IDG World Expo Introduces Online Conference Planner For COMNET 2002

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 13, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that attendees can now personalize their conference schedules and social engagements at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002 with the My COMNET online conference planner. Accessible via the COMNET Conference & Expo website (, My COMNET allows users to plan ahead to make the most of their time at COMNET Conference and Expo, which is scheduled for January 28-31, 2002 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. COMNET will also feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld for the first time in 2002, offering insight and solutions to enterprise end users who are assessing new applications or considering service providers.


Users of My COMNET can browse and actively search nearly 90 COMNET sessions to develop the educational programs most suited to their needs. The tool alerts users to time conflicts, and session categories are color-coded to make the selection process easier. A special Personal Activity scheduler also allows users to book meetings or times to visit the Expo floor. Users do not need to be registered for COMNET Conference & Expo to use this handy tool.

"My COMNET lets attendees control their own schedules and helps them make the most of their time before they get on-site," said Darrell Baker, vice president, event services, IDG World Expo. "Our research indicated that COMNET attendees wanted more tools to help them make well-informed decisions about how they spend their time at the show. We think they'll find that our online conference planner fits the bill."

Attendees using My COMNET will find plenty of compelling content to fill their calendars. Presenting keynotes at COMNET will be: Ivan Seidenberg, president and co-CEO of Verizon Communications; Wolfgang Kemna, CEO of SAP America, Inc.; Patrick H. Nettles, executive chairman of CIENA Corporation; and Dr. Ian Foster, professor of computer science at the University of Chicago and head of the distributed systems lab in the Argonne National Labs. Show highlights also include Network World's VPN Showdown, moderated by Network World President and Editorial Director John Gallant. COMNET will also feature a town meeting, addressing what's ahead in telecommunications policy and regulations, which will be moderated by Richard Wiley, former chairman of the FCC and senior partner of Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

To use the COMNET 2002 online conference planner, click on the "My COMNET" link on the home page of the COMNET site (, and register by setting up a username and password. Registration and exhibiting information for the event is also available on the COMNET Conference & Expo Web site at

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier event for companies focusing their IT initiatives on building or growing a "smarter network." COMNET attracts top executive decision-makers, buyers and users of networking and communications infrastructure within organizations and government agencies. ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit, featured at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002, will provide additional insight and solutions for a range of issues faced by network and business leaders, such as handling in-house enterprise issues, assessing new applications and working with service providers. For more information, please visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its 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 Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at