TC Disrupt Hackathon

  • Staying Up Late At The Disrupt London Hackathon

    Dropping by the Disrupt London hackathon at around midnight, we expected to see many participants losing energy or flat-out asleep — and understandably so. Instead, almost everyone remained appallingly friendly, enthusiastic and eager to talk about their projects. They may have gotten a boost from the traditional midnight offerings of beer and pizza, not to mention a mysterious… Read More

  • APIs Fuel The Software That’s Eating The World

    APIs Fuel The Software That’s Eating The World

    That meant if you wanted to add a service like taking a credit card, you needed to code it all manually. Today with a few lines of code, you can tap into some remarkable resources whether it’s a payment network like MasterCard, a mapping service like ESRI or the machine learning engine that powers IBM’s Watson. When you look at the hacks that came out of the past… Read More

  • RoadView Hack Is A Black Box App For Cars To Settle Insurance Disputes Or For Social Kicks

    RoadView Hack Is A Black Box App For Cars To Settle Insurance Disputes Or For Social Kicks

    YouTube could be filled with a whole lot more Police, Camera, Action!-style videos if this hack, put together overnight here at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 hackathon, keeps on rolling. The app buffers a recording of video from the car’s front-view camera — with the idea being to allow the driver to selectively capture footage of accidents or just record some beautiful scenery… Read More

  • Monkeying Around At The TC Disrupt Hackathon

    Monkeying Around At The TC Disrupt Hackathon

    It’s not often that we get to see the Crunchies Monkey. When he’s not busy shopping at the Facebook Store or taking a Lyft from Square to the TechCrunch office, he’s usually working hard to identify the hottest new startups to launch every year. Today, the TC Disrupt Hackathon got a surprise visit from the Crunchies Monkey, who had fun giving high-fives and seeing what folks… Read More

  • StoryKid, Created By Literature PhDs Students, Is An App That Helps Young Ones Tell Stories (And Their Parents, Too)

    StoryKid, Created By Literature PhDs Students, Is An App That Helps Young Ones Tell Stories (And Their Parents, Too)

    Children are known for how much they love to play make-believe, and StoryKid, an app introduced today during the Disrupt Hackathon in New York, takes this and gives it a new twist by offering a series of pictures as visual cues for a child to tell a story based around them. StoryKid is aimed at children aged 2 to 5 who are already talking but may either be too young or are just starting to write. Read More

  • Scaffold Demo

    Scaffold Wants To Bring Financial Advice To The People Who Need It Most

    Financial advisory services often aren’t targeted at the people at the lower end of the economic spectrum — and arguably, those are the folks who really need money advice the most. That’s where Scaffold, an app built over the past 24 hours at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Hackathon, wants to help out. Scaffold aims to be a financial advisory platform that can give actionable… Read More

  • Backstage With SafeHouse

    SafeHouse Is A Legit Home Security System Powered By Ninja Blocks And Raspberry Pi

    Using off-the-shelf hardware, SafeHouse aims to disrupt the home security space. Raspberry Pi and Ninja Blocks are used to build a surprisingly robust security system. As seen during their Battlefield presentation, even though SafeHouse was built during our 24 hour Hackathon, this product could be a legitimate service. I spoke to creators backstage. Going forward, SafeHouse could live on… Read More

  • Hackathon Project Memstash Helps You Memorize Anything

    Hackathon Project Memstash Helps You Memorize Anything

    Unlike something like Evernote, which helps you store and reference information, TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon entrant Memstash helps you actually memorize stuff. For example, if you want to memorize a famous quote, you can put it in your Memstash through a bookmarklet and the app will send you that quote via SMS or e-mail at specific intervals until you have it memorized. Read More

  • From The Hackathon: Local Drunk Lets You Grab A Drink With A Local

    From The Hackathon: Local Drunk Lets You Grab A Drink With A Local

    This team at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon found a great idea to keep them motivated through the development. When you are visiting a city, Local Drunk connects you to a local who knows a good place to get your drink on. It was not their first idea, they originally planned a last-minute vacation service, but eventually settled with an idea revolving around alcohol. We can’t blame… Read More