In 2011 Wikipedia, the world's largest encyclopedia, celebrates its 10 year anniversary. That is a great excuse to invite Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, to Belgium.
He will explain the success of the project “Wikipedia”: how they got the idea, how they grew the project and how Wikipedia has helped popularise a trend in web development, called Web 2.0. Web 2.0 aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration and sharing among users. Those are all ingredients for twenty-first century innovation, also for your organisation.
Follow Jimmy Wales
• Founder, Wikipedia
• U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer
• One of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”
• Wikipedia: Ranked Among the Top Ten Most-Visited Web Sites Worldwide
Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (born August 7, 1966) is an American Internet entrepreneur and a co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia.
Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama in the United States. He attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance.
From 1994 to 2000, Wales was the research director at Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago.
In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia.
In 2001, together with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia's public profile grew, he became the project's promoter and spokesman.