or compete, and startups from around the globe are welcome to submit their company or product for consideration. But the deadline for submissions is looming. We will be accepting submissions through Sunday, April 3, 2011 at midnight PST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application HERE on our Disrupt application site powered by Producteev.
Nowhere else will you find the talent, drive, or passion that we gather at Disrupt. The relationships people make, the feedback each team receives, and most importantly the recognition and attention each team gets is something you will not find at any other event.
Tickets to Disrupt are also on sale now. You can get the best rates here. We will also be doing some ticket giveaways as well coming up with ways to give everyone a chance at getting a ticket. So keep your eye out for those announcements soon.