Jaden Smith, singer, actor and activist will speak alongside Gary White of Water.org, a company he co-founded with Matt Damon. The pair will address how technology, activism, and finance can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as sustainable access to clean water in front of 15,000 people on Centre Stage.
Paul O’Callaghan, founding CEO of BlueTech Research will also join the panel to discuss his documentary Brave Blue World, to be released this Autumn just before Web Summit. The documentary features both Smith and Damon’s charitable organisations, JUST water and Water.org respectively.
“We are honoured that Jaden Smith and Gary White have chosen Web Summit as a platform to draw attention to their water organisations, which will be featured in the private screening of the Brave Blue World documentary,” said Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit.
The planet is facing detrimental problems that technology has the power to address. Web Summit established an environmental innovation track, planet:tech, just over 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve seen the likes of Former US Vice President, Al Gore address the good that technology can do to protect the planet against climate change. We truly want Web Summit to be the place where innovators can connect around these issues to help solve the greatest crisis of our age.”
Web Summit has welcomed activists such as Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s CEO Terry Taminen, and Former Vice President of The United States, Al Gore. Speakers at this year’s Web Summit addressing climate change solutions include Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer at Google; Anna Gedda, Chief Sustainability Officer of H&M and Lise King, CEO at UN Global Compact.