World Wide Web Founder, Sir Berners-Lee, inspires girls in Lagos


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Founder of the World Wide Web (www) – Sir Tim Berners-Lee, on Wednesday visited the Women Technology Centre (W.TEC) in Lagos with a message to young girls to make technology what they want of it. The Inventor who was in Nigeria as part of a three-city tour (Lagos, Geneva and London) and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, told the teenagers and young women who have benefited from various technology training programmes by W.TEC that they should learn to appreciate mathematics and science in everyday life. He said: “There is maths everywhere; there is computer everywhere.  Baking a cake is mathematics. you can make use of it wherever you are.  You cannot say your computer is better than mine; I build mine to do what yours cannot do.  So you can always make yours better.” Berners-Lee also wrote on the W.TEC’s anniversary message board: “Keep up the good work.  Remember what you do with your computer is limited only by your imagination.” Rosemary, Berners-Lee’s wife, also a computer scientist, said the World Wide Web Foundation, which they founded, was making efforts to ensure more people get on the web.  She praised W.TEC for providing a platform to train young women in coding, robotics, and other aspects of technology. “We started this Foundation 10 years ago and one of the things we focus on is getting more women on the web.  We want to beam a searchlight on the good work you are doing,” she said. The Berners-Lee were accompanied by Adrian Lovett, President/CEO World Wide Web Foundation; Callum Cameron, Communications Manager; Zainab Ali Khan, Special Assistant to the President; and Nnenna Nwakama, Interim Policy Director. They were received by members of W.TEC Advisory Board, including Mrs Christie Adebunmi (chairman), Dr Olutokunbo Somolu (Secretary), renowned Media personality, Mrs Adesuwa Oyenokwe, Foluseke Somolu, and others. Mrs Adebunmi thanked the WWW team for choosing to visit W.TEC and hoped the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) would get more support from the foundation to expand its work of training women and girls to become technology experts.