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This has been cross-posted from the Web 2.0 Summit blog.

Think you’ve got  your company’s elevator pitch nailed down to perfection? Well, let the experts be the judge!

Pitch Web 2.0 Summit your company via Twitter using hashtag #w2sON and be one of eight lucky startups selected to join the Innovators Luncheon, held on-site at the Palace Hotel, a kick-off to Day 1 of this year’s conference.

The Innovators Luncheon is an opportunity for early stage creative startups to present their elevator pitch in person to a panel of established and respected Venture Capitalists; and a gathering of industry decision makers that is comprised of Web 2.0 Summit attendees.

We’re looking for consumer-oriented web or mobile startups with a dedication to peer-to-peer communication, building online communities and if the company proves successful, will likely have a positive social impact.

Startups should be for-profit, and pitches can be up to five minutes. No demos, but interactive media will be allowed.

How To Submit:

Using Twitter hashtag #w2sON pitch us your company for consideration! We’re happy to get links to blog posts or videos about your startup. Tell us why you should be selected to join this very special community lunch, hosted by Omidyar Network and held on-site at Web 2.0 Summit.

Submissions deadline: 9am ET on Tuesday, Nov. 9

And be sure to join the industry conversation on the Points of Control interactive map. If you don’t see your company listed, add it!

Program co-chair John Battelle of Web 2 Summit will be posting a series of “Ask the CEO” articles on Searchblog - to get input from this community on the burning questions you want to ask the amazing line up decision-makers and industry leaders we’re featuring in 2009′s #WebSquared conference.

brian-robertsSo starting with Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast – what’s on your mind? Read the full article here and share your thoughts. Get your questions asked on stage!

About Brian and Comcast -

Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company with $34.3 billion in revenues, 24.2 million customers and 100,000 employees. Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, and ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including

Recently, Web 2.0 Summit program co-chair John Battelle (with Tim O’Reilly) announced that extraordinary new speakers, sessions, and sponsors have been added to the Web 2 Summit schedule. These speakers (one of whom was recently interviewed by Jon Stewart – see clip below) will inject coverage of tech policy, the economic crisis, and education reform into this year’s conversation:

Carly Fiorina – Having taken the first formal steps toward a formal bid for U.S. Senate, Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Woman in Business will grace our stage for a conversation about politics, her potential candidacy, and how what she learned at the helm of HP might prepare her for the only place more competitive than the Valley: Washington D.C. Should she continue her candidacy, Fiorina will be running against a powerful and long-standing California incumbent — Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Aneesh Chopra – America’s first ever appointed CTO will join us this year, in conversation with Tim O’Reilly. A charismatic figure and proven leader, Chopra is charged with developing national strategies for technology investments — overseeing the U.S. Government’s $150 billion R&D budget. By promoting and implementing technological innovation, the CTO’s goal is to create jobs, reduce health care costs, and keep our nation secure.

Austan Goolsbee – Chief U.S. Economist, member of the Council of Economic Advisers, serving the executive office as staff director on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) — an outfit established within the Department of Treasury charged with analyzing and understanding the state of our financial markets, banking and commerce systems in order to inform decision making around economic policy. Between the CEA and PERAB, Austan is working to fix America’s economic standing both domestically and internationally. No small feat.

I’m excited to hear insights from Carly, Aneesh, Austan, and the slew of additional CEOs and industry leaders we’ll be hearing from this Oct 20-22. Here’s a preview of Austan’s interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show – it’s both entertaining AND informative.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Austan Goolsbee
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests


Special Web Squared Installation
Presented in partnership with the
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) — a San Francisco-based collective dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture — data visualization artist Aaron Koblin will debut a 10-screen exhibit on the theme of Web Squared. Koblin is best known for his collaboration on the Radiohead album using lasers and sensors to create a 3D data-based music video.

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New Program: High Order Ignite

Omidyar NetworkHigh Order Ignite is a session of rapid-fire presentations that highlight companies and technologies that may well change the world. A mashup of O’Reilly Media’s community Ignite talks and Web 2.0′s High Order Bits, five hand-selected companies will have exactly five minutes on stage. The winner, chosen by sponsor Omidyar Network, will receive a meeting with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Take a look at the full line up and schedule of the Web 2 Summit program here. And if you’d like to join us, you can find additional details, and a ‘request for invitation‘ form on our website.

Hi Web 2.0-ers. I hope you’ve had a nice summer. Today marks the start of September, which to me signifies the start of the fall conference season, and what a season it’ll be.

The teams at O’Reilly Media and TechWeb have been diligently programming and producing these past two months – preparing for the second Web 2.0 Expo New York this November – and launching Gov 2 Summit & Showcase in a few short weeks, held in Washington D.C.

Gov 2.0 Summit: The Platform for Change. Over the past fifteen years, the rise of the World Wide Web has resulted in remarkable new possibilities and business models reshaping our culture and our economy. Now the time has come to reshape government. Gov 2 is chaired by Tim O’Reilly and Richard O’Neil (The Highlands Group), alongside an intelligent program committee – read on to see the speaker lineup or schedule.

Web 2.0 Expo New York. The Power of Less. Constraints drive creativity, whether in business models, design paradigms, or platforms. The power of the small screen, the thin client, the streamlined interface. The power of small teams, or even going solo. The paradox of power: sometimes the best way to gain power is to give it away, which is why during these challenging times, we are learning that nothing builds brands like a nurtured community. The power of data: of data-centric business models, and the power of data to inform our decisions and to focus us on what matters. The power of less is the power of creative destruction. It’s the power to change the world. See how to participate here!

And in between the two we’ll manage to host our fifth Web 2 Summit this Oct 20-22, an event I’m particularly proud to announce as this year I have the pleasure of working with program chair John Battelle to help it come to life. He just published the speaker line up and festivities. Exciting stuff!

Headliners I’m particularly interested in hearing is U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra - the man in charge of our $150 billion R&D budget; Steve Schneider – Program Director at WestEd who is establishing the first-ever standard for technology literacy across the U.S. (by 2012); Cynthia Warner – president of a biofuel company that just might have the answer to… well, energy – and Austan Goolsbee – Chief Economist for President Obama. He bantered well with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, keen to see hear his opinions live on stage in front of a roomful of peers. Oh, and last but not least, eager to feed the little hungry geek that lives inside me with the info from Brady Forrest’s ‘Human Sensors Discussion’ – oh, that’ll be good.

In general, there are lots of things that impress me about a conference –

  • its intelligence
  • its ability to connect peoples, ideas, communities
  • its momentary existence (because no two conferences are ever alike)
  • its seamless execution (at least when event director Meghan Reilly is at the helm)
  • its energy

And I’m really looking forward to experiencing all of that at Summit this fall. Earlier in the year Tim [O’Reilly] and John established the theme #WebSquared – an extension of 2008’s Web Meets World philosophy – and the schedule we’ll be announcing this week is comprehensive and relevant to the issues we are facing as a society today.

From Tim & John -

In our first program, we asked why some companies survived the dotcom bust, while others had failed so miserably. We also studied a burgeoning group of startups and asked why they were growing so quickly. The answers helped us understand the rules of business on this new platform.

Chief among our insights was that “the network as platform” means far more than just offering old applications via the network (“software as a service”); it means building applications that literally get better the more people use them, harnessing network effects not only to acquire users, but also to learn from them and build on their contributions.

Today, we realize that these insights were not only directionally right, but are being applied in areas we only imagined in 2004. The smartphone revolution has moved the Web from our desks to our pockets. Collective intelligence applications are no longer being driven solely by humans typing on keyboards but, increasingly, by sensors. Our phones and cameras are being turned into eyes and ears for applications; motion and location sensors tell where we are, what we’re looking at, and how fast we’re moving. Data is being collected, presented, and acted upon in real time. The scale of participation has increased by orders of magnitude.

Today, the exponential growth of Web has made its technologies service as the backbone of our everyday lives. If you want to discover more on the topic – download the whitepaper, and share your opinion on the Web Squared.

So there you go. That’s the reason we’ve all been so quiet here… there is a lot going on and we want you to explore and enjoy these live events. But if you can’t be with us in person, as always, you can catch the keynotes and recorded content on the various channels. There is currently only archived content, 2009 videos will get posted to these channels within a week of the event.

Stay tuned for more conference information and community announcements. Once again, let the games begin!

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Note: Janetti Chon is now Web 2 Summit’s Producer at Battellemedia, a partner of O’Reilly Media & TechWeb.

Max Gladwell of the Huffington Post wrote an interesting article today titled: 10 Ways to Change the World Through Social Media

For most of us, social media has changed our lives in some meaningful way. Collectively it is changing the world for good.

He showcases a list of 10 non-profits including SalaamGarage, an organization that leads trips that combine cultural immersion travel with citizen journalism collaborating with NGOs around the world.

The idea is that social media has enabled each of us to have an audience. Whether through Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, or a personal blog, each of us can have influence and reach. What’s more, it can be used for good. SalaamGarage coordinates trips for citizen journalists (that means you) to places like India and Vietnam in conjunction with non-government organizations like Seattle-based Peace Trees. The destination is the story, as these humanitarian journalists report on the people they meet and discoveries they make. Their words, images, and video are posted to the social web to gain exposure and because these stories just need to be told.

Gladwell notes that “this is not a top-10 list, nor are these listed in any particular order. It’s also incomplete.” Please contribute to the conversation by posting a comment to his article and use #10ways in your tweets.

I highlight SalaamGarage because founder Amanda Kostner presented a keynote in our most recent Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, which you can view here.

Moya wrote a fantastic recap of her take-aways from this past Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, titled: Web Comes to Its Senses.

In a 5-part bulleted essay Moya shares quotes, ideas, and key highlights focusing on the sense of self, presence, place, government and community. All key themes from 2009′s Web 2.0 Expo SF. Read on…

I’m a travel fiend and fell in love with Dopplr, an online service for smarter travel.

Dopplr helps you make more of your travels by sharing your future trips privately with friends and colleagues. The service then highlights coincidences, for example, telling you that three people you know will be in Tokyo when you will be there too. You can use Dopplr on your personal computer or mobile phone. It links with many popular online calendars and social networks.

I log where I’m going and all of a sudden I know who in my network will be in town. I’ve found it to be a great tool for serendipitous meetings around the country; around the world. Fun!

Late last year the great folks at Dopplr added a groups feature which let us track the various countries that attended Web 2.0 Expo Europe in Berlin.

Pretty, pretty cool.

Well, we’ve established group pages for Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco and if you’re a fan of serendipitous meetings, join our group and represent your home town


There’s also a group for Web 2.0 Summit 2009 and we’ll get one set up for our fall New York show as well.

If you want to learn more about Dopplr and the new stuff they are launching – take a look at their blog.

Happy traveling folks. Hope to see you in San Francisco!

What an exciting week. It began with the observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day followed by the  inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. It’s a fitting coincidence that Moya’s recap of Web 2.0 Summit, which took place in November, commencing the day after elections, was brought to my attention.

With several political figures gracing our stage at Summit, including the honorable Al Gore, Arianna Huffington and Gavin Newsom, Moya shares that not only did the sessions at Web 2.0 Summit concentrate on its theme of Web Meets World but in her opinion, the conference was also about how Web meets politics.

I’d like to share some of her sentiments here:

You could say that last week’s Web 2.0 Summit lived handily up to its theme “Web Meets World.” You could also say that although I was present in the audience, never more than five rows back from the stage, I was in a major post-election daze throughout and, well, missed some things. Undeniably through this watery filter, as I sit this week and try to wrap up my thoughts on the event, what’s clearly in focus is that what the Web really met last week at the Summit was Politics. I might even try to tell you that’s the only thing — and the most important thing — it met.

Would you blame me? The day after Obama was elected President of the United States, the top-three trending topics on Twitter (say that three-times-fast!) were, in this order: Prop 8, web2summit, and Obama — and they stayed that way throughout nearly the entire conference.

What follows is my wrap, therefore, of the Web 2.0 Summit 2008: Web Meets Politics.

Click the link above to read the full entry. Thanks for your recap Moya. And for those who were not in attendance, here is the video to Al Gore’s conversation with conference chairs John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly.

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web2008_header_logo.gifAnyone who has been to more than one conference knows the check-in drill: badge, materials, branded pen and a token tote bag to lug around said materials. If you’re lucky, you might score a logoed squishy ball.
Donors Choose Logo.jpegLast week’s Web 2.0 summit had a surprising and nice twist on this routine and gave attendees “Giving Cards” from Donors Choose instead of tchothkies. Featured here on the FM blog about a year ago, Donors Choose taps into technology to connect individual donors directly to teachers with modest needs – a new rug for their kindergarten floor, science books or a new projector.

The FM summit attendees pooled their giving cards ($30 each) and helped an urban classroom in St. Paul Minnesota get closer to their goal of starting a chess program for inner-city kids. They’re still a few bucks short if you feel the urge!

Thank you to our great photographer James Duncan Davidson and Animoto for putting this video slideshow together for us.

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