Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt

The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here.

On Monday and Tuesday we’ll have a range of the most high profile entrepreneurs and investors from Europe. And that includes the very high profile founder of Mind Candy, of Moshi Monsters fame.

These are interesting times for tech companies in the games and entertainment space, so it will be fascinating to hear from a Founder who has been in the thick of it from the beginning.

Michael Acton Smith has been described by the Daily Telegraph as a “Rock Star version of Willy Wonka” and by the Independent as “a polite version of Bob Geldolf”. He is the Creative Director and founder of the tech startup, turned entertainment firm, Mind Candy. The company created the global kids hit Moshi Monsters, which has over 80m registered users online and has now expanded offline into books, toys, music, trading cards, video games and a theatrical movie. Mind Candy are currently working on a number of major mobile launches to expand their portfolio and create what they describe as “magical brands with a digital heart”.

Michael was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the creative industries.

Mind Candy’s first project was a pioneering global treasure hunt called Perplex City that played out across different media including websites, text messages, magazines, live events, skywriting and multiple helicopters.

Michael also co-founded Firebox, Berwickstock, PingPongFightClub and weekly London Tech social Silicon Drinkabout.

The Disrupt conference in London kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of on-stage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in technology.

TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will also bring the Startup Battlefield and Startup Alley to London.

Startup Battlefield competitors pitch their companies live and on stage to innovators, investors and influencers in the tech community. TechCrunch identifies emerging companies to demo and compete for a prize of £30,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. Last year Lock8, the London and Berlin-based startup behind the world’s first smart bike lock, was the winner and has gone on to launch its product.

Previous Battlefield competitions have launched companies such as Dropbox,, Yammer and Fitbit.

Startup Alley offers another way for early-stage companies to gain exposure with a format that encourages both exhibiting and networking, as well as high visibility. Roughly 200 invited startups make up Startup Alley with companies showcasing on the Monday and Tuesday of the event.

Find all the latest information on the Disrupt Europe website.

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