IDG’s GovTech 2000 Announces the Addition of Al Zollar and Rep. Curt Weldon as Keynote Speakers

FALLS CHRUCH, VA. (APRIL 7, 2000) — FCW Government Technology Group, producer of the GovTech 2000 Conference and Exhibition, confirmed two additional speakers to the upcoming technology conference that will be held June 20-21 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Previously, Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web Consortium and creator of the World Wide Web and Mark B. Templeton, president and chief executive officer of Citrix Systems, Inc. were confirmed as keynote speakers.

Al Zollar, president and chief executive officer of Lotus Development Corp., will speak on Wednesday, June 21 at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA), chairman of the Military Research and Development Subcommittee and a senior member of the House Committee on Science will speak on Wednesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Lotus Development Corp. is an IBM company that provides messaging, collaboration and Knowledge Management frameworks. As president and chief executive officer, Al Zollar spearheads the utilization of these solutions for corporations and institutions to create effective organizational concepts based on Internet technologies.

During his 23-year career at IBM, Zollar recently served as general manager of IBM’s Network Computing Software Division, where he was responsible for orchestrating IBM’s push to design, develop and deliver leading Internet infrastructure middleware for e-businesses. Over the years, he amassed senior-level experience as general manager, IBM eNetwork software and senior vice president of development for IBM’s Tivoli Systems unit. He has also held key management positions at IBM software development laboratories in North Carolina and California.

Since 1987, Congressman Curt Weldon has represented the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania as a Member of the House of Representatives. Weldon has taken leadership roles on a variety of issues, from technology to national security.

As a senior member of the House National Security Committee, Weldon is the chairman of the Military Research and development Subcommittee, overseeing the development and testing of key military systems, weapons programs, and technologies that fulfill military needs. He is also a senior member of the House Committee on Science where he has witnessed the technology revolution first hand. When it comes to technology, Weldon believes, "we govern best when we govern least. We cannot risk hampering the dramatic development of technology with cumbersome regulation, excessive taxes or federal bureaucracy."

GovTech 2000 is an intergovernmental technology exhibition and conference that showcases seven emerging high-tech disciplines in a unique demonstration format. The seven IT areas are: security, IP networking, Windows, Linux, mobile & wireless, the Web-enabled enterprise and Web development. The event is expected to attract 10,000 federal, state and local IT professionals.

FCW Government Technology Group Inc. is an International Data Group company that offers a suite of media products for the government IT community, including Federal Computer Week, the newsweekly for federal IT professionals; and, the monthly news and features magazine for state and local IT professionals. To compliment the print products, FCW offers, the complete online resource for public sector IT professionals. FCW Government Technology Group also hosts special learning events, including the Government CIO Summit, a semi-annual, by-invitation-only conference for government CIOs and the Federal 100 Awards Gala, celebrating the individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the federal IT arena.

FCW Government Technology Group 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 (, 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

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