DEMO 2003 to Introduce 50+ New Technologies

SAN MATEO, CA – DECEMBER 10, 2002 – DEMO is technology's most elite launch pad for the new products and services that will impact the market in the coming year, leading the struggling technology industry out of hard times and into growth and recovery. Executive Producer Chris Shipley screens hundreds of companies vying for demonstrator status to select only the few that will transform the way we do business and interact with technology. DEMO 2003, IDG Executive Forums' 13th annual emerging technology conference, will take place February 16-18, 2003 at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.


"DEMO 2003 will provide perspective on the technology industry and the opportunities for market development and growth," said Shipley. "The industry is shifting from a 20 year emphasis on PC computing to a 21st century emphasis on device computing, where processing power and smarts are distributed throughout the network. Such a shift creates opportunity for new technologies at the connecting and end points of the network and may fuel an economic rebound."

As usual, this year's DEMO reflects larger economic and societal trends.

DEMO 2003 will feature:

next-generation systems that protect and defend the national IT infrastructure;

prototypes that test the future of interactive TV;

new collaboration models and systems that work the way real people do;

software companies doing battle against the arch enemy of email SPAM; and

enabling technologies that are paving the way to the device-computing future.

DEMO presents an exclusive look at truly next-generation technology advancements from leading corporate, government and academic developers. It's the national stage for action and interaction with analyst host Shipley and the tech industry's proven leaders and luminaries. The DEMO audience consists of top technology executives, venture investors, journalists and analysts who come to examine, debate and understand the most promising, innovative new products the tech industry has to offer.

The Forum

On-Stage Demonstrations: Get an exclusive look at the future of technology. Rapid-fire on-stage demos that put developers in the hot seat; they each have 6 minutes to present their products in a concise, consistent format.

DEMO Pavilion: Hands-on product demos take place in the DEMO pavilion. The people who actually conceived and designed the new technologies are present to demonstrate and talk through the products. Networking in the DEMO pavilion fosters new product and corporate development and establishes strategic relationships. Get free advice and consultation from the most successful innovators in technology.

Works in Progress: Many of the products you'll see presented at DEMO are still in development, which uniquely positions you to understand and capitalize on their market potential before they're on everyone else's radar screen.

Panel Discussions: DEMO panels ask some of the most creative thinkers in the industry to share their vision on the state of the industry and where it's headed. DEMO 2003 panel discussions will delve into topics such as: Technology innovation is a key driver in moving the economy toward meaningful growth, but what will emerge as the Next Big Thing to lead the way? DEMO alumni who launched their companies during the Internet boom return to discuss survival tactics, business strategies, and lessons learned.

About Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley has 20 years of experience in reviewing and evaluating technology products, giving her unique insight into technology trends. Shipley has covered the personal technology business since 1984 and is regarded as one of the top analysts covering the technology industry today. She is a prolific writer and commentator on the technology industry.

Press Attendance

Press attendance for DEMO 2003 is by-invitation-only and is non-transferable. If you are interested in attending, contact Becky Sniffen or Carla Thompson. Space for media at DEMO is limited, so make sure to express your interest early.

DEMO 2003 Sponsors

Sponsors of DEMO 2003 are PR Newswire, SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs), and Tech Oasis.

About the DEMO Conferences

The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producer Chris Shipley from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. The DEMO conference has earned its reputation as the singular event that consistently identifies tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies. DEMO has served as a launch pad 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.

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 30 new mobile technologies. For more information, visit

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

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums, a division of Network World, Inc., is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include AGENDA(R), DEMO(R), DEMOmobile(R), DIGITAL SPECTRUM(TM), VORTEX, DEMOletter(R), and VORTEX Digest. All registered trademarks are owned by IDG. More information can be found at

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World 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 community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About IDG

Network World, Inc. is a division 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 (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at