The World Economic Forum opens Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland and is expected to host 2,500 participants, each paying $35,000 to attend, The event offers both business and political leaders an opportunity to discuss their thoughts, dreams and plans in a mountainous setting. This year, discussion will focus on what organizers are calling the "Shifting Power Equation" by identifying business shifts that climate change could cause. Google will host a gathering Friday night at the Kirschner Museum while Gates and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman will host a breakfast meeting Saturday morning.
At the event three years ago, Gates predicted that spam would disappear in two years – we're all disappointed that one didn't work out. Gates also incorrectly predicted Microsoft catching Google in the internet search market. This year, Gates will discuss philanthropy. Google is co-sponsoring the event. Sergey Brin and Larry Page (the firm's two founders) as well as CEO and Chairman Schmidt and finally Chad Hurley, YouTube's chief and founder, will all be present. At last year's Google-sponsored event, Brin lectured guests on the Middle East.
News source: InformationWeek