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Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Give Keynote at Akamai EDGE EMEA Forum, Barcelona

Akamai to present vision for future of its edge platform at its first EMEA EDGE event

Cambridge, MA | October 15, 2018


Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for delivering and securing web experiences, today announced that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will give the keynote presentation on the challenges and opportunities presented by the future of the web, at the Akamai EDGE EMEA Forum in Barcelona on 14 November 2018.

Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He met Akamai co-founder and CEO, Tom Leighton, when they were both lecturers at MIT in 1998. The Akamai EDGE EMEA Forum will reunite the two on stage, 20 years after Leighton, and co-founder Danny Lewin, conceived Akamai as a solution to the latency challenges emerging on the web.

The event, which is the first Akamai EDGE Forum to be held in Europe, will bring together over 300 of Akamai’s customers from across EMEA, and the rest of the world, to learn more about Akamai’s vision for digital transformation, empowered by the edge. With breakout tracks on security, web performance, media delivery, business challenges and devops, attendees of the conference will be able to hear not only from speakers like Sir Tim, but also from Akamai customers such as Helios, Luisaviaroma and Skyscanner.

The Akamai EDGE EMEA forum is free to attend and forms part of a four-day series of events that includes executive and partner summits, as well as Akamai University, a training programme that helps customers realise the maximum benefits from their investments.

“When we first imagined the World Wide Web, we could never have conceived the ways in which it would be used today,” said Sir Tim Berners-Lee. “But, there is more change to come. Before powerful web search engines, you probably wouldn't have imagined that a world of answers would be available to you in under a second. The next set of advances will have a different effect, but will be similar in magnitude. By design the web has no centre. By continually "re-decentralising" the web, we will unleash the next generation of technology, business and social innovators.”

“Tim Berners-Lee foresaw the congestion that was to become very familiar to Internet users 20 years ago, and he challenged us to invent a fundamentally new and better way to deliver Internet content. Out of that effort, Akamai was born,” said Tom Leighton, Akamai CEO and Co-Founder. “For our 20th anniversary, it’s especially fitting to have Tim inspire our customers, too, at our upcoming Akamai EDGE EMEA Forum.”

The Akamai EDGE EMEA Forum takes place on 14 November 2018, at the NH Collections hotel in Barcelona. Online registration is free.


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