With just 100 or so hacks presented–some from one-person teams–TechCrunch was able to give each team two free tickets to the conference as a reward for participating in the 24-hour programming contest.
TechCrunch had to walk back the offer to one ticket per team after the hackathon attracted more than three times the number of sign-ups as last year, and organizers were prepared to accommodate as many as 170 hacks.
But with enough hackers who failed to show up, dropped out or didn’t finish, in the end there was no need to be stingy with tickets.
TechCrunch took umbrage at Betabeat’s coverage of the ticket scarcity. “We host the hackathon because we love startups and entrepreneurs. They’re fun and terrific for the community. We pour our hearts and souls into events and we try to make them bigger and better each year–just like the blog,” TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde said in an email.