Network World Live Launches DEMOworld Conference Series; First DEMOworld Event to Be Held in China

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – FEBRUARY 8, 2006 – Network World Live, producer of the technology industry's DEMO conferences, today announced the international launch of the DEMOworld platform. DEMOworld delivers the concept of the United States' top-notch, highly selective DEMO conference to countries around the globe, creating a network of exceptional technology launch venues. The first DEMOworld event will be held in China and will bring the premier DEMO emerging technology platform to the world's largest emerging marketplace.

"Events like DEMO are why I established IDG: to bring together smart people, amazing innovations, and actionable content that spurs the technology industry," said Pat McGovern, founder and chairman of International Data Group. "I am particularly pleased that our first DEMOworld outside the U.S. is in China where we have been a market leader in IT media, Websites, research, and events over the past 25 years."

"DEMO is a world-class event — the best in the industry and an enviable launch venue for emerging technology startups around the world," says Neal Silverman, Executive Vice President of Network World Events. "I'm thrilled to announce that the first DEMOworld conference will be in China, as a result of a partnership between Network World Live and IDG China. DEMOworld China will be held at the beautiful Boao Golden Cost Hot Spring Hotel in southern China's Hannan Province in September 2006."

DEMOworld China will be hosted by a team of experts, trusted in the Chinese market for their insight and understanding of what makes new technology successful. This expert team will be responsible for hosting the conference, as well as working with the event team to identify, evaluate and select the demonstrators for the program. The team of experts will include a top research analyst from IDC China or Asia, an IT journalist, and a representative from China's Association for Science & Technology.

Just as with the original DEMO in the United States, DEMOworld events will feature six-minute stage presentations and a demonstrator pavilion showcasing the top 60-70 emerging technology products and services newly launched into the marketplace. DEMOworld China is anticipating a mix of both Chinese and overseas technology innovations to launch at the September event to an audience made up of in-country and international journalists, investors, corporate development officers, resellers and distributors.

"The DEMO community is a vibrant network, fueled by a mutual respect for the technology industry and a commitment to supporting innovations that further technological progress," continued Silverman. "The launch of the DEMOworld conference series is an important step in diversifying our network and recognizing the global effect of business and IT in today's world."

For more information about DEMOworld and DEMOworld China, visit http://www.demochina.com.cn/ .

About the DEMO Conferences

Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the semi-annual DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features approximately 70 new companies, products and technologies. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/ .

The DEMO community also benefits from the award winning DEMOletter. A weekly e-newsletter designed to reach the people who are creating companies, building products and launching new ideas, DEMOletter provides smart insight and analysis of entrepreneurial business issues.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, 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. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high- quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MacWorld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/ .

Network World Events and Executive Forums

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