Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will visit the Gold Coast to deliver a free public lecture at Griffith University in February as part of the TBL Down Under Tour.
In Australia for the first time in over a decade, Sir Tim will mark the occasion by outlining his views on open data and the future of innovation.
Mayor Tom Tate said the visit was secured after a substantial campaign by many sponsors working closely with Gold Coast City Council and Griffith University (including Regional Development Australia Gold Coast).
“Sir Tim’s visit is a major coup for the city. The Gold Coast is his only stop in Queensland and it highlights our reputation as the state’s emerging innovation capital,” said Cr Tate.
“Sir Tim is arguably the father of the digital age and I expect a new generation of young local innovators will be inspired by his stories.”
Griffith’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Linda O’Brien, said Sir Tim’s public lecture was timely.
“Data and information are now the raw materials for innovation and national prosperity, and Australian universities are leading the way in making the outputs of their research and scholarship open and accessible to foster national innovation and development,” said Ms O’Brien.
“Griffith is recognised nationally for its leadership in this field and is very proud to host one of the world's thought leaders in this area.”
This unique opportunity is a free event open to the public. Limited tickets are available and registration is essential. Tickets available from Monday 21 Jan. Visit http://tbldownunder.org for details.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Gold Coast Lecture Details:
Date: Saturday 2nd Feb 2013
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be available to speak with media briefly before his lecture. Places are limited. To lodge your interest in participating in the press conference please contact Griffith University Communication Manager Dean Gould on 0411657381 or firstname.lastname@example.org