The team was in San Francisco to celebrate technology all week long! The first half of our trip was spent at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. We provided hackers with a .CLUB domain name, web hosting, and Domain Privacy– all at no cost to them! We paired up with our friends at .CLUB to award the team that best utilized a .CLUB domain name in their project with $5,000. While judging, we were looking for the full package. This included a great domain name, an innovative product, and a solid product pitch or demonstration. .CLUB is all about bringing people together and sharing common interests so we were excited to see over 40 projects embrace the power of a .CLUB. Notable project submissions included and Ultimately, the .CLUB Superhero and our team chose as our $5,000 winner. This team’s app allows travelers to have an interactive experience on their flights. Users can get live flight updates, receive alerts when they’re flying over landmarks, and they can chat with other high flyers on their plane. We were surprised to learn that the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon was this team’s very first hackathon! We’d say a $5,000 win is a great way to kick off a hackathon career. But they weren’t the only .CLUB-backed team to win. Over 20 other teams who used .CLUB in their project won hackathon prizes.

We finished up our trip to California with a visit to the Hak5 warehouse. If you’re not familiar with Hak5, they produce various YouTube shows focused on technology and hacking. We’ve been sponsoring Hak5 for a while now and it’s always great to see the team in person. We’re not just sponsors- we’re friends! We all got a bite to eat, learned about Darren’s hacking trip to the Middle East, and checked out the Hak5 studio. And of course, we exchanged swag before leaving.

We may not be in San Francisco anymore, but you can still catch up on all the action. If you want to view the highlights from our trip to TechCrunch Disrupt, visit our Instagram for the best shots. Learn more about and watch their one-minute product pitch here. View all of the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon project submissions here. And take a look at some photos from our trip below!