Injustice has come face to face with technology's modern-day picket sign. Change.org is a website with 60 million users which allows individuals and organizations to create and sign online petitions for anything from human rights to sustainable food. Notable successful petitions include the South African parliament launching a national task team to end “corrective” rape and the overturn of the Boy Scouts of America’s refusal to acknowledge high schooler Ryan Andresen as an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay in 2011. Ben Rattray was named to 2012 Time 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People and was listed as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Rising young business leaders of 2012. Join us as we award him with INFORUM’s 21st Century Visionary Award, and hear more about his mission to leverage technology to change the world.
Matthew Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress, the Open Source software used by over 22% of the web, including this site. Mullenweg used to do consulting and go to school in Houston, then moved to San Francisco where he worked at CNET Networks.
Mullenweg left in late 2005 to found a company called Automattic, which is the secret force behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more. Automattic’s sites reach over a billion people every month, making it one of the largest sites with the smallest team in the world.
Though Automattic is his main focus he also advises and invests in startups through Audrey Capital. He donates to charities or organizations working on basic survival issues and more modern technological problems: Archive.org, Alaska Wilderness League, Apache Foundation, Bay Lights, charity: water, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Grist (board), Innocence Project, Long Now Foundation, Rothko Chapel, Samasource, US-Ireland Alliance.
Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's largest petition platform. He has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders.