DEMO 08 Conference: Getting The Band Back Together; All-Star Band is a Reunion of Jam Session Greats
SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 18, 2007 – Producers of the technology industry's elite DEMO conferences today announced a twist on a DEMO tradition. The conference's annual Jam Session is eagerly anticipated by all DEMO alumni — a chance for business executives, VCs and industry influencers to let their hair down and show off their musical talents. At DEMO 08, taking place January 28-30 in Palm Desert, CA, the Jam Session will kick off with a DEMO All-Star reunion band, featuring outstanding musicians who have shone at DEMO Jam Sessions in years past.
"There's no question — the DEMO community has more than just business savvy and technological smarts," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO conferences. "I've asked select musicians and vocalists from the DEMO population to come to DEMO 08 and form an 'All-Star' band to help us kick back and enjoy ourselves."
The DEMO All-Star Band will include:
— Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal on lead guitar;
— Phil Missimore of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide on bass guitar;
— Barry Rosenbaum of Blue Note Capital on keyboard; and
— Andy Stack, tech entrepreneur and advisor, on drums.
At DEMO 08, approximately 70 new technology products will launch into the U.S. marketplace. These products, carefully selected to represent the most significant current technology trends, will range from consumer devices to enterprise software and everything in between. DEMO takes a global look at the tech market and the DEMO 08 demonstrators will hail from the U.S., Canada, Israel, Britain, Australia, and Taiwan.
The Jam Session at DEMO is an annual highlight of the social program. The party, which will take place on Tuesday, January 29 following the first full day of product launches, capitalizes on the creativity and artistic capabilities of the DEMO community. DEMO attendees gifted with musical talent take the stage to sing and/or play instruments, to the benefit of all the other attendees. As always, audience members are invited to bring an instrument or use one already on stage to show off their skills.
Additions to the Stage Program
A new panelist has been confirmed for the DEMO 08 "Into Africa: Innovation for Developing Regions" panel. Mike Stopforth is CEO of Cerebra, a social media startup in South Africa, and co-founder of Afrigator, a blog aggregator. The African continent's technology industry is based not on the traditional landline infrastructure that we know but on wireless, Web-centric, cell phone computing and South Africa is the country furthest along in investment, entrepreneurship and innovation. Stopforth will bring the South African perspective to the panel, giving the DEMO community insight into when and how to participate in this burgeoning marketplace.
Finally, DEMO today announced the academic panelists that will take part in a session devoted to research and academia. Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, three researchers will take the stage to demonstrate their innovations and discuss their visions of technology in the future. The panelists are:
— Steven M. Barlow, PhD., Professor, SPLH, Programs in Neuroscience,
Human Biology, and Bioengineering Director, Communication Neuroscience
Laboratories, University of Kansas
— Ronald Indeck, PhD., The Das Family Distinguished Professor of
Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Washington University, St. Louis
— Yannis Papakonstantinou, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering,
School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
DEMO 08 Sponsors
Platinum sponsors of DEMO 08 are The Bogart Group, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, The Institute for Information Industry, Microsoft, and Porter Novelli.Symantec and Volutio are gold sponsors. Guidewire Group is a strategic partner of DEMO 08. Our media partners are American Venture Magazine, PR Newswire, Tech Confidential / The Deal, and Venture Capital Journal. Marketing partners are BoogarLists, Conference Guru, Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), Funding Universe, Investors' Circle, Keiretsu Forum, National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association (RMVCA), Tech Coast Angels, and the Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP).
About the DEMO Conferences
Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the semi-annual DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features approximately 70 new companies, products and technologies. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/ .
The DEMO community also benefits from the award winning DEMOletter. A weekly e-newsletter designed to reach the people who are creating companies, building products and launching new ideas, DEMOletter provides smart insight and analysis of entrepreneurial business issues.
About Network World
Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers network IT executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online communities ( http://www.networkworld.com , http://www.javaworld.com , http://www.linuxworld.com , and http://www.demo.com ), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.
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