In about a week, Disrupt NYC will begin. First, will be the Hackathon over the weekend, which is a mini-event unto itself. We expect more than 500 hackers to show up and create new products in 24 hours.
Then the main event begins on Monday, May 23. For the next three days, we will launch over two dozen new startups in our Startup Battlefield and bring together the smartest people in tech to discuss how the Internet is disrupting industry after industry—from media (print, TV, music, gaming) and social commerce to payments and transportation. We’ve already announced many of the speakers, but the full agenda is below.
We’ve steered away from unwieldy panels, and instead tried to pair up interesting speakers to foster deeper conversations. Fred Wilson, Dennis Crowley, Arianna Huffington, and Ron Conway will kick things off in a series of talks on Monday morning. Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan and Kleiner Perkins VC Aileen Lee will delve into the shifting world of social commerce. Charlie Rose will interview Paul Graham on Tuesday. Betaworks CEO John Borthwick (who recently launched News.me) will debate tablet publishing with Greg Clayman, publisher of The Daily.
We’ll also be diving deep into the bowels of disruption with founders shaking things up at Tumblr, Instagram, AirBnB, Quora, Uber, and Path. We’ve added a session on social music with the founders of SoundCloud and SoundTracking. David Karp of Tumblr and kevin Systrom will share notes on how to deal with hockey-stick growth.
As if all of these great speakers each morning weren’t enough, then we’ll have the main event in the afternoons: the Startup Battlefield. Heather and I have been going through rehearsals with the finalists, and this may be the most impressive bunch yet. That’s all I can say for now.
Monday, May 23rd
Fireside Chat with Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
Fireside Chat with Dennis Crowley, Foursquare
What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Great? Ron Conway, SV Angel
Power Play: Dave Morin, Path
Power Play: Michael Raneri, Zecco
Fireside Chat with Tim Armstrong, AOL
Fireside Chat with Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?
Startup Battlefield Session 1
Startup Battlefield Session 2
Startup Battlefield Session 3
Tuesday, May 24th
Disrupting Gaming: Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Special Product Announcement: Julia Hu, Lark
Special Product Announcement: Liam Casey, PCH International
Fireside chat with Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital
Startup Battlefield Session 4
Startup Battlefield Session 5
Startup Battlefield Session 6
Wednesday, May 25th
Success by the Numbers: Chris Farmer, General Catalyst Partners
Special Product Announcement: Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn, Cloudflare
Fireside Chat with Keith Rabois, Square
Power Play: Dom Leca, Sparrow
Office Hours with Paul Graham, Y Combinator
Fireside Chat with Christopher Poole, Canvas Networks
NYC 2011 Disrupt Hackathon Winner Highlights
Fireside Chat with Marissa Mayer, Google
Startup Battlefield Final Round
Closing Cocktails, Pier 94
Closing Awards Ceremony
Multiple Sponsor Awards
Audience Choice Award
The Passing of the Disrupt Cup and $50,000 Grand Prize from TechCrunch