From the Web 2.0 Summit Program newsletter:
Day 1, which begins mid afternoon to allow time for those of you traveling, starts with a conversation with the Internet’s most powerful CEO: Google’s Eric Schmidt. Google is perhaps the most active player in our points of control map — defending its home turf of search, extending its reach into mobile through Android, and leveraging its reach into payments, content, advertising platforms, social networking, and more.
We’ll also hear from Todd Bradley and Jon Rubinstein, the duo responsible for HP’s Palm integration, and Robin Li, CEO of China’s largest search engine Baidu. The day also includes panels with three chiefs who are leading innovation in the land of Commerce (the heads of Paypal, Square, and GSI Commerce) and a look into Consumer Platforms through the eyes of Google (President Nikesh Arora), Microsoft (SVP Yusuf Mehdi), and American Express (CMO John Hayes).
At dinner, we’ll hear from Ariel Emmanuel, the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Day 2 kicks off with A Conversation with Shantanu Narayen, CEO of the ubiquitous Adobe Systems; followed by a series of High Order Bits; short, dynamic presentations tailored to push our thinking.
Mary Meeker will share her annual ‘Internet Trends’ presentation, all chock full of data and good stuff. Bing Gordon explores strategies and levels to understand The New Geography of Gaming. Zappos CEO and published author Tony Hsieh swaps stories on growth, culture, and financial triumph alongside Susan Lyne, CEO of Gilt, and Richard Rosenblatt, CEO of the surging Demand Media.
As Carol Bartz (Yahoo!) calls the sessions back from lunch, the afternoon features a discussion with Yuri Milner (Digital Sky Technologies). After we scrutinize points of control Mobile Platforms and Finance (featuring a pairing of John Doerr and Fred Wilson), we close the day with a not to be missed conversation with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The final day of the conference features an opening act by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim, the director of Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, a timely new documentary about America’s education system. Day 3 continues our reputation for extraordinary conversation with Jim Balsillie (CEO RIM), Jeff Weiner (CEO LinkedIn), and Frank Quattrone (Qatalyst Partners) in conversation with Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital).
We also get the privilege of hosting A Conversation with the Chairman of the Federal Communications Committee, Julius Genachowski, where the topic will be policy. Next, we turn to the point of control we call Content. Panelists Reed Hastings (Netflix), Peter Chernin (The Chernin Group), and Toni Schneider (Automattic) share their point of view on content creation, ownership, and distribution.