Leading Technology Launch Conference Expands to Europe

LILLE – NOVEMBER 12, 2002 – IDG Executive Forums, a division of Network World, Inc., is adding a European event to its DEMO portfolio of technology product launch conferences. DEMOeurope will be the first DEMO Conference to focus specifically on new technology development across Europe. DEMOeurope will be held in Lille, France, in September 2003.


"We are very excited to be taking the DEMO Conference to Europe, and specifically to the City of Lille in the Nord – Pas de Calais region of France," said Chris Shipley, Executive Producer of the DEMO Conferences. "The DEMO Conferences focus on innovation and Lille is clearly a leader in developing an information technology economy in Europe."

DEMOeurope will serve as a launch pad for new technology products developed by European technology companies and North American firms bringing new products to the European markets. Like its North American counterpart, DEMOeurope will feature new product introductions and demonstrations conducted in general sessions and demonstration areas. "The DEMO Conference concept is right for Europe at this time," said Mike Sigal, co-producer for DEMOeurope.

"The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism has come alive throughout Europe over the last decade, yet there is no venue that brings the analysis, selectivity, and visibility to innovative technology products as they launch in their home markets and across Europe. DEMOeurope, based on DEMO's world leading technology product launch practices and platform, will deliver the same benefits to Europe's ITC community as it has done for the U.S. market for the last 12 year." Sigal is based in Paris, France, and will work directly with technology companies, investors, and other organizations throughout Europe to organize the conference.

The goal of DEMOeurope is to create an environment in which the leadership of European and North American companies can see the best new products as they come to market across Europe. As in the U.S. Conference, the DEMOeurope producers will apply high-standards to the selection process to identify and invite truly innovative companies to participate in the event. In addition to showcasing emerging products and companies, the Conference will enable participating executives to meet and partner with one another, and to build the financial, market, and channel support infrastructure to advance their business objectives.

"The Nord – Pas de Calais region and the Lille Metropole Area are very proud to host DEMOeurope," said Jean Cortois, Vice President of the Regional Council of the Region Nord – Pas de Calais. "In recent years, Northern France has invested heavily in the information and communications technology sector and has become one of the most dynamic Information Society regions in Europe. We are convinced that IDG Executive Forums has chosen in Lille the right place to launch DEMOeurope."

About the DEMO Conferences

The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producer Chris Shipley from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. Top executives from the leading hardware and software technology companies, venture capitalists, journalists from key industry publications and industry analysts attend the DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences to preview the most promising products and technologies for the coming year. For more information, visit http://www.idgef.com/demomobile/index.html.

About IDG Executive Forums & NetworkWorld, Inc.

IDG Executive Forums, a division of Network World, Inc., is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include AGENDA(R), DEMO(R), DEMOmobile(R), DIGITAL SPECTRUM(TM), VORTEX, DEMOletter(R), and VORTEX Digest. All registered trademarks are owned by IDG. More information can be found at http://www.idgef.com. Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion ( http://www.nwfusion.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About IDG

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and Event Company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330-targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

About Lille and Northern France (the Nord-Pas de Calais Region)

Nord Pas de Calais has won international recognition for its multimedia cluster with numerous businesses specializing in image processing, Web design and multimedia entertainment. Northern France is also a European leader in distance selling and large scale retail. This has fostered rapid development of a wide range of other associated sectors: e-commerce, marketing, electronic distribution, high tech services.