Panel of Judges Selected for Million Dollar Media Prize at DEMOfall 09

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Septmeber 2, 2009 – The DEMO conference, the world-renowned launch platform for some of the most notable emerging technologies introduced over the past two decades, today announced the list of judges who are slated to choose one enterprise and one consumer technology who will split the one million dollar IDG media prize at DEMOfall 09.


A panel of industry luminaries from the DEMO ecosystem – venture investors, corporate development officers, proven entrepreneurs, technology reporters and bloggers – will evaluate each demonstrator's onstage launch and overall value proposition in order to determine the two winners.

Current judges include:

— Larry M. Augustin, CEO, SugarCRM, Inc.

— Satish Dharmaraj, Partner, Redpoint Ventures

— Russell Fradin, President, Adify

— John Gilmore, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Sling Media

— Omar Hamoui, Founder & CEO, AdMob

— Scott L. Kauffman, President & CEO, SourceForge, Inc.

— Mark Pincus, Founder & CEO, Zynga

— Shervin Pishevar, Co-founder & CEO, SGN

— Phil Sanderson, Managing Director, IDG Ventures

— Anu Shukla, Founder & CEO, Offerpal Media

— Nirav Tolia, Co-founder & CEO, Fanbase

— Jennifer Zeszut, CEO, Scout Labs

There will be three judges per session, who will have ten minutes following presentations to discuss the best emerging trends and ideas presented. Each judge will then decide on their favorite company, resulting in one enterprise and one consumer category winner. Winners will be announced at the close of the conference by DEMO Executive Producers, Matt Marshall and Chris Shipley.

"These judges, representing the perspective of both investors and veteran entrepreneurs, bring an important new dynamic to the DEMO stage: real-time engagement with the demonstrating companies as they bring their new products to market," said Chris Shipley, Executive Producer of DEMO.

The multi-faceted media package will be extended to the winners from October 2009 through March 2010, promoting the launch of the selected companies across the most relevant IDG brands such as: CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, MacWorld, Network World, PC World, The Industry Standard, among others, as well as the DEMO and VentureBeat Web sites. Each campaign will utilize numerous promotional vehicles over the course of six months including print advertisements, Web banner placements, text link promotions, email newsletter promotions, video ads, etc.

DEMOfall will take place September 21-23 in San Diego, CA, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Register to attend at[].

About the DEMO Conferences

Produced by IDG Enterprise events group, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, 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 30 Alpha stage pitches. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit[].

Official DEMOfall 09 Live Broadcast Sponsor: BitGravity BG Live(TM).

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About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers. Media brands are in more than 90 countries and include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld/TechWorld/TecChannel, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. The company's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, OpenSource World, E3 Expo, DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 1000 IDC analysts in more than 100 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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