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Press Release: September 1, 2009

Web 2.0 Summit 2009 Pays It Forward: Audiences Asked to Submit Proposals for Web 2.0 Summit Charity Partnerships

San Francisco, CA, August 31, 2009 — O'Reilly Media and TechWeb, co-producers of the Web 2.0 Summit, are asking for help in choosing three charities that embody the spirit of Web Squared to partner with for this year's Web 2.0 Summit, happening October 20-22, 2009, at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco. Proposals are being accepted at the Web 2.0 Summit Facebook page at Deadline for submissions is September 7. Web Squared, this year's event theme and the title of the white paper by Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle, addresses the evolution of the Web from the emergence of Web 2.0 to its current and future state. The authors see a new direction for the Web, one that opens new business opportunities and new possibilities for impacting the world's most pressing problems. Web 2.0 Summit is therefore looking for charity organizations that are innovative and affecting change on a broad scale as partners for this year's big event.

"The inspiration behind Web Squared made it clear that we must embrace not only disruptive change, but also a 'pay it forward' attitude if we're going to create change on a global scale," said John Battelle, Web 2.0 Summit program chair. "We're looking forward to partnering with organizations that are embracing change and putting inspiration into action."

Moderated by John Battelle of Federated Media and Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc., the event welcomes an unprecedented lineup of leaders to discuss how the Web is evolving according to Web Squared, including:

  • Tim Armstrong (AOL)
  • John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing)
  • Carol Bartz (Yahoo!)
  • Tim Berners-Lee (W3C)
  • Brooke Burke (TV Personality and Co-CEO Modern Mom)
  • Liam Casey (PCH International)
  • Mark Cuban (HDNet, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Mark Drummond (Wowd)
  • Anastasia Goodstein (Ypulse Media)
  • Josh Green (Panjiva)
  • Tom Hale (Linden Lab)
  • Jeff Immelt (GE)
  • Kevin Johnson (Juniper Networks)
  • Aaron Koblin (Google)
  • Qi Lu (Microsoft Online Services Division)
  • Mary McDowell (Nokia)
  • Erin McKean (Wordnik)
  • Mary Meeker (Morgan Stanley)
  • Jonathan Miller (Digital Media Group: News Corporation)
  • Shantanu Narayen (Adobe Systems Incorporated)
  • Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
  • Paul Otellini (Intel Corporation)
  • Sean Parker (Founders Fund)
  • Sundar Pichai (Google)
  • Brian Roberts (Comcast)
  • Shane Robison (HP)
  • Richard Rosenblatt (Demand Media Inc.)
  • Dan Rosensweig (RedOctane)
  • Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)
  • Steve Schneider (WestEd)
  • Walter Scott (DigitalGlobe)
  • Carl Shapiro (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (The New York Times Company)
  • Van Toffler (MTV)
  • Max Ventilla (Aardvark)
  • Cynthia Warner (Sapphire Energy)
  • Maynard Webb (LiveOps)
  • Evan Williams (Twitter, Inc.)

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.

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

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