Update: Applications will now be open September 7. Our experimental Hack Day at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York a couple of months ago was wildly successful – more developers than you can shake a stick at showed up, drank redbull and pizza (care of sponsors). A number of projects were featured on stage in front of a live audience of nearly 2,000 people, and tens of thousands more watched on the live stream. And at least one project has become an actual startup and received funding (more on that later).
So we’re going to make this a regular part of TechCrunch Disrupt. For the day and a half before the regular schedule begins on September 27, 300 developers will be admitted to the event to run amok and create something out of nothing. The marathon 24-hour hack will run Saturday to Sunday, September 25th – 26th. After a lightning round of demos and judging Sunday afternoon, the winning teams will present onstage at Disrupt on Wednesday, September 29th. This is a great opportunity to share the spotlight alongside the top startups chosen from Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield.
The event is being organized by Daniel Raffel and Tarikh Korula – the same team of hacker experts that pulled off our New York Disrupt Hack Day. Participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects/apps/hacks in 24hrs. Anything goes as long as it’s created onsite.
Space for the Hackathon is limited to 300 developers. Applications will open September 1 on the Disrupt website and will remain open based on availability. If you’re not a developer/hacker/designer we will be inviting press and fans to come and watch the final demos on the Sunday. You’ll receive a confirmation email as the date approaches.
If you’d like to be notified by email the second applications are being accepted, just type your email in here. We’ll use it once to notify you and then delete the email, promise.
To make it all happen, we’re teaming with Kosmix, SendGrid, Mashery, Alcatel-Lucent, Media Temple and a growing list of others who are sponsoring and sending and sending a team of veteran hackers too. There are lots of ways to support and participate in the Hackathon. Please contact Heather Harde or Jeanne Logozzo to learn more.
API workshops will be hosted on Saturday afternoon by a great line up of companies. They’re optional to attend but full of insights and answers for makers. Workshop hosts include: eBay / Paypal, Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, SimpleGeo, Twitter and Mashery.
Additional details and fine print are on the Disrupt website.