2011 ConvergeUS Fall Gathering – Sausalito, California

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2011 ConvergeUS Fall Gathering – Sausalito, California

Over 100 thought leaders – subject matter experts, technologists, policy makers, marketers, strategists, and other social innovators from the private, government, non-profit and academic sectors – convened October 5-6, 2011, at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California, to kick-off a year-long cross-sector collaboration. 

ConvergeUS’ co-chairs – TechNet’s President and CEO Rey Ramsey and Twitter and Obvious Co-Founder Biz Stone – launched the nonprofit earlier this year at an event in Washington, DC with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and other luminaries. Joining this week’s conference are White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, Oregon U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and a host of others.

ConvergeUS functions as a facilitator and convener to mobilize corporations, academic institutions and other nonprofits to create positive change through technology and innovation for America’s social challenges. Each year, ConvergeUS identifies three problem areas to focus its attention this year to create “Technology Innovation Blueprints” that focuses on purposeful applications of technology to address these issues. ConvergeUS has selected the following issue areas and partners for its inaugural year of collaboration: Early Childhood Reading (The Campaign for Grade Level Reading); STEM Education (Silicon Valley Education Foundation); and Health Literacy (CommonHealth ACTION, Farm Sanctuary and Reach Out and Read).

Read the full press release here.

Tech Converging for a Better Future - October 4, 2011
An op-ed written by Rey Ramsey and Biz Stone, ConvergeUS co-chairs published on HuffingtonPost


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