Steve Jobs and Ballmer to headline D8 conference

The annual All Things Digital conference this year is returning with some of the most important figures in tech today. In a surprise move given Apple’s recent circumstances with their upcoming iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been confirmed to kick off the opening interview on June 1st.

Additional spotlight guests for the technology conference include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Hollywood director James Cameron.

Founded by co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher in 2003, the D conference is a gathering of the most influential figures in media and technology. Each year, Mossberg and Swisher put these top players to the test onstage during unrehearsed, unscripted conversations. The results are candid, entertaining sessions that provide glimpses into the strategies of the industry’s most creative thinkers.

The full list of speakers for the conference include:

  • Steve Ballmer | CEO of Microsoft
  • Steve Burke | COO of Comcast
  • James Cameron | Director, Producer, Writer
  • Steve Case | Chairman and CEO of Revolution
  • Peter Chou | CEO of HTC
  • John Donahoe | President and CEO of eBay
  • Carly Fiorina | Candidate for U.S. Senate, California
  • Julius Genachowski | Chairman of the FCC
  • Paul Jacobs | CEO of Qualcomm
  • Steve Jobs | CEO of Apple
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg | CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG
  • Ted Leonsis | Vice Chairman Emeritus of AOL, Chairman of Revolution Money and Owner of Washington Capitals
  • Alan Mulally | CEO of Ford
  • Ray Ozzie | Chief Software Architect of Microsoft
  • Richard Rosenblatt | Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Demand Media
  • Vivian Schiller | President and CEO of NPR
  • Paul Steiger | Editor-in-Chief, President and Chief Executive of ProPublica
  • Mark Zuckerberg | Founder and CEO of Facebook

The 2007 D5 conference was one of the most significant in history in that it included longtime rivals Bill Gates and Steve Jobs together in a joint interview. The following video shows some quick highlights from the event but be sure to check out the full interview here (transcript).

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Although Balmer lacks the grace of Gates, I would have liked to see him and Jobs do a joint interview together. I know it wouldn't carry the same amount of excitement as the D5 conference did but it would have been nice to see Apple and Microsoft's CEO's discuss their biggest enemy right now which is Google. That would have had to be a topic of discussion should those two have been on stage together. I think it still will be.

bill and steve need to hit a few strip joints and get plastered like the old days and maybe a lightbulb will come on with the answer to the iphone and ipad.

Windows7even said,
bill and steve need to hit a few strip joints and get plastered like the old days and maybe a lightbulb will come on with the answer to the iphone and ipad.

Get Jobs so hammered he leaks all of Apples secrets and ideas. Plan!

dave164 said,

Get Jobs so hammered he leaks all of Apples secrets and ideas. Plan!

I really hope Jobs isn't drinking these days...you know after the whole liver transplant and all.

jwil1 said,
lol, there are 4 Steves speaking...

Note to self: name kid "Steve" so that when he grows up he'll have better odds of owning a Fortune 500 company.