DEMO 09 Conference to Broadcast Live and Facilitate Worldwide Community Interaction; BitGravity’s BG Live(TM) to Power Live Stream across the Web to Extend DEMO’s Reach Globally; Facebook(R) Live Feed Technology to Enable Broadcast Viewers and Conference Attendees to Connect and Engage with Each Other Throughout the Show
FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 27, 2009 – The DEMO conference, known as the launch pad for emerging technologies, today announced that it will broadcast its upcoming DEMO 09 event live on the Web using BitGravity's BG Live(TM) highly-scalable flash-based video stream service. DEMO also announced today that through Facebook's Live Feed technology, broadcast viewers will be able to connect and engage with each other while watching the latest class of companies selected to launch their new product innovations on the DEMO stage. In addition, a new series of DEMObeat panel discussions taking place at DEMO 09 and hosted by new Co-Executive Producer, Matt Marshall, CEO of VentureBeat will display the Facebook Live Feed on screen in the DEMO ballroom so that conference attendees can interact with their peers watching the live feed around the world.
The broadcast will begin at 8:30 AM PST on March 2 and March 3 and can be seen at http://www.demo.com/live.
Whether watching the stream online or attending the conference in Palm Desert, each user will be able to update their Facebook status directly from the DEMO 09 Live player and also see and comment on status updates posted by friends and other Facebook users tuning in to the broadcast. Status updates posted on the Live Feed will be published in the user's Facebook News Feed with a link tagged back to the DEMO 09 Live stream, so friends can click the tag and watch the stream while participating in the conversation.
"We want to extend our reach and offer our global community the highest quality live stream and social experience," said Chris Shipley, Executive Producer, DEMO Conferences. "As BitGravity launched its live streaming capability last year, we were able to provide a limited broadcast of the DEMO event. Now, we are very excited to have the company back at DEMO 09 to introduce its high-definition live streaming capability. The quality is outstanding and a real service to our global audience. We're also excited to be leveraging one of the latest innovations from Facebook to power our social community. Incorporating Live Feed into our platform both online and onsite at DEMO 09 brings the worldwide DEMO community together in a rich interactive conversation about the innovations launching on the DEMO stage."
This is the second time DEMO has partnered with former DEMO 08 demonstrator and DEMOgod award winner, BitGravity, to provide high-quality streaming video of the conference. "Our live stream had to be scalable, with global reach, but it also had to be affordable and simple to set up since our technical team at the show is focused primarily on ensuring our demonstrator companies are ready to launch," said Neal Silverman, Executive Vice President of Network World and DEMO. "With BitGravity, we knew we were getting an exceptional quick-start video experience with no buffering, only a few seconds latency, and no client download required."
The combined power of BitGravity's live stream and Facebook's Live Feed technology puts the innovative companies selected to participate in DEMO 09 on the world stage.
The DEMO 09 conference is being held on March 1-3 in Palm Desert, California. Register to attend at http://www.demo.com. Stay connected with DEMO on Facebook at http://www.demo.com/fbdemo.
In 2007, Facebook launched Facebook Platform to empower developers and entrepreneurs around the world to make the Web more social for users. Facebook Connect, the latest evolution of Facebook Platform, provides Websites and desktop clients access to the social graph, allowing Facebook's over 175 million users to take their friends with them across the Web and send actions back to Facebook.
About the DEMO Conferences
Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China introduce a wide spectrum of emerging technology products and services to the market for the very first time. Each innovation is 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, Java, TiVo, E*TRADE, Salesforce.com, VMware, Six Apart, OddPost, IronPort, GrandCentral and Glam Media helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features only the most innovative new companies, products and technologies. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com.
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. For more information on Network World, visit http://www.networkworld.com.
About International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.
IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.
Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com/.
BitGravity has built the first content delivery network optimized to deliver affordable video on demand, software applications, Web assets, interactive applications, and live broadcasts in standard and high-definition to massive audiences on the Internet. BitGravity is based in Burlingame, CA and is privately held, with strategic investment from Allen & Company, Tata Communications and private investors. http://www.BitGravity.com