Friday, September 22, 2006

ExecutiveBiz's Web 2.0 Business Conference A Success; ''The New New Internet: Web 2.0 for Business'' Proves Business Strategies Based on Future Techno

Early Web 2.0 adopters and visionaries addressed more than 400 Greater Washington business leaders during a highly-successful Web 2.0 applications conference yesterday. The New New Internet: Web 2.0 for Business, presented by ExecutiveBiz (the Greater Washington, DC area's leading executive events organization and weekly digital magazine) showcased strategies from high-level experts. Topics covered by guest speakers included the growth of user content and control, adaptive web technologies that enable new and enhanced user experiences, predictions for winners and losers in the 2.0 space, and how the enterprise must adapt to survive and benefit. The Sept. 20 day-long conference, the first of its kind on the east coast, featured a series of keynotes, panel discussions and presentations for senior executives and IT professionals on the growing relevance of Web 2.0 for business and government.

"Companies like Jobster, Digg and YouTube have demonstrated explosive growth, an indication of Web 2.0's imminent disruptive impact on the business community," said Jim Garrettson, president, ExecutiveBiz. "This session started a new dialogue among the Greater Washington business community and we are so pleased with the turn out that we will be holding this event again next year."

Notable speakers from foremost technology companies and educational institutions, including Harvard University, shared their thoughts on how Web 2.0 technologies, like wiki's, user content generation, mash-ups, Ajax and other rapidly evolving technologies are changing the shape, scope and reach of business models. Special guest Aneesh Chopra, secretary of technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, provided thoughts on building a 21st century economy in all four corners of Virginia and announced a new Web 2.0 initiative for the commonwealth. Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, provided perspective from a front-row seat to the next generation of the Web and business; Jason Goldberg, founder & CEO of Jobster discussed the definition of Web 2.0; and Rajen Sheth, enterprise development and management expert for Google took the discussion one step further, defining Business Web 2.0.

"ExecutiveBiz put together an exciting conference with an amazing cast of Web 2.0 visionaries, and it was great to see such a large and diverse group of technical and business leaders interacting to identify the opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0. We were proud to sponsor an event of this caliber, and enjoyed sharing our vision and real-world experiences in applying JackBe's Web 2.0 Ajax and SOA technologies to optimize business activity within the enterprise," said John Crupi, chief technology officer, JackBe, presenter on the panel 'Where is Web 2.0 Taking Business - And Where Will Business Take Web 2.0?'.

Event sponsors included Nexaweb, JackBe, Voxant, Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), SAIC and Verisign.

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