Internet Commerce Expo (ICe) To Attract Thousands Of EBusiness Experts And Business Leaders To Boston

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., January 12, 2000 — IDG World Expo, the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, today announced additional details regarding the upcoming Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), which will be held March 27-30, 2000 at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA.

ICe Boston 2000 is expected to attract thousands of attendees and feature more than 150 companies showcasing breakthrough products and services. Boston was selected as the site for ICe’s top-rated show because of its national ranking as a technology leader in the dot-com economy. Boston and the surrounding area boasts of 2,963 software and Internet companies–the highest concentration per capita–employing 138,000 professionals, and more than 200 new software companies in the last year, according to the Massachusett’s dotcommonwealth.

Show highlights will include more than 50 dynamic conference sessions, 14 in-depth tutorials, the ICe "Best of" Awards competition exclusively sponsored by Massachusetts Interactive Media Council (MIMC) and the IDG Venture Forum and Showcase. Conference attendees will be able to customize a conference program to meet their unique needs by choosing sessions from the following tracks:

— Creating and Measuring eBusiness Results

— Creating and Maintaining Powerful eRelationships

— How to Innovate Through eBusiness

— Winning eBusinesses: Case Studies

— Marketing, Branding and Selling in the "dot-conony"

— Emerging Technologies

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 address conference attendees.

"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 ITevent 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 and 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.