The New York TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is almost here again. This year’s Disrupt takes place April 27-28, at the Manhattan Center, Manhattan, New York. Tickets to the 24 hour Hackathon are being released in batches due to high demand. The all-inclusive general admission conference passes are currently available for $1,995. The New York event has gained an almost legendary status, as it has traditionally topped Silicon Valley hackathons. Tickets to the Hackathon are only available for developers who want to work on hack projects to present. Spectators are allowed to attend the Sunday Hackathon Presentation.
This New York Disrupt Hackathon has been the birthplace of many notable projects. In 2010 one such project, GroupMe, famously went on to be a huge success at SXSW. GroupMe was acquired by Skype in a multi million dollar acquisition only six months later. The New York conference is one of the most highly anticipated tech conferences of the year. Beyond the Hackathon, the conference offers speakers, panels, and chats with TechCrunch writers and editors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. One of the main features of the conference is the Startup Battlefield. 30 companies are chosen from a pool of hundred of applicants to launch their products in front of a live and online audience. A panel of judges whittle down the 30 companies to only six, through a process of demos, pitches and rounds of questions. Winners take a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup.
The New York TechCrunch Disrupt conference also features Startup Alley. Startup Alley allows attendees to browse the newest talent and technology. Approximately 100 companies launch at Startup Alley each year. Attendees can also check out Hardware Alley, which has this year’s eclectic grouping of hardware manufacturers. Event partners include Eventbrite, New Relic, Sequoia Capital, SoftLayer and Uber.
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