Chinese investment company Innovation Works and TechCrunch, the legendary blog on technology innovation, have partnered to expand TechCrunch’s conference series, Disrupt, to Beijing, China.
The TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing (http://disrupt.techcrunch.com/bj2011) will be held October 28-November 1 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.
The four-day conference will include:
– a two-day “Hackathon” where developers can register to come build online and mobile applications in twenty-four hours, and
– a two-day conference with an expo area, a start up competition and keynotes from tech-industry leaders including Tencent CEO Pony Ma, YouTube Co-founder Steve Chen, Disrupt partner and Innovation Works founder Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, entrepreneur and angel investor Lei Jun, Evernote CEO and Founder Phil Libin, Instagram CEO and Founder Kevin Systrom, Jawbone Founder and CEO Hosain Rahman, among many others.
The start up competition, called “the Startup Battlefield,” will allow Startups to compete for US$50,000 cash prize. for brand-new technology innovations that are fewer than 2 years old with minimal to no press exposure. Startups may submit applications now at http://applybj.tcdisrupt.com including a video showing the product. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, September 26.
Founded by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee in September 2009, Innovation Works focuses on making early-stage high-tech investments, coaching young entrepreneurs, and providing complete services to help these start-ups. It has just raised $180m for its Internet Start up Fund (read here) .
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