The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will celebrate its tenth anniversary on December 1 at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza.

A day-long celebration will feature presentations by and discussions with luminaries from across the world who helped create the Web. Attendance is restricted to members and guests, but the W3C intends making the content of the day's lectures and talks available to the public.

The day opens with a welcome from MIT president Dr. Charles Vest, who was instrumental in encouraging the W3C to take residence at MIT, the first host university.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, KBE, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Consortium, will also attend, reuniting with friends, former colleagues, and members of the technology community involved in the early stages of the Web to share personal reflections and stories about how it all got started.

Robert Metcalfe, inventor of ethernet, founder of 3Com, and current General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners, will serve as event moderator throughout the day and introduce subsequent panels and speakers who will address the impact the Web has had on business, science, education, society and culture.

Other speakers include: ILOG chief product officer, Jean-François Abramatic, Michael Cosnard, director of INRIA Sophia-Antipolis will bring a European insight to the impact of the Web and the founding of the W3C. Denis Lacroix, director product development, Amadeus; Takeshi Natsuno, head of multimedia services department at NTT DoCoMo; Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, and William (Bill) Ruh, global practice director, Cisco Systems will
provide perspectives from international business and industry.

Additional speakers will be announced.