Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) Boston 2000 To Be Largest Ever

FRAMINGHAM, MASS., FEBRUARY 15, 2000 – IDG World Expo, the world's leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced that a sell-out exhibit floor guarantees that the upcoming Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), scheduled for March 27-30 at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA, will be the largest ICe event ever held on the East Coast. The Internet Commerce Expo is the country’s largest event focused exclusively on the tools, products and services designed for business to business electronic commerce.

Attendance for the event is expected to surpass last years registration of 13,400 high-level attendees, including CEOs, CIO’s, IT professionals, network managers and sales and marketing executives. Historically, nearly 90% of ICe attendees are involved in technology purchasing decisions, with plans to purchase an average of $850,000 to $1 million within the next 12 months on products and services seen at ICe. An estimated 30% of exhibitors are expected to introduce new products/services at the "all about eBusiness" conference and expo, now in its fifth year.

"Interest in ICe Boston has been so phenomenal, we've had to increase exhibit space by 40% over last year's event said Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo Vice President of Events. "The annual ICe Boston event has truly become a major national industry event and provides the very best educational and return on investment to suppliers and corporate end-users alike."

ICe Boston: Show Highlights

Highlights of ICe Boston 2000 will include the IDG Venture Forum and the ICe "Best of" Awards competition exclusively sponsored by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council (MIMC). Exhibitors for the upcoming Internet Commerce Expo are eligible to enter new products/services into the ICe "Best of "Awards Program and will be subject to a rigorous review process from a panel of industry experts chosen by MIMC and ICe. Exhibitors may enter the competition by visiting www.iceexpo.com/Pages/best_of.html.

In addition to a full slate of conference sessions and tutorials, Eric Benhamou, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of 3Com Corporation; George Gilder, Founding Editor of Forbes ASAP, and Eric Greenberg, Chairman and Founder of Scient Corporation, will deliver keynote addresses.

"ICe Boston 2000 will be the world’s most comprehensive forum focused exclusively on the exploding business-to-business market," said Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo Vice President of Events. "With eCommerce predicted to top a staggering $1 trillion by 2003, ICe Boston 2000 is a must-attend event for organizations looking to create and sustain a competitive advantage in the market, enhance their business practices and evaluate the options and vendors available to them from established market leaders to the hottest new start-ups."

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), LinuxWorld 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.