15th Annual IDG Agenda Conference Forges Ahead With Renewed Focus

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 15 – Despite recent events, IDG's Agenda Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona gets underway today, as hundreds of high tech leaders convene for its 15th anniversary. This invitation-only event is known in the industry as a forum where the future of technology is rigorously debated and formulated; where industry leaders and innovators gather to forge new ideas and alliances.

 

This year, as the first significant gathering of technology industry leaders and financiers since September 11th, the conference promises to be an especially meaningful forum. "More intensely than ever, people are pondering the future of the tech industry and its impact on our lives — on the economy, on our security, on the way we do business," said Agenda Executive Producer James Fallows.

"Re-invention, adaptation — these are critical elements in the next wave of technological evolution," Fallows said. "The tech industry has been around long enough to have been through previous Up and Down cycles. Agenda offers a tremendous opportunity for a meeting of leading technological and financial minds to understand the sources of the inevitable next stage of growth."

Fallows, an award-winning author and journalist, is the new executive producer of the event, and promises a provocative program featuring industry veterans, as well as the most promising new technology leaders. Agenda will also showcase a stellar line up of experts from "outside" the industry who are in fact very much a part of the industry, driving technological innovations in their respective fields.

An elite Advisory Council of technology luminaries has worked with Fallows and the IDG team to develop a conference program that offers candid and tenacious discussions, with keen insights from the front line. Some of the program highlights: Conversations & Fireside Chats

— Tom Siebel, Chairman & CEO, Siebel Systems

— Thom Weisel, Founder & Chairman, Thomas Weisel Partners

— Ralph Szygenda, CIO & Group VP, General Motors

— Vinod Khosla, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyer Product Launches & Special Announcements

— Jeff Hawkins, Founder & Chairman of Handspring, will be introducing an exciting new product from Handspring, as well as speaking about neurobiology.

— IBM's Research Director Paul Horn will present a noteworthy new report.

— McKinsey & Company will be releasing the long awaited results of its productivity study. Have recent technology innovations really had a dramatic impact on our economic productivity? Noteworthy Presentations & Discussions

Other presentation highlights include:

— James Glassman, author of the "Dow 36,000" with Michael Kinsley of Slate — Bruce Chizen, President & CEO Adobe Systems

— Roger Siboni, President & CEO, E.piphany

— The Google management team, including Chairman & CEO, Eric Schmidt

— A panel on "The Next Big Thing," featuring well known technology pundits, and a look at the status of the "networked world," with Bruce Claflin, CEO, 3Com and Jonathan Seelig, Co-Founder, Akamai.

— Vern Raburn, an Agenda veteran, will appear with NASA's Bruce Holmes to discuss how technology will drive the future of travel.

— A Biotech session will explore the rapid convergence of IT and biotechnology. Featured panelists include Tim Harris, President & CEO, Structural Genomix, Jonathan M. Rothberg, Chairman President & CEO CuraGen Corporation, Anne-Marie Derouault, Director, Alliances and Distribution Channel Management, IBM Life Sciences, and John G. Freund, Managing Director, Skyline Ventures.

In recognition of recent events and the ensuing debate between privacy and security, leaders of the information economy who are at the center of this vortex will delve into at the technological contexts of terrorism in a New World Panel.

The Agenda Conference is produced by IDG Executive Forums, a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.