Press Release: July 7, 2008
TechWeb and O’Reilly Media Announce Keynotes for Web 2.0 Expo New York
Arianna Huffington, Mark Benioff and Tim O'Reilly Kickoff Keynote Lineup; Event Registration Now Open
SAN FRANCISCO-–TechWeb (formerly CMP) and O'Reilly Media, Inc., co-producers of Web 2.0 Expo, announce some of the keynote speakers for this inaugural East Coast event. Web 2.0 Expo New York will convene the brightest minds of the next-generation Web to celebrate the power, size and innovation of the industry on the East Coast. Web 2.0 Expo New York happens September 16-19, 2008 in the Javits Convention Center. Registration is now open at https://en.oreilly.com/webexny2008/public/register.
Since its dramatic launch in 2007 in San Francisco, Web 2.0 Expo has grown in double digit percentages and expanded to include events in Tokyo and Europe, in addition to the upcoming New York show. The Expo makes the principles and practices of Web 2.0 accessible to a broad and influential audience and has acted as the platform for major exhibitor announcements and launches. The New York event is poised to take advantage of the growing demand for education and networking in the Web 2.0 world, and will highlight the tremendous innovation occurring on the East Coast.
"There's a thriving Web community on the East Coast, interwoven with the financial, advertising, and consulting industries in New York," said Jennifer Pahlka, co-chair of Web 2.0 Expo. "Web 2.0 Expo New York is driven by and built for that community—the developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and other Web professionals who are realizing the promise of Web 2.0 in the center of world commerce."
Speakers in the spotlight at this year's conference include:
Jay Adelson with digg was suckered out of the world of film and broadcasting into helping kick-start the Internet industry in 1993. Since then, he has helped engineer Netcom, the first ISP in the United States, worked at DEC research lab in Palo Alto to build the secret back-end of the Internet, and founded the billion-dollar Equinix.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program.
Dan Lyons is a senior editor at Forbes and the author of the The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. Dan joined Forbes in 1998 and wrote for various computer trade publications including CRN and VARBUSINESS before that. He's been a journalist for 25 years.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
Clay Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web.
Gary Vaynerchuk has captured national attention as a businessman and Internet celebrity. Gary's fame can be attributed to his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business building, currently with winelibrary.tv.
Fred Wilson works with Union Square Ventures and began his career in venture capital in 1987. He has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 17 years.
Web 2.0 Expo New York proudly features leading women, with over 40 percent of the keynote lineup being female. In addition to Arianna Huffington, the Web 2.0 keynote stage welcomes Maria Thomas, COO of Etsy, Deborah Schultz, and Irene Greif of IBM, among many other female speakers at the event.
A forum for creativity, engineering, and innovation, Web 2.0 Expo New York includes a multi-track conference, workshops, an "unconference" program called Web2Open, a major tradeshow, and many networking events. Web 2.0 Expo welcomes industry leaders who are participating and exhibiting in this year's show including Diamond sponsors Microsoft and Salesforce.com; Platinum sponsor eBay; Gold sponsors Amazon Web Services, curl, Force10, Intuit QuickBase, ONEsite, OpSource and Sun Microsystems; Silver sponsors Acquia, Awareness, BlueArc, Coradiant, Dixero, Jive, Kapow, Lithium, Panther, SynthaSite, Industry Live and WebAsyst.
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