Disrupt

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, Indeed

    TechCrunch Disrupt, Indeed

    TechCrunch Disrupt kicks off in New York City in about 3 hours. So naturally I’m sitting in a bar in Iceland. Why? Well, the entire story is kind of long and many parts are probably more appropriate for a Paul Carr book than this post. But the keyword is “Grimsvotn”. Yes, it just so happens that a giant volcano under Vatnajokull (Iceland’s largest glacier) decided to… Read More

  • Hackathon Winner Docracy Is A GitHub For Legal Documents


    One of the winners at today’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is Docracy, an open source site where users can share and sign legal documents, similar to what GitHub provides for code. The site is the brainchild of mobile app developers Matt Hall and John Watkinson, who are the founders of app development startup Larva Labs. Docracy is an online, opensource hub for quality legal documents… Read More

  • An Interview with JoystiCC

    Another Hackathon Runner-Up Lets You Control Human Chess Pieces Via iPhone

    A 5:45 this morning, a man told another man to walk into traffic blindfolded. Using an iPhone app connected to their service, joysti.cc, Jarod Reyes moved Jon Gottfried through light traffic in what amounted to a real-life game of Frogger. While I often think that we’d be better off if most start-up founders went to play in traffic, I never meant that they had to do it in real life… Read More

  • Hackathon Backstage Dispatch.Io Creators Interview

    Dispatch.io, Hackathon Runner-Up, Tames The Cloud

    Three friends, including a 17-year-old high schooler, who met at New Work City, a co-working space, built Dispach.io to solve the problem of disperse information. The product, as it exists currently, is a Chrome extension that allows you to grab Word files and PDFs and automatically place them into Google Docs or Dropbox. Future iterations, probably available in the next month, should support… Read More

  • Watch The Demos That Pwned The Disrupt Hackathon

    So you think you have what it takes to build a ground breaking app that will change the world? Do you have what it takes to accomplish that in just a little under 24 hours? Starting yesterday, 500 hackers and the like spent 24 hours on Pizza, Pop Chips and Red Bull trying to come up with the next big thing, or at least something that people want. The competition was rough, and the pitch format… Read More

  • Meet This 14-Year-Old Self Taught Hacker

    In case you missed it, hackers were busy building new ideas and products at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon in New York last night. Fueled by RedBull, coffee, and massive quantities of junk food, hackers burned the midnight oil last night, preparing to show off their designs to the judges, who included VC Jeff Clavier and Canv.as founder Christopher Poole, and Google VP of Product… Read More

  • Gilt-ii Takes Top Prize At The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    Gilt-ii Takes Top Prize At The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    It’s been a whirlwind twenty-four hours: yesterday, hundreds of talented coders poured into New York City’s Pier 94 for a marathon session of coding that ran through the night. At 9:30 AM this morning, they pushed their last lines of code. And beginning at 10:30 AM, each of them took the stage for a rapid-fire series of quick pitches showcasing what they’d built. Now… Read More

  • Joinable Gives The Homeless A Foot In The Door With Free Voicemail, E-mail, and Texting

    We’re midway through the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (which, by the way, you should be watching live here), and the range of stuff that the hackers have managed to throw together in a mere 24 hours is astounding. Some are trying to find their big payday — others are going for the cool factor or a quick laugh. Some, however, spent their weekend trying to change the world for… Read More

  • Scandalous and Soundscape Apps at Hackathon NY 2011

    Hackathon Day Two: The Apps Are In! (TCTV)

    In the early hours of Hackathon day two, bleary-eyed hax0rz roamed the conference hall, checking out each others’ apps. TCTV caught up with a few who were still standing to see how they fared after twenty-four hours, heads down in the code and design… (video) Read More

  • Gilt-ii Turns Flash Sales Site Gilt Into An Auction Marketplace

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon today, local hackers Bill Magnuson and Jon Hyman presented an e-commerce plugin for flash sales site Gilt.com that is worth a look. Called Gilt-ii, the bookmarklet allows Gilt members to auction their items in their shopping cart during the actual buying process. So here’s the basic premise behind Gilt-ii. Everyday at noon ET, Gilt releases daily… Read More

  • NerdNearby: Foursquare, Instagram, And Twitter With A Dash of Color

    Presentations for the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon are in full swing (tune in for the live stream!), and we’ve already seen some very nifty nascent apps and services. One that just caught my eye is NerdNearby, a simple app that detects your current location and presents every tweet, Foursquare check-in, and Instagram photo that has been shared from that area in the recent past. In… Read More

  • Watch The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Live!

    Around 500 hackers participated from late last night to early today morning at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York, building in teams and waking up or popping enough Redbull this am in order to show off their hacks to notables including VC Jeff Clavier and Canv.as, VP of Product Bradley Horowitz and Canv.as founder Christopher Poole. This year’s NYC Hackathon was our largest… Read More

  • And They Hacked, And They Hacked, And They Hacked Into The Night

    Jerry Lee Lewis would have been proud. Even as the clock ticked past midnight at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, there was a whole lotta hackin’ goin’ on. Beginning around noon on Saturday, hackers filed into the spacious room at the site of Disrupt NYC to begin networking and scheming in earnest. As the day wore on, groups solidified, team names were chosen, and at the height… Read More

  • Disrupt Hackathon NY 2011

    Hax0rz Advice: "Don't Listen To Me. Go Build Something." (TCTV)

    Talent scouting at the 2011 Hackathon in Manhattan today, TCTV caught up with three alumni hax0rz and one n00b, who gave us a sneak peek of their apps and ideas. They included: a couple of dating sites, one with a hyper local twist, a mobile web application that lets you see nearby job opportunities using data from your Foursquare network and… Read More

  • The Hack Is On At The Hackathon

    The Hack Is On At The Hackathon

    The tables here at Pier 94 are full of enterprising hackers, swapping code and networking furiously. The Red Bull is flowing freely and snacks crunch underfoot — pigeons flit to and fro looking for crumbs and perhaps some seed funds. And it’s only just beginning. The hacking will continue all night, punctuated by API demonstrations by the likes of Twitter, Qualcomm, and Google, and… Read More

  • The Hackathon Is Almost Here.  Come Root For Your Favorite Hackers This Sunday!

    The Hackathon Is Almost Here. Come Root For Your Favorite Hackers This Sunday!

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is taking place in NYC this weekend and is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. We’ll be hosting hundreds of hackers all weekend long. Come hang out with them, or watch their presentations in person at Pier94 in NYC on Sunday, May 22nd starting at 10:30 am! We’re thrilled to have Bradley Horowitz (Google), Amanda Peyton (MessageParty)… Read More

  • Paul Graham To Hold Y Combinator "Office Hours" At TechCrunch Disrupt. Apply Now!

    One of many things that make Y Combinator special: They hold regular “office hours” with startups where entrepreneurs can get advice on any topic, from business strategy to design issues. What we talk about at office hours also depends on the startup and where we are in the cycle. Usually we talk about whatever is the most urgent question right now. Sometimes, especially early on… Read More

  • Square To Livestream Product Announcement At TechCrunch Disrupt

    Square, the startup that put the sexy back into payments, has a major product announcement coming up next Monday, May 23. That happens to be the first day of TechCrunch Disrupt in New York as well. What’s the announcement? I don’t know, but founder Jack Dorsey says it’s a big one. So we’ve added the announcement to our agenda. During the lunch break on Monday the… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher On Stage At TechCrunch Disrupt

    Ashton Kutcher will be on stage next week at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. The actor, entrepreneur and investor will talk with Charlie Rose on Tuesday morning, and joins what is clearly our most impressive list of speakers at any TechCrunch event to date. His talk with Rose will be entirely focused on his new job starring in CBS’s Two and a half Men. Ok, hopefully not really. Read More

  • Disrupt NYC: The Full Agenda

    Disrupt NYC: The Full Agenda

    In about a week, Disrupt NYC will begin. 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 steered away from unwieldy panels, and instead tried to pair… Read More