WWW9 April 25, 2000 Press Release

WWW9 PRESS RELEASE

April 25, 2000




9th International World Wide Web Conference Increases Corporate Participation

Corporate sponsorship up 400%

Reston, VA, April 25, 2000 - The International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) of Geneva, Switzerland and Foretec Seminars of Reston, Virginia announced today that more than a dozen new corporate sponsors, including several major contributors, have lent their support to the 9th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW9) since last year's event. Growing emphasis on e-business in Europe has made the WWW9 a premier event for major corporations and developers interested in the latest business and technology advances on the Web. Event organizers expect more sponsors to join forces with the WWW9.

Technology leaders from industry, academia and government will put corporate sponsorship to use when they come together on May 15th-19th 2000, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the Amsterdam RAI, to present the latest developments in Web technology and to discuss the issues and challenges facing the Web community in the new millennium.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is one of the new Platinum-level sponsors of the WWW9. Other Platinum sponsors this year include IBM, a continuing sponsor of the WWW conference series, Akamai Technologies of Cambridge, Massachusetts and UPC of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' involvement in the WWW9 reflects a growing interest among major corporations to align with the research community that drives their businesses.

"The WWW9 bridges the communication gap between leaders in research, industry and society. As an international company, PricewaterhouseCoopers' commitment in the WWW9 ensures that it is an integral part of that collaborative process," said Ronald M. van Tongeren, partner and e-business leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands.

The WWW9 also has six new Gold sponsors. They include multinational companies such as Alta Vista, Sun Microsystems, Philips Electronics and Elsevier Science. Canadian-based Muzmo Communications and European-based Oratrix and Opera Software are also Gold sponsors of WWW9.

Other sponsors of the WWW9 include Silver sponsors Chrystal Software and Iway Technologies, Bronze sponsors KPN Research, Cynapsis, The Connection Factory, eXcelon Deutschland and Tridion. Geekcruises.com is also offering their support.

Sponsorship levels designate a minimum level of contribution, in cash or in kind services, from Platinum ($25,000) to Sponsor ($1,000). "We are pleased to see so many members of the Web community going beyond their corporate sponsorships to make a real, personal investment to ensure the success of this year's event," said Albert Vezza, President of Foretec Seminars, Inc.

For conference program information, visit the WWW9 Web site at http://www9.org.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact exhibitors@www9.org.

Companies interested in sponsoring should contact sponsors@www9.org.

Working journalists and industry analysts can receive complementary registration by contacting Joya Subudhi at (617) 262-1800 ext.226, or press@www9.org.

About ERCIM

ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research establishments from fourteen European countries are members of ERCIM. For more information about ERCIM, visit http://www.ercim.org.

About IW3C2

IW3C2 was formed in August 1994 to continue a series of academic level conferences, the first of which was held in Geneva. Other conferences in this series were held in Chicago, Darmstadt, Boston, Paris, Santa Clara, and Brisbane. IW3C2 formally incorporated in May 1996 as a non-profit association. For more information about IW3C2, visit http://www.iw3c2.org.

About CWI

CWI is the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands. CWI performs frontier research in mathematics and computer science and transfers new knowledge in these fields to society in general and trade and industry in particular. For more information about CWI, visit http://www.cwi.nl.

About Foretec Seminars

Foretec Seminars, formed in 1997 as a subsidiary of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), currently manages the International World Wide Web Conferences for IW3C2. Foretec is also responsible for managing various functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Secretariat for CNRI including arranging IETF meetings. For more information about Foretec Seminars, visit http://www.foretec.com.


Contacts:
Albert Vezza Joya Subudhi
Foretec Seminars, Inc
617.621.1536
Miller Consulting Group
617.262.1800 x226