The Award

Purpose

The Award is given to outstanding personalities who demonstrate an exceptional talent for innovation, create and transform markets, shape culture, and also face their social responsibility.

 

Selection

The winner is selected by the executive board of Axel Springer SE, following suggestions by employees. The Axel Springer Award is a non-monetary prize with the goal to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ceremony

The Axel Springer Award for Sir Timothy Berners-Lee was bestowed on May 2, 2017 in Berlin. “An Evening for Sir Timothy Berners-Lee” reflected on the multi-faceted influence of Berners-Lees’ invention.

Impressions from the evening

Lautation by Prof. Dr. Sascha Friesike

AXEL SPRINGER AWARD 2017: AN EVENING FOR WORLD WIDE WEB INVENTOR SIR TIMOTHY BERNERS-LEE

MATHIAS DÖPFNER INTERVIEWED SIR TIMOTHY BERNERS-LEE AFTER THE EVENT

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee was born on June 8, 1955 in London. Almost 30 years ago he drew up his plans for a global hypertext information sharing system while at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. He invented the World Wide Web and the language on which it is based – HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The World Wide Web was conceived as an open platform through which people could exchange information, regardless of geographic or cultural borders. Today Berners-Lee continues to campaign for an Open Web. He is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, the World Wide Web Foundation as well as a Professor at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Oxford University.
Tim Berners-Lee
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Photos of the Evening

At the honoree’s request, the focus of the evening was a discussion between guests, moderated by Christoph Keese, which emphasized the manifold influence of Berners-Lee’s invention in every area of society, politics, business and culture – and naturally the media as well.

“His challenge was to overcome borders and bring people together. Sir Timothy Berners-Lee found a solution and at the same time laid the foundation for nothing less than a radical transformation of our world.”

Mathias Döpfner
Mathias Döpfner CEO Axel Springer SE

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Picture Gallery 2017

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Axel Springer Award 2017: An Evening for World Wide Web Inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee

On May 2, 2017, Axel Springer presented Sir Timothy Berners-Lee with the Axel Springer Award for 2017. “An Evening for Sir Timothy Berners-Lee” saw representatives from media, politics, business, culture and science honoring the inventor of the World Wide Web in a reception at the Axel Springer Journalists Club in Berlin. “Please, no red carpet!” […]

Tim Berners-Lee

Press Release: Announcement 2017

27.3.2017 Axel Springer Award 2017 for World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Award ceremony on May 2, 2017 at the Axel Springer Journalists Club This year’s Axel Springer Award goes to Sir Timothy Berners-Lee. With this award, Axel Springer recognizes the work of the British computer scientist who in 1989 created the foundations of […]

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