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The very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.


At the heart of the conference floor lies Startup and Hardware Alley where hundreds of early-stage companies showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. With different companies exhibiting each day, Startup Alley hosts hundreds of exciting companies, many of which are launching for the first time. Don't miss the "Wild Card Winner" which is selected by a combination of audience and editorial votes and is awarded a place in the Startup Battlefield competition.



TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition. The Battlefield features 15-30 top early stage startups pitching top judges in front of a vast live audience, present in person and online. The winner takes away the Disrupt Cup and check for $50,000, and all the contestants enjoy immense press, investor and partner attention, along with membership in the elite ranks of Battlefield alums. Those include companies like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, Tripit, Redbeacon, Qwiki, Getaround, and Soluto. The statistics on the 508 startups that have participated since the first competition, TC40 in 2007, tell a strong story: in aggregate, as of February 2015, they have raised $4.4 billion, while 65 have been acquired and two have gone public.


Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend, where  developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product, present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands and compete for a variety of prizes, including the chance to win free tickets to the Disrupt Conference. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen great success beyond the event, like GroupMe which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80M.


Disrupt not only put us on the radar of international news, it also was a one of a kind experience meeting like minded entrepreneurs ready to disrupt entire industries! Impossible is nothing – that’s the spirit.

Valentin Stalf Founder - Number26

TechCrunch Disrupt was a great stage to launch Scout RFP. It allowed us to network with big name organizations like Dell, USAA, InBev, First Data, and Verizon. It introduced our product to high enterprise worth individuals who were open to meeting with us post conference.

Stan Garber President - Scout RFP

We struggled like crazy to get our first hundred customers. Since Disrupt, we sign up about 5000 new customers a day.

Matthew Prince CEO - Cloudflare

Launching on Battlefield helped us rise above the noise, and put us on the radar of customers, investors, and talent early on. If you’re launching a new company or product, this is the stage you want to be in.

Cathy Han Founder - 42



Student Tickets

Students currently enrolled in a college or university program are eligible for reduced admission ($300) to Disrupt SF. To apply for this rate, send a copy of your current transcripts showing your current enrollment status and a copy of your university identification card to Upon approval, you will be provided instructions on how to complete your registration

Government/Military Tickets

Current full-time employees of U.S. federal, state or local government agencies, current full-time employees of international government agencies and active military employees only can receive an attendee ticket to Disrupt SF for $995. To qualify for the discount, you must email from a valid .gov email address with a copy of your current, valid government ID.
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