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The Sixth Annual Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University, the premiere investor conference on entrepreneurship, technology, and venture investing in emerging markets, concluded successfully on March 27, 2009. Photos from the Symposium are now available.

The 2009 Symposium brought over 300 international business, finance, political, and technology leaders to the Stanford campus to discuss how the technology sector can seize the opportunities of globalization despite the current recession.

The Symposium featured panels and fireside chats with prominent business and political figures, including T. Boone Pickens, who has become a champion of natural gas-powered vehicles; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan; Professor Tina Seelig of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program; former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell; and noted venture capitalists Bill Draper, Reid Dennis, Mark Gorenberg, Pitch Johnson, Steve Jurvetson, and Ann Winblad.

In addition, the 2009 Symposium kicked off with a business plan competition hosted by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale and judged by venture capital luminaries Ben Dubin, Howard Hartenbaum, Brian Mesic, Andreas Stavropoulos, Mark Sugarman, and Richard Wolpert.

Crystal Clear Technologies ( won the business plan competition, receiving the 2009 Top Global Innovator Award.  The company produces a low-cost water filter that removes metal contaminants from water.

The 2009 Symposium was organized in conjunction with the Stanford School of Engineering, the San Francisco Global Trade Council, and the U.S. Polish Trade Council and is sponsored by Microsoft, BDO Seidman, CMS Cameron McKenna, DFJ-VTB Aurora, Yandex, the Civilian Research & Development Foundation, Grid Dynamics, IBM, Mirantis, and CzechInvest.


The opening of Brazil, China, India, and Russia – and of countless other emerging technology corridors – has produced “three billion new capitalists,” in the words of Clyde Prestowitz, Founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute.

New technologies are leveling the competitive playing field between industrialized and developing countries by encouraging the spread of knowledge, ideas, capital, and labor across international borders. The next big idea may come from Boston or Brussels, Beijing or Bangalore. Smart companies across the globe need to learn how to leverage these trends – to thrive in a new world.

For six years running, the Global Technology Symposium has brought selected international leaders in business, finance, politics, and technology to the beautiful Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California, birthplace of innovation in Silicon Valley. There, in a collegial setting, they share insights into how entrepreneurs and blue-chip companies alike can seize the opportunities of globalization.

Our distinguished speakers consider issues such as:

  • Technology trends for the next decade.
  • How emerging growth companies can cope with the economic downturn.
  • Strategies for sourcing from, and selling to, emerging markets and for optimizing global supply chains.
  • Regulatory responses to the global financial crisis and how they affect national competitiveness.
  • Trends in intellectual property.
  • Next-generation green technologies.

Today, the Symposium is the premier investor conference focused on technology and growth companies in emerging market technology corridors. Register Pitch Competition


T. Boone Pickens

Founder and Chairman,
BP Capital

Sheryl Sandberg

C.O.O., Facebook

Tina Seelig

Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Lip-Bu Tan

C.E.O. of Cadence and
Chairman of Walden

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