Congratulations to the Top 3

The finalists will pitch to a panel of judges including special guest judge Sir Richard Branson

On Necker Island, February 10, 2016

Competing for the chance to win critical infrastructure & investment

Join us on Necker Island on February 10th 2016 to watch the top three contestants take the stage for the final round of the The Extreme Tech Challenge where they will pitch a panel of judges including our special guest judge Sir Richard Branson!

This is your opportunity to be a part of it all! Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with industry titans, take part in our exclusive XTC Finals Dinner and be there in person on Necker Island as we crown the 2016 XTC Winner.

Tickets include roundtrip boat transfer between the North Sound and Necker Island, an afternoon of optional activities including island tours, lemur feedings, volleyball, roundtables covering the XTC Top 10 and more, beach cocktails and mingling with fellow XTC attendees and guest. Experience the XTC Finals, with dinner at the Great House & access to our epic beach after party. Oh, and don't forget to pick up your XTC Necker goodie bags filled with limited edition XTC presents!

We also have a handful of exclusive BIG TICKETS including all the above plus early access to Necker Island with morning activities and an intimate beach lunch with the MaiTai group.

Please email for a ticket link & more information.

Extreme Tech Challenge Top 3

Finalists selected at CES from among the Top 10


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?

Necker Judges

Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Founder

Suna Said

CEO and Founder of NIMA Capital

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner, Pacific Investimentos

Charles Michael Yim

XTC Winner, Breathometer Co-Founder

CES Judges

Gary Shapiro

CEO, Consumer Technology Association

Veronica Serra

Founding Partner, Pacific Investimentos

Tim Draper

Founding Partner, Draper & Associates

Curtis Sasaki

VP of Ecosystems and IoT General Manager, Samsung Electronics

David Cohen

Founder and CEO, Techstars

Robert Scoble

Futurist, Rackspace

Rich Karlgaard

Publisher, Forbes Magazine

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 Colton


Russell Ward


Gokce Gizer

Content Management

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 and of Black Sky Entertainment

Dave Mathews

Founder & CEO, NewAer Proximity Platform