TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017: How It Was

TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin 2017 through the eyes of Hype.Codes editorial board
07 December 2017   350

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.

Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017

The recent TechCrunch Disrupt took place in Berlin, Germany and lasted for 2 days, from December 4 to December 5 of 2017, having presented such sections as:

  • StartUp Battlefield, which is the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt 
  • Thought Leadership, where the most important topics facing today’s tech landscape were overviewed 
  • StartUp Alley, where early stage companies talent and technology could be seen
  • Hackaton, where Development Teams were challenged to create a product within 24-hours

Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, Mashable. Anton Cherepanov, the journalist of Hype.Codes editorial board, has also managed to visit the conference and gather the information about the most interesting startups which were presented.

Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs, and past winners include names like Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and many more.

Disrupt startup Battlefield winner Lia DignosticsLia Diagnostics, Startup Battlefield winner

This year Lia Diagnostics project became the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017. The Lia Diagnostics presented pregnancy test which will be the first-ever flushable test to hit the market, offering a more sustainable, disposable, convenient and private way for women to find out if they’re pregnant or not. Unlike traditional tests, Lia’s tests are made from a special paper that will disperse in water and biodegrade.

Startup Alley

We have chosen three most interesting and promising projects out of all that were presented.

Ari-Farm

Ari-Farm project is aimed at building an efficient, tech-powered livestock market for Africa. The problem is that livestock farmers in East Africa live in poverty because they cannot find buyers for their animals during dry seasons. Ari-Farm offers a solution by using capital from their global investors, infrastructure and technology and building an all year round market for livestock.

Ari-Farm aims to:

  • Provide sustainable life for farmers
  • Create jobs
  • Contribute to the local economy

Zeroquode

Zeroquode is a no-code template creator for founders, who can launch their MVP in 2-3 weeks at a fraction of cost; designers, who can bring their pixel perfect, responsive designs to life; and developers, who can achieve the same results as with coding but much faster and use code only when needed. All you need is just to buy a Bubble template, modify anything without code, and then launch the ready product.

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Volocopter

Volocopter is the first manned, fully electric and safe vtol in the world. The creators of the project want to make humanity's dreams come true and help modern cities resolve the increasing mobility issues. On 25 September of 2017, Volocopter has already been tested and flew the historic flight of 8 Minutes completely autonomously and reached a maximum height of 60 Meters.

In the course of the conference our jounalist Anton Cherepanov got to know Michael Granin, who is a NEM Industry Partnership Coordinator at NEM.io Foundation.

Tesla's cloud account hacked to mine cryptocurrency

Independent security group discovered Tesla's cloud account being hacked and infected with a miner-virus
21 February 2018   23

Cryptocurrencies are on the rise and all sorts of shady characters are trying to get in with dubious methods. Recent string of hacking attacks is a perfect example. And now not only exchanges and users with their hard-earned coins are in danger, but also companies with large cloud infrastructure face the same threat.

RedLock, a security research firm, reports that electric car manufacturer Tesla's cloud account information has been leaked to the internet, which allowed hackers to access the company's cloud. It has been hacked and hardware infected with a miner virus called Stratum. The mining protocol masks itself with low CPU usage and obscuring the IP of the mining server.

Of course, RedLock immediately contacted Tesla with this information and the company quickly got to fixing the breach. Tesla's spokesperson assured us that customer personal information hasn't been compromised, and that the vulnerability was patched in a matter of hours. Only small test park of internally-used engineering sample cars has been impacted and no indication whatsoever discovered that actual customer cars have been compromised in any way.

It certanly looks possible, because according to the same RedLock Cloud Security Intelligence group mining profitability of Tesla's cloud is worth a lot more that all the customer data available could be sold for on the black market. This also isn't the first instance of such a hack with no data being stolen. In fact, hacks with intention of hijacking mining capacity has already targeted Gemalto, a world's largest SIM-card manufacturer, and Aviva, a British insurance company, just to name a few.