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Initial Web 2 Summit Lineup Up, Registration Is Open

By - May 28, 2008

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My partners at Web 2 told me today that the new website is live, the initial theme is up and posted (I am very excited about this year’s theme) and if you haven’t gone before, you can request an invitation to come here. Last year we had nearly 10,000 requests for an invitation, so if you want to come (Nov. 5-7 in SF) please fill out the form asap. I review each request personally.

The first line of speakers is also up, and there is a lot more cooking. Initial speakers include Jack Ma, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen, Ken Auletta,

Richard Rosenblatt, Lance Armstrong, Ralph De la Vega, Paul Otellini, Mary Meeker, Padmasree Warrior, Kevin Johnson, Joel Hyatt, Mathis Wackernagel, Marc Benioff and Vinod Khosla.

From the theme:

The Opportunity of Limits:

Sustaining, Applying and Expanding the Web’s Lessons

The commercial web is now a teenager—it’s been fifteen short years since Marc Andreessen released the Mosaic browser. To put this in perspective, television as a commercial medium reached its fifteenth birthday in 1956—the year Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national TV. National news broadcasts were still in their infancy, “As The World Turns” debuted as America’s first half-hour soap opera, and “The Price Is Right” began its dominance of the game show genre. Commercial grade videotape recorders emerged, portable black and white television sets were introduced, and the first local color broadcast aired in Chicago.

Fifteen years after television’s birth, the contours of the new medium were just emerging. The idea that this revolutionary new phenomenon—one busily reshaping the very fabric of society—might one day become just another application on a vast web of computers, well that idea wasn’t exactly in vogue.

In the first four years of the Web 2.0 Summit, we’ve focused on our industry’s challenges and opportunities, highlighting in particular the business models and leaders driving the Internet economy. But as we pondered the theme for this year, one clear signal has emerged: our conversation is no longer just about the Web. Now is the time to ask how the Web—its technologies, its values, and its culture—might be tapped to address the world’s most pressing limits. Or put another way—and in the true spirit of the Internet entrepreneur—its most pressing opportunities.

As we convene the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, our world is fraught with problems that engineers might charitably classify as NP hard—from roiling financial markets to global warming, failing healthcare systems to intractable religious wars. In short, it seems as if many of our most complex systems are reaching their limits.

It strikes us that the Web might teach us new ways to address these limits. From harnessing collective intelligence to a bias toward open systems, the Web’s greatest inventions are, at their core, social movements. To that end, we’re expanding our program this year to include leaders in the fields of healthcare, genetics, finance, global business, and yes, even politics.

Increasingly, the leaders of the Internet economy are turning their attention to the world outside our industry. And conversely, the best minds of our generation are turning to the Web for solutions. At the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, we’ll endeavor to bring these groups together.

I can’t wait for this year, it’s going to be great! And there is a lot of room for speakers still, in particular with an eye toward this theme. Please make your suggestions in comments here. Help me make this as good as it can be! Thanks.

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3 thoughts on “Initial Web 2 Summit Lineup Up, Registration Is Open

  1. Alok Tyagi says:

    Web 2.0 in the consumer web space continues to pave the path. You have good representation of industry thought leaders as speakers/panel who can speak to the web evolution from the consumer perspective. It will be helpful to line up similar speakers from traditional enterprise space who can speak to the real life successes and how they are seeing web 2.0 (several interpretation – internet as platform; cloud computing; social communities in enterprise; gains in business productivity and collaboration; etc.) evolving in the near future.

  2. Rob says:

    I have a feeling the tide (in terms of audience) will have turned on Facebook by November. It will therefore be interesting to see whether the topic of conversation is based on finance, commercial models, innovation, or falling traffic.

  3. ben rigby says:

    Hi John –
    I’d love to speak if you’ve got room. I just published a book called “Mobilizing Generation 2.0″ – which is about how politicians and nonprofits are using Web2 to recruit and engage young people in civic life and politics. More details here: http://www.amazon.com/Mobilizing-Generation-2-0-Practical-Technologies/dp/0470227443/
    My org has also run national campaigns to register voters via SMS and is currently building a mobile phone application that allows people to volunteer via their mobile devices, on the spot and in spare time.

    Thanks for consideration,
    Ben

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