Tech Crunch Disrupt is officially underway… and it has been dubbed as Geek Week. Specifically, #TCGeekWeek if you’re looking to follow the sure-t0-be-awesome Twitter feed.
Geek Week unofficially began on Saturday with the TCD Hackathon. Hundreds of coders and developers united to form teams and worked for nearly 24 hours straight to build amazing products from the ground up. The top 75 teams won passes to TechCrunch Disrupt, which runs from today until Wednesday, September 10. Check out the weekend highlights from our editor-in-chief, Annebot!
Here are our top 3 panels that we recommend attending if you’re at Geek Week:
Day 1- Monday, September 8
Kevin Lin is COO of Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Currently more than 50 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch and chat about gaming, making the platform an industry leader. Twitch was mentioned here in MobileFOMO’s post about how to stream video from your mobile phone.
Day 2 – Tuesday, September 9
2:30pm – 6pm: Startup Battlefield – Sessions 4, 5, and 6
With only a few breaks between each session, this is a must-see. The Battlefield serves to showcase the best and most promising early-stage startups in the industry. Over the past month, these companies have been working tirelessly to push that last batch off the manufacturing line, get approved by the app store, or finish a redesign. They’ll have the chance to showcase all their hard work in sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, their selected finalists will have a chance at $50,000 and the Disrupt Cup. Learn more about the Startup Battlefield here.
Day 3 – Wednesday, September 10
This is sure to be a great session with industry experts moderated by Sarah Buhr, a TechCrunch writer with plenty of experience in moderating panels. Matthew Cooper is currently the CEO and co-founder of Carmenta Bioscience, a company addressing unmet medical needs in maternal and fetal health. Peter Hames is CEO of Big Health, a digital medicine company he co-founded with clinical psychologist Prof Colin Espie (University of Oxford). Big Health creates automated behavioral medicine programs fuelled by tracked data, and was inspired by Peter’s difficulty in getting access to evidence-based non-drug solutions to his own insomnia. Glen Tullman is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder and Managing Partner of 7wire Ventures, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on healthcare and education.