Web 2.0 Summit 'Web Meets World' Auction to Benefit Three Innovative Charities

Priceless Items Donated in Support of Change

Oct 29, 2008

TechWeb and O'Reilly Media, Inc., co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit, announce the benefiting organizations and lots of the "Web Meets World" auction, which will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The proceeds from the event will benefit three charity organizations -- the Lance Armstrong Foundation, WITNESS and Green For All. For more information visit: http://www.web2summit.com/.

Sponsored by Microsoft, the "Web Meets World" auction is inspired by the theme of looking beyond immediate needs and into a space that transforms limits into opportunities. The selected auction beneficiaries do just that. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, LIVESTRONG.org, unites people in the fight against cancer, providing useful information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations, empowering people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice and policy change. The third organization, Green For All, promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged communities working to build an inclusive, green economy strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift people out of poverty.

"The auction provides the Web 2.0 Summit community with a concrete way to promote change as we support these three worthwhile organizations," said John Battelle, Program Chair. "We're looking forward to a fun and meaningful evening and the beginning of a tradition of charitable support among this community."

Several of the unique offerings to be auctioned after the conference dinner include:

  -- Lunch and studio tour with Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Spore
  -- Jersey signed by Lance Armstrong
  -- Trek bike autographed by Lance Armstrong
  -- Lunch with Arianna Huffington, co-founder of Huffington Post
  -- Dinner at Coi with Marten Mickos, Senior VP of the Database Group, Sun
     Microsystems; Marc Benioff, CEO of salesforce.com; Oren Michels, CEO
     of Mashery; and Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media
  -- Trip to Los Angeles with green room and backstage access during live
     taping of "Last Call" with Carson Daly

Web 2.0 Summit takes place November 5-7, 2008 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The event is produced by O'Reilly Media, Inc. and TechWeb and moderated by John Battelle, Program Chair, and Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media. Attendance is limited to maintain an intimate setting and foster dialog among participants. General attendee and media registration is by invitation only. Sponsors of the Web 2.0 Summit include:

  -- Accenture
  -- Adobe
  -- Careerbuilder.com
  -- Enterprise Ireland
  -- IBM
  -- IDA Ireland
  -- iQuestions
  -- Juniper Networks
  -- Microsoft
  -- Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV)
  -- MySpace
  -- NEA
  -- Omidyar
  -- Panorama Capital
  -- Right Media
  -- Searchme.com
  -- Socialtext
  -- Source Forge
  -- Thomson Reuters
  -- Yahoo!

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  *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly connections

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