July 16, 2019

Net@50: The Roots and Future of the Internet

This unique gathering of the World Frontiers Forum, in partnership with Xconomy, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first message over the ARPANET. A half-day public event for approximately 250 will feature keynote talks, chats, and interactive panels that examine the challenges and opportunities facing the Internet’s next 50 years.

A special gala dinner for approximately 150 guests celebrating the more than two dozen attending Internet Pioneers will follow, highlighting the Net’s Boston-area roots.

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee includes several of the Internet Pioneers, joined by other leaders from business and academe.

Vint CerfJuan EnriquezLeonard Kleinrock
Vint Cerf
Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Juan Enriquez
Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
Leonard Kleinrock
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
Bob MetcalfeRadia PerlmanGwill York
Bob Metcalfe
Professor of Innovation, University of Texas
Radia Perlman
Fellow, Dell EMC
Gwill York
Co-founder & Managing Director, Lighthouse Capital Partners

About the World Frontiers Forum

The World Frontiers Forum unites global leaders and pioneering creators with the aim of realizing audacious dreams that touch the lives of millions and improve the human condition. At the heart of the WFF is the Convergence Project, which addresses United Nations sustainable development goals and other key challenges and is led by young pioneers (artists, scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and more) from around the world, in collaboration with WFF members. World Frontiers Forum gatherings help identify or advance a Convergence Project. Net@50 will help to frame a project involving Digital Identity, Privacy, and Security scheduled to launch in 2020.

The WFF was founded by Harvard professor, author, and inventor David Edwards; MIT Institute Professor and serial entrepreneur Robert Langer; and Dennis Ausiello, longtime chief of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

About Xconomy

Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.

We are the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth.

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