It only seems like five minutes ago now, but we started a TechCrunch Moscow Meetup back in 2010. As one of the first ever startup and investment-oriented events in Russia, the reaction was fantastic, and we repeated the event again last year. So we’re excited to announce we’ll be holding TechCrunch Moscow once more. The theme of this year’s conference is War and Peace. We’ll juxtapose competing business models, strategies, and technologies, as well as discuss new markets, companies, and leaders. These are going to be two days packed with insightful interviews, stimulating discussions, and hot startups. You can register here.
Co-organized by Digital October, Kite Ventures, and AOL Tech Media, and backed by numerous partners, the third TechCrunch Moscow will carry on the tradition of showcasing the most promising startups, uncovering the latest news and discussing the emerging technology trends and breakthroughs coming out of Russia.
TechCrunch Moscow 2012 has grown from a TechCrunch Europe meetup to a higher level international conference, a first of its kind for TechCrunch. The third TechCrunch Moscow will feature some of the world’s leading technology entrepreneurs, including Brent Hoberman, founder of Lastminute.com and Mydeco.com, Lukasz Gadowski, founder of Team Europe, Dmitry Stavisky, VP of Evernote, Arkady Volozh, co-founder and CEO of Yandex, Christian Saller, Managing Director of Kayak Europe and many other leading names.
As TechCrunch’s European Editor, I will once again be moderating TechCrunch Moscow. Ned Desmond, the GM of AOL Tech Media, will also participate.
A new Startup Battle will be organized using classic TechCrunch methodology and tools utilized for TechCrunch Disrupt events worldwide. Startups will have a chance to pitch during the Demo Day (December 9th), and the finalists will participate in the Startup Battle on the big stage (December 10th).
Highlights of TechCrunch Moscow 2012 will include:
• Two days packed with insightful interviews, stimulating discussions, and hot startups.
• Demo Day and Startup Alley for Russian Startups. The Alley will be open both days of the conference.
• Launchpad to help startups take off the right way.
• Live broadcast in Russian and English, and a stream of video interviews from the conference site.
• Over 50 prominent speakers and 1,000 participants, including tech entrepreneurs, VCs, tech companies, and media from Russia, Europe and the U.S.
• Founders Forum and CEO Forum organizers will bring top UK and German entrepreneurs to network with the top Russian techies.
TechCrunch Moscow will be held at the first Russian private tech incubator, Digital October, located in the historical manufacturing building Krasny Oktyabr. For history buffs, this building was part of the “Red October” building (Красный Октябрь in Russian) named after the Russian Revolution. Pretty appropriate for revolutionary entrepreneurs. There’s a dedicated Twitter feed and Facebook page and we use the hashtag #TCMoscow.
All inquiries regarding sponsorship and participation should be directed to Maria Adamian (maria.adamian AT gmail.com). For media accreditation please contact Anna Kovylanskaya (anna AT a-tak.ru).
We hope to see you there!