Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt San Francisco at Pier 48 on Tuesday, September 13 or Wednesday, September 14th.

The program is part of Include,  TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain better access to the startup scene. For the past several Disrupts, TC has worked informally with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), The Academy for Software Engineering, NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education, the Young Women’s Leadership Schools of the Bronx & Astoria and the Urban Assembly Maker Academy to bring small groups of students on-site.


Two students from the Academy for Software Engineering in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2015 –

Image credit: @afsenyc

We are formalizing that effort for Disrupt San Francisco by creating an application process and also expanding the effort by bringing 60 students on-site (30 on Tuesday, September 13 and 30 on Wednesday, September 14).

As part of the program, students will have an opportunity to tour the Startup Alley with a member of TechCrunch’s editorial staff, sit-in on discussions taking place on the main stage and have a one-on-one Q&A session with a speaker.

To be eligible, students must be of middle or high school age, be within a reasonable commuting distance of San Francisco and have an adult supervisor able to attend with them. Preference will be given to teachers or organizations working with demographics underrepresented in tech. Traditional classes, alternative education, mentorship programs etc. are all welcome to participate.

Applications will close on August 1, 2016. Groups will be notified of their participation status by August 12, 2016. If you have any questions, you can email

Do it for the kids. Apply here!

Sam Altman

Sam Altman with students from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NTFT) at Disrupt SF 2015