Internet Commerce Expo –ICe– Boston 2000 Announces Two New Speakers to Lineup

FRAMINGHAM, MA. — MARCH 8, 2000 — IDG World Expo, the world's leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced that United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology Dr. Cheryl Shavers, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will take part in the Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) in Boston to be held at the World Trade Center March 27 – 30, 2000. An anticipated 13,000 CEOs, CIOs, IT professionals, network managers and sales and marketing executives are expected to be in attendance.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, Cheryl L. Shavers, Ph.D. will present an address on the government's position on recent Internet activities on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:45 a.m. following the morning's keynote address by George Gilder, Founding Editor of Forbes ASAP. In her position as Under Secretary, Shavers oversees the Commerce Department's Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Technical Information Service. Dr. Shavers formerly worked as a Sector Manager for the Microprocessor Division within Intel's Corporate Business Development Division as well as being a product engineer with Motorola and a process development engineer with Hewlett-Packard.

Introducing the conference's first keynote session, on Tuesday, will be Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino. Mayor Menino has been instrumental in helping bring eBusiness to the Boston area as well as helping bring the technology age to Boston's public schools with governmental grants as well as industry-funded programs.

In addition to Dr. Shaver's address, ICe Boston attendees have the opportunity to learn from over 50 dynamic conference sessions, 14 in-depth tutorials, 200 exhibitors showcasing breakthrough products and services and three keynote sessions Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30 including:

–George Gilder, Founding Editor of Forbes ASAP "The Future of Business as it Relates to eCommerce" Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.

–Eric Benhamou, Chairman of the Board and CEO of 3Com Corporation "eNetworks: Pervasive Networking and the Future of eBusiness" Wednesday, March 29 at 9:00a.m.

–Bob Howe, CEO and Chairman of Scient Corporation Thursday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. "eBusiness: You've Won Round 1, What Do You Do Next?"

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), an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), Linux World Conference & Expo; Windows 2000 Conference & Expo, ASP World, MACWORLD Expo and ComNet.

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.