Håkon Wium Lie

Håkon Wium Lie
Chief Technology Officer, Opera Software

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Håkon Wium Lie joined Opera in 1999 as the Chief Technology Officer. Prior to his position at Opera, Wium Lie worked for W3C, where he proposed the concept of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

After receiving his Master’s degree from MIT Media Lab, Wium Lie worked as a research scientist at Norwegian Telecom Research and later at CERN, the birthplace of the Web. From 1995 to 1999, Wium Lie worked for W3C, after which he joined Opera. He has also received a PhD degree from the University of Oslo in 2006.

In 1999, Technology Review included him on the TR100 list, “a group of one hundred young innovators in technology from around the world”. Wium Lie was also honored by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the “Technology Pioneers” in 2000 and 2001.

In his spare time, Wium Lie enjoys spending time with his family, listening to classical music, painting, driving his electric car and fighting advertising. He currently resides in Oslo, Norway.


Design & User Experience, Mobile
Location: Empire East
Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software)
Average rating: ****.
(4.26, 23 ratings)
Most browsers have implemented parts of CSS3, the newest addition to the Cascading Style Sheets standard. Now that the tools are firmly in the hands of the developers, how do they create elegant sites that work across browsers and across devices? The creator of CSS, Håkon Wium Lie, shows just how this can be achieved. Read more.
Location: New York West
Moderated by:
Dion Almaer (Set Direction)
Douglas Crockford (Author), Brendan Eich (JavaScript), Ben Galbraith (Google), Alex Russell (Google), Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 27 ratings)
As browsers become the most important piece of software you will use, what can consumers and developers expect to be in the next generation of browsers. What will the top browser makers think of next and how will it be implemented? The panel will have the top movers and shakers of the browser industry who will butt heads to predict the future. Read more.
Location: Conference Room D
Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
The Opera browser is one of the Web's best kept secrets. In this session, Chief Technology Officer Håkon Wium Lie (co-creator of CSS) takes you on a tour of some of the most surprising, powerful, controversial and unique features this Scandinavian web surfing tool has to offer. Read more.
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