Summary of Web 2.0 Summit 2008

This year; the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit took place November 5-7, 2008 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California. Web 2.0 Summit is a conference where Web Industry discusses today’s Web’s challenges and opportunities and the Web’s future. The Web 2.0 Summit connects the leaders and technologists opening the Web’s business opportunities.

The theme for this year wasn’t just about the Internet. This year’s motto was “Web Meets World” .

Now is the time to ask how the Web—its technologies, its values, and its culture—might be tapped to address the world’s most pressing limits. Or put another way—and in the true spirit of the Internet entrepreneur—its most pressing opportunities.

Increasingly, the leaders of the Internet economy are turning their attention to the world outside our industry.

  • Over 70 thought leaders and entrepreneurs slated to present in an interactive format stressing audience participation
  • More than a dozen extraordinary thinkers and business leaders presented “High Order Bits” – ten minute stand-and-delivered presentations designed to provoke, delight, and amaze the audience.
  • Top executives from platform businesses addressed the future of the Web in plenary sessions
  • Experts focuses on innovative new web technologies in their expert led-workshops
  • A variety of unique networking events including receptions, dinners and evening parties happened.

Al Gore, Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, John Heilemann,Michael Goguen Michael Pollan and Mark Zuckerberg were some of the speakers from inside and outside of the Internet Industry. John Heilemann lead a panel on ‘The Web and Politics’. The main subject was ‘the role of the Internet in Obama’ s victory’. GoodGuide, a startup that rates consumer products by their goodness won the Launchpad – startup contest.

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.

This video is about a conversation between Jerry Yang, CEO of Yahoo and John Battelle, founder of Federated Media.  Battelle asked hardcquestions about Microsoft and Google deals and Jerry Yang sometimes answered  sincerely and sometimes denied. Much more videos can be found on O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 2008 site.

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