The European version of TechCrunch Disrupt, the flagship conference of the well-known publication that bears the same name, took place on the 20th and 21st in London.
The city was chosen due to the its reputation of being a magnet of talent, and the plethora of successful startups that emerged from it during the past few years, covering finance, fashion, media, design and entertainment.
Around 1600 people from all over the world, among which: tech aficionados, investors, startups, tech journalists, VCs and angel investors had the opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere at Old Billingsgate Market.
The event featured top speakers from successful companies like: Tine Thygesen (Everplaces), Carlos Eduard Espinal (Seedcamp), Onno Faber (TapTalk), Morten Lund (XY), Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud) and many others, who shared their thoughts on the current state of the startup scene, the challenges they had to overcome in their past and some advice for future entrepreneurs looking for funding and media coverage.
The most expected moment of the event (no, I’m not talking about the wild afterparties here), Startup Battlefield gave numerous early stage startups the opportunity of pitching their products on the stage, in front of the judges who were to decide for the winners.
— Selena Arsene (@SelenaArsene) October 21, 2014
Some of the most exciting ideas were:
- PhotoMath, the world’s first camera calculator app which allows users to point their phone camera towards a mathexpression and get an instant solution with detailed solving steps;
- IO, a social concierge that talks to users in natural language in a messenger app about lifestyle and travel;
- DDG (Disease Diagnostic Group) that uses magneto-optical energy to change the way diseases are diagnosed;
- Cosmethics that can be used to scan the product barcode and cross-references it with with undesirable ingredients and refernces to the user’s allergies or preferences
- Crate which won the competition by showcasing an app which allows you to launch a highly scalable backend in minutes.
Among the main sponsors of TechCruch Disrupt were HipChat, Cushman & Wakefield, Eventbrite and CrunchBase, ChallengePost and Autodesk Fusion.
We’re looking forward to next years’ event, which is going to bring together investors and the most exciting startups under the same roof in another hot European capital.