TechCrunch20 Conference Site Now Live

The official TechCrunch20 Conference website is live and has officially launched, and we are now taking company submissions and attendee registrations. The dedicated TechCrunch20 blog is published at GigaOm was the first to write about this, followed by Jessica Guynn at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jason Calacanis and I first announced the conference in late January.

More today from our partner Jason Calacanis here. Our first sponsor is Sequoia Capital.

We’ve now finalized the dates (September 17-18, 2007) and the location (the Palace Hotel in San Francisco).

The format of TechCrunch20 is simple: Twenty of the hottest new startups will announce and demo their products over a two day period. And they don’t pay a cent to do this. They will be selected to participate based on merit alone.

We are also assembling an amazing group of twenty experts to assist us with the conference. These experts will help recommend the final startups to present at TechCrunch20. And they will also participate at the conference – they’ll watch company presentations and discuss the merits of each with robust audience participation.

Confirmed industry experts include Marc Andreessen (Co-founder, Ning), Chris Anderson (Editor-In-Chief, Wired Magazine), Roelof Botha (Partner, Sequoia Capital), Mark Cuban (Founder, HDNet), Om Malik (Founder, GigaOm), Robert Scoble (Scobleizer and Podtech), and Dave Winer (Scripting News).

See you there!

Update: Additional coverage of the event:

Dave Winer
John Furrier
Nik Cubrilovic
Frank Gruber
Rex Dixon
Dave McClure
Startup Meme
Jason Calacanis
Outside the Valley