The World Wide Web was first conceived in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The first conference of the series, WWW1, was held at CERN in 1994 and organized by Robert Cailliau. The IW3C2 was founded by Joseph Hardin and Robert Cailliau later in 1994 and has been responsible for the conference series ever since. Except for 1994 and 1995 when two conferences were held each year, WWWn became an annual event held in late April or early May. The location of the conference rotates among North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2001 the conference designator changed from a number (1 through 10) to the year it is held; i.e., WWW11 became known as WWW2002, and so on.

The WWW Conference series aims to provide the world a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture. The conferences bring together researchers, developers, users and commercial ventures – indeed all who are passionate about the Web and what it has to offer.

The conferences are organized by the IW3C2 in collaboration with Local Organizing Committees and Technical Program Committees. The series provides an open forum in which all opinions can be presented, subject to a strict process of peer review.


Twentieth International WWW Conference

March 28-April 1, 2011

Hyderabad, India

Conference Chairs: Prof. S. Sadgopan and Prof. Krithi Ramamritham


Nineteenth International WWW Conference

April 26-30, 2010

Raleigh, NC (USA)

Conference Chairs: Michael Rappa and Paul Jones

Program Chairs: Juliana Friere and Soumen Chakrabarti

Hosts: North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The WWW2010 logo incorporates the three W’s in an oak leaf to celebrate the host city, Raleigh, known as the “City of Oaks.” The logo also suggests the “Green” environmentally-friendly initiatives central to the area, the time and the event.


Eighteenth International WWW Conference

April 20-24, 2009

Madrid, Spain

Conference Chairs: Juan Quemada and Gonzalo León

Program Chairs: Yoelle Maarek and Wolfgang Nejdl

Host: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

WWW2009 included 105 peer-reviewed papers selected from 823 submissions. The papers delivered at the meeting represented the work of 800 authors working in 300 research organizations worldwide.


Seventeenth International WWW Conference

April 21-25, 2008

Beijing, China

Conference Chairs: Robin Chen and Jinpeng Huai

Program Chairs: Wei-Ying Ma, Andrew Tomkins and Xiaodong Zhang

Host: Beihang University

First time the conference was held in mainland China. More than 800 papers were submitted for review and only 103 were chosen. To address important emerging areas of interest, WWW2008 introduced three new tracks: Social Networks and Web 2.0, Rich Media, and Internet Monetization.


Sixteenth International WWW Conference

May 8-12, 2007

Banff, Canada

Conference Chairs: Carey Williamson and Mary Ellen Zurko

Program Chairs: Peter Patel-Schneider and Prashant Shenoy

Host: University of Calgary

WWW2007 had 982 delegates, from 40 countries.


Fifteenth International WWW Conference

May 22-26, 2006

Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Conference Chairs: Leslie Carr, David De Roure, and Arun Iyengar

Program Chairs: Carole Goble and Mike Dahlin

Host: University of Southampton

The 2006 conference came to the UK for the first time, and was held in Scotland’s historic capital at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. WWW2006 attracted over 1500 delegates.


Fourteenth International WWW Conference

May 10-14, 2005

Chiba, Japan

Conference Chairs: Tatsuya Hagino and Allan Ellis

Program Chair: Fred Douglis and Prabhakar Raghavan

Host: Keio University


Thirteenth International WWW Conference

May 17-22, 2004

New York, NY (USA)

Conference Chairs: Stuart Feldman and Mike Uretsky

Program Chairs: Marc Najork and Craig Wills

Received 506 submissions to the referred paper track the second-highest submissions ever. We accepted 74 papers for the proceedings and presentation at the conference, which translates into an acceptance rate of 14.6%.


Twelfth International WWW Conference

May 20-24, 2003

Budapest, Hungary

Conference Chairs: Péter Bakonyi, Gusztáv Hencsey and Bebo White

Program Chairs: László Kovács, Steve Lawrence and Robin Chen

Host: Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Eleventh International WWW Conference

May 6-11, 2002

Honolulu, HI (USA)

Conference Chair: David Lassner

Program Chairs: Dave De Roure and Arun Iyengar

Hosts: University of Hawaii and the Pacific Telecom Council (PTC)

A new tradition began in 2002. WWW conference titles began to reflect the year in which they were held rather than their numerical order. WWW1 – WWW9 were followed by WWW2002 to present day WWW2010.


Tenth International WWW Conference

May 1-5, 2001

Hong Kong, China

Conference Chairs: Nabuo Saito and Vincent Shen

Program Chairs: Michael Lyu and Mary Ellen Zurko

Hosts: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, et al.

The 257 authors of the accepted refereed papers came from six continents and 20 countries, making WWW10 a truly international conference. 146 of the authors were from academia; 111 were from industry. The distribution of authors among continents was: Africa 3, Asia 32, South America 4, Europe 61, Australia 6, North America 151.


Ninth International WWW Conference

May 15-19, 2000

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Conference Chairs: Ivan Herman and Albert Vezza

Program Chair: Dick Bulterman

Host: National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science


Eigth International WWW Conference

May 11-14, 1999

Toronto, Canada

Conference Chairs: Albert Vezza, Murray Maloney and Robert Cailliau

Program Chair: Alberto Mendelzon

To mark the passing of the first ten years, a special space was dedicated to collecting material on Web history. Participants were invited to bring anything they knew or owned that celebrated the first ten years of the WWW conferences.


Seventh International WWW Conference

April 14-18, 1998

Brisbane, Australia

Conference Chair: Allan Ellis

Program Chairs: Helen Ashman and Paul Thistlewaite

Host: Charles Sturt University, the Distributed Systems Technology Centre, the Prentice Centre, the Information Industries Branch (Queensland) and Southern Cross University

The WWW7 logo was specifically commissioned for the conference. Teresa Yasserie designed “The Gathering Place,” it incorporates common symbols in Aboriginal Australian artworks.


Sixth International WWW Conference

April 7-11, 1997

Santa Clara, CA (USA)

Conference Chairs: Christine Quinn and Bebo White

Program Chairs: Michael Genesereth and Anna Patterson

Hosts: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Stanford University

The design for the April 1997 conference in Santa Clara, California, retained traditional verdant tones in the Ws, but interpreted them anew with a warm neo-Mediterranean cast reflecting the heritage of the Golden State. The dimensionality suggested by all of the previous conference logos is here given a California twist, rendered in a triangular shape which, when animated, makes the faces of all three Ws equally accessible.


Fifth International WWW Conference

May 6-10, 1996

Paris, France

Conference Chair: Jean-François Abramatic

Program Chair: Bob Hopgood

Host: Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

The final statistics show that more than 2,300 delegates from 51 different countries attended the conference sessions and more than 15,000 visited the exhibition.


Fourth International WWW Conference

December 11-14, 1995

Boston, MA (USA)

Conference Chairs: Ira Goldstein and Albert Vezza

Program Chair: Tim Berners-Lee

Host: MIT Laboratory for Computer Science


Third International WWW Conference

April 10-14, 1995

Darmstadt, Germany

Conference Chair: Detlef Krömker

Program Chairs: Tim Berners-Lee and Detlef Krömker

Hosts: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft/Institute for Graphic Design (FhG/IGD); Technical University of Darmstadt


Second International WWW Conference

October 17-20, 1994

Chicago, IL (USA)

Host: National Center for Supercomputing Applications, (NCSA)


First International WWW Conference

May 25-27, 1994

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Conference Chair: Robert Cailliau

Program Chair: Oscar Nierstrasz

Host: Centre Universitaire d’Informatique

The three days in Geneva were attended by 380 participants from all over the world. The first logo, developed by Robert Cailliau showed three Ws emerging from a deep forest green to a brilliant proximate white.