It is a sincere privilege to announce the dynamic, change-aware
sponsors of Accelerating Change 2005. We are grateful for their
support of our conference and growing community of strategic thinkers.
To add your company's energy and message to AC2005 see our Sponsorship
Benefits for details.
Founded in 1972, SAP is the recognized
leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all types
of industries and for every major market. With 12 million users,
79,800 installations, and 1,500 partners, SAP is the world's largest
inter-enterprise software company and the world's third- largest
independent software supplier overall. We have a rich history of
innovation and growth that has made us a true industry leader. Today,
SAP employs nearly 30,000 people in more than 50 countries. Our
professionals are dedicated to providing high-level customer support
Capital Management is a San Francisco-based global macro hedge
fund, combining the diligence and prudence of an Old World investment
firm with the energy and entrepreneurship of a Silicon Valley start-up.
Clarium is a fortress in Greek mythology. Clarium's President and
Chairman of the Investment committee is Peter Thiel,
the former chairman, CEO, and co-founder of PayPal Inc., acquired
by eBay Inc. for $1.5 billion in 2002. Priot to founding PayPal,
Mr. Thiel ran Thiel Capital Management, which started with $1 million
under management in the fall of 1996. Driven by a contrarian bias,
CCM pursues opportunities in four areas: currencies, commodities,
distressed debt, and micro-cap public equities. CCM also selectively
pursues private investments that show exceptional promise. For more
information, call 415-248-5140 or visit www.clariumcapital.com.
is building CCortex™, an simulation of the Human Cortex and
peripheral systems, running on a computer cluster. CCortex will
enable the development an array of systems and products that can
replicate, partially or completely, some of the primary characteristics
of Human Intelligence. Those characteristics include pattern recognition,
verbal and visual communication, knowledge acquisition, and conscious-approximate
They plan to deliver a broad range of commercial products that will
enhance business relationships on a global scale.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
is the premier early stage venture capital firm. Founded in 1985,
Draper Fisher Jurvetson has created a global network of affiliated
venture funds with approximately $3 billion in capital commitments
and offices in the major technology centers around the world. Headquartered
in Silicon Valley, the firm has proven expertise in identifying
and helping extraordinary entrepreneurs who want to change the
is the award-winning open source Web browser pioneered by Mozilla,
whose mission is to preserve choice and innovation on the Internet.
Besides Firefox, Mozilla is also:
• The producer and provider of the Thunderbird e-mail software.
• A software development tools provider.
• An open source community of developers and testers.
• A partner for the technology industry.
• An advocate for standards on the Net who provides tools
for developing standard web content.
• Educators, providing educational materials about Internet
technologies and software development.
Linden Lab is a privately held
company established to develop an extraordinary new form of shared
3D entertainment. Through its award-winning 3D online world, Second
Life, Linden Lab offers a truly collaborative, immersive
and open-ended entertainment experience, where together people create
and inhabit a virtual world of their own design.
Based in San Francisco and founded in 1999, Linden Lab employs a
senior development team bringing together expertise in physics,
3D graphics and networking. Team members have previously worked
at leading entertainment companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney,
THQ, Acclaim, Hasbro, and Mattel.
Founded in 2002, Lulu
is the web's premier independent publishing marketplace for digital
do-it-yourselfers. It's the only place on the web where you can
publish, sell and buy any and all things digital — books,
music, comics, photographs, movies and well, you get the idea. We
simply provide the tools that leave control of content in the hands
of the people who created the content. You see, Lulu is a technology
company, not a publisher. So you can use Lulu to publish and sell
any kind of digital content, and no one here is going to ask you
to change anything. Ever. Your vision is entirely YOURS.
There is no set-up fee and no minimum order to publish and sell
on Lulu. We manage the online business, including printing, delivery
and customer service. You set your own royalty for each piece of
content, and at the end of each quarter, we'll mail you a check
for the royalties your content generates. Lulu makes a small percentage
from each transaction, which means that we only make money if you
succeed in selling your work.
Lulu was founded by Bob Young, who was also the
co-founder of Red Hat, the world's leading open source company.
We mention this only because, like Lulu, open source software is
based on putting users in control of technology. In much the same
way, Lulu believes in putting authors and independent publishers
in control of their digital content, from content creation to pricing
to royalties. Lulu simply brings creative content to the world and
gives our talented publishers and web visitors the venue to buy
and sell independent works. Publishing through Lulu leaves control
of content in the hands of the people who created it. Pretty revolutionary,
TV believes that digital technologies present enormous opportunities
for the television industry worldwide. Microsoft TV provides innovative
software for bringing more and better digital and interactive TV
services and content to TV viewers - entertaining, informing, and
empowering them in new ways. Microsoft TV is dedicated to creating
significant new business opportunities for cable operators, broadband
and telecommunications providers, broadcasters, content producers,
third-party application developers, and others who provide the services,
content, and technologies that comprise the global digital TV marketplace.
Microsoft TV offers solutions that network operators can deploy
now in order to derive more value from existing digital TV and broadband
networks, and it will continue to develop new solutions that build
on the current platform to enable the networks, services, and content
of the future.
Microsoft TV’s vision is based on Microsoft's overall mission
and passion: creating innovative software that helps individuals
and organizations realize their full potential.
Merging social software, semantic web and AI, System
One provides a holistic strategy perspective that enables organizations
to be more successful, adaptive and flexible in a constantly changing
market environment full of fragmentation and increasing commodities.
We empower individuals within those organizations by giving them
a personal toolset to manage the increasing chatter of ubiquitous
information and extend comprehension as well as the basis for everyday
decisions to an organization wide context. At the core of our service
portfolio is a technological platform in which innovations from
the areas of Social Software, Semantic Web and Information Retrieval
are continuously reflected and integrated.
puts you on the front lines of the 21st century, with insightful
and in-depth coverage of the people, companies, and ideas that are
transforming our lives. You'll get the intelligence you need on
the topics that matter most: technology and innovation, science
and medicine, business and global politics, arts and culture, the
best new products, and more.
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Global Awareness Sponsor
Network hosts an online community that exists for one single
purpose: so that more and more people discover their own power to
make good things happen. Originally, we created omidyar.net so that
everyone at Omidyar Network could share information, discuss different
ideas and viewpoints, and collaborate on projects. We found that
it serves us well. So, we decided to open it up to anyone and everyone
working toward making the world a better place.
As a member of omidyar.net, you can network with others who share
your interests, participate in discussions on a wide variety of
topics or start your own, collaborate with other people, and invite
others to join discussions or initiatives. Go to www.omidyar.net/home
to become a member.
High School Scholarship Sponsor
of Advancing Technology (UAT) is a private college in Tempe,
AZ dedicated to advancing technology both in practice and in theory.
The mission of the university is to challenge, educate and empower
students who have a passion for technology through diverse, innovative
learning experiences with the result that they will be fully equipped
for a lifetime of contribution to our global society.
We serve our student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic
excellence in an environment that embraces the richness and diversity
of modern technology. We teach students how technology has shaped
the world so that they may be part of its evolution. While many
colleges that offer a technology education approach their students
with visions of high salaries and professional certification as
enrollment incentives, we maintain that a well-educated graduate
may create whatever future they wish on their own merit. We believe
that the complex relationship between knowledge and technological
innovation will create a better world. Our students agree.
was founded 2002 and is today headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
USA. The main focus of all activities is clearly on the intelligent
usage of the robust, flexible and versatile architecture to create
rock-solid applications for a variety of purposes, including but
not limited to databases, intelligent agents, data-mining, information
retrieval and human-computer-interfaces. DEVONtechnologies researches
in the field of semantic and associative data analysis and synthesis,
and develops key applications based on the DEVONtechnology.
iRobot is dedicated
to creating realistic robotic solutions to real-world problems.
Our robots are not far-flung, far-off science fiction, but Robots
for the Real World. They are practical, reliable, innovative
products that effectively answer users' needs with creative engineering
and design. iRobot produces products to get the job done today.
features the big thoughts of today's big thinkers examining the
confluence of accelerating revolutions that are shaping our future
world, and the inside story on new technological and social realities
from the pioneers actively working in these arenas.
We are witnessing intersecting revolutions in a plethora of fields:
biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular electronics, computation,
artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, virtual reality, human
brain reverse engineering, brain augmentation, robotics, and many
others. The leading visionaries represented on this site examine
these transforming trends and their profound impact on economics,
the arts, politics, government, warfare, medicine, health, education,
disabilities, social mores, and sexuality.
of Oakland is an authorized Segway HT Service Center. We can
handle any Segway service need and we feature the fastest and most
economical Segway service currently available. We provide you with
up-to-date product support information and our certified technicians
can perform necessary maintenance or component replacements.
Six Apart Ltd.,
based in San Francisco, Calif., is the company behind the Movable
Type publishing platform, the TypePad personal weblogging service
and LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals.
Six Apart was founded by husband and wife team Ben Trott
and Mena G. Trott in 2002, and joined by LiveJournal
founder Brad Fitzpatrick early this year. The company is funded
by Neoteny Co., Ltd. and August Capital. Six Apart's sole focus
is to create simple, yet powerful communication tools that enable
millions of individuals, institutions and corporations to express,
share and connect
in ways never before possible. For more information, visit the Six
Apart corporate weblog at http://www.sixapart.com/.
Incorporated is enterprise social software for collaboration.
Socialtext captures the best features of web-native tools called
"wikis" and "weblogs" and brings them inside
your enterprise to create a collaboration and knowledge tool that
works the way people do.