Exhibitions for Africa to Bring LinuxWorld to Futurex 2005

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 30, 2004 – After successful events in the US, Japan and Germany, amongst others, Exhibitions for Africa in cooperation with IDG World Expo will organise and host the South Africa version of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo™. The exhibition and conference will be collocated with Futurex 2005, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre between 17-20 May 2005. The launch is in keeping with Exhibitions for Africa’s mission to build a representative knowledge and orientation platform for local IT professionals.

David Korse, president of IDG World Expo, is confident about the planned roll-out in South Africa. “With eight shows worldwide, LinuxWorld has proved to meet a clear information need. Linux is the fastest growing operating system in the world. Predictions for the coming years indicate that Open Source is and will remain one of the major issues in IT. All the ingredients are there for a successful launch,” says Korse.

With the launch of LinuxWorld at Futurex, Exhibitions for Africa adds another notch to their ICT tradeshow “belt”. Aldean Prior, Director of the Futurex exhibition, had the following to say about the new addition to the ICT portfolio: “Exhibitions for Africa is already well-established as the leading business-to-business organisers in the exhibition industry and the growing success of our ICT shows Futurex and Futurex Cape – and Computer Faire and Computer Faire Cape before them – has given us a strong position in the local ICT industry and amongst ICT professionals. We will continue to grow and expand with the sector and LinuxWorld is another step in this direction”. The inaugural Futurex show, which took place in May this year, attracted 16 000 industry professionals over the four days.

Both Futurex 2005 and LinuxWorld can be visited with one and the same entry badge in May next year, but the two shows will be positioned and marketed separately.

About Exhibitions for Africa

Exhibitions for Africa (EFA) is South Africa’s leading organiser of business-to-business exhibitions and offers the full range of services required to launch, organise and manage world-leading events. With a portfolio of over 20 shows, EFA is committed to a mission of “delivering business contacts that create value for corporate customers”. In 2003 and 2004, Impumelelo confirmed EFA’s nomination as one of South Africa’s Top 300 empowerment companies. This accolade is the result of extensive research of over 5 000 companies, municipalities, government departments, institutions, agencies and other organisations in 150 sectors of the economy.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (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, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Portable Power Conference & Expo, Wireless Sensing Solutions™, Context™ 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. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About Futurex

Futurex, the only SA exhibition and conference for the Information and Communications Technologies and Electronics (ICTE) industries, is organised annually in Johannesburg by Exhibitions for Africa. The 2005 event takes place between 17-20 May. Futurex is an Associate Member of the Black IT Forum (BITF); a founding member of the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI); and a member of the Information Technology Association (ITA) and US-based Centre for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR).

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks.

Issued by : Bullseye Marketing (011) 886 1861

For : Exhibitions for Africa (011) 886 3734

Contact : Aldean Prior, Director: Exhibitions for Africa

Genevieve Melville, Director: Bullseye Marketing