On the 17th and 18th of May, 2011 took place in the City of Bilbao the “Bilbao Web Summit”. A global event that brought together, world-class experts, in the field of internet, to debate on the future of the net.

The Bilbao Web Summit, counted on with the support Bilbao City Hall, and it represented the most important Summit in Europe on the internet and new technologies, and it gathered the most important experts in the field, among them Sir Tim Berners-Lee, considered as the father of the Web and creator of the HTML language and the HTTP protocol, and Chris Shipley, known as the most influent woman of the Silicon Valley. Along with them, the main internet experts, key business people and professionals from the sector, analyzed the present of the net and established the mail action lines that will define the next Internet generation.

Bilbao hosted discussions about the future of the Web for a week. From the 16th to the 19th of May, 2011 the W3C Advisory Committee met in Bilbao to mark the bases of the Web for the next years. The criteria established in Bilbao will affect future services of on-line banking, electronic administration, telemedicine, digital education, digital media and digital commerce.

One of the main features of the Bilbao Web Summit is the publication of the conclusions agreed by the participants. This unique document, will serve as Road map to advance the tendencies in the development of internet.

The selection of Bilbao for this World Summit on the future of internet is closely related to the high-level of development reached by the Basque Country and the City of Bilbao in the field of Internet and the use of ICT.