Enter the Extreme Tech Challenge for the Opportunity to:

Present LIVE on stage at CES, Jan. 8th, 2016

Pitch Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island

Win critical infrastructure & investment


Entry Deadline: October 15, 2015

Rules and Eligibility Criteria


The Extreme Tech Challenge brings together targeted resources and world class advisors to help high-energy, wicked-smart entrepreneurs that are executing on big ideas. We aim to "lower the friction to your success" by providing exposure and capital to accelerate scaling of your product with free infrastructure and other start-up boosters from world class vendors.

Importantly, we aim to have extreme fun along the way—the final pitch and feedback session will be held at Necker Island—with Sir Richard Branson as our special guest judge.

Are YOU ready to give it your best shot?


Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Founder

Gary Shapiro

CEO, Consumer Technology Association

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner, Pacific Investimentos

Lars Rasmussen

Co-inventor, Google Maps & Co‑founder, Cute Little Apps

Young Sohn

President and CSO, Samsung Electronics

Tim Draper

Founding Partner, Draper & Associates

David Cohen

Founder and CEO, Techstars

Robert Scoble

Futurist, Rackspace

Charles Michael Yim

XTC Winner, Breathometer Co-Founder

Josh Constine

Senior Writer, TechCrunch

The Process

Jul 9, 2015: Contest Announcement

Check out the podcast if you missed KDOW's live radio broadcast

Oct 15, 2015: Submission Deadline

Submit company overview deck (10 slides max)

Submit video elevator pitch using Magisto App (News Theme) (2 min max)

Submit link to working product, prototype, or demo

Oct 30, 2015: Qualifiers Notified

Additional information will be requested

November 1, 2015: Top 25 Announced

Follow-up interviews

Introduction to XTC Investor/Partner Network

December 2015: Top 10 Selected

Ticket to present live at CES 2016

Invite to a MaiTai Global event

Sponsor prize packages

January 2016: Semi-Finals at CES

Top 10 XTC finalists present to XTC CES Judging Panel

Live global broadcasting and media coverage

XTC Top 3 selected and invited to Necker Island Final Event

February 2016: Necker Island Finals

Top 3 and XTC Championship Judges/Mentors converge on Necker Island

Top 3 Present to Sir Richard Branson and XTC Championship Judges

Entrepreneur working sessions with XTC Championship Judges/Mentors

XTC Champion crowned


Presenting Sponsors

Prize Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.


Kym McNicholas

Emcee & Director

Sabine Schindlbauer

Chief Operating Officer

Daniela Juarez


Dan Myers


Bill Tai

XTC Co-creator & Producer

Susi Mai

XTC Co-creator
President, MaiTai Global


Silvia von Gunten

Director, World Economic Forum

Johann Schleier-Smith

Co-founder, if(we)

Sanjit Dang

Investment Director, Intel Capital

Jeff Hoffman

CEO/Co-Founder of Colorjar, formerly CEO of Priceline.com and of Black Sky Entertainment