There is possibly no single living soul in the digital world who has not gotten swept up by the myriad ideas created during TechCrunch Disrupt conferences in San Francisco and New York. Last year TC executives decided to hold a European equivalent event in Berlin, with huge success. On 18-21 October 2014, TC Disrupt Europe will descend on an equally important hub of the tech ecosystem in Europe – London.
Increasingly connect to European bases like Berlin, as well as the US and Asian, London has been the favoured headquarters for over 15,000 startups established between 2012 and 2013, according to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. It is remains one of the few cities whose tech industry has been hit least by the global financial crisis, with 27% of all new jobs coming from the tech and digital sectors in 2012, according to UK government body Tech City.
The announcement on their website asserts that is makes enormous sense to bring the global event to the city, given it has become a favourite of European companies looking to go global. TC added “With huge tech, media, finance, and entertainment sectors, London is San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles rolled into one.”
The London conference kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of on-stage interviews and panels with some big names in technology. TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will also bring back the Startup Battlefield and Startup Alley to London.
No doubt the London conference will be as big a hit as Berlin 2013 which boasted a sold-out attendance, a huge hackathon, 15 startup launches and major speakers such as Box founder Aaron Levie, Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk, AOL’s Tim Armstrong and European leaders such as Jens Begemann from Wooga, SoundCloud’s Alexander Ljung and Rina Onur from Peak Games. Webrazzi was also there with a sub-event called Webrazzi Connect: Berlin. This was a networking party under the auspices of Disrupt, with equally significant attendance and success.