“The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together this September with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.” - Social Good Summit 2011From 19 – 22 September 2011, Mashable and 92Y will be hosting the Social Good Summit in New York City. The aim is for inspirational figures in the social and digital industries to discuss new media and how it can improve current challenges in society as well as connect with each other in order to blend ideas and create awareness inside and outside the field. Audiences are also able to participate, as well as viewers from across the globe via Livestream. Last year was the debut of this event and with over 23 speakers and a successful turn out, it’s no surprise that expectations are high this year.
The Summit is hosted of a period of four days, 4 hours per day. A 4-day ticket pass can be purchased for only $100, a deal hard to ignore, for the potentially priceless information that will be shared during the week.
Some renowned speakers this year include Tony Bates (Skype), Lance Armstrong (LIVESTRONG), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), Kathy Calvin and Aaron Sherinian (United Nations Foundation), Matthew Bishop (The Economist), Kate James (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Ted Turner (Turner Enterprises and UN Foundation).
A short biography of these speakers can be read here.
The Social Good Summit blog explains the goals as follows:
- Bringing together a new dynamic community of leaders (and followers) – technologists, innovators, social entrepreneurs, bloggers and more
- Raising awareness for the global challenges to be addressed by the General Assembly during UN Week
- Discovering, encouraging and showcasing new and innovative solutions to those global challenges
- Igniting a conversation between a live audience and a world-wide audience via livestream
- Connecting leaders already working in the social good space with technologists and other leaders who can collaborate and share best practices
- Creating a sustainable thought-leadership forum that sparks important discussion and inspires new solutions
Although this conference is out of reach for most, we can definitely benefit from what will be discussed and apply some issues to our local context. The Summit can be seen live worldwide via Livestream. We will be bringing you event highlights and updates next moth so if you cannot make it to New York, tune in to Heavy Chef.
Videos from last year’s Summit are available to view on Mashable.