From Infomesh to Open Web: 30th Birthday Party

Join us to celebrate the future of the Open Web 30 years after the creation of the World Wide Web at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Photo: ECAL / Infomesh

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


May 17, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Free for conference badge holders, $15 general

Join us to celebrate the future of the Open Web 30 years after the creation of the World Wide Web at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Expect an evening of music, food, drinks, and networking, including the launch of ECAL’s Infomesh Web Platform, an interactive timeline visualizing the history of the WWW. 

Organized by swissnex San Francisco in partnership with EPFL, ECAL, and Wikimedia, this event follows a day program of The Web Conference called “The Future of the Open Web” on May 16 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel. Attendance is free for conference badge holders; RSVP required.


Robert West
Robert WestBob is an assistant professor of Computer Science at EPFL, where he heads the Data Science Lab. His research aims to understand, predict, and enhance human behavior in social and information networks by developing techniques in data science, data mining, network analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing. He holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford University.



Tim Smith 

An Open Science advocate leading initiatives at CERN and in the wider science community. He drove the launch of CERN’s Open Data Portal to share LHC big data with the world, as well as the Higgs Boson webcast which shared its discovery live around the globe. He also instigated and nurtures Zenodo within the European Commission’s OpenAIRE project as an open data service for world-wide science. Tim came to CERN at the end of the 80s, obtained a PhD in Particle Physics and performed research at the LEP accelerator for 10 years. He then joined the CERN IT Department to lead teams innovating in computing farm management and physics data management.

Laura Perrenoud

Laura Perrenoud is an artist, interaction designer and developer living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland. After completing a Bachelors in media & interaction design at écal – University of art and design, Lausanne – she started working there as a teaching assistant. She co-founded Fragmentin ​with two other ECAL alumni, Marc Dubois and David Colombini​. At the crossroads of art and engineering, Fragmentin’s work questions the impact of the digital on everyday life by investigating​ technology’s disposition toward control and opacity. The group’s installations posit randomness and the unexpected as remedies to control. In 2018, Laura co-founded INT, a Swiss design studio that works at the intersection of art direction, interactive scenography, and creative programming, combining innovative technology with inventive curiosity.

Jan Gerlach

Jan Gerlach

Jan Gerlach is a Senior Public Policy Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, where he advocates for laws that promote openness and free knowledge. Jan is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Nordic Centre for Internet & Society at BI Business School in Oslo, Norway and a Fellow at the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St.Gallen. Jan has previously worked as the Executive Manager of the Research Center for Information Law and spent time as a Visiting Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and at the Berkeley Law School. His research, focused on the relationship between public discourses and Internet regulation, has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Amir Saber Esfahani

Amir Saber Esfahani is a Bay Area Artist, Educator, and Director of  Special Art Projects at the Internet Archive ( Esfahani created and directs the Artists in Residence program at the Internet Archive, a partnership with Evergold Projects. He plays an active role in facilitating the Internet Archive’s work with the decentralized web and other large scale events. Esfahani has personally exhibited nationally and internationally and has given talks about digital archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern in London.

Alfatih Al Zouabi

Alfatih Al Zouabi“Alfatih Al Zouabi. Non-Citizen. Artist & Designer. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland. First started by drawing characters on paper. Moved to model characters and worlds in 3D. Got into art school. Met fascinating people. Interned at advertising agencies. Graduated from art school. Got into another art school. Met more fascinating people. Often works with computer-generated images (CGI) and code. Explores themes including identity and representation conditioned by digital media.”

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