IDG Executive Forums Receives Accolades From Conferenza and Business 2.0

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 28, 2003 – IDG Executive Forums took home awards for Best Conference and Best Host in 2002 from Conferenza, Inc. (, the leading resource for information regarding technology conferences. Conferenza offers news, commentary and analysis on technology's top tier executive events and is uniquely positioned to provide in-depth analysis of the value these events provide.


IDG Executive Forum's DEMOmobile® conference tied with Pop!Tech for Conferenza's Best Conference in 2002 for "finding 35 neophyte products that showed promise during the bleakest of times." DEMOmobile is the premier event that reveals wireless and mobile products and services poised to have the greatest impact on the technology landscape in the year to come. Attendees include the nation's top technology executives, venture investors, journalists and analysts. DEMOmobile is produced and hosted by Chris Shipley, executive producer and editorial vice president, IDG Executive Forums and co-produced by Amy Francetic, a well-known industry speaker and a recognized authority in wireless technology.

John Gallant, executive producer of IDG Executive Forum's VORTEX conference, was named Best Host for his work on the acclaimed annual event. Gallant was recognized for "doing his homework and using a non-confrontational style that often gets executives to reveal more than they intend." VORTEX is an invitation-only conference for the best minds in networking and a valuable opportunity for senior executives, investors and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and information and understand the dynamics that are redefining the networked world. Gallant, who is president and editorial director of IDG's Network World, Inc., has been executive producer of VORTEX since 2001.

Business 2.0 magazine named VORTEX, DEMO and DEMOmobile among technology conferences not to be missed in 2003 in the article "The Best: Where to Schmooze in 2003" in the February issue. The article stated that "Gallant attracts a first-rate roster of telecom and data industry pooh-bahs and shakes them up with his playful but tough questions," while DEMO and DEMOmobile were recognized for "looking for the hottest high-tech products under development."

"IDG Executive Forums is honored to be recognized for our efforts to produce highly valuable forums for technology executives," said Shipley. "We continually strive to deliver the information, insights and networking opportunities that technology industry executives need to succeed."

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Through our premier offerings of executive conferences, focused newsletters and online resources, IDG Executive Forums ( provides insight, opinion, information and networking opportunities for the industry elite. It gives them unique ways to connect with the people, products and ideas that are critical to business and technology development. IDG Executive Forums is a division of Network World, Inc.