I’m very excited to announce that TechCrunch is now an official media partner at CES 2015, which means big things for our startup competition, Hardware Battlefield. Startups chosen to participate in Hardware Battlefield will now receive exhibition space free of charge in CES’ startup venue, Eureka Park. They will also receive four free exhibitor passes to CES. The winning startup receives $50,000 and the Hardware Battlefield Metal Man trophy.
This is the second year in a row we’ve held Hardware Battlefield at the Consumer Electronics Show. Like the Startup Battlefields held at Disrupt conferences, panels of industry experts and investors will choose a startup to win $50,000 and the Hardware Battlefield Metal Man trophy.
Hardware Battlefield entry is free and is open to all companies who are planning to launch (crowdfund or ship) a hardware product in the two-week window before or after January 10. We highly encourage launching your product for the first time on our stage so it receives the biggest impact.
At the time of application, companies must have a functional prototype to demo to the selection committee. In selecting final contestants, we will give preference to companies that launch for the first time to the public and press through our competition. We consider new products from existing companies to be significant. Companies launching new feature sets do not qualify. We welcome startups from around the globe to submit their startups for consideration!
The application process is now open and will close on October 30, 2014. Apply here.