News24.co.za – The world is finally getting its first glimpse of the world’s most anticipated event of the year, the world wide tech conference.
The annual event, known as W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium), has been described as the biggest event of its kind and the first time in the history of the internet that all of the big tech giants have united under one umbrella.
It is set to be held from October 15 to 21 in Auckland.
The main focus of the event will be the creation of standards for the internet and the internet of things (IoT) that will be implemented across the globe.
“The W3Cs global agenda is to deliver a more seamless and reliable internet for everyone, with the goal of enabling a more secure, open and transparent digital economy,” W3 CTO Brendan Eich said in a statement.
The conference is set in a new building in Auckland, which is designed to look like a futuristic office park.
The building is called W3CEV (World Wide Electronic Virtual Conference Centre) and it is the first venue in the world to be designed and built entirely by a local company.
It will host about 80,000 people, including hundreds of thousands of developers and users.
“I think the W3Co is a really exciting opportunity to get our members to come together, and I’m sure that we will have some really interesting things in the conference,” W2C (World Second Computer Society) chairwoman Joanna Hickey told News24 last month.
The first W3 conference, held in March 2017, was attended by more than 1.8 million people.
“The biggest opportunity is that we’re going to have a real cross-platform conference,” Hickey said.
“There will be many different types of conferences, and there’s going to be many new tools coming out of different parts of the industry.”
The W3s first meeting, held on October 10, saw the creation and codification of the new W3.org, which will host a range of conference sessions.
W3 co-chairperson Yves Dallaire also announced plans to host a new, open-source conference on Thursday, November 14.
W3C has also set up a website for developers to connect with each other and to provide support for the project.
The group aims to create a centralised platform to bring together the developers of all sorts, including the biggest names in the technology sector.
“We have some very good opportunities for building a community of developers, so that the W2Co can continue to grow,” said Dallares partner David Auch, from the firm C3 Ventures.
The conference will take place in Auckland on October 15, 21 and November 14, with more than 150 sessions.
Last year’s event was attended mainly by technologists, but now it will be hosted by the world famous tech giants and its own staff.
New Zealand-based W3 was formed in 2012 by members of the W1C (W3), a consortium of internet companies and organizations including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter.
The original W3 will continue to operate independently of the rest of the group.