Announcing The Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In London

TechCrunch Disrupt lands in London October 18 – 21, and we’re excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span four days and feature noted thought leaders, experienced entrepreneurs and some of tech’s most promising up-and-comers. There will be a hackathon, a hall full of innovative companies and, of course, Startup Battlefield where 15 startups will launch and compete for the renowned Disrupt Cup. Tickets are still available.

Founders, including Michael Acton Smith, Michelle Zatlyn and Justin Kan, will speak alongside venture capitalists eager to fund European startups. Neelie Kroes will give one of her last interviews before she leaves her post as vice president of the European Commission. We’ll meet the Google Ventures EU team for their first interview as a team and learn how they plan to take Europe by storm. Docker founder Solomon Hykes will be joined by Benchmark Partner Peter Fenton, to share their thoughts about how to create one of tech’s most promising enterprise companies. And that’s just the beginning.

Disrupt Europe will kick off with die-hard developers and designers participating in the Hackathon. The 24-hour event starts on Saturday, October 18, and runs through the night until the teams take the Disrupt stage on Sunday to present their creations.

During the conference, Startup Alley and Hardware Alley will host hundreds of startups. Each day our exhibition hall transforms with new companies to explore. Have a hardware product? We have just a handful of spots left. Join us in the Hardware Alley on Tuesday, and email if you have any questions.

And finally, Disrupt Europe will conclude with one Startup Battlefield company being awarded the famed Disrupt Cup and the £30,000 grand prize.

We also encourage students to be a part of Disrupt. There are student tickets available, so be sure to grab yours quickly. Early-bird tickets are available until October 11.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

9:00am – 9:05am

Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

9:05am – 9:30am

Fireside Chat with Google Ventures EU: Tom Hulme, Avid Larizadeh, Bill MarisPeter Read, MG Siegler, Eze Vidra

9:30am – 9:50am

In Conversation with Uri Levine (Waze, FeeX)

9:50am – 10:10am

Fireside Chat with Maelle Gavet (Ozon)

10:10am – 10:30am

Founders Stories: Onno Faber (TapTalk)

10:30am – 10:45am


10:45am – 11:10am

From Shoreditch to Berlin and Beyond, Building the European Tech Hubs: Carlos Eduardo Espinal (Seedcamp) , Rohan Silva (Second Home), Tine Thygesen (Everplaces), Jason Whitmire (Earlybird)

11:10am – 11:35am

Fireside Chat with Neelie Kroes (European Commission)

11:35am – 12:00pm

The Acceleration of Digital Medicine: Peter Hames (Big Health), Dr. Dominic King (HELIX Centre, Imperial College London)

12:00pm – 12:25pm

Fireside Chat with Justin Kan (Y Combinator)

12:25pm – 12:45pm

Fireside Chat with Jason Goldberg (Fab, Hem)

12:45pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 2:10pm

Hackathon Highlights

2:10pm – 2:30pm

Fireside Chat with Tim Armstrong (AOL)

Startup Battlefield with Mike Butcher

2:30pm – 2:35pm

How the Startup Battlefield Works

2:35pm – 3:35pm

Startup Battlefield Session One – Access

Judges: Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst),  Jon Bradford (Techstars), Bindi Karia (Silicon Valley Bank), Brenden Mulligan (Cluster)

3:35pm – 3:45pm


3:45pm – 4:45pm

Startup Battlefield Session Two – Explore

Judges: Benjamin Joffe (HXLR8R), Nenad Marovac (DN Capital), Florian Meissner (EyeEm), Sitar Teli (Connect Ventures)

4:45pm – 4:55pm


4:55pm – 6:00pm

Startup Battlefield Session Three – Track

Judges: Alice Bentinck (Entrepreneur First), Simon Cook (DFJ Esprit), Alex Macpherson (Octopus Ventures), Christophe Maire (angel investor)

9:00pm – midnight

After Party at The Gable

25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AR


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

9:00am – 9:10am

Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

9:10am – 9:40am

Funding Europe’s Next Unicorn: Philippe Botteri (Accel Partners), Saul Klein (Index Ventures), Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), Daniel Waterhouse (Balderton Capital)

9:40am – 10:05am

In Conversation with Brian Armstrong (Coinbase)

10:05am – 10:30am

Founders Stories with Michael Acton Smith (Mind Candy)

10:30am – 10:40am

Startup Battlefield Alumni Update

10:40pm – 11:00am


11:00am – 11:25am

Fireside Chat with Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn (Cloudflare)

Startup Battlefield with Mike Butcher

11:25am – 11:30am

How the Startup Battlefield Works

11:30am – 1:00pm

Startup Battlefield Finals

Judges: Mat Braddy (Just Eat), Sonali DeRycker (Accel), Brent Hoberman (PROfounders Capital), Klaus Hommels (Lakestar), Mattias Ljungman (Atomico)

1:00pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 2:50pm

In Conversation with Morten Lund (LundXY)

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Founder Stories with Eben Upton (Raspberry Pi)

3:10pm – 3:30pm

Fireside Chat with Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud)

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Fireside Chat with Mikkel Svane (Zendesk)

3:50pm – 4:05pm


4:05pm – 4:30pm

Money, Money, Money: Taavet Hinrikus (Transferwise), Damian Kimmelman (DueDil), Jeff Lynn (Seedrs)

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Founder Stories with Adora Cheung (Homejoy)

4:50pm – 5:10pm

Fireside Chat with Ed Vaizey (Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy)

5:10pm – 5:35pm

Fireside Chat with Peter Fenton (Benchmark) and Solomon Hykes (Docker)

5:35pm – 6:00pm

Founder Stories with Frédéric Mazzella (BlaBlaCar)

6:00pm – 6:30pm

Closing Awards Ceremony

6:30pm – 7:00pm

Closing Cocktail Reception, hosted by Microsoft Ventures