The Disrupt NY Hackathon kicks off in Brooklyn

Disrupt NY, welcome to Brooklyn.

TechCrunch’s big conference has moved out of Manhattan, into Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. The hackathon that opens the event got started to 12:30pm today, with attendees given less than 24 hours to form teams, build products and prepare a presentation for our judges. They’ll compete for a number of prizes including tickets to Disrupt itself.

Before the doors opened, Katie Roof and I interviewed some of the hackers lined up outside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Most of them were local, coming from New York City and New Jersey, but one team, at least, traveled all the way from Italy. Some seemed optimistic about their chances of winning, while others were a little less confident. Everyone, however, seemed excited to be here — even if that means bringing sleeping bags for the all-night grind.