The week of April 26 is a big week for internet conferences and events across the globe. The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, will be speaking at the international World Wide Web conference in the USA. In Amsterdam the future of the web will be explored at the Next Web Conference and RIM will be hosting their annual BlackBerry Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando, USA.
FITC Toronto design and technology festival
Toronto, ON, Canada
The FITC Toronto design and technology festival offers more than 70 presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions on the creative technical and business aspects of Flash and digital media. More than 1000 attendees are expected to travel from all sides of the globe to explore up-and-coming technologies, exchange ideas and develop new skills. In 2010 the theme for the event is ‘playground'. Presentations will cover topics such as "Hello World - Technology and its Changing Role Within the Creative Process", "3D Graphics 101", "Building iPhone Apps with Flash CS5", "Future Stories: New Tools for New Screens" and "Tomorrow is So Yesterday, How to Live in the Future Now".
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC, USA
The international World Wide Web conference is an annual event that focuses on the future direction of the internet. A high-profile list of speakers will be presenting their ideas during the conference in 2010 including the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee; Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero; Vint Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; UNC professor and Director of iBiblio.org, Paul Jones; Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Executive Office of the President; and University of Southampton Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Director of the Web Science Trust and Web Foundation. Three internet-related conferences, WebSci 10 (April 26-27), W4A 2010 (April 26-27), FutureWeb 2010 (April 28-30), will also be held at the Raleigh Convention Center during the WWW2010 event.
The Next Web Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Next Web Conference is run by technology blog The Next Web. The conference is a hub for thinkers who want to investigate and explore the future of the web. Speakers include Robert Cailliau, co-inventor of the World Wide Web; Tim Ferriss, author of "4-Hour Workweek"; Werner Vogels, CTO Amazon; Evan Roth, Graffiti Analysis; and Lisa Gansky, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and angel investor. During the conference, The Next Web will showcase the finalists of The Next Web Paypal X Startup Rally. 25 up-and-coming companies will present their business ideas and launch their new service in front of an avid audience.
BlackBerry Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES 2010)
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida, USA
WES is an annual event where Research in Motion (RIM) unveils new technology and software for their BlackBerry devices. Around 5,000 people gather from more than 100 countries to talk about the BlackBerry "mobile solution" and how it can be improved. "Why Mobile Security Matters", "BlackBerry Widgets: What The Are, How they Can Help", and "The Future of Mobile Payments" are just some of the keynotes planned for the event. In addition, there will be hands on labs, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Training and the Wireless Leadership Awards.
Wisdom 2.0 Conference
April 30-May 2
Computer History Museum
Silicon Valley, California, USA
Leaders from companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter will meet with Zen teachers, neuroscientists and other forward thinkers to address how we can balance technology and the internet with our everyday lives at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference. Chris Sacca VC, Strategic Advisor, Twitter; Kaitlin Quistgaard, Editor in Chief, Yoga Journal; Bradley Horowitz, Vice President Products, Google; Greg Pass, Vice President Engineering, Twitter; Stuart Crabb, Head of Learning, Facebook; Loic Le Meur, Founder of Seesmic and Le Web; Ben Parr, Co-Editor, Mashable; and Philippe Goldin, Neuroscientist, Stanford are just some of the influential speakers leading the conversations at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference.
International pre-orders for iPad
Various locations globally
Apple will unveil international pricing for the iPad and will commence taking pre-orders for the device.
After fifteen years running as the Futuresonic festival, the event has been re-branded as the FutureEverything festival and is celebrating a full program that includes "world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music program, and visionary thinkers from around the world across 4 festival strands - Art, Music, Ideas and Showcase." FutureEverything encompasses a conference about future ideas and technologies, the Fab Lab Art Challenge, a city debate that will explore the future of Manchester, an awards ceremony and a host of satellite events and workshops that help people to creatively explore ideas that will enrich our lives in the future. In 2009 the festival drew 75,000 visitors.
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT will take place in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a 10th of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including AusInnovate, eHealth, eGovernment, Enterprise, National Broadbrand Network and WebForward) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 550 exhibitors and 37,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2010.
June 1 - 5
Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall
The 30th edition of Computex Taipei, is organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taiwan Computer Association. It is now the largest computer exhibition in Asia, second in the world only to CeBIT in Germany. Many large computing firms have research and development centers or production factories in Taiwan and they come to Computex Taipei to launch their new products. Almost 120,000 visitors attended Computex Taipei in 2009 to see products and services from over 1,700 exhibitors.