Mathematics and computer science research are the invisible driving forces behind innovation. CWI contributes by:
- cooperating with industrial partners
- starting spin-off companies
- developing innovative software tools
- contributing to international standards
The institute also plays a central role in several (inter)national programs and organizations.
On 25 April 2016 the first national top level domain, .nl, celebrated its 30th anniversary. On 25 April 1986 CWI took care of registering the NL top level domain in the framework of its international and national networking activities. This first country domain was registered by Piet Beertema (CWI), who played a central role within EUnet - predecessor of the open European Internet, together with Teus Hagen, Jaap Akkerhuis and others. The first domain Piet Beertema registered was cwi.nl.