Of course the topic had already been chosen by Opera: Innovation. Ha, they didn't rock their brains with it…
But of course, if there is a word to define Opera's Commitment to technology, that is Innovation.
Take the Desktop Browser for example: there you have a piece of code that can allow you to (and the order is just as it comes to my mind): a) Browse the Internet, securely; b) Send and receive mails in the simplest of ways; c) you can Customize it in any way, shape or form you choose; d) read Feeds and keep them updated without hustle; e) It is an IRC chat client!; and finally UNITE, the soon to be crown jewel of Opera, because come on, did you ever imagine it would be sooo simple to do what Unite let's you do? Create and host a web server at your own PC, Share all kinds of files and Stream music (pretty soon there will be other content to, you bet), Host a chat server for you, your friends, family and whomever you want to invite there, have a cool post it on the fridge when someone dropped by and didn't find you, and the list goes on and on.
So there you have it, with just one example, and to make a long story short, this goes to show people that innovation does not mean copying stuff that works from other people, and camouflaging them with lights and shines; it means creating them, whether they work or not (you can read this insightful statistics: Reality show Results...) and then have other people copy you, yes, you know what I'm talking about.
So kudos Opera, keep spoiling us with brilliant ideas and making the Web whatever we want it to be, one PC (or MAC ) at a time.