The Rob Tempelmans Plat Award is a combined initiative of the
Chicago TI Users Group and the Dutch TI Gebruikersgroep. The purpose
of this award is to honor the TI-er who has produced the best
internet site for the TI community. This award is named for the
Dutch employee of Texas Instruments, Rob Tempelmans Plat, who, in
1983, wrote the first assembler program to allow the TI-99/4A to
access VIDITEL, a preliminary version of the web.
The symbolism of the award is fairly evident: the windmill represents the
Dutch TI group, the Sears Tower the Chicago TI group, the blue line is the water
between the Chicago TI group and the Dutch TI group that both separates and unites the two groups.