There are a lot of tech conferences in the world, but very few of them matter, the way TechCrunch DISRUPT matters. That’s why we’re so excited to send 50 lucky winners to this incredible event!
Did you know that Udacity was just named by CNBC as the 10th most disruptive company in the world? It’s true! Now, can you imagine the feeling of being a Udacity Nanodegree program student, at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco? That would be amazing, right?
Well, guess what? Enroll in a Udacity Nanodegree program between June 12-June 30, 2017 and you could win one of 50 tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco!
It’s hard to say what it is about TechCrunch Disrupt that makes it such a special event.
Maybe it’s high-stakes drama of the Startup Battlefield. The numbers are certainly pretty impressive. As of February of this year, nearly 650 companies have competed, and those companies have together raised nearly $7 billion in funds. Yammer won back in 2008. They raised $142 million, then got acquired by Microsoft. Getaround won in New York in 2011. They’ve raised over $100 million, and are fully operational today. Mint won in 2007. They raised almost $32 million, then got acquired by Intuit. Those success stories are just the tip of the iceberg.
But maybe that’s not really what the excitement is all about. Maybe it’s not about the companies that will be there. Maybe it’s the people. Think about last year’s speakers: Mike Judge, Creator of the HBO hit series Silicon Valley. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Twilio. Marni Walden, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Verizon Wireless. That’s a lot of speaker firepower.
Sebastian Thrun was also a speaker in 2016. His appearance was a pretty big deal. That’s when he announced the launch of our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program. Where better to announce one of our most groundbreaking launches ever, than at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco?
One of the bigger stories destined to emerge from this year’s conference will invariably be the winner of the 24-Hour Hackathon. Here’s an excerpt from TechCrunch’s coverage of last year’s competition:
Nearly 1,000 eager participants converged upon Pier 48 yesterday for an all-night Hackathon, helping kick off Disrupt with a cold and foggy view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge (as though there were any other kind).
The near capacity army of developers, coders, roboticists, engineers and all-purpose hackers broke up into 144 teams, tasked with designing and developing projects during a 24-hour energy drink and adrenaline-fueled whirlwind of inspiration.
The thing about TechCrunch Disrupt is that it’s basically just full-immersion innovation, from start to finish. It’s idea overdrive. It’s a light bulb light show with no off switch. You never know what someone might say—a new prophet could emerge anywhere, from any corner of the conference. Here are five favorite pronouncements from last year’s event:
“It’s incredibly important to have a really vivid, clear idea of where you want to get in the long run that you stick to, and you want to be very flexible in the tactics.” —Marc Andreessen
“The cloud is what is making machine learning and AI possible.” —Diane Greene, Google
“The use of tech and tech innovation is at the core of our country.” —Megan Smith, U.S. CTO
This is the moment when it could all come together for you. This could be the day you look back on and say, “it all started with a TechCrunch ticket giveaway.” Dictionary definitions of “disrupt” often mention “radical change.” What could be more radical than enrolling to study with Udacity—the world’s most disruptive learning provider—and then winning a ticket to attend the premier tech event celebrating disruption?
Enroll today for your chance to win. And we do mean win!