Some years back, I attended a conference on web development. It was a conference organized by the developers of the web itself, the W3C.org, for which I was consulting in marketing communications and press liaison.
I organized a facet of the conference and such and was credited here as W3C Sessions Subcommittee
Kathryn Esplin, World Wide Web Consortium, USA.
Being in Brisbane was absolutely the best thing.
Being at the conference was pretty special, too, with its aboriginal theme, all the media from Australia, (ABC TV AUS) US and Europe and the guest speakers and panel presentations.
One guest speaker struck my attention more than others.
He was a vice president at IBM in White Plains, New York.
He spoke about how we adults always think we develop the future.
Then he went on to say that a high school student in the White Plains, NY area showed him a web project he was doing.
It was so much better than anything he'd ever seen at IBM or from any adult.
A kid. A high school student in the White Plains area. Not just any kid, but a kid destined to go places, according to the White Plains VP.
This kid is the future, he'd said.
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, NY. (Dobbs Ferry), NY.Â He attended Ardsley High School in 1998 in Westchester County in the White Plains areaÂ before he transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy in Massachusetts in 2000.
It was at Phillips Exeter Academy that Zuckerberg first experimented with a face-mash prototype before he entered Harvard. Clearly, this was not his first foray into the web. The web was pretty well developed by 1998, since the W3C.org itself was founded in 1994.
So, who showed what to the White Plains IBM executive in 1998?
Mark Zuckerberg studied classics in high school and computer science at Harvard.
The IBM executive realized that when he saw this kid's web site --- in 1998 -- that it was then he realized that kids would rule the world--- and this kid, in particular.
I took note to remember this guest speaker and the guest speaker's message.
It is highly likely that the guest speaker was talking about Mark Zuckerberg, who blew away the web world more than any other person at the time -- kid or no kid.
Mark Zuckerberg at the eG8 Forum in Deauville, France, 2011.