Web 2.0 Summit Challenges Internet Leaders to Engage With World's Problems

Sold-out Event Explores the Intersection of World and Web

Nov 3, 2008

TechWeb and O'Reilly Media, Inc., co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit (http://www.web2summit.com/), announced that this exclusive event has sold out for the fifth consecutive year. The event's program will look at how the technologies, values and cultures of the Web can address the world's most pressing limits. Web 2.0 Summit, which takes place November 5-7 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will bring the great minds of our time together this week as leaders of the Internet economy turn their attention to the solutions the Web can provide to the world at large.

With complex systems seemingly reaching their limits, it has become apparent that the Web provides an avenue for new ways to address these limits. The Web's greatest inventions are, at their core, social movements. Reflecting that growth, the program has expanded to include leaders in the fields of healthcare, genetics, finance, global business and politics.

"The conversation this year is no longer just about the Web," said John Battelle, Program Chair. "Instead, Web 2.0 Summit has gathered the Internet industry leaders to drive discussion about how to utilize the Web as a platform to address social and global challenges. Tim O'Reilly and I are pleased to host another sold out Summit event and look forward to the unique perspectives and forward-looking conversations that will take place."

Web 2.0 Summit has become the gathering place for business leaders of the new Web, encouraging discussion and debate on the most important issues and strategies driving the Internet economy and the expectations of the coming year. The conference includes over 70 thought leaders and entrepreneurs speaking, expert-led workshops, plenary sessions, and a variety of unique networking events. The Web 2.0 Summit event connects the leaders and technologists opening the Web's business opportunities. Attendance is limited to maintain an intimate setting and foster dialog among participants.

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, and Yahoo!.

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. For more information visit: http://www.web2summit.com/.

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About TechWeb

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

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

  About United Business Media Limited

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion.

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