IDG World Expo Announces Internet Commerce Expo ‘Best Of’ Award Winners At Boston 2000 Conference

WORLD TRADE CENTER, BOSTON — 03/30/2000 — IDG World Expo, the world's leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced the winners of the Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) "Best of" Awards. The awards were presented at a ceremony during ICe, the country's largest conference and exposition focused exclusively on the tools, products and services for business-to-business eCommerce.

Winners were announced in the following categories: –eCommerce Software – Fireclick, Inc. for Blueflame

–Security Solutions – Gradient Technologies for NetCrusader

–Customer Support and Services – eGain Communications for eGain Live 3.0

–Loyalty and Relationship Marketing – Coremetrics for eLuminate

Exhibitors at the ICe Boston 2000 show who introduced new products or services within the last six months were eligible to enter the ICe "Best of" Awards in four categories. All the applicants were subjected to a rigorous review process with a panel of 21 judges comprised of technology editors, professors, and eBusiness innovators selected by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council (MIMC) and exclusive sponsor of ICe. Judges included:

Richard Anders, Chief Executive, New Media Publications; Curt Anders, Co-founder, Espanol.com; Paul Boulanger, COO, WorldWideSports.com; Lauree Cameron, Founder, President and CEO, PerfectBlackDress.com; Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Don Epperson, President, Hook Media; Jordan Frank, Director, MIT Sloan eBusiness Awards; Dmitry Gurevich, Principal, Double Decker Studios; Colin Haley, Co-managing Editor, Internet.com; Homayoun Hatami, Executive Producer of the MIT Sloan eBusiness Awards; Matt Kelly, Features Editor; Mass High Tech; Thomas W. Malone, Professors, MIT Sloan School of Management; Gavin McCormick, Co-managing Editor, Boston.Internet.com; Ellen Messmer, Senior Editor, Network World; Glenn Morris, Chairman and Chief Presiding Officer, LandResearch.com; Phil Regnault, Executive Producer of the 2000 MIT Sloan eBusiness Awards; Lee Rogas, Director, FirePond Interactive; Tricia Woods, Founder and President, Sparkatechts, Inc.; Dyke Hendrickson, Senior Staff Writer, Ma

ss High Tech; Arlene Hostrop, Boatscape.com; Tena Michel, Vice President, e-Business, Electric Insurance.

The goal of the ICe "Best of" Awards is to recognize businesses that have created a product or service considered unique to the marketplace as well as positively impacting the eBusiness environment. The "Best of" Awards were exclusively sponsored by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council.

"We're honored to award these fine businesses with an ICe "Best of" Award," said Charlie Greco, President and CEO of IDG World Expo. "ICe Boston 2000 has been the launching pad for a number of significant new business-to-business eCommerce-related ventures, products and services. We wish these companies continued success."

About Internet Commerce Expo (ICe)

The ICe conference and exposition will showcase eBusiness applications, tools, solutions and back-office products and services. ICe attracts an audience ranging from Fortune 500 executives and senior business managers to system administrators and Webmasters. Internet Commerce Expo, owned and managed by IDG World Expo, is expected to draw thousands of high-level attendees including business professionals and systems administrators. The official conference program sponsor is Scient Corporation. For additional conference information, please call 1-800-667-4423 or visit www.iceexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows,conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-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 ASPWorld Conference & Expo, ComNet, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MACWORLD Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

About IDG

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About MIMC

MIMC is a non-profit trade association created in 1996 to help support and build the interactive media industry in New England. MIMC members, more than 1000 to date, include New England's leading developers, publishers, creative talent, e-commerce professionals, ISP's, technologists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the interactive media industry. MIMC is a hotbed of industry influencers, next-generation thinkers and high-tech innovators. In addition to holding nearly 100 networking and educational events a year, MIMC advocates on legislative and regulatory issues of critical importance to its industry. More information regarding MIMC can be obtained through its web site at http://www.mimc.org or by phone at 617.227.2822.