About The Sixth Annual
Web 2.0 Summit

Only the Web 2.0 Summit brings the intelligence, innovation, and leadership of the Internet industry together in one place at one time. Through incisive plenary sessions, cut-through-the-hype onstage conversations, rapid-fire "high order bits" and "show me" presentations, visionaries and executives across key industries will present their unique perspective on the Web's future-in-flux and how the tools and principles of Web 2.0 are impacting their businesses. You'll learn what business models are working, what's next on the horizon, and how all of this will affect your own business. We've built in plenty of time for catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, and for connecting with the leaders and technologists redefining the Web's business opportunities. Web 2.0 Summit is brought to you in partnership with O'Reilly Media, Inc. and TechWeb and moderated by John Battelle, Program Chair, and O'Reilly CEO and founder, Tim O'Reilly.

Attendance at Web 2.0 Summit is limited to maintain an intimate setting and foster dialogue among all participants. Registration is by invitation only.

Web Squared: Stepping Up to the World’s Potential

As we approach the six year mark from the original Web 2.0 thesis, the trends are becoming clearer than ever. Once applications live in the cloud, the key to success is harnessing network effects so that those applications literally get better the more people use them. But that's just the beginning. Today we see that applications are being driven by sensors, not just by people typing on keyboards. They are becoming platforms for collective action, not just collective intelligence. The "data shadows" that people and things leave in cyberspace are becoming richer and deeper, and are being exploited in new ways. All this is adding up to something profound and different. When web meets world, we get web squared.

From harnessing collective intelligence to a bias toward open systems, the Web's greatest inventions are, at their core, social movements. The 2008 Summit was an extraordinary event during extraordinary times. Opening one day after the election of Barack Obama, our first evening featured Lance Armstrong's comebacks (from cancer and to cycling), and our last day closed with Al Gore's poignant reflections on his past, and hopeful (but rather frightening) predictions about our shared future.

At the same time, our financial institutions were in the opening weeks of what has become a full-blown capitulation. We are now in global recession, with millions of job, lives, and dreams destroyed.

In times of crisis, we thought it best to go back to first principles. The Web 2.0 Summit was born out of our industry's last act of creative destruction: The dot com boom. When we debuted the event six years ago, our theme was "The Web as Platform." From the dot com destruction, we posited, came the creation of a new, more robust ecosystem, one capable of fulfilling the true potential of the Web.

Five years of steady growth followed that initial conference. But that relative equilibrium has now been violently punctured. What now?

Praise for Web 2.0 Summit

"Once again, the annual Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco provided stimulating technology-oriented thinking on developments in health care, media, the military, clean-tech, music and 'traditional' technology from storage to semiconductors. Given that the event was last week, perhaps the most timely insights involved technology and politics." —Lise Buyer, ABCNews

"Web 2.0 Summit was a brilliantly orchestrated gathering of many of the thought/business leaders and entrepreneurs who have shaped the internet as we know it today...Truly an extraordinary gathering at an historic time - commencing the day after Barak Obama became President Elect, it seemed the causes and conditions for participatory culture and sustainable living were coming together at last!" —UgoTrade

"...dozens of remarkable, memorable moments in a conference that seems to keep getting better each year." —Fritz Nelson, InformationWeek

"We must thank O'Reilly and TechWeb for organizing this summit for five years. The content gets more quality each year. All presentations, videos and other rich content can be reached on O'Reilly's Web 2.0 2008 site. We will be waiting for Web 2.0 Summit 2009 with impatience." —SiteBoat

Web 2.0 Summit absolutely delivered on the promise that "...the leaders of the Internet economy are turning their attention to the world outside our industry. And conversely, the best minds of our generation are turning to the Web for solutions. At the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, we'll endeavor to bring these groups together." They did and I was glad I was there for the event. I'll be a paying attendee again in 2009. —Ted Shelton

"One of the most fascinating events of last week was the WEB 2.0 Summit co-produced by O'REILLY and techweb. The summit gathered some of the most exciting web 2.0 leaders and forward-thinkers of today. You can watch the opening welcome by Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle in the video above. I totally recommend you to browse through the links below which contain videos, articles and reviews about the summit. Truely, a must-attend event which I missed." —Broadband Prime

"Last week I was among the lucky few to attend the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The line up included the best thinkers in business and technology. I could talk for hours about what I learned, my impressions and the amazing conversations I had with people during the breaks and happy hours. All in all it was one of the most amazing events that I've ever attended and I look forward to making the cut again next year." —MediumTall

O'Reilly Media Logo techweb.com
  • SAP
  • Juniper Networks
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Ovi by Nokia
  • Intel
  • MySpace.com
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • mental images
  • Answers.com
  • Atigeo
  • Unity Media Group
  • Omidyar Network
  • The Business Insider
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Mashable
  • Nextgov
  • Topix.net
  • VentureBeat

Reach business leaders and technology influencers at the Web 2.0 Summit. Call Rob Koziura at (415) 947-6111 or email rkoziura@techweb.com.

View a complete list of Web 2.0 Summit contacts.