Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee Joins Industry Thought Leaders at W3C Executive Forum 8 November in San Francisco

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Experts on Payments, Connected Cars and Cities, and Emerging Technologies will share insights on the Future of the Web and Business Impact

https://www.w3.org/ — 26 September 2017 — Web Inventor and W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee, together with industry experts from Alipay, American Express, Bloomberg, HARMAN, Google, Intel, Mozilla, Samsung, Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Agency, University of Sydney, Worldpay and Yubico, will address emerging tech trends and the impact of the Web on business and industry at the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) inaugural Web Executive Forum.


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The public event will be held Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame, San Francisco and is expected to attract senior executives from Silicon Valley technology companies as well as international leaders from automotive, entertainment, financial services, gaming, real estate and retail industries.

Four Sessions Led by Industry Experts

The conference program has three industry expert panels: web payments and commerce, connected cars and cities, and emerging technologies and security. The capstone closing session is a conversation with Berners-Lee and Brad Stone, senior executive editor for technology at Bloomberg News.

W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe will provide opening remarks and an overview of W3C's strategic impact on business and industry.

The kickoff panel will discuss the Future of Payments on the Web. Moderated by Worldpay's Nick Telford-Reed, the panel includes Sang Ahn, Vice President and General Manager, Samsung Pay; Souheil Badran, President, Alipay North America; and Karen Czack, Vice President of Industry Engagement and Regulation within the Global Network Business at American Express.

Steve Crumb, Executive Director, GENIVI will then moderate the Connected Cars, Cities and the Web panel which will look at this rapidly evolving ecosystem. Panelists include Greg Bohl, Vice President HARMAN Connected Services; Patricia (Patti) Robb, Head of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Intel Corporation; and Tina Quigley, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Mark Pesce, Futurist and Web 3D pioneer, will moderate the Emerging Technologies panel with experts Stina Ehrensvard, CEO Founder, Yubico; Sean White, Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Mozilla; and Megan Lindsay, Product Manager WebVR, Google. They will consider new forms on the Web, such as virtual and mixed reality and voice interfaces as well as user experiences and security.

All sessions will include time to engage the audience with industry experts formally, as well as informally in the networking sessions. Attendees of the W3C Executive Forum also have access to demonstrations in the Solutions Showcase and are invited to a dinner reception.

Registration Open to Public

Advance Registration for the W3C Web Executive Forum on 8 November 2017 is open to the public, in addition to W3C member organizations. The Executive Forum event will be co-located with, but separate from, W3C's annual Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) meetings.

A limited number of complimentary seats will be set aside for qualified journalists to attend the W3C Executive Forum under Chatham House Rule. To request an invitation, please contact w3t-pr@w3.org.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C develops well known specifications such as HTML5, CSS, and the Open Web Platform as well as work on security and privacy, all created in the open and provided for free and under the unique W3C Patent Policy. For its work to make online videos more accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016 Emmy Award.

W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 Member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is jointly hosted by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. For more information see https://www.w3.org/.

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