May 15, 2006
Third Annual Web 2.0 Conference to Address "Disruption and Opportunity" on the Web
Requests to Attend Internet Economy's Leading Event Now Being Accepted
San Francisco, CA--May 15, 2006--O'Reilly Media, Inc. and CMP Media
jointly unveiled the list of preliminary participants and topics for the
third annual Web 2.0 Conference. Web 2.0 has become the gathering place
for business leaders of the new Web, bringing together a community of
innovators to discuss and debate the most important issues and
driving the Internet economy. This year's theme is "Disruption and
Opportunity," focusing on the services, applications, businesses, and
models that are reshaping the business landscape and creating
opportunities for entrepreneurs who understand the power of the
The Web 2.0 Conference takes place November 7-9, 2006 in San Francisco.
While the Web has become a robust platform with countless innovations
driving its ongoing development, widespread disruptions in traditional
business models are well underway. "The telcos feel under siege from
and bandwidth hungry content companies," notes conference chair John
Battelle. "Entertainment and publishing companies are struggling with
consumer-driven media and the attention economy. And the IT giants
a battle for their lives with the 'give it away free and monetize it
ads' model of Yahoo! and Google. But within the chaos of disruption lie
the seeds of opportunity. This year's Web 2.0 Conference examines how
startups and financiers are tending those seeds, and will also highlight
how the incumbents--from the newly constituted AT&T to the venerable
Microsoft--are taking advantage of the disruption."
The Web 2.0 Conference is known for its interactive format stressing
audience interaction and participation. Through incisive plenary
cut-through-the-hype onstage conversations, rapid-fire "high order bits"
and "show me" presentations and in-depth workshops, visionaries and
executives from platform businesses will present their unique
on the Web's future-in-flux. Confirmed speakers include:
John Battelle, Chairman and Publisher, Federated Media Publishing
Jeffrey P. Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon
Beth Comstock, President, NBC Universal Digital Media and Market Development
Chad Hurley, CEO and Founder, YouTube
Eric from The Kleptones
Blake Krikorian, CEO, Sling Media
Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience, Google, Inc.
Roger McNamee, Managing Director, Elevation Partners
Mary Meeker, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Jonathan F. Miller, Chairman and CEO, AOL
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Kevin Rose, Founder and Chief Architect, digg
Toni Schneider, CEO, Automattic, Inc.
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman, The New York Times Company
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook
More participants will be announced as the program takes shape over the
The Web 2.0 Conference focuses on emerging business and technology
developments that utilize the Web as a platform and defines how the Web
will drive business in the future. What began as a focused gathering on
the implications of the Web becoming a platform has transformed into an
industry event focused on the latest Internet innovations that are
redefining the way companies do business and how people live. Sample
topics to be addressed at the conference include:
Defining Web 3.0: What's Next
Collision of the Titans: Publishers v. Platforms
Collective Intelligence or the Madness of Crowds?
What Might Go Wrong in Web 2.0?
Is the IPO Culture Over?
The Tiered Internet: A Debate
Web 2.0 in China
Disrupting the Disruptors: Incumbents Strike Back
Privacy and Trust: Who Owns Your Data?
This year's conference will also feature the Launch Pad event, which
debuted last year to enthusiastic reviews. Launch Pad showcases a select
group of start-ups offering a promising new business model or innovative
technology--or both. Sixty entries vied for inclusion last year; only
thirteen made the cut. This year's competition for Launch Pad inclusion
promises to be even fiercer.
The Web 2.0 Conference connects the leaders and technologists opening
Web's business opportunities. Conference attendance is limited to
an intimate setting and foster dialogue among all participants. General
attendee registration for the Web 2.0 Conference is by invitation only;
requests for invitations are now being accepted. Media credentials will
also be extended by invitation only.
Only the Web 2.0 Conference brings the intelligence, innovation, and
leadership of the internet industry together. The conference is produced
in partnership with O'Reilly Media, Inc. and CMP Media, and is moderated
by John Battelle, Program Chair, and O'Reilly CEO Tim O'Reilly.
About CMP Media
CMP Media is a marketing solutions company serving the technology,
healthcare and lifestyles industries. Through its market-leading
of trusted information brands, CMP Media has earned the confidence of
professionals and enthusiasts in these fields than any other media
company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and
actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in each of
these industries in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP
Media is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global provider of news
distribution and specialist information services with a market
capitalization of more than $3 billion.
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
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