The Disrupt Beijing Hackathon starts in a little more than 24 hours, and we’ve been working hard over the last few days to make it even more of a no-brainer for local Beijing developers to attend.
In addition to the chance to be the next GroupMe or win valuable prizes, we have decided to give all Hackathon attendees who complete a hack and present in the 24-hour period free tickets to the Disrupt conference Monday and Tuesday. That’s a $1,000-plus value for some hungry coders with a good idea and the desire to make it happen. You don’t have to have a team to participate. Just show up and we’ll help match you with others.
No English? No problem! The entire Disrupt Beijing event is open to Chinese and English speakers. We’ve got translators on hand and during the conference, we’ll have real time translation headsets so everyone can follow along.
Our TechCrunch and CrunchGear writers will also be roaming the Hackathon halls, looking for hot stories and standout coders to highlight on the blog and on TechCrunchTV. And check out this list of some of our esteemed Hackathon judges.
Dowson Tong, Senior Vice President of Tencent
Dowson Tong, SVP of Tencent. Dowson joined Tencent in 2005 and has been responsible for the management of product platform as well as research and development of Internet Business since October 2008. Prior to Tencent, Dowson worked in Oracle for database development and testing; and was involved in ERP system development and testing in Oracle Applications. He also delivered Oracle DBA course in UC Extension. Dowson also worked for Sendmail Software in managing the development teams of operator-scale messaging system and anti-spam filtering system; and later on involved in new product planning and business development. Dowson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991 and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997.
Ming Yong, New Development for Google China
Ming is from New Business Development for Google China. Ming works on various initiatives like Chrome and Commerce. Before Google, Ming was founder of Socialwok, a Facebook for business on Google Apps and worked in product management, business development, sales and marketing. Ming earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. Before his masters, Ming worked as a research engineer for the Data Storage institute of Singapore, a government research agency. Ming did his undergraduate studies in Applied Engineering Physics at Cornell University.
And if all of that isn’t enough, we’ve just gotten word that Tencent, the largest Internet company in China, will award the winning company a get-to-know-you breakfast with Jeff Xiong, Co-Chief Technology Officer and SEVP of Tencent.
If you want a job with a big tech multinational or have even thought about starting your own company, why wouldn’t you attend? It’s not too late. Here’s what to do. Just sign up here!
We want to give a special thanks to Andy Mok, founder of Red Pagoda Resources. Along with being the organizer for our Beijing Disrupt Hackathon, he is also a talent-hunter for audaciously visionary internet companies in China. When he’s not trolling Zhongguancun or the Internet for game-changing developers and product managers, he also organizes Startup Weekend Beijing to help developers meet investors as well as talented and like-minded product managers and UI/UX professionals.