Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Agenda

<p class="dropcap">TechCrunch Disrupt London returns to London in just a few weeks and we’re excited to reveal the agenda. We have an incredible lineup with global product launches, incredible speakers, engaging demos and the clash of ideas about the future of Europe.

The two-day conference (preceded by a two-day Hackathon, grab tickets here), kicks off on December 5 in the former Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena, and wraps the following day with the Startup Battlefield finals where one startup will take home £30,000 in cash.

Deep learning legend Dr. Michael Lynch will talk about the future of AI and investing. The founder of hot London startup Citymapper, Azmat Yusuf, will discuss what is on the horizon for his company. For starters, you may have seen robots wandering around in the U.S. Marc Raibert, CEO and Founder of Boston Dynamics, is flying in from the States to show off his company’s latest walking robots. And there’s Amy Chang of Accompany, Jay Hoag of TCV and the founders of making the trip across the pond, too.

There will be no shortage of discussion about Brexit’s impact on the European tech scene. Balderton’s James Wise will release their talent study for the first time on our stage. He will be joined by Martha Lane Fox (Doteveryone) and Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP (Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) to discuss the impact of Brexit on startups and the ecosystem as a whole. Dr. Jackie Hunter of BenevolentBio will discuss the crossroads of biotech and AI and Samantha Payne of Open Bionics will demo new products for the first time on our stage.

Startups are also welcome to exhibit at the show. There are still several booths available in Startup Alley.

For the first time we’re bringing our CrunchMatch program to Disrupt London where we match startups to investors for private meetings. The details are here.

And to top it off we have 15 amazing startups in Startup Battlefield who will compete to win the coveted Disrupt Cup.

Join us! You can buy tickets here or you can participate in our Hackathon for a chance to grab free tickets.

So grab your backpack, your pencils and your term sheets. Disrupt London is back in town and startup school is back in session.

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9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks 

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM
Fireside Chat with Mustafa Suleyman (Google DeepMind)

9:25 AM – 9:45 AM
Cyber Immunity as a Service with Nicole Eagan (Darktrace)

9:45 AM – 10:05 AM
Atomic Investing with Niklas Zennström (Atomico)

10:05 AM – 10:25 AM
The Future of Transportation with Ole Harms (VW) and Shahar Waiser (Gett)

10:25 AM – 10:45 AM
Payments for the People with Ismail Ahmed (WorldRemit) and Ann Cairns (MasterCard)

10:45 AM -11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Everything to Play For with Frederic Court (Felix Capital) and Sonali de Rycker (Accel)

11:25 PM – 12:35 PM
Startup Battlefield Session One with Anthony Ha

12:35 PM-1:10 PM
Stopping the Brexit Brain Drain with Martha Lane Fox (Doteveryone), Matt Hancock (UK Digital Director) and James Wise (Balderton Capital)

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM
Startup Battlefield Session Two with Anthony Ha

3:10 PM – 3:30 PM
Your own PA with Amy Chang (Accompany)

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Robots! Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics)

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM
A Deep Learning Future with Dr. Mike Lynch OBE, FREng, FRS (Invoke Capital)

4:10 PM – 4:20 PM

4:20 PM – 4:45 PM
A fist full of dollars with Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson (Sapphire Ventures), Fabrice Grinda (FJ Labs) and Jay Hoag (TCV)

4:45 PM – 5:55 PM
Startup Battlefield Session Three with Anthony Ha

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
AFTER PARTY: Forge 9pm, 24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM
Trains, Planes and Automobiles with Naren Shaam (GoEuro)

9:25 AM – 9:45 AM
Our future selves with Professor Jackie Hunter (BenevolentBio)

9:45 AM – 10:10 AM
Layering Reality with Omar Tayeb (Blippar)

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM
Better Living With Bionics with Samantha Payne (Open Bionics)

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
The Internet of Money with Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise)

10:50 AM -11:10 AM 
Battlefield Alumni Updates

11:10 AM – 11:15 AM
Passing the Disrupt Cup

11:15 AM -11:30 AM


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Startup Battlefield Finals

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM – 2:10 PM
Hackathon Update

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM
Hot in the City with Azmat Yusuf (Citymapper)

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM
Sing Song Social with Alex Zhu of

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Hacking Clicktivism with Natalia Vodianova (Elbi)

3:30 PM – 3:55PM
Brexit Face Off – Two Sides to Britain’s Tech Future with Steve Hilton (CrowdPac) and TBA.

3:55 PM – 4:15 PM


4:15 PM – 4:20 PM
Hardware Alley Demo

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM
Supersizing Colocation with Roxanne Varza (Station F)

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
Beyond the Check-in with Antoine Martin (Zenly)

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Watch A Robot Beat A Human At Civilization with Hans-Christian Boos (Arago)

5:20 PM – 5:40 PM
Closing Awards Ceremony