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Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups!

The event is run in partnership with TechCrunch, the official media partner. Attendees, nominees and winners will get deep discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, later this year.
The Europas Awards are based on voting by expert judges and the industry itself. But key to the daytime is all the speakers and invited guests. There’s no “off-limits speaker room” at The Europas, so attendees can mingle easily with VIPs and speakers.

What exactly is an Unconference? We’re dispensing with the lectures and going straight to the deep-dives, where you’ll get a front row seat with Europe’s leading investors, founders and thought leaders to discuss and debate the most urgent issues, challenges and opportunities. Up close and personal! And, crucially, a few feet away from handing over a business card. The Unconference is focused into zones including AI, Fintech, Mobility, Startups, Society, and Enterprise and Crypto / Blockchain.

We’ve confirmed 10 new speakers including:


Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital


Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Seedcamp


Richard Muirhead, Fabric Ventures


Sitar Teli, Connect Ventures


Nancy Fechnay, Blockchain Technologist + Angel


George McDonaugh, KR1


Candice Lo, Blossom Capital


Scott Sage, Crane Venture Partners


Andrei Brasoveanu, Accel


Tina Baker, Jag Shaw Baker

How To Get Your Ticket For FREE

We’d love for you to ask your friends to join us at The Europas – and we’ve got a special way to thank you for sharing.

Your friend will enjoy a 15% discount off the price of their ticket with your code, and you’ll get 15% off the price of YOUR ticket.

That’s right, we will refund you 15% off the cost of your ticket automatically when your friend purchases a Europas ticket.

So you can grab tickets here.

Vote for your Favourite Startups

Public Voting is still humming along. Please remember to vote for your favourite startups!

Awards by category:

Hottest Media/Entertainment Startup

Hottest E-commerce/Retail Startup

Hottest Education Startup

Hottest Startup Accelerator

Hottest Marketing/AdTech Startup

Hottest Games Startup

Hottest Mobile Startup

Hottest FinTech Startup

Hottest Enterprise, SaaS or B2B Startup

Hottest Hardware Startup

Hottest Platform Economy / Marketplace

Hottest Health Startup

Hottest Cyber Security Startup

Hottest Travel Startup

Hottest Internet of Things Startup

Hottest Technology Innovation

Hottest FashionTech Startup

Hottest Tech For Good

Hottest A.I. Startup

Fastest Rising Startup Of The Year

Hottest GreenTech Startup of The Year

Hottest Startup Founders

Hottest CEO of the Year

Best Angel/Seed Investor of the Year

Hottest VC Investor of the Year

Hottest Blockchain/Crypto Startup Founder(s)

Hottest Blockchain Protocol Project

Hottest Blockchain DApp

Hottest Corporate Blockchain Project

Hottest Blockchain Investor

Hottest Blockchain ICO (Europe)

Hottest Financial Crypto Project

Hottest Blockchain for Good Project

Hottest Blockchain Identity Project

Hall Of Fame Award – Awarded to a long-term player in Europe

The Europas Grand Prix Award (to be decided from winners)

The Awards celebrates the most forward thinking and innovative tech & blockchain startups across over some 30+ categories.

Startups can apply for an award or be nominated by anyone, including our judges. It is free to enter or be nominated.

What is The Europas?

Instead of thousands and thousands of people, think of a great summer event with 1,000 of the most interesting and useful people in the industry, including key investors and leading entrepreneurs.

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• No secret VIP rooms, which means you get to interact with the Speakers

• Key Founders and investors speaking; featured attendees invited to just network

• Expert speeches, discussions, and Q&A directly from the main stage

• Intimate “breakout” sessions with key players on vertical topics

• The opportunity to meet almost everyone in those small groups, super-charging your networking

• Journalists from major tech titles, newspapers and business broadcasters

• A parallel Founders-only track geared towards fund-raising and hyper-networking

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• A stunning awards dinner and party which honors both the hottest startups and the leading lights in the European startup scene

• All on one day to maximise your time in London. And it’s PROBABLY sunny!

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That’s just the beginning. There’s more to come…

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Interested in sponsoring the Europas or hosting a table at the awards? Or purchasing a table for 10 or 12 guest or a half table for 5 guests? Get in touch with:
Petra Johansson
Petra@theeuropas.com
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3239 9325

A predictive keyboard wrote a ‘Game of Thrones’ script and it’s hilariously perfect

April 2019 is just too damn long to wait for the eight and final season of Game of Thrones. I mean, you can only rewatch the Lannister Drogon BBQ episode from Season 7 so many times while holding out for another full year.

But don’t worry. A hero has emerged from the flames to cast a light and end our long, dark night. And it’s an algorithm.

The folks at Botnik Studios, a team of artists and developers, heard our pleas and put their technological magic to use. They created a script for Episode 1 of Season 8 using predictive text AI that learned everything from previous Game of Thrones scripts. And honestly, the result is not only eerily spot-on, but possibly more entertaining than any other Game of Thrones episode to date.

Here’s the full “script,” and we dare you to try and find a single flaw in this masterpiece:

Image: botnik studios

It’s hard to pick favorites, but here are some of the stand out moments from this revealing episode:

  • Varys’ characteristically candid assessment that, “Morals are like balls…. I find myself utterly without them.”

  • Euron, lord of prick, taking up hair-braiding for Yara.

  • We’re calling it now: “We’re just fating around like cats in a castle!” is the new “I drink and I know things.” Pre-order your t-shirts today.

  • Predictably, Bran’s ability to see all continues to be useless, as gazes into the future to assure everyone that, “we are all still friends then.”

  • [Jon is being beautiful and looking hard at things] pretty much sums up the entirety of Kit Harrigton’s acting over the past seven seasons.

  • Dany adds another title to her name, but she really just wants is a pretty chair

  • Let’s call it a day and replace all of Jon’s future lines with: “I am guilty of never having fun”

  • Cersei’s extremely on-brand new pet: a bird skeleton.

  • Qyburn licking his lips and touching the ground “in a sex way” is more true to his character in the books than anything we’ve seen on screen.

  • SPOILER ALERT: Davos’ true connection to onions isn’t smuggling, but conversation.

  • Dany, a few episodes too late, realizes, “I will ride a dragon even if you don’t want me to!”

  • SPOILER ALERT: Tormund doesn’t make it after the White Walkers destroyed the wall, but still refuses to bend the knee as an undead zombie because FREE FOLK ARE METAL AS HELL.

Phew. What a wild ride. Can’t wait for next Sunday’s episode. Until then, we’ll be pouring ovver Reddit theories proving that Tyrion is secretly the Night King in the future.  

H/T Winter is Coming

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s Solo Showdown lets players compete for up to 50,000 V-Bucks

For the first time ever, Fortnite Battle Royale players have the chance to compete with one another for a huge amount of V-Bucks, the game’s virtual currency.

Fortnite Battle Royale often adds new wacky game modes, like 50 vs 50 or the much-memed Thanos game type made in conjunction with Marvel for Avengers: Infinity War.

Unlike those other game modes, however, Solo Showdown will not change the underlying game in any way — there is no extra shield, the storm doesn’t move any faster, and there are no extra weapon sizes or different team sizes.

Instead, Solo Showdown is a way to compete with other Battle Royale players in solo mode to discover who is the true GOAT.

Players must compete in 50 matches to join the leaderboard, and placement in each of those first 50 matches will determine overall ranking.

Prize pools are as follows:

  • First Place: 50,000 V-Bucks
  • Second Place to Fourth Place: 25,000 V-Bucks
  • Fifth Place to Fiftieth Place: 13,500 V-Bucks
  • Remaining Players in Top 100: 7,500 V-Bucks

Up until this point, V-Bucks could only be earned in increments of 100 after purchasing the Battle Pass, which lets players complete challenges and rank up to earn various cosmetic rewards and V-Bucks. Earning V-Bucks, rather than purchasing them with real money, has never netted much of a return. You can only earn enough V-Bucks to purchase maybe one mid-range item per season, or you can save them over the course of multiple seasons to purchase a high-end item.

For perspective, the most expensive items on Fortnite Battle Royale often cost around 2,000 V-Bucks, so a player with 50,000 V-Bucks is a rich player indeed.

Fortnite Battle Royale has been free to play since its launch, and its virtual currency represents a major revenue stream for Epic Games . While items purchased in the store offer no competitive advantage, they make the game fun and fresh.

However, the ability to earn these V-Bucks (in this large of a sum) is a welcome change to the current meta.

Xbox controllers are the best around. Now, Microsoft’s new one lets every gamer play.

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Microsoft’s Xbox game controllers are widely heralded as the industry’s best, but they’re ultimately not something everyone can use.

Two thumbsticks, a bunch of buttons, and a directional pad are all fine when you have two fully functional hands, but not everyone does. The new Xbox Adaptive Controller is built to account for those players who need more of a customized setup, whatever the reason.

“There are a lot of gamers out there that play differently,” Microsoft’s director of product marketing Navin Kumar said during a recent meeting. “They play with their feet, their chin, different parts of their body.”

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Different control options exist to suit different needs, but many can be expensive and tricky to set up. There are also situations where existing products don’t work for one reason or another, and something more customized is needed. 

The Adaptive Controller is designed to account for any control needs that might come up, mostly because it leaves it up to the player to decide which attached controls activate which buttons or commands.

The $99 base station is a mostly flat device that’s roughly the size of a small, thin book. Its most prominent features are two large, round buttons — A and B by default, though there are ways to change that. There’s also a directional pad, an Xbox Guide button, and the View/Menu buttons introduced on the Xbox One controller.

Those buttons alone aren’t nearly enough to steer a modern video game, but that’s where the magic of this controller comes in. Each and every button command on an Xbox controller — A/B/X/Y, L3/R3, all four D-pad directions, you name it — is marked at the top edge of the Adaptive Controller. 

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These symbols all correspond to a series of 3.5mm jacks on the back, so when you plug a particular control peripheral into one of those slots, you’re handing control of that command over to the peripheral. Say you want to make it so your bite controller triggers the A button. Simply plug the bite controller into the desired port and you’re all set. It’s very simple and straightforward.

Those ports cover all the buttons, but not the two thumbsticks. Those are powered through USB inputs on the left and right sides of the Adaptive Controller. If fine finger movements are a problem, for example, you can plug in something like this to manage one or the other (or both) thumbstick commands.

The base unit has a built-in rechargeable battery that’s good for around 25 hours of use (though we’re told that number comes down as more attachments are added). There are also rear-mounted USB-C and DC power ports for those that would rather plug in. In addition, three threaded holes on the bottom of the unit allow it to be screwed onto a variety of different mounting arms as needed.

“We can actually help more gamers because of this, which is awesome.”

Users can also take advantage of Microsoft’s Xbox Accessories app on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs (there’s also support for Windows 7/8 machines, and Microsoft is open to supporting a wider range of hardware as well). This allows for added button-mapping flexibility, since the app lets anyone to reassign button commands to different parts of the controller as they see fit. Say you want to make the big A button click the R3 button instead; the Xbox Accessories app can do that.

Being able to add attachments using standardized ports is a big deal for this kind of controller, especially at the price Microsoft has set. Attachments — which will need to be obtained from third-parties — obviously add to the cost, but the total price for most will still probably be less than it is for other current options.

To make sure the Adaptive Controller does all the right, necessary things, Microsoft worked closely with the AbleGamers Charity throughout the testing process. The nonprofit organization works to bring greater accessibility into the gaming space, and that work often includes dealing directly with individuals and finding solutions that fit each of their needs.

“Through our grant program, we actually made a little box that would take switches [to interact with an attached controller], but it took a lot of hours to make and the total cost was about $400 per unit,” AbleGamers program director Craig Kaufman said during our meeting.

Image: dustin Drankoski / mashable

“Being able to have [the Adaptive Controller] to give to gamers, it’s so much more affordable. We can actually help more gamers because of this, which is awesome. For the cost of our device alone, we are able to buy the device and the [attachments].”

I sampled the Adaptive Controller on Forza Horizon in a few configurations, and it works just as described. Plugging in different attachments is easy — there are even grooves extending down from input symbol markings to the ports that manage them, making it simple to plug something in without actually having the port in your field of vision.

There’s no word on when the Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching, but the design I saw and played with is final. In other words: The product seems like it’s ready to go. Perhaps we’ll get more answers on that front when Microsoft takes the stage in June for its annual onslaught of E3 reveals and deep dives.

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Canal+ gives up on its cable box, switches to Apple TV

French premium cable television company Canal+ is slowly moving away from building its own set top boxes. As Next INpact spotted, you can now subscribe to Canal+ and get an Apple TV 4K with Canal+’s myCanal app already preloaded.

Canal+ has been around for decades and was the first premium TV channel in France. Over the years, the company started distributing all sorts of premium channels through satellite, cable and partnerships with internet service providers.

While you had to get your own Canal+ set top box to receive Canal+ 15 years ago, the company’s own box has slowly become irrelevant. As all the main French internet service providers give you a set top box, Canal+ has partnered with them to offer multiple add-ons to receive Canal+’s content.

When Canal+ announced its most recent device, Canal+ already said that you’d get a better experience with the myCanal app on the Apple TV.

That’s why Canal+ is betting everything on over-the-top distribution. If you don’t subscribe to Canal+ through your ISP, you can get an Apple TV 4K for €6 per month in addition to your TV package. If your internet connection isn’t fast enough or you’d rather use satellite TV, you can still get a Canal+ set top box.

But the writing is on the wall. Most people will soon watch Canal+ through myCanal on Android TV, tvOS, iOS, Android, a Samsung TV and desktop computers.

In France, Molotov and myCanal have been some of the top performing apps for tvOS and Android TV. This partnership could boost the Apple TV in France.