TechCrunch doesn’t have enough conference passes to give out the promised two tickets per presenting hackathon team, part of the incentive for participating in Saturday’s event. The organizers have been overwhelmed with logistical challenges–how to schedule up to 170 one-minute demos without losing the attention of the audience and the judge’s panel, how much food to order, etc.–but even with 500 hackers currently signed up, TechCrunch is calling for more participants. “We hope to be able to accommodate another 100-150 hackers with onsite registration Saturday. Please come right @ 12:30 for onsite registration. We’ll take as many as capacity permits,” TechCrunch posted today.
Registration for the hackathon is free, so the announcement is probably a bet that many of the registered participants won’t show.
The New York event has grown fast–last year, TechCrunch was able to give full conference passes to all hackers who participated in the hackathon.