Kiva, The Girl Effect and charity: water to Benefit from Philanthropic Efforts at Web 2.0 Summit

Charities That Embody Web Squared Theme to Receive Donations of $1000 from Tickets Sold

Oct 6, 2009

Kiva, The Girl Effect and charity: water, have been selected today as Web 2.0 Summit's philanthropic partners. O'Reilly Media and TechWeb, co-producers of the event, are pleased to announce their alliance with these three deserving organizations that embody the theme of Web Squared. In a spirit of charitable support within the Web 2.0 Summit community, Web 2.0 Summit registrants are encouraged to support one of the Web Squared charities by registering with a charity code that donates $1000 to that organization. For more information, visit:

Web Squared, this year's event theme, is inspired by a new direction for the Web, one that opens new business opportunities and new possibilities. Charity suggestions were solicited and received from over 70 members of the Summit community, using social media platforms like the Web 2.0 Summit Facebook page and Twitter. The three charity organizations selected from the submissions demonstrate the event's Web Squared theme by putting inspiration into action and creating change on a broad scale. These worthwhile organizations include:

  --  Kiva: the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website,
      empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around
      the globe for the sake of alleviating poverty.
  --  The Girl Effect: rooted in the work of the Nike Foundation, which has
      been joined by the NoVo Foundation in a shared mission to create
      opportunities for girls, and for the world. Adolescent girls are
      uniquely capable of raising the standard of living in the developing

  --  charity: water: a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe
      drinking water to people in developing nations, using 100% of public
      donations to fund water projects.

Web 2.0 Summit will take place October 20-22, 2009, at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco. Building on the momentum and generous contributions of last year's Web Meets World charity auction, Web 2.0 Summit continues its philanthropic effort this year, encouraging attendees to donate a portion of their registration fees to charity.

"Last year marked the beginning of a tradition of charitable support among the Web 2.0 Summit community," said John Battelle, Web 2.0 Summit Program Chair. "We are pleased to partner with these worthwhile organizations, working in conjunction with our attendees to support innovation and promote change on a global scale."

In its sixth year, the invitation-only event investigates how the Web is making business more efficient, culture more vibrant, and society more tolerant. Attendance at Web 2.0 Summit is limited to maintain an intimate setting and foster dialog among participants. General attendee registration is by invitation only; interested parties may request an invitation at Media credentials are also extended by invitation only.

Sponsors of this year's Web 2.0 Summit include Diamond Sponsor SAP; Platinum Sponsors Juniper Networks, Microsoft Corporation, Ovi by Nokia; Gold Sponsors Intel, Thompson Reuters, Yahoo! Inc.; Silver Sponsor mental images; Bronze Sponsors, Atigeo, Unity Media Group; High Order Ignite Sponsor Omidyar Network; and Supporting Sponsors Canaan Partners and Comcast.

-To join the Web 2.0 Summit Facebook community, please visit

-For more information on Web 2.0 Summit and to apply for an invitation, please visit

-To read coverage from Summit 2008, please visit

-To view select video from last year's Summit, please visit

-For more information on the Web Squared charities, please visit

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