11 Sep 2017
TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

TechCrunch Disrupt SF: Autumn’s biggest tech event

Take a look at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

Autumn’s biggest tech event, TechCrunch Disrupt, is back in San Francisco this September. All those tech innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and experts under one roof is exciting stuff (especially for us!), and it’s sure to be an action-packed three days. The event takes place 18 – 20 September, at Pier 48 in San Francisco.

With thought leadership sessions, hackathons, start-up battles and roundtables, even tech-conference junkies like us could struggle to keep up!

We’ve spent hours poring over the details (is there a better way to spend a Friday night?!) and couldn’t resist picking out a few of our highlights that we will have us on the edge of our seats. See you there, guys!


Can tech fix society?

We can’t seem to talk about tech without discussing politics and global issues – check out our recent article on tech and climate change. It’s a no-brainer, then, that TechCrunch Disrupt will include a number of sessions on the relationship. The industry’s focus on political and social issues has boomed over the past year and many tech leaders have been quick to speak out about social issues.

At TechCrunch Disrupt, these industry leaders will be taking to the stage to explain how they, and their tech, are ready to tackle some of the most divisive social issues of our time.

Whether it be Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer, Bozoma Saint John tackling diversity and inclusion, or Apple’s Lisa Jackman (vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives) discussing the company’s plan to protect the environment despite producing millions of products a year, this is sure to be an event that will prick the social conscious of everyone that attends.


Can we talk Off The Record?

Working in the media, we know the difficulties that can arise when someone asks for information to be kept “off the record”. Techies can be secretive about their cutting-edge innovations, but journalists need the hottest tech to make the news. TechCrunch Disrupt has tackled that problem this year, with the introduction of their new ‘Off The Record’ sessions.

As soon as some of the big speakers step off the stage, they will join a moderator and a few hand-picked experts for a short Q&A session.

However, those sessions won’t be recorded, and TechCrunch won’t be covering them, so it really will be a chance for attendees to get some in-depth insights “off the record”. We are big fans of this already – although if you are not part of it, you may be missing out on some juicy information.

Topics will include Cryptocurrencies, tech coming out of China, robotics, and our favourite AR/VR. Oh to be a fly on the wall at some of these discussions!


Who will hack the Hackathon?

It seems like hackathons are popping up everywhere, but we will be watching with interest to see which participants can successfully negotiate this 24 hours endurance test.

Preceding the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference is the TechCrunch Hackathon, where some of the world’s brightest and best developers and engineers will come together to build a new product and present it in front of a panel of expert judges, as well as an audience in the tens of thousands. No pressure!

For those who can stand the tension and negotiate the challenges, the rewards can be plentiful. Success stories from the Hackathon include GroupMe which was eventually acquired by Skype for $80million.

Will we see another million dollar triumph in 2017? We hope so!



It’s a battle out there!

Well, it is for the early-stage startups at TechCrunch Disrupt. The Startup Battlefield is as cut-throat as it comes but the rewards are plentiful.

Competing for the coveted Disrupt Cup and $50,000 prize fund is not the only reason the competition is so fierce. Attracting the attention of top VCs, investors, entrepreneurs, and the media is the real prize and has lead to past winners raising over $6.9 billion in total.

Who will join past winners like Yammer, Dropbox, Mint, Getaround, and Hello Alfred, and find their place in the history books?

Let the battle commence!



The stage is full

At the heart of any TechCrunch Disrupt is the talent that takes to the stage. Once again the line-up is enough to impress and excite any tech aficionado.

From Google to Uber, and Intel to Apple, the big boys are out in force. However, what is exciting us more are all those slightly unusual topics and presenters.

How much do you know about the influence of AI and neuroscience on recruitment? Not a lot? Then go see Pymetrics CEO Frida Polli explain how AI can use games to predict your career destiny.

Want to turn your guilty pleasure into a company worth billions? Then spend some time listening to married co-founders of Houzz, Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko.

And who wouldn’t want to know more about the economics of selling shelf-ready human breast milk? Luckily, Medolac’s mother-daughter duo, Adrianne Weir and Elena Taggart Medo, will be on hand to share all.

Click here for timeslots and the full event schedule.


Thirst for knowledge

Just one look at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 and we can almost feel our minds expanding and our tech knowledge growing. This is definitely an event for those passionate about all things tech, and making an impact on the world.

Don’t panic if you can’t make it to the event. TechCrunch will be sharing all the ins and outs along the way, and for those in Europe, keep an eye out for TechCrunch Disrupt coming to Berlin in December.

Get ready to get disruptive!