TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is coming to London on 18 October

TechCrunch has just revealed that the second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe event will be held at Old Billingsgate in East London, running from 18 October through to 21 October.

The tech conference plays host to hundreds of startups, not to mention an impressive array of guest speakers, who have in the past included the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com) and Dick Costolo (Twitter).

Proceedings will begin with a Hackathon over the first two days, which will be followed by more interviews and panel sessions than you can shake a silicon stick at. Expect a ton of advice for startups, and insight on how to build and further you company.

TechCrunch Disrupt will also feature a Startup Alley, with some 150 startups getting a chance to showcase their wares over 20-21 October.

Of course, the big one is Startup Battlefield, and this will see entrants pitch and compete for the Disrupt Cup and £30,000 in funding. TechCrunch notes that previous Battlefield participants – all 350 of them – have gone on to raise some $2.4 billion (£1.45 billion) after their appearance. Battlefield competitions of the past have helped launch many famous tech industry names, including Dropbox, Yammer and Fitbit.

Applications for the Startup Battlefield will open soon.

Gerard Grech, Tech City UK CEO, commented: “I’m delighted that TechCrunch has chosen London as the host city for October’s Disrupt. Over the past few years London has built its technology credentials to offer entrepreneurs a world-leading environment to start and grow a digital business. All across London and the UK, creative tech and innovation is disrupting and reimagining sectors as diverse as finance and fashion. I am looking forward to welcoming to London the scores of speakers and startups that Disrupt brings together.”