Tim Berners-Lee

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  • Inventor of the World Wide Web
  • Leader & Visionary in the Future of Technology
  • One of TIME Magazine's "Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"
  • President and Founder, Open Data Institute

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s "100 Greatest Britons,” and one of the world's "Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the most powerful communication medium in the world — the World Wide Web — and gave it to the world for free.   It is no exaggeration to say that his visionary work has transformed every aspect of our lives.  Sir Tim’s genius is in understanding the next, new unimagined future and practical consequences for business, technology and healthcare and how it will transform the way we live and work, the way we govern, heal our bodies and much, much more.  In his speeches, Sir Tim shares his insights about the future of tech with audiences who learn how to apply new technologies now for competitive advantage or thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create.

 

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Rave Reviews About Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim was incredible and really well received both during the CIO roundtable and the keynote ... he totally wowed the crowd. Our keynote theatre was far too small and we ended up streaming his session live to the 21 other theatres on the show floor ... my estimate is 1,500 attendees. Frankly, he’s the perfect keynoter for a show like IP EXPO and his participation gave us a huge amount of coverage. My only challenge following the keynote is the volume of internal and external questions saying how the heck was I going to follow up from that!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Tim Berners-Lee
  • VenCap
  • PHD Media, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
  • Accenture, LLP
  • Ernst & Young
  • Conde Nast
  • The Champalimaud Foundation
  • Mastercard International
  • National Association of Pension Funds
  • NBC Universal International Limited
  • Standard Life Investments
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A Look Ahead Into the Future of Tech

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he saw a future no one else could have imagined and changed our lives forever.  Now he is looking ahead to our next, new un-imagined future.  What does that look like? What will it mean for your business and our society?  Sir Tim takes his audien ...

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he saw a future no one else could have imagined and changed our lives forever.  Now he is looking ahead to our next, new un-imagined future.  What does that look like? What will it mean for your business and our society?  Sir Tim takes his audiences beyond the technology itself, for example - The Internet of Things, Future of Artificial Intelligence, The Next Web Paradigm Shift, The Power of Data, Impact of Security and Privacy on the Web and  business and into the real transformative impact these technologies are having and will have in the years ahead.

Bold, New Tech Strategies for Business

Just to survive, every business needs to quickly adopt and adapt to changing technology. But to leapfrog over the competition, businesses need to use new technology as a source of innovation. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is an authority on tech innovation and how businesses c ...

Just to survive, every business needs to quickly adopt and adapt to changing technology. But to leapfrog over the competition, businesses need to use new technology as a source of innovation. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is an authority on tech innovation and how businesses can harness it for competitive advantage. In this speech, the tech futurist and guru offers insight into business strategies to innovate the way companies invest, connect with consumers better and faster, manage global projects, and use big data to make bold decisions. Sir Tim helps businesses think through how existing tech strategy will change as the next 3 billion users come on line, and the resulting changes in social media and market connectedness. Just as he did when he created the Web from a blank canvas, Sir Tim  discusses the importance of innovation and creativity in a digital world. He also outlines how to embrace the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, corporate responsibility for cybersecurity, the role of the effective CTO, and the Board of Directors' responsibilities to minimize risk while maximizing digital strategic opportunity and opens up thinking with his visionary ideas on the potential markets of the future of tech.

The Future of the Web

Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It has changed the world in ways we could have never have imagined in Business, Education, and Government. The way we buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate has been transformed. The Web ...

Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It has changed the world in ways we could have never have imagined in Business, Education, and Government. The way we buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate has been transformed. The Web has advanced medical research, helped solve complex health problems and advanced the pursuit of freedom and democracy. More recently the Web has moved from Web of documents to a Web of data moving us faster forward. How will the future of the Web impact existing strategies and vision? Where are the threats and opportunities in the Web that awaits us? Sir Tim discusses how he conceived and developed the Web, and details what’s next on the horizon for the Web we know today. 

Security and the Web of Things

With leadership, society and security as themes, Web security is a constant battle. The broader tech community is in a time of an out-and-out battle between attackers and defenders.  How does society assure that the same open platform of the Web will continue? The Internet of things is interesting f ...

With leadership, society and security as themes, Web security is a constant battle. The broader tech community is in a time of an out-and-out battle between attackers and defenders.  How does society assure that the same open platform of the Web will continue? The Internet of things is interesting for the future of the Web and of business. The Web of Data includes everything from bank statements, to fitness apps to mapping.  Privacy, authenticity and access control centralization will become key areas for businesses. There is a decision to be made to what extent this Web we create will be interoperable.  Linking information across a company is hard enough. What happens when everything you buy becomes related?  Standards and the ways companies are connecting turbines or smart watches all will hinge on the interoperability of standards.  Distributed applications will impact the commercial world. Companies need information to make decisions on how to support business for the future. 

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<p>Tim Berners-Lee shares his plan for the future of the web</p>

Tim Berners-Lee shares his plan for the future of the web

Inventor of the World Wide Web and pioneering visionary on the future of technology TIM BERNERS-LEE has a vision for the future of his invention. Outlined in his urgent New York Times op-ed, "I Invented the World Wide Web. Here's How We Can Fix It," Berners-Lee outlines a path for the future, highlighting how we can ensure his vision of a safe and open web that serves humanity. Currently at the helm of the Open Data Institute, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, Berners-Lee has been working on a new groundbreaking startup called Inrupt, which will harness the power of Solid-- his new, powerful, open-source platform built to decentralize the web-- in order to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots. As the president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, said of Berners-Lee: He is the Martin Luther King of our new digital world." Having delivered the prestigious Dimbleby Lecture on BBC primetime on "The World Wibe Web: A Mid-Course Correction," Berners-Lee's remarks garnered incredible praise on twitter including: "brilliant lecturer"; "so fascinating"; "What a genius"; "absolutely riveting"; "Thought provoking and brave"; "That felt like I witnessed a little piece of history wow!"

Berner-Lee's genius is in understanding the next, new unimagined future and practical consequences for business and individuals alike. With his groundbreaking platform and vision for the future of the web, Berner-Lee's insights are more in-demand than ever. In his captivating keynotes, he shares insights into both how to apply new technologies for competitive advantage, and thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create and how to protect ourselves, regularly earning praise such as:  "I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful event last night. The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and all the guests greatly valued your insights and perspectives. A number commented to me that it was the best EY event they had ever attended. That is a testament to your genius and interactive style" (Ernst & Young).

<p>Tim Berners-Lee reveals the future of the web at Davos 2019</p>

Tim Berners-Lee reveals the future of the web at Davos 2019

TIM BERNERS-LEE created the most powerful communication medium in the world, the World Wide Web, and continues to revolutionize how society understands and uses the web. Having recently announced his plan to launch Inrupt, a groundbreaking startup that will harness the power of Solid-- Berner-Lee's new, powerful, open-source platform built to decentralize the web-- Berners-Lee has been making headlines in virtually every major outlet, including: The EconomistFast CompanyVanity FairBBCForbesBusiness InsiderMashableCBS News, and more. Berners-Lee recently unveiled his "Contract for the Web" urging governments, Internet companies and users to commit to a set of principles. He discussed his vision and digital environment safety and freedoms on a World Economic Forum panel entitled Speaking Out Under Threat, which racked up thousands of views on Facebook. While at Davos, he was also sought-out for a Reuters interview about holding governments to account over fake news. Berners-Lee is in-demand to address thousands of audience-members at premier events in the coming months, including: T3CH 2019, Oktane19, Bosch Connected World, and more.

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<p>Tim Berners-Lee named 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by <em>Forbes </em></p>

Tim Berners-Lee named 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes

Visionary inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE was awarded a spot on Forbes’ prestigious list of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” Recognized for his invaluable and truly revolutionary contribution to society, as well as his continued thought-leadership and business acumen as the President and Founder of the Open Data Institute, Tim Berners-Lee contributed an op-ed “On Openness” as part of the honor. Berners-Lee shared how from the outset he imagined the Web as an “open, universal space, where anyone, anywhere could take their ideas and bring them to life without having to ask for permission or pay royalties.” This openness is at the core of Berners-Lee’s work today, and he has made headlines and received countless awards—including the “Nobel Prize of Computing” the 2017 Turing Award— for his expertise and dedication to what the Web needs today. As Berners-Lee wrote in Forbes, "For the economic, social and political benefit of all, the Web must be recognized as a public good."

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Biography

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With many scientists participating in experiments at CERN and returning to their laboratories around the world, these scientists were eager to exchange data and results but had difficulties doing so. Sir Tim understood this need, and understood the unrealized potential of millions of computers connected together through the Internet.

Sir Tim documented what was to become the World Wide Web with the submission of a proposal specifying a set of technologies that would make the Internet truly accessible and useful to people. Despite initial setbacks and with perseverance, by October of 1990, he had specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): HTML, URL, and HTTP.

He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb”) and the first Web server (“?httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served. By 1991, people outside of CERN joined the new Web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web technology would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis.

Since that time, the Web has changed the world, arguably becoming the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. Whereas only roughly one-third of the people on the planet are currently using the Web (and the Web Foundation aims to accelerate this growth substantially), the Web has fundamentally altered the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate, meet and love, and tackle problems ranging from putting food on our tables to curing diseases.

In 2007, Sir Tim recognized that the Web’s potential to empower people to bring about positive change remained unrealized by billions around the world. Announcing the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, he once again confirmed his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all where people can share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance and communicate in creative ways.

A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.