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Disrupt SF 2019

If you’re serious about startups, we’re still keeping it as real as ever. At Disrupt, everyone is a startupper – no matter if you’re a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader. So much more than just on-stage interviews, Disrupt is where you’ll find the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, a virtual Hackathon, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops and legendary networking at our After Parties… and we’re in San Francisco, right where startup dreams began.

Announcing Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2018

Every year, TechCrunch chooses an elite cohort of startups to compete in Startup Battlefield — TechCrunch’s premier global startup launch competition. This year’s selection was the most competitive in Startup Battlefield history and we’re excited for you to watch these innovative startups duke it out on the Main Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018. Companies are competing for a $100,000 equity-free grand prize and the renowned Disrupt Cup.

These founders have made unprecedented advancements in their industries. From new-age designer vibrators and anti-facial recognition protection software to ovulation prediction kits and cannabinoid-producing bio-engineered yeast, our teams are breaking barriers across the board. With AI and deep machine learning on the docket, they are creating smart enterprise search functions, intelligent legal tech and even advanced hormone tracking for women’s health and wellness.

Over the past two months, teams have been training hard with the Startup Battlefield and TechCrunch editorial teams to strengthen their business case, enhance their product framing and create a strong stage pitch. On Wednesday and Thursday, teams will have six minutes to pitch in front of a panel of esteemed judges and a live audience, followed by an intensive Q&A session. On Friday, a select number of companies will be chosen to compete for the grand prize in the final Startup Battlefield round, with a brand new set of judges.

Startup Battlefield will kick off at 2:00pm PT with Startup Battlefield session moderator Anthony Ha. To learn more about Startup Battlefield, click here. You can also watch the TechCrunch Disrupt live stream here.


Session 1: Carma Car, Stealthy Labs, D-ID, PoLTE, McCarthy Finch

Session 2: Kegg Technologies, Forethought AI, Elevian, Nutrigene, Origami Labs**


Session 3: CB Therapeutics, Lori Systems,, Secure by Fibre, Popbase by Binary Bubbles

Session 4: Unbound, Hai by Crossing Minds, Mira, Kinta AI, Wingly, Vtru**


Finals: Check back on Thursday evening on to find out who will be competing in the final round for Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018.

**As a part of Startup Alley, companies are eligible for the Wild Card. These are the companies selected for Wild Card and can compete in Startup Battlefield. These teams only learned of their acceptance last night.

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Programming Tracks at Disrupt SF 2018

Programming Tracks at Disrupt SF 2018 – TechCrunch

  • China and US face off in AI with Kai-Fu Lee (Sinovation)
  • See a live demo of the latest in conversational artificial intelligence with Jason Mars (Clinc)
  • Quantum Supremacy with Dario Gil (IBM)
  • Dismantling Algorithmic Bias with Patrick Ball (HRDAG), Brian Brackeen (Kairos) and Kristian Lum (HRDAG)
  • Discover AI & Machine Learning startups like ConserWater Technologies, 3DLOOK and Rosey in Startup Alley

  • Gaming’s Next Respawn with John Riccitiello (Unity)
  • Editing Reality with Anjey Midha (Ubiquity6)
  • Discover Augmented & Virtual Reality startups like COZYO, KeepEyeOnBall and Skrite Labs in Startup Alley

  • How Coinbase Keeps Building with Brian Armstrong (Coinbase)
  • Regulating Finance and Cryptocurrency with Jina Choi (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, San Francisco)
  • From Blockchain to Banking with Brad Garlinghouse (Ripple) and Michael Arrington (Arrington XRP Capital, founder, TechCrunch)
  • Connecting the Blocks with Sam Cassatt, Amanda Gutterman and Joseph Lubin (ConsenSys)
  • Discover Blockchain startups like Airfox, Zeehaus and Omega Grid in Startup Alley

  • Moonshot Philanthropy with Priscilla Chan (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
  • Decoding the DNA Opportunity with Anne Wojcicki (23andMe)
  • Rewriting Life’s Future with Rachel Haurwitz (Caribou Biosciences) and Trevor Martin (Mammoth Biosciences)
  • A Conversation with Robin Berzin (Parsley Health) and Aaron Patzer (Vital Software) about what’s next on the horizon for HealthTech
  • Discover Biotech & Healthtech startups like Actijoy, Circadia Technologies and Virtue in Startup Alley

  • Fireside Chat with Nikolay Storonsky (Revolut)
  • Taking on Silicon Valley with Marty Chavez (Goldman Sachs)
  • Fireside Chat with Baiju Bhatt (Robinhood)
  • Discover Fintech startups like ID R&D, Oxygen, and Mount Wish

  • Reaching The Next Creators with Roblox’s David Baszucki (Roblox)
  • Gaming’s Next Respawn with John Riccitiello (Unity)
  • High school esports platform launch and demo with Delane Parnell (PlayVS)
  • United in Discord with Jason Citron (Discord)
  • Discover Gaming startups like SportsMe, Storyball and Uplifting Technology in Startup Alley

  • Venture Capital in 2018 with Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), Sarah Tavel (Benchmark Capital)
  • The Art of Scaling with Reid Hoffman (Greylock)
  • Finding the Next Silicon Valley with Doug Leone (Sequoia)
  • Even Harder Things with Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz)
  • Making Sound Investments with Ashton Kutcher and Effie Epstein (Sound Ventures)

  • How tech can empower inmates with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Promise), Rose Afriyie (mRelief), Frederick Hutson (Pigeonly) and Neil Shah (Concrn)
  • Extinguishing Silicon Valley’s Trash Fire with Bo Young Lee (Uber)
  • Advancing Equity in Silicon Valley: In Conversation with Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) and Aniyia Williams (Black & Brown Founders)

  • Uber, One Year Later with Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber)
  • Driving Self-Driving Cars with Kyle Vogt (Cruise)
  • Product Launch and Fireside Chat Dieter May (BMW)
  • Building the Car of Tomorrow, Today with Reilly Brennan (Trucks VC), Chris Urmson (Aurora) and Laurie Yoler (Zoox)
  • Discover Mobility startups like Cargofy, Einride and Toposens in Startup Alley

  • Security in the Age of AI with Nicole Eagan (Darktrace) and Dr. Fengmin Gong (DiDi Labs)
  • Discover Privacy & Security startups like Carbn, Openpath and UATAG

  • Building Successful E-Commerce with Warby Parker’s David Gilboa
  • Fireside Chat with Emily Weiss (Glossier) and Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures)
  • Printing the Next Footwear Joseph DeSimone (Carbon) and Eric Liedtke (Adidas)
  • Fireside Chat with Michael Rubin (Fanatics)
  • The Promise and Perils of Early Branding with Emily Heyward (Red Antler), Philip Krim (Casper) and Tina Sharkey (Brandless)
  • Discover Retail startups like GreenSTOP, Garbi, and Resonado

  • Fireside Chat with Colin Angle (iRobot)
  • Electronic Apparel Demo with Rich Mahoney (Seismic)
  • Answering the Door with Jamie Siminoff (Ring)
  • Discover Robotics startups like Cedar Robotics, Robotic Materials, and Orby

  • Defending the Future with Marillyn Hewson (Lockheed Martin)
  • Launching a New Space Economy with Natalya Bailey (Accion Systems), Peter Beck (Rocket Labs) and Will Marshall (Planet)
  • Beyond Moonshots with Alan Stern (NASA)
  • Discover Space startups like Audacy and Infostellar