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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web Down Under Tour - Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is coming to Australia for the first time in over a decade from January 27th – February 5th. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Down Under Tour, will commence at Canberra and continue to Melbourne and Sydney. This tour was initiated with a request from the to have Sir Tim Berners-Lee as the keynote presenter at their conference on Thursday 31st January 2013, in Canberra. This will be his first visit in over a decade and he is delighted to accept the invitation primarily because it will support the awareness of the Web throughout the community, business, government and the whole of society. This is not your typical celebrity tour, it will consist of a series of events over 8 days comprising of private corporate events and public open-university hosted events which will be free to the public. iiNet is proud to present Sir Tim Berners-Lee and with the additional support of a number of

Consortium and Private Sponsors, this visit is now a reality and without whom this unique opportunity would not have been possible. There is still one opportunity for a private event available, so please contact us if your organisation would be interested in a private event.

The Down Under Tour Schedule

iiNet presents Sir Tim Berners-Lee Public Events

Canberra: Thursday 31st January, 0900 – 1000 – keynote to discuss technical aspects of

open data and the Internet. Ticketing information available at

Canberra: Thursday 31st January, 1800 – 2000 – public lecture.

Melbourne: Monday 4th February: 1800 – 2000 – public lecture at the University of Melbourne.

Sydney: Tuesday 5th February: 1830 – 2000 – public lecture, City Talks in partnership with UTSpotlight at the Sydney Town Hall, hosted by University of Technology, Sydney in partnership with the City of Sydney

Details are available at All ticketing information will be available in the coming weeks. Please save the date for a public lecture in a city near you.

Private and Media Events

CSIRO event in Sydney

UNSW interview

About Sir Tim Berners-Lee

More than 20 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), overseeing the Web's standards and development. He is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK. He was a Director of the Web Science Trust (WST), Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, a member of the UK's Transparency Board, President of the Open Data Institute and is the author of "Weaving the Web".

Having been ranked joint first in The Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses he has received numerous awards throughout his illustrious career including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany's Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Quotes Sir Tim Berners-Lee

‘The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past’.

‘Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves’. ‘You affect the world by what you browse’.

Contact us

This tour is co-ordinated by Pia Waugh Open Government Expert and Partner&Prosper in collaboration with Celebrity Speakers Ltd. For information about the tour and its events or media please contact:

Jan Bryson, Partner&Prosper

P: 08 9443 3468, M: 0403 444 044

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