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Challenge-the-Experts Panel

Nov. 28, 2000

This following is a program summary (published by SVWIC on their website) of the “Challenge-the-Experts” Panel Discussion held at the Silicon Valley World Internet Center on Nov. 28, 2000, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m; John Patrick was a participant and his portion of the program was entitled “The Future of The Internet”.

“The Future of The Internet”
By Mr. John R. Patrick
Vice President, Internet Technology
IBM Corporation

About John Patrick

John Patrick is Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM Corporation. He joined the company in 1967 and spent the first half of his career in various sales, marketing and management positions. He helped start IBM’s leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation and was senior marketing executive for the launch of the IBM Thinkpad brand. Since the early 1990’s, Mr. Patrick has dedicated his time to fostering Internet technologies. One of the leading Internet visionaries, he is quoted frequently in the global media and speaks at dozens of conferences inspiring new applications and innovative ways for consumers and businesses to use the Internet to help meet their goals. Mr. Patrick is spearheading a task force focused on the next generation of the Internet. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Global Internet Project, a group of executives from a cross-section of international companies working to ensure private sector leadership in the development of the Internet. In addition, Mr. Patrick is a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the advisory boards of ThirdAge Media, space.com, IntraLinks, and Neoteny. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, a M.S. in Management from the University of South Florida and an LL.B in law from LaSalle University. An individual who leads by example, you can access further information about Mr. Patrick and his activities through his innovative personal website: http://www.ibm.com/patrick.


It is a given that the Internet is transforming business, education, entertainment — almost every aspect of our lives. And we know that even larger changes are coming as the Internet becomes faster, more robust, and more versatile. Mr. John Patrick, IBM’s Vice President of Internet Technology and one of the Internet’s leading visionaries, believes the next generation of the Internet is about more than just high-speed networks. Mr. Patrick will delineate his vision of the characteristics that will be specific for the next generation of the Internet — a network that will be fast, always on, everywhere, natural, easy, intelligent and trusted. According to Mr. Patrick, the NGi is going to have a profound impact on the way people do business, the way they interact with others and, more importantly, provide significant advances in ease-of-life. Finally, Mr. Patrick will discuss new insight into where the B2B eMarketplaces are headed.

About IBM Corporation

At IBM, we strive to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry’s most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. And our worldwide network of IBM solutions and services professionals translates these advanced technologies into business value for our customers. For further information please refer to http://www.ibm.com.

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