‘We’re All in this Together’
A group of young men from across America have set out to bring together the country’s biggest companies to share their passion for social justice and tackle inequality.
The event is called “We’re all in this together” and will be held at the company of Uber, Airbnb, Airbnb Capital, Google and Yahoo, as well as some of the world’s biggest tech companies, in San Francisco, California.
The organisers are calling it “A Startup Conference: Sharing our Stories and Challenges.”
The event has also been described as an “anti-austerity conference” which is an apparent reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was launched in the US in 2011 and focused on challenging the power of big business.
“We will be sharing our stories, challenging our oppressions, and building communities in which people can thrive,” organizer Andrew Miller told BuzzFeed News.
The first day of the conference will see more than 100 speakers share their personal stories, ranging from how to build a business from scratch to how to help those affected by climate change.
But the conference is not limited to a handful of the most prominent tech companies.
“It is an event where people from the community, the industry, and the world come together to make a difference in the world, to build sustainable businesses and build communities,” Miller said.
The conference will take place from June 19 to 21 at the headquarters of tech giant Facebook, where many of the speakers will be holding sessions and speaking about their businesses.
“There is no single technology that has changed the world,” one speaker told BuzzFeed.
“The tech sector is an amazing force of change.”
The speakers, many of whom have been in Silicon Valley for years, have spoken of the benefits of investing in companies like Airbnb and Uber.
“These are not just jobs, these are a lot of people’s lives, and a lot are still struggling to get through these tough times,” said a speaker from Airbnb.
“So it’s important that we are able to take that opportunity to be able to really see and to share that, and to see it as a positive thing.”