NEW YORK (May 22, 2008) — The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference, an annual gathering of the leaders of the digital revolution, will convene technology and media heavyweights for lively, unscripted interviews on May 27-29 near San Diego, Calif.
Conference creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher will put the industry’s top players to the test, during informal but pointed conversations about the impact digital technology has on consumers’ lives and businesses’ bottom lines.
Tuesday’s opening session includes a special joint appearance by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, who will share the stage for an in-depth interview just weeks before Mr. Gates steps down from his day-to-day role at the company. In addition Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will appear on Thursday.
Further joint sessions include Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and president Susan Decker. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, will appear with recently named COO Sheryl Sandberg. Other top industry figures that will speak at D6 include:
- Jeff Bewkes, president and CEO, Time Warner
- Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO, Amazon.com
- Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell
- Barry Diller, chairman and CEO, IAC
- Tom Glocer, CEO, Thomson Reuters
- Robert Kotick, chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc.
- Kevin Martin, chairman, Federal Communications Commission
- Lowell McAdam, president and CEO, Verizon Wireless
- Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO, News Corporation
- Nathan Myhrvold, CEO, Intellectual Ventures
- Tom Rogers, president and CEO, TiVo
- Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO, Sony
The event is sold out, but it’s still possible to submit text and video questions to D6 speakers at http://allthingsd.com/d/ask-a-question/. If selected, the question will be asked “live” and onstage by Walt and Kara.
Ongoing conference coverage, photos, demos and video will be available at http://d6.allthingsd.com with live blogging by John Paczkowski, senior news editor and author of the site’s popular “Digital Daily.” Highlights from last year’s conference, including video of the historic joint appearance by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, are currently available at http://d5.allthingsd.com/.
D6 is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, Houlihan Lokey, IDA Ireland, Intel, Kodak, NYSE Euronext, Qualcomm, Steelcase and Thomson Reuters. Production partners include CDW, OneStop Media, Penfolds Wine, Real Networks, Skyy Spirits and SmugMug.
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The Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication of Dow Jones & Company, is the world’s leading business publication. Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal has a print and online circulation of more than 2 million, reaching the nation’s top business and political leaders, as well as investors across the country. Holding 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, The Wall Street Journal provides readers with trusted information and knowledge to make better decisions. The Wall Street Journal print franchise has more than 750 journalists world-wide, part of the Dow Jones network of nearly 1,900 business and financial news staff. Other publications that are part of The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, include The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe. The Wall Street Journal Digital Network comprises The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com), Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com and AllThingsD.com. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 300 radio stations in the U.S. In 2008, the Journal was ranked No. 1 in BtoB’s Media Power 50 for the ninth consecutive year.
AllThingsD.com is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. Featuring The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the site is a mixture of columns, blogs and video.