Tech Crunch apologises for 'sexually explicit' app demo at hackathon

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 09, 2013 09:03 hrs

Tech Crunch has reportedly issued an apology for the controversial demonstration of sexually explicit apps by two developers at its hackathon event.

The AOL-owned tech blog was caught off guard when one app that made it to the stage was called Titstare, billed as the 'breast app ever', featured people looking at women's chests.

According to the New York Post, another presenter of an app called Circle Shake made orgasmic sounds and simulated self-pleasure in front of the crowd.

The demo of Circle Shake, which is a game to see how many phone shakes a user can do in 10 seconds, was seen as offensive, particularly for parents who brought their young children to the event.

Tech Crunch co-editor Eric Eldon said that they did not have a good review system for screening presenting hacks adding that the hackathon organizers immediately took a much more stringent approach once they saw what happened with the two offenders to avoid future embarrassment.

The tech site posted an apology stating that hackathons are a showcase for developers of all stripes to create and share something cool but earlier that day, the spirit of their event was marred by two misogynistic presentations.

The report said that the tech world has been criticized for sexism and frat-boy antics and Tech Crunch said that it has worked hard to counteract it in their coverage and in their own hiring. (ANI)

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