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September 29, 2010 22:46 ET

Qwiki Wins TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2010) -  TechCrunch Disrupt Conference -- At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today, seven finalists competed for the coveted Startup Battlefield Award and a $50,000 cash prize. Qwiki, a disruptive new technology platform that creates an information experience, has been named the winner.

"Qwiki has been a dream of mine for years now and launching at TechCrunch Disrupt has been such an incredible opportunity for our team," said Doug Imbruce, CEO of Qwiki. "It's such an honor to win this award at an event like Disrupt, surrounded by the most important leaders and innovators in the technology industry. We're thrilled that the attendees, partners and judges all recognize the potential of Qwiki's technology."

On Monday, Qwiki gave conference attendees a preview of their groundbreaking technology platform that creates an "information experience" in response to user queries, by combining on-the-fly infographics, video, narration and interactive elements. The presentation marked the launch of the alpha version of their product; users can now visit http://www.Qwiki.com or follow @Qwiki to receive an invitation. Qwiki presented again on Wednesday to a new panel of judges, including Marissa Mayer, VP of search product and user experience at Google, alongside finalists CloudFlare, Opzi, Badgeville, DataSift, Pinger and GameCrunch. Upon winning, Qwiki received the Disrupt Cup from Soluto, the past winner.

"Showcasing our technology at TechCrunch Disrupt has been such a rewarding experience and we look forward to hearing feedback on how to make Qwiki even better," said Dr. Louis Monier, co-founder and CTO of Qwiki. "We know that we've developed a game-changing technology platform and receiving this award today really confirms that. Now, we can focus on expanding its application to truly change the way people discover and consume information."

About TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco (http://disrupt.techcrunch.com) is being held Sept 27-29 2010, at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse. TechCrunch Disrupt attracts over 1,500 leading technology innovators and investors and over 150 new startups. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate the most timely disruptions in media, advertising and technology. Afternoons host the Startup Battlefield where 25 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 500 applications received from around the world. Another 100 early-stage startups will exhibit in Startup Alley. TechCrunch will award a $50,000 grand prize along with other award recognitions at the conclusion of the conference.

About Qwiki
Qwiki is a new way to experience information. Using proprietary, automated technology, Qwiki consolidates multiple sources of data on a given topic into a single, immersive experience. Seed investors include early investors and founders of several high-profile Silicon Valley companies, including Google and YouTube. To learn more about Qwiki, please visit www.qwiki.com.

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