ChinaBang, the annual conference organised by TechNode, is the leading startup-focus event and biggest party designed for the startup ecosystem in China. The conference comes with three parts: main conference (keynote, fireside chat and panels), ChinaBang Awards and Startup Battlefield. Last year, we managed to make it a 2-day events for the first time (if you were not there, check out the videoour coveragethe startup battlefield reported by TechCrunch and photos for Day 1 and Day 2) and we received lots of good feedback along with expectations.

Today we are very excited to announce the ChinaBang 2013 edition. There are still lots to do to get everything ready, but what we can promise you now is that, this year’s ChinaBang will be bigger:

1. ChinaBang Awards (http://chinabang.org) – the online voting page for the best in Chinese internet industry in 2012 has open for the public. Be honest, it’s been quite a headache for us when we decided on the awards categories. Unlike 2011 when you’ve seen loads of mobile apps developed (we had 12 awards categories, such as Best Mobile Social Network, Best Mobile Messaging Apps etc), the market of 2012 seems a bit more quiet and the startups more focus on certain vertical markets. Therefore we decided to pick up the hottest market as the awards categories, including Mobile Game, Mobile Social Game, Digital Music, Social Apps for Tourists, Apps for Health-caring and Apps for Travelling. Of course, we want you to vote for the award of Most Innovative Startups of 2012 too.

2. ChinaBang main conference (http://chinabang2013.technode.com) – We said we wanted ChinaBang to be the biggest party in Chinese startup ecosystem, so this year we will try three parallel tracksin the afternoon of 11st April. Two tracks will focus on Mobile Game industry and eCommerce industry respectively, and the third one we calls it Life track which will have speakers from daily life-style markets such as digital music, health-caring, travel markets etc. The draft agenda for the 2 days has been published here, and in coming days we will get you updated here with the names of those great speakers and startups too.

3. Startup Battlefield – we are sending invitation to all top venture capital and angel investors in China and this time we are expecting 10 finalists on stage on 12th April. Last year’s winner took away cashes as well as invitation and sponsorship from Rovio to its headquarter in Finland. We have not announced the prize for this year yet, but please don’t hesitate to submit your application via here. I am sure the prize and the judges we are going to announce in 1-2 weeks will not disappoint you. :-)

At last, there will be some very exciting news we are planning to announce during ChinaBang 2013 conference too. So, please mark your dates!

The ticket to the conference will be free and the online registration will be open later this week, please stay tuned! If you are interested in speaking at the event, you may apply for it; if you are interested in sponsoring this event, please check out here (where the information is in Chinese but you may drop us an email on <contact At technode.com>).