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Raleigh hosts Web visionaries for week-long conference

Posted April 26, 2010

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— Leaders from around the world of the Web are converging on Raleigh this week for the World Wide Web conference at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Kathy Green, the chief administrative officer and admissions coordinator for North Carolina State University’s Institute for Advanced Analytics, led a local group who convinced conference organizers to choose Raleigh as the location of the 19th annual conference, where visionaries often swap ideas about how to improve the Web.

“This is a big get. Last year’s conference was in Madrid. The one before that was in Beijing,” Green said Monday. “For Raleigh to be on that list, we consider it a real honor.”

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The group approached conference officials a few years ago, touting the Triangle’s concentration of high-powered thinkers and high-tech companies. They also pointed out the new convention center.

“Usually you have to wait six moths to get a decision. They told us the next morning,” Green said.

Dame Wendy Hall is a professor at the University of Southampton in England and a founding director of the Web Science Trust, a group that studies how society can better use the Web. In town for the conference, Hall said on Monday that Raleigh was a good choice for this year's gathering.

“This is a fantastic conference venue. We are really, really happy with the facilities here,” she said.

More than a thousand people representing 42 countries are expected to attend this week’s conference. Events began on Monday and will run through Friday.

N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill are serving as hosts.

WRAL.com is a media sponsor of the conference and will be providing coverage throughout the week. Log on to LocalTechWire.com for daily conference reports and exclusive interviews with Web movers and shakers. Track the conference sessions via Twitter.com/localtechwire.

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  • protestthis Apr 26, 2010

    Dear Fun
    Be thankful that the geeks are there this week - if it wasn't for sites like this and conferences like this - you wouldn't have a web site and a computer to complain on.

  • Fun Apr 26, 2010

    Lots of hoopla, show the money they are paying for the facility. Will it bring it out the quarterly operating deficit of $1,000,000.00 it loses each and every quarter so far? Another Meeker ELEPHANT for taxpayers to carry, but a monument to his socialist agenda. THE PEOPLE VOTED NO to the CIVIC center Mr. Mayor. Where are the sychonized stop lights we voted for Mr. Mayor?

  • Nunya123 Apr 26, 2010

    This even beats some of the political news stories. Someone posted a completely off topic complaint within 5 minutes of the story being posted. Seems to be spreading to all news articles now.

  • jahausa Apr 26, 2010

    To all the haters, who must not yet have seen this article, this does seem pretty impressive for Raleigh.

  • Sidekick Apr 26, 2010

    Geek city!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Apr 26, 2010

    I have Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and just about every other social networking app on my iPhone.

    However, there are times when nothing beats real face-to-face conversation.

    I think it is cool that the Raleigh Convention Center is actually hosting this.

  • benjaminrequena Apr 26, 2010

    @christhedba Bringing people together is EXACLTY what the web is about.

  • christhedba Apr 26, 2010

    Wouldn't conference of people who are visionaries about the web use the web for their conference. Skype, Twitter...everyone coming to one place is counter to what the web is about.

  • Bogue Banks Apr 26, 2010

    Maybe they can discuss the terrible broadband service in Durham while they're here.