At Brooklyn Cruise Terminal the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 opened at May 9 and held for three-days with 2,300 attendees and thousands of tuning in online. Did you know Disrupt NY 2016, the first media conference to stream live completely on Facebook, making it one of the most watched events ever.
With lot more anticipation Startup Battlefield with 22 competitors started with a panel of judges for winning the Disrupt Cup & the $50,000 Grand Prize. The judges after hours of deliberations, narrowed down to six finalists namely online “kid safety service” Bark, interactive “Twitch alternative” Beam, “Blockchain credit startup for emerging countries” BitPagos, “daily vitamin maker” Ritual, underwater drone “SeaDrone” and finally ultra-affordable water filtration system “WaterO”.
Beam took home the big prize for its platform that ties with the world growing with e-sports to offer a low-latency chat based platform for live streamed games. Beyond, Beam lets viewers to interact with the games by measuring the general comments to play along with live streaming gamer. You can think of its a Twitch that actually works. WaterO was the runner-up.
On Day 1, a number of speakers took the stage to discuss the latest trend in the world of tech landscape. Alex Chung of Giphy hinted tips to turn GIFs into revenue streams. Warning from Nate Cardozo (EFF) and Marten Mickos (HackerOne) that Internet of Things is a security nightmare. Till Faida of AdBlock Plus said that the software has reached billion downloads. And the first demo of Viv, the next-generation of AI assistant from Siri creator Dag Kittlaus.
Day 2 started with a conversation with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures that the future of tech investing remains strong. Afterwards, Talmon Marco (Juno) talked about Uber. Alexa security was talked by Amazon Echo VP Mike George. Blue Apron, Maple and Sweetgreen founders talked about how to improvise a food startup.
On the final day of Disrupt NY 16, Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest) talked lot more about investing gender gap. Alfred Lin and Tony Xu talked about how DoorDash must strike a balance between profitability and growth. Jessica Alba and Chris Thorne got transparent talks about the lawsuits facing The Honest Company. Robyn Exton (Her), Dawoon Kang (Coffee Meets Bagel) and Whitney Wolfe (Bumble) talked about how to monetize, churn and standing out in the mobile dating space.
Thus the disrupt NY 16 was a combo of all startup with many insights and talks from entrepreneurs.