Here at Web 2.0 Expo we really value those who do what matters, especially if they are doing so without chasing the almighty dollar. Like Tim O’Reilly said a few years ago in a commencement address for the UC Berkeley School of Information and reiterated on his blog a few weeks ago,
…financial success is not the only goal or the only measure of success. It’s easy to get caught up in the heady buzz of making money. You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself. Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations!
Whatever you do, think about what you really value.
Personally, I couldn’t agree more. Which is why as part of the Web 2.0 Expo event team I’m happy to announce the establishment of our San Francisco 2009 Non-Profit Pavilion. If you’re a non-profit organization that is using Web 2.0 technologies to support your cause, mission, or community goals, we invite you to apply for a spot in our Pavilion.
If you’re chosen as a participant you’ll get a booth in the Pavilion (located on the expo floor) with power/internet drops, on-site branding and inclusion in the events guide, completely free of charge.
Think of it as our way of saying thanks for being awesome!
Simply post a comment that answers:
How are you using Web 2.0 technologies to improve the lives of others?
At Web 2.0 Expo New York we were proud to showcase great organizations like ChangingthePresent, Amoration, Creative Commons, Donorschoose, Knowmore, Social Actions, USIBA and the University of Denver CIS Program.
Organizations must be a registered 501c3 to participate. Space is limited, so we’ll only be able to take a select few. The deadline to apply is February 20. An internal Web 2.0 Expo committee will select the booth recipients and announcements will be made the week of February 23.