Techcrunch disrupt: the debut of startups in London

Published on Saturday, 5 December 2015

The annual convention dedicated to innovative startups, TechCrunch Disrupt, is about to begin in London.

The event, created by TechCrunch – the most widely read online magazine in the world of technology with over thirty-five million monthly visitors – has been taking place in different cities of the world since 2011, from San Francisco to New York, from London to Beijing.

The London edition of the convention will be held on December 7th and 8th and will have an exceptional partner. For the first time, Enel will be among the sponsors of the Techcrunch Disrupt: another concrete step along the path of connection between Enel and the global community of innovators.

For startups, the event is an opportunity to “debut” in the technology world, presenting their innovative products, company or idea in front of potential investors, journalists and stakeholders. A real springboard that allows them to emerge among the notoriously dense environment of technology startups.

The two-days event gives attendees the opportunity to hear Founders Stories – such as AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong – interviews, speeches and presentations, so they can learn from famous case studies and take a cue from successful businesses. There’s also a competition between emerging startups competing to win the Startup Battlefield, a trophy that can change everything for the winners, bringing them fame and instant success. Finally, the Hackaton, a 24-hour coding marathon, rewards the best programmers.

Among startups that have taken part in previous TechCrunch Disrupt, have emerged several interesting and practical solutions related to clean technology. In this area, even the simplest ideas can make a difference.

Last may, in New York, Nucleus Scientific has introduced a battery that can recharge a smartphone in a few minutes. An ingenious solution – given the frequency we come to charge our devices during the day – but one that does not serve only the needs of the smartphone population. In fact, the startup aims to develop a technology that can fully recharge an electric car in the same amount of time it takes to fill it up with gasoline.

And it doesn’t end here: the Intelligent Energy System may be implemented in the next generation of devices and play a decisive role in enhancing battery life.

It’s, undoubtedly, a disruptive idea, and one that’s been presented by a team with extensive experience in the field: the founder is Ian Hunter, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT who created Nucleus Scientific in 2007, but that had never had the opportunity to present his project up to May this year.

Another interesting solution, presented in San Francisco a little over a year ago, is Alba, an intelligent lightbulb from Stack, also a finalist – but not the winner – of the Startup Battlefield.

Alba is a smart sensing bulb that can understand how bright an environment is, how many people are in the room and what the time of day it is: it can automatically adjust its brightness, based on this information,. A capability that can allow to save 70% energy when compared to energy efficient LED lamps, and as much as 90% energy when compared to incandescent bulbs.

These projects – now well under way – wouldn’t perhaps have had the right opportunities without an event such as TechCrunch Disrupt, able to gather the best ideas and show them the right audience.

We just have to wait for the ideas that’ll be presented in London, wishing the best of them to reach the podium and – hopefully – to change the world.

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