Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures Host Venture Forum at Wireless Sensing Solutions Event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 23, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced details of the Venture Forum, hosted by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures Boston, which will take place on September 27, 2005 during Wireless Sensing Solutions(R) in Chicago. Wireless Sensing Solutions is a two-day conference exploring the recent successful deployments of wireless sensor networking and is scheduled to take place on September 27-28 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

The one-day Venture Forum provides OEMs, systems integrators and the venture capital community an introduction to some of the hottest players in the wireless sensing market. Six companies seeking initial or follow on venture capital financing will make presentations during the Venture Forum. These companies represent various sectors within the wireless sensing solutions landscape.

In addition, several of the leading venture capitalists, advisors and representatives from wireless sensing companies will provide an overview of VC funding activity in the wireless sector; address the current landscape for wireless sensing solutions; offer advice on partnering and creating alliances with larger OEMs and systems integrators; and discuss what the leading investors in the wireless space are thinking about and looking for from prospective investments in the wireless sensing solutions space.

Speakers at the Venture Forum include:

— John de Yonge, Associate Director, Venture Capital Advisory Group, Ernst & Young LLP

— Jeffrey J. Bussgang, General Partner, IDG Ventures

— Aaron Cheatham, Principal, Mobius Venture Capital

— John C. Adler, Partner, InterWest Partners

— Mark Pacelle, VP Marketing, Millennial Net

— Michael Braatz, VP Marketing, PanGo Networks

"Attendees at the second annual Venture Forum will leave with an in-depth understanding of this developing investment landscape and hear the top-of-mind concerns from CEOs first-hand," said Bryan Pearce, Ernst & Young New England Venture Capital Advisory Group Leader. "Vendors and integrators will share their views on strategic partnerships and alliances and investors will reveal their perspective on funding emerging wireless sensing start-ups."

Tickets for the Venture Forum are priced at $295 if purchased on or before September 25, 2005. Platinum Pass and 2-Day Conference registrations include access to the Venture Forum.

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.wssconference.com.

About Wireless Sensing Solutions

The second annual Wireless Sensing Solutions(R) conference is an event for the budding industry of wireless sensor networking. The event explores the recent successful deployments of wireless sensor networking – based on sophisticated mesh networking techniques – while providing a unique forum for design engineers, product development managers, system and application developers and executive management to discuss evolving standards, interoperability, technologies and product strategy. For more information, visit http://www.wssconference.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), Real Time CRM Solutions(TM), OSBC(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), 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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