TechCrunch: Disrupt Europe
The first TechCrunch conference, Disrupt Europe, was held in Berlin at the end of October 2013. Drawing in 2,000 delegates per day, it explored the burgeoning tech start-up eco system. Stylus highlights a few start-ups from the event worth noting.
- PreCheck.In: This app won first prize at the conference’s own mini hackathon event, which saw 91 companies compete for $5,000 worth of prize money. PreCheck.in allows users to alert their friends on location-based app Foursquare before they visit an establishment – opening up the possibility for businesses to offer intent products and services.
- Asap54: This fashion app helps users find clothes they see and like worn by others in public, removing the need to ask: “Where did you get that?” Users can snap a picture of the desired item and the app analyses it – finding the exact piece, the brand and an online store, as well as suggestions for similar items. See it as a Shazam for fashion.
- Voicesphere: Set up by two German high-school graduates, this online and mobile service brings voice control to established apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Through Voicesphere, users will be able to communicate commands to their favourite apps like they would with Apple’s Siri personality.
- Lock8: For bike enthusiasts, the Lock8 device links to a mobile app that allows cyclists to lock and unlock their parked bikes. The idea is that users will then be able to share their bike with friends easily, but the main feature is safety. Sensors alert the users of attempted theft, while GPS tracking locates the bike if stolen.
- Import.io: This service makes it easy for users to pull data from the web by quickly transforming any web page into an Application Programming Interface (API), which gathers data for programmers to create software. The start-up’s new Data Factory application will offer a Google Chrome extension button, making it even easier to highlight the data of interest on the web page and covert it into an API.