DEMO 2006 Conference to Reflect Growing Momentum in Tech Industry

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – December 13, 2005 – In her tenth year as executive producer of the DEMO conferences, Chris Shipley wrote in DEMOletter about the uptick in technology industry intangibles, noting, "The market is emerging from a long nap. While some were sleeping, others were working to establish a market position, and now they are ready to claim what they have earned … I suspect we're in for a velocity change, spurred on by Web 2.0." (To read the entirety of Shipley's column, visit: http://www.demo.com/demoletter/010529.html#more)

At the DEMO 2006 conference, new Web 2.0 products and services will be among the 70 emerging technology innovations launching to an early-adopter and visionary crowd of investors, business leaders, and journalists. Services and solutions that make enterprises more agile and efficient will accompany consumer software and hardware products on the DEMO stage, all worthy of notice by the influential DEMO audience.

During the closing dinner on February 8, DEMO 2006 will host a panel of the nation's top reporters who will debate the merits and opportunities of the DEMO 2006 innovations. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg will moderate the panel and will be joined by Quentin Hardy of Forbes, Michael Miller of PC Magazine, and Ed Baig of USA Today. (For more on the panelists, visit http://www.demo.com/conf/attend/speakers.html)

"This will undoubtedly be a high-energy and fast-moving panel debate," said Shipley, "but attendees shouldn't mistake it as 'just' fun. These reporters have been covering technology for decades and will have real insight into improvements and market dynamics that can make or break the innovations under discussion."

Also at the closing dinner, Shipley will announce the DEMO 2006 DEMOgod winners and The Tech Museum INNY awards, both highly coveted distinctions that honor presentation style and innovation quality. For more information on these awards, visit:

DEMOgods: http://www.demo.com/demonstrators/demogods.html

INNYs: http://www.demo.com/conf/attend/demo@thetech.html

In January 2005, Conferenza honored Chris Shipley for the second year in a row with its 'Host of the Year' award, noting, "Audiences believe in her, presenting companies excel under her guidance and her events are consistently glitch-free." Conferenza is the leading independent resource for information regarding technology conferences.

Online registration for DEMO 2006 is available here:

http://www.demo.com/D6PR2 . Interested attendees can register by December 15 at the special, $200 off preferred rate.

DEMO 2006 Partners

DEMO 2006's strategic partner is the Guidewire Group. Marketing partners are the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), PRSA Silicon Valley, Tech Coast Angels, The Tech Museum of Innovation, and VC Experts.

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 community, Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion.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.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MacWorld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/.

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