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Just a few days to go until Web 2.0 Summit 2009. In addition to the amazing program that John has assembled; the biggest industry names and a host of networking events to help you deepen the conversation with other Web 2.0 Summit goers.

The spark of inspiration that led to this year’s Web 2.0 Summit theme — Web Squared — has made it clear that we must embrace not only disruptive change, but also have a ‘pay it forward’ attitude if we are to realize change on a global scale. We’re excited to put inspiration into action by giving our attendees the opportunity to be a partner in creating change.

We asked for your help in choosing three charities or non-profits that embody the themes of Web Squared. After dozens of nominations, we’re excited to announce that a portion of Web 2.0 Summit registration fees will be donated to the following three charities:

The Girl Effect

Adolescent girls are uniquely capable of raising the standard of living in the developing world. Girls are the most likely agents of change, but they are often invisible to their societies and to our media.

The Girl Effect is rooted in the work of the Nike Foundation, which has been joined by the NoVo Foundation in a shared mission to create opportunities for girls, and for the world.


One billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us. charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.


Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. By partnering with existing expert microfinance institutions, Kiva gains access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform, making the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle, and what effect it has on the people and institutions lending it, borrowing it, and managing it along the way.

Help us pay it forward by designating that a portion of your registration go to one of these amazing organizations. Each organization has been tagged with a different registration code, which can be found below next to each one’s name. When you register, please enter into the discount code field the code of the charity to which you would like us to donate a portion of your registration fees.

  • Girl Effect donation code: wb9char1
  • Charity:Water donation code: wb9char2
  • Kiva donation code: wb9char3

Recycle Your Cell Phone and Make a Difference!

You can also make a difference by recycling your own cell phone at Web 2.0 Summit. We’ve teamed up with the non-profit organization Hope Phones to provide a unique service both to Web 2.0 Summit participants and to healthcare workers around the world. If you have an old mobile phone you would like to get rid of – but haven’t yet had time to take to an electronic waste site – we’d love to take it off your hands. Hope Phones receives hardware credits from their recycling partner, The Wireless Source, for every phone brought it. They use these credits to purchase cell phones for healthcare workers around the globe.

One hundred percent of the value of your donated phone is used to acquire appropriate and cost-effective phones for medical clinics. If you would like to participate, we will have a Hope Phones bin at our check-in area to collect old mobile phones.

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