• Freada Kapor Klein | INNOVATE 2016

    How will Silicon Valley respond to Trump?

    Capital founding partner Freada Kapor Klein isn’t happy.  Klein, one of technology’s leading social activists and impact investors, has been “deeply troubled” by the election of Donald Trump. She is particularly disgusted by what she calls the “unleashing” of “horrific behavior” since the election, such as what she fears might even be the… Read More

  • VeeCee

    VeeCee gives kids a shoppable wish list with virtual currency

    Giving kids a new way to get the things they want, with greater parental oversight, VeeCee is a hack created by a four-person team from London’s Barking Dagenham suburbs. The group’s pitch was handled by 12-year-old, Ebenezer Odubanjo — the youngest presenter at this year’s Disrupt London hackathon. A programmer since 9, Odubanjo may be a kid, but he’s no… Read More

  • Mischief managed: 5 hackathon hacks for Potter fans inspired by the Marauder’s Map

    Mischief managed: 5 hackathon hacks for Potter fans inspired by the Marauder’s Map

    Great news, Potter fans: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is no longer the only place in the world where you can find a working Marauder’s Map, the magical piece of parchment that let Harry Potter and others track the movements of people as they went around the Hogwarts campus and its many public and secret passageways. This weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Three cheers for Valley capitalism Crunch Network

    Three cheers for Valley capitalism

    It’s easy to be critical of the tech industry, and even easier to be critical of capitalism itself. Let us all continue to do so; criticism is valuable. But let’s remember that we do so because they are so important. Capitalism is still what lifts the world’s least fortunate out of poverty, and technology increasingly feels like the last, best hope of a world otherwise dead… Read More

  • Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around you

    Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around you

    Wandered.space is a service for those moments when you want to explore the area around you, but don’t know where to go. It was created this weekend at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London hackathon by a team of three coworkers from Seattle-based Azuqua. One of them, Skyler Hartle, told me that they were inspired by their visit to London and decided to create something that would help… Read More

  • Welcometo.site wants to be your virtual receptionist

    Welcometo.site wants to be your virtual receptionist

    Checking in at a co-working space or business to meet with somebody can often be a hassle that involves some phone tag and back and forth. Welcometo.site, one of the many projects that came out of our Disrupt hackathon in London today, wants to make this easier. It combines Cisco Spark’s messaging and video service with maps from ArcGIS and PubNub’s real-time APIs into a… Read More

  • The Emotion Journal performs real-time sentiment analysis on your most personal stories

    The Emotion Journal performs real-time sentiment analysis on your most personal stories

    Andrew Greenstein, an app developer from San Francisco, started journaling a few months ago. He tries to write for five minutes every day, but it’s challenging to set aside the time. Still, he’s read that journaling reduces stress and can help with goal-setting, so he’s trying to make it a habit. At the Disrupt London Hackathon, Greenstein and his team built The Emotion… Read More

  • My Bricks Online puts your smartphone in Lego to make playtime fun again

    My Bricks Online puts your smartphone in Lego to make playtime fun again

    Lego! Lego! Lego! Who doesn’t like Lego? One of the most fascinating entries to the hackthon at TechCrunch Disrupt London used the beloved little bricks to help take young eyes away from screens and electronics devices. Read More

  • Disrupt Hackathon app Notim.press/ed algorithmically detects fake news

    Disrupt Hackathon app Notim.press/ed algorithmically detects fake news

    Fake news is a moving target. Greedy publishers constantly start new websites of deceit, preventing manual blacklists from keeping up. That’s why one TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon team took an algorithmic approach to detecting fake news. Notim.press/ed (a clever URL that reads “Not Impressed”) lets you enter a URL and instantly see a site’s Alexa top websites… Read More

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