TechCrunch Europe events listings are now crowd-sourced

I have been attempting, usually in vain, to post the many relevant events for readers to keep track of. This is obviously a tricky task, given that there are an increasing number of these. However, I have managed to re-gain control of the old TechCrunch UK group on Upcoming. Now, event organisers who post their events to Upcoming will be able to add the group “TechCrunch UK & European Startup Events” to the event and it will appear under that group as well. Obviously I dare say one or two people will try to game this system, but as this is the kind of listing this industry needs if it is ever going to develop I’m happy to let the “crowd” decide what’s relevant or not (until such point I have to start weeding out the crap of course – I retain the ability to delete events, so trolls and spammers be warned). The feed won’t be published on TechCrunch Europe because we reserve the right to push events where TechCrunch is a specific media partner, or the event is really, really relevant to readers.

It’s worth pointing out that the fact that an event appears in this Upcoming group is not a sign of TechCrunch’s official backing – it’s just a sign someone wanted to promote it to the kind of audience TechCrunch has – developers, startups, entrepreneurs and venture financiers. The Upcoming feed is just a simple service for you. You can decide for yourself whether the events posted there (by just about anyone) are relevant or not. I have added the tagline “& European Startup Events” because although there are other European groups for things like “new media” or “social media”, none focus on startup businesses, which is our goal here at TechCrunch. And I think it will be helpful for all to see the kind of things going on across Western, Central and Eastern Europe as a whole.

I hope that people will use the group in the spirit in which it was created – to advance the development of startups across Europe.

So the relevant info again is:

TechCrunch UK & European Startup Events (on Upcoming)

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Now, there other plenty of other sites where you can get good event information (although to be frank you will generally find they err towards events around training courses or online marketing, rather than business events for startups). That said, currently the most comprehensive is that offered by Chinwag, but there is also the listings from NMK and Bima. There are back-channel discussions about trying to produce a more comprehensive listing for the UK where competing events can be listed, but I gather those are ongoing.

Meanwhile, there are six upcoming events over the next week or so which are of particular interest to TechCrunch readers:

25 June
The TechCrunch BBC Debate, London
This event is, alas, already full but you can read all about it here.

June 26th
Techcrunch / TechLudd Mashup, Dublin
A TechCrunch meetup held in conjunction with TechLudd (the Irish startup networking event). Register here.

27 June
SocialMedia Business School: How To Build Your Business
(Tickets) You can get a 20% discount if you use the code “londev”.
Location: The LEWIS Media Centere, Millbank, London
This is an interesting event where application developers will be taught how to turn their social app into a real business, not just a project. Nick Gonzales – former TechCrunch writer – is a keynote speaker. Here’s the blurb: “The purpose of the SocialMedia Business School session is to bring together industry experts to help guide you in building out your applications’ revenue model and preparing your business plan for financing and general planning. SocialMedia Networks, the social advertising network will bring together advertisers, leading developers and analytics gurus to help you build your business. You will learn about the resources available to you to make the most money from your applications, and using supporting materials provided by SocialMedia you’ll apply what you learn into an actual business plan that turns your apps into a sustainable business.”

June 28th
TechCrunch Istanbul Meetup
TechCrunch and Webrazzi, Turkey’s leading Web 2.0 blog, are co-organising a Meetup, featuring demos from Turkey’s best and brightest startups.

July 1st
TechCrunch Athens Meetup
Athens TechCrunch meetups co-organised Open Coffee Greece.

July 4th
Mobile 2.0 Europe / TechCrunch Evening Party
TechCrunch Europe is supporting the after-party for Europe’s hottest Mobile 2.0 startups. Check out the startups selected.