Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, to Keynote at IDPF DigiCon @BEA

March 25, 2016

The IDPF is pleased to announce that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming IDPF DigiCon @BEA. The 2016 DigiCon (fka IDPF Digital Book) will take place at the McCormick Center in Chicago from May 10-11, 2016. Registration to DigiCon includes free access to all of BookExpo America and early bird savings are still in effect. 

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is a computer scientist. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid-November of the following year.

Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Web's continued development, and is a Professor of Engineering and holder of the 3Com Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).  In 2007 he founded of the World Wide Web Foundation.  In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work and, in April 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was named as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation.

"Whether it's EPUB content or social marketing and reader engagement, Web technologies are foundational to enabling content to be created and distributed globally. Digital publishers depend on the Web for everything they do, and the Web and its open standards developed by W3C are continuing to rapidly grow and evolve," said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF. "So I'm particularly delighted that Tim Berners-Lee will be with us in Chicago. We are at a key juncture in the growth of digital content and Sir Tim's talk will provide crucial inspiration and information for anyone in the industry. "

For complete program details, speaker roster, and to register, click here.  

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Wendy Erman Wels at Limited opportunities remain. 


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