15 years after the launch of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales – the founder of the most popular online encyclopedia, comes for the first time to Romania, on March 22nd at the McCann/Thiess Conferences, an event presented by Vodafone Romania.
Jimmy Wales will share during the conference the story behind Wikipedia and how he managed through this platform to revolutionize the way people around the world have access to information.
Every month, more than 80,000 volunteers worldwide contribute to the creation of over 7,000 new articles per day, accessed by over 500 million unique visitors. Currently, Wikipedia contains more than 36 million articles available free of charge in over 280 languages.
Among the top 100 most influential personalities around the globe conducted by Time magazine, Jimmy Donal Wales is an American entrepreneur, a true visionary, a member of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the University of Harvard and MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Urged by a phenomenal intellectual curiosity and passion for technology, Jimmy Wales has succeeded in laying the foundations of Wikipedia in 2001.
Starting from a radical idea imagining a world in which every single person on the planet gets free access to the entire knowledge of humankind, Jimmy Wales and a team of volunteers managed to bring Wikipedia to the fifth most visited online platform, after Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, and followed by Amazon, Apple and eBay. "We have to come together, worldwide, and 'think.' We have a tool - the internet - let us do that. Let's use it wisely. " - Jimmy Wales.
"Wikipedia is growing every day, at the same rate as people worldwide desire to know more and at a faster pace. Nor would we have imagined 15 years ago, that there will be a place where one finds answers to any question. Without a bold idea and a man with vision who really believed in it, today we would not have Wikipedia. Therefore, that’s why we bring Jimmy Wales for the first time to Romania. "– Bogdan Enoiu, General Manager McCann WorldGroup Romania.
„Jimmy Wales – The Mastermind of Wikipedia” will take place on March 22nd, starting 17:00 hrs at Sala Epika - Grand Cinema & More in Baneasa Shopping City and is presented by Vodafone Romania and supported by its official sponsors BRD Groupe Société Générale and media sponsor-PRO TV .
Launched in 2015 by McCann Worldgroup Romania and Thiess Holding, McCann/Thiess Conferences is a platform dedicated to leadership, education, sport and innovation events. „American Heroes, A Leadership Lesson” - the event which brought to Romania two of the most acclaimed American soldiers, was followed by the conference „Justitiarul” that had as a guest the famous Antonio Di Pietro, one of the legendary figures of international justice. The last conference in 2015, „A WWVVisionary Lesson” featured Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. All out of a desire to rethink the way people access and share information, and how they work together.
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McCann Worldgroup Romania is the leading media, advertising & communication group in CEE, globally recognized for creativity (21 Cannes Lions) and effectiveness (top 5 agencies in Europe). The brand stories told by McCann Worldgroup Romania boosted long-term business growth for some of the biggest companies in the region, including Vodafone, The Coca-Cola Company, MasterCard, Nestle, Heineken, L’Oreal, KFC Romania. Our Mission: Inspire cultural progress through innovation and creative excellence.
The Thiess Company is a pioneer in creating high profile speaking events with some of the most important public leaders, e.g.: Mihail Gorbaciov (former President of URSS), Richard Haass (Chairman of the Council of Foreign Relations CFR), George Friedman (Chairman of Stratfor), Betsy Myers (COO Obama for America), Gen Michael Hayden (former Director of CIA & Director of NSA).
McCann Worldgroup Romania and Thiess Holding launched this year a series of leadership, education, sport and innovation conferences - McCann / Thiess Conferences. American Heroes, A Leadership Lesson was the event that brought to Romania two of the most acclaimed American military figures, Scott P. Moore and Robert O’Neill, while the special guest of the “Justitiarul” conference was the famous Antonio Di Pietro, one of the legendary figures of international justice.