Media Advisory: W3C Celebrates Ten Years Leading the Web in Europe

(also available in French and Japanese; see also translations in other languages)

http://www.w3.org/ -- 26 May 2005 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) marks the ten year anniversary of its European presence with a celebration on Friday 3 June 2005, at the Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche Appliqué au Management (CERAM) in the Sophia Antipolis Science Park, France.

W3C10 Europe is Part Two of the W3C Tenth Anniversary Celebration

The half-day event, W3C10 Europe, will afford attendees the opportunity to reflect on the progress of the Web, its role as a unifying force in Europe, and the policies that shape the role of the Web in the daily lives of Europeans. It follows on the W3C10 Celebration last December, which marked the anniversary of W3C's founding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although attendance to the event is limited to W3C Members, invited guests and preregistered press, the content of the day's lectures and talks is to be made available to the public.

Speakers Include Tim Berners-Lee, Prominent Figures from the European Web Community, W3C Members

The program opens with a welcome from Pierre Laffitte, Senator of Alpes-Maritimes and founder of the Sophia Antipolis Science Park. Jacques Bus, Head of European Commission ICT Unit for Trust and Security in Network and Communication Technologies, and a French Ministry of Industry representative then address the importance of W3C in Europe.

Daniel Dardailler, W3C Associate Chair, takes over as master of ceremonies, and moderates the first event. In it, Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web, is reuniting with his former CERN colleague Robert Cailliau to share personal reflections and stories about how the Web got started at CERN. Berners-Lee is also delivering a keynote that will stress the importance of Web standards and address current challenges in the European industry and research communities.

Jean-François Abramatic, ILOG Chief Product Officer, and Gilles Kahn, INRIA Chief Executive Officer, then moderate the two thematic sessions, respectively on "The Web as Unifying Force in Europe" and "Policies Shaping the Web in Europe."

Other confirmed speakers for the event include: Daniel Appelquist (Vodafone), Peter Brown (European Parliament), Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin (Member of the French Council of State and Chairman of the Internet Rights Forum), Richard Ishida (W3C Internationalization Activity Lead), Keith Jeffery (ERCIM President) and Eric Velleman (Bartimeus).

The complete speakers list, including last minute confirmations, appear on the W3C10 Speakers Web page.

Logistics and Contact Information

Date: 3 June 2005
Time: 1200-1830

Location: CERAM, 60 rue Dostoïevski; Sophia Antipolis, France

Press may attend, but must register in advance. For more information, please contact Marie-Claire Forgue, W3C European Communications Officer, at w3t-pr@w3.org.

Contact Americas and Australia --
Janet Daly, <janet@w3.org>, +1.617.253.5884
Contact Europe, Africa and Middle East --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94 or +33 6 76 86 33 41
Contact Asia --
Yasuyuki Hirakawa <chibao@w3.org>, +81.466.49.1170

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, over 360 organizations are Members of the Consortium. For more information see http://www.w3.org/