There are few bigger traditions in the tech world than TechCrunch Disrupt: an annual startup convention, exhibition, conference, and event culminating in an epic competition between hopeful startups seeking the world's attention.
Disrupt is a cornerstone for the industry, and a yearly tentpole for TechCrunch's business and editorial teams.
Back in May, as the COVID crisis was hitting full stride, TechCrunch's Editor in Chief and Director of Operations were forced to make a tough call. For the first time in the history of the Disrupt competition, everything would have to go virtual. Everything from the booths, to the speakers, to the product demos, to the startup battle.
As Editor in Chief Matthew Panzarino and Director of Operations Joey Hinson announced:
"TechCrunch’s big yearly event, Disrupt, is going fully virtual in 2020. As you can imagine, this is largely due to the impact that the coronavirus has had on the world. But it also gives us a chance to make our event even more accessible to more people than ever before, and we’re incredibly excited about that."
TechCrunch helped expand that access by offering its ticket holders a free virtual Cocktail Party on Run The World. The Cocktail Party ran on Friday, September 18 and capped off an evening of exciting startups and talks.
Over 70 attendees met up on Run the World's Disrupt Cocktail Party, where they paired up for a series of one-on-one hangouts based on shared interests and profiles. Guests ran the gamut from entrepreneurs, to makers, to hackers, to VCs, to business and thought leaders across a wide variety of industries.
Run the World's Head of Community Andrew Owen was excited to share his experience with us:
"I had 15 conversations with people all over the world, and it was so great to drop in and meet so many new folks I would never have met otherwise. Erik from Denver builds AI wearables to teach people Karate. Bhabani builds engineering teams for clients in India. Hazel is protecting healthcare workers from COVID through AI technology. Jon is a special-effects programmer with a startup on the side. So cool to chat one on one with all these fascinating people!"
We're thrilled to have partnered with TechCrunch, and to have powered a part of Disrupt 2020! Helping expand Disrupt to all corners of the globe, and making Disrupt a more fun and interactive event for everyone, is what we're all about.
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