Most stories about innovation in Silicon Valley focus on how much money a venture will eventually make. Companies like Facebook or Zynga, two cutting-edge social media innovators, are rarely mentioned without attaching dollar signs to the story. However, one upcoming conference asks the following: can the tech world create innovative products without worrying about making money off them?
Join FORA.tv as we present the Social Innovation Summit 2011 live and on-demand. Join us for an exclusive look into this invitation-only private event featuring some of the brightest minds in tech from Silicon Valley and around the United States.
The Social Innovation Summit will not only look at “what’s next” in tech, but also examines how corporations, the government and nonprofits leverage business and media tools for philanthropy and social change. Venture capitalists and Fortune 500 executives will join foundation leaders and social entrepreneurs in a fascinating discussion on problem solving, building partnerships and creating platforms for sustainable giving.
Among the topics and questions for discussion: How do large companies like Microsoft or Intel drive effective social innovation through development programs? If companies want to establish an outlet for social change, where can they start and where should they aim? From a business perspective, how can companies scale social change and problem solving so it positively impacts a community?
Along with speakers from Google, Facebook and Yahoo!, the Social Innovation Summit will feature guests such as Soon-Hong Choi, assistant secretary general and chief information technology officer at the United Nations who will speak on partnerships and innovation from a global perspective. Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA all-star and current philanthropist, and Wyclef Jean, musician and founder of Yele Haiti Foundation, will talk about celebrity causes and how their programs use innovative technology for change.