DEMO 2002 Closes With Focus on Enterprise Computing

PHOENIX, AZ – FEBRUARY 13, 2002 – DEMO 2002, the exclusive hands-on product and technology conference produced by IDG Executive Forums, concluded Tuesday with a focus on the technologies and markets that will carry business out of the recent downturn.


"The companies that took the stage today at DEMO are serious about their business models, partnership opportunities, and about doing whatever it takes to provide real solutions to real problems," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO conferences. "These are the companies that could play a critical role in revitalizing the technology industry."

In a center-stage conversation, ComVentures Partner Roland Van der Meer discussed the possibility of a nationwide, reliable wireless network made possible by wireless infrastructure companies such as ArrayComm and Space Data Corporation. ArrayComm's i-BURST is a high-speed portable Internet access system that gives mobile users wireless DSL capabilities. Space Data Corporation plans to provide wireless communications services in remote, rural and outlying suburban areas using a network of wireless repeaters carried by weather balloons at 100,000 feet.

The day's program also featured demonstrations of innovative products that support workgroup collaboration and tools designed to help IT managers better support systems and networks.

Other highlights included:

Demonstrations by Anysoft, Epicentric, FullAudio and UpShot Corporations — companies that originally launched at previous DEMO conferences and returned to the stage this year having honed their technologies and refined their business practices.

A Works in Progress presentation from NASA — Dr. Thomas Edwards, Chief of Aviation, demonstrated and discussed technologies in development for air traffic control and luggage screening.

BigFix Inc. introduced BigFix Enterprise, a "silver bullet" technology designed to alleviate IT headaches by automatically plugging security holes and defending against virus attacks.

Octave Software demonstrated WebOctave, an easy-to-use, intelligent content management system that allows users to create, manage and deploy their electronic assets.

With the close of the conference, the producers honored six companies for outstanding presentations. Chosen for their style, passion, and clarity, these DEMOgods(TM) have a unique ability to highlight a great product and position it in the market, to show off its most compelling features, differentiate it from other products – and along the way entertain a tough and critical DEMO audience.

Congratulations to:

ArrayComm — for showing that an on-stage demo can really be a walk in the park;

NASA Ames Research Center — for bringing clarity to a congested air traffic control system and exciting a late afternoon audience

Newbury Networks — for turning 60 seconds of terror into a minute of fun while getting their message across;

Reality Fusion — for going where no DEMO has ever gone before;

TeleSym — for enduring the duress of an on-again/off-again network connection;

Wheelhouse — for compacting complex technology into a succinct 60 seconds;

Zaplet — for showing us how to deal with a case of Boone's Farm Sponsors at DEMO 2002

Sponsors of DEMO 2002 are Cisco, Sprint PCS, Switzer Communications, Think Dynamics, Zaplet, PR Newswire, Vcapital, and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

About the DEMO Conferences

The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. Top executives from the leading hardware and software technology companies, venture capitalists, journalists from key industry publications and industry analysts attend the DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences to preview the most promising products and technologies for the coming year. DEMO is held in February each year and features approximately 60 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit DEMOmobile is held each fall and features approximately 35 new mobile technologies. For more information, visit .

The DEMO community also benefits from the award winning DEMOletter(TM) monthly and DEMOletter Weekly Edition(TM) newsletters. 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.

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