Bilbao Web Summit Presents the First DAMA Award to Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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The Biennial DAMA Award honors the person or organization for outstanding contribution to humanity through use of the Internet. Summit organizers to announce 2013 award process at inaugural Bilbao Web Summit, May 17 – 18, 2011.

It is only fitting that this first award recognize the person who invented the Web and contributed so much to its development, Sir Tim Berners-Lee," said Uribe-Etxebarria.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee will receive the first DAMA Award in recognition of his invention of the Web at the culmination of the first Bilbao Web Summit, to be held on May 17 and 18 in Bilbao, Spain. The award, to be presented every two years, honors individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to humanity through the use of the Internet.

The award ceremony will take place during the Cocktail Gala at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao the evening of May 18, as part of the conclusion of the Web Summit. At that time, the awards committee will also announce the nomination and selection process for the 2013 award.

The DAMA Award was established by Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria, Chairman of the Bilbao Web Summit Organizer and Founder and CEO of Anboto Group. The award is supported by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO and a jury of Internet experts including members of UNESCO, W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe, and a panel of Nobel laureates.

The biennial DAMA Award is named for Mari, the principal deity of Basque mythology, and is believed to be the queen of nature and all its components and thought to live on the Mountain Anboto. The Award, itself, is a sculpture of Mari created by artist Vicente Larrea.

“With this initiative, we recognize those individuals or institutions who have contributed their work to the development of the Internet and in parallel to society as a whole. It is only fitting that this first award recognize the person who invented the Web and contributed so much to its development, Sir Tim Berners-Lee," said Uribe-Etxebarria. Sir Berners-Lee will speak at the Bilbao Web Summit and accept the award personally from the DAMA Award committee during the closing event.

"The DAMA award not only recognizes the contribution to human progress through new technologies, but also strengthens the role of Euskadi (the Basque Country) in the development of the Internet," said Ms. Cristina Garmendia, the Minister of Science and Innovation of Spain.

Added Mr. Iñaki Azkuna, the Mayor of Bilbao."This is the international award that will put Bilbao on the cutting edge of new technologies and the Internet.”

About the Bilbao Web Summit
The Bilbao Web Summit brings together Web and Internet technologists with business visionaries and leaders to debate and define the requirements for the next generation of the Internet. The event is aimed at CEOs, Directors of Technology and Marketing and all interested parties wanting to stay current in technology. More information and registration is available at http://www.bilbaowebsummit.com.

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