W3C Celebrated Ten Years Leading the Web in Europe: 3 June 2005

Tim Berners-Lee "Fifteen years ago, the World Wide Web was born in Europe, and made its way around the globe. And while W3C was born in the US, its success is also linked to its extension 10 years ago to Europe. At W3C10 Europe, we'll look at how those early days have impacted the current European experience, and how Europe may influence its future." —Tim Berners-Lee

CERAM Sophia Antipolis

W3C held a celebration of its ten years in Europe on Friday, 3 June 2005, at the CERAM in Sophia Antipolis, France. This half-day celebration afforded Members and invited guests 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.

The W3C10 Europe program addressed:

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, also shared his visions of the Web's future in a keynote address.

A Press Briefing for speakers and international media followed the day's program.

Part Two of Tenth Anniversary Series

This event is part two of the W3C Tenth Anniverary series. W3C celebrated the first part, the tenth anniversary of the founding of the World Wide Web Consortium, on 1 December 2004. We invite you to browse the mementos that event.

In October 1994, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was created to "Lead the Web to Its Full Potential." In April 1995, INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique) became the first European W3C host. In 2003, ERCIM (European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics) took over the role of European W3C Host from INRIA. Keio University became the W3C Host in Asia in 1996.