DEMOfall 06 Conference Speakers to Outline Tech Industry Roadmap; Shipley Keynote and FutureScan Panelists to Provide Perspective on Current and Future Trends

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 15, 2006 – Twice a year, the technology industry's insiders and influencers gather at the DEMO and DEMOfall conferences to witness the introduction of 70 market-changing technologies. DEMOfall 06, taking place September 25-27 in San Diego, California, will host analysts, investors, journalists, and executives all searching out the next wave of big ideas in consumer and enterprise computing. Perspective on the debut products will come from DEMOfall's line up of speakers, who will provide their points of view on the tech landscape. Potential attendees can register here: http://www.demo.com/fall06pr3 .

DEMOfall's general sessions will begin with a keynote address by Chris Shipley, executive producer of the conference series. Shipley will call out the trends that are most active in the industry, both in investment funding and product development. Her findings will come from months of research and hundreds of conversations with the entrepreneurs, VCs, business executives, and fellow analysts that are involved in the process of bringing new technologies into the marketplace.

"In my roles as DEMO executive producer, writer and product analyst, I find myself meeting with more than 700 companies each year," said Shipley. "Only a small fraction of these are invited to launch products at DEMO conferences but I learn something from every one of my meetings, which gives me a wide angle view of everything that is currently hot in the technology industry. I synthesize all these meetings for the DEMO keynote, to give attendees a comprehensive overview of exactly what is happening now in computing."

In addition to Shipley's keynote, Dr. Paul Jacobs, CEO of QUALCOMM Incorporated, will deliver an address to the DEMOfall audience that encapsulates his thinking about technology, mobility, and the future of cell phones. Dr. Jacobs will take the DEMOfall stage on Tuesday morning, September 26.

DEMOfall attendees will benefit from in-depth perspectives in mobile computing and nanotechnology from John Patrick's FutureScan sessions. Patrick, who is president of Attitude Inc., will return to DEMOfall to moderate panel discussions on these two vital areas that will shape the design and usability of technology products in the coming decades.

The first FutureScan session, "The Future of Mobile," will explore the technical challenges that stand in the way of a truly mobile future. Patrick will be joined by panelists Juergen Urbanski of FON North America and Joseph Ziskin of IBM Corporation to debate the future of mobile devices.

The second FutureScan session, "The Future of Nanotechnology," will debate the current state of sub-microscopic research and the industries that will be most effected by nanotechnologies. Panelists Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, of Quantum Insight, Dr. Gian-Luca Bona from IBM's Almaden Research Center and Dr. Gerald Hoegl from Metcomb Nanostructures will look at the practical, near-term applications of nanotechnology.

Additional perspective on the emerging technology landscape can be found via a series of podcasts produced by Guidewire Group featuring Chris Shipley and highlighting myriad aspects of the innovation ecosystem. In the "Conversations with Chris" series, Shipley shares insights on how a DEMO event comes together, reveal s what she looks for in a great company, and gives a sneak peek on what's in store for DEMOfall. To download the podcasts, visit: www.guidewireconnection.com/categories/podcasts/conversationwchris/ .

DEMO is legendary for its rapid-fire onstage demonstrations that put developers on the spot. Each demonstrating company get six minutes to present its product to a powerful audience of investors, journalists, and corporate decision makers. Attendees are then able to test the products themselves in the DEMOfall Pavilion — not your typical overcrowded industry exhibition venue — where the people who created the technologies are on hand to answer questions and give personal, one-on-one demonstrations.

DEMOfall Sponsors

DEMOfall 06's principal sponsor is QUALCOMM Incorporated. Decision Counsel is a platinum sponsor. Porter Novelli is a gold sponsor of the event. The strategic partner is the Guidewire Group. Media Partners are American Venture Magazine, PR Newswire, and VentureCapitalConferences.com. Marketing partners are the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), VC Experts, and VentureChoice.

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 ( www.networkworld.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.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. 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 online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 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 .

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