Show director Danny Boyle chose to honour Sir Tim as the creator of the information revolution, successor to the Industrial Revolution of the first part of the show. Amid the musical numbers, the ‘typical British house’ rose into the sky to reveal Sir Tim Berners-Lee, NeXT Cube by his side, live-tweeting during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony:
This is for everyone #london2012 #oneweb #openingceremony @webfoundation @w3c
27 Jul 12 Tim Berners-Lee @timberners_lee
The message flashed around the stadium, illuminated on the ‘pixel’ paddles held by 70,500 members of the audience.
“The values and achievements of the Olympics will be amplified by the World Wide Web. It will be like millions of digital torches carrying the spirit of the Games to every corner of the world,” Berners-Lee said, according to a report in Pocket-Lint.
Sir Tim took the applause of the crowd, a good number of whom won’t have known who he was – they do now, as do the estimated one billion television audience. RC