Technology Luminaries to Attend DEMOfall 09 for Lifetime Achievement Festivities and Chris Shipley Commemoration

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – August 24, 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 addition of the Lifetime Achievement Awards to their DEMOfall 09 conference this coming September.


DEMOfall 09 marks the final conference for DEMO's longtime executive producer Chris Shipley. Over the past 13 years and 24 DEMO conferences, Shipley has evaluated over 20,000 applications to select nearly 1,500 leading-edge innovations to launch on the DEMO stage. The success of many of these companies is a testament to Chris Shipley's deep knowledge and experience in identifying the pioneering technologies of tomorrow.

In honor of Shipley's long-standing history with the conference, DEMO has invited 16 legendary alumni back to the DEMO stage. Each individual will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their significant contribution to the advancement of technology.

Lifetime Award recipients include:

— Shai Agassi, Founder & CEO, Better Place (DEMO Debut: TopTier, 1997)

— Colin Angle, Chairman of the Board, CEO & Co-Founder, iRobot (DEMO

Debut: iRobot, 2000)

— Helen Grenier, CEO of Droid Works, Inc. (DEMO Debut: iRobot, 2000)

— Ed Colligan, Former President and CEO, Palm, Inc. (DEMO Debut: Palm,

Inc., 1996)

— Donna Dubinsky, Founder, CEO & Board Chair, Numenta (DEMO Debut:

Palm, Inc., 1996)

— Jeff Hawkins, Founder, Numenta (DEMO Debut: Palm, Inc., 1996)

— Marc Benioff, Founder & Chairman, (DEMO Debut:, 2000)

— Mike Cassidy, Co-Founder & CEO, Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus

Innovation (DEMO Debut: Xfire, 2005)

— Diane Greene, Entrepreneur, Founder and Former CEO, VMware (DEMO Debut:

VMware, 1999)

— Subrah Iyar, Founder & "former" CEO, WebEx (DEMO Debut:

WebEx, 1999)

— Keng Lim, Founder, Chairman & CEO, NextLabs (DEMO Debut: Kiva, 1997)

— Kevin Lynch, CTO, Senior VP, Experience & Technology Organization,

Adobe Systems (DEMO Debut: Adobe Systems (for Air/Flex), 2007)

— Teresa Meng, Reid Weaver Dennis Professor of Electrical Engineering and

by courtesy, Computer Science, Stanford University (DEMO Debut: Atheros

Communications, 1999)

— Andy Rubin, Vice President, Engineering, Google (DEMO Debut: Danger

Research, 2001)

— Ben Trott, Founder & CTO, Six Apart (DEMO Debut: Six Apart, 2004)

— Mena Trott, Founder & President, Six Apart (DEMO Debut: Six Apart,


Award recipients will take the stage and participate in an interactive town hall open forum. DEMOfall attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to this exclusive group of world-renowned innovators on industry direction, best practices and how their DEMO launch impacted their products and careers.

DEMOfall will take place September 21-23 in San Diego, CA, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Register to attend at[]. Note that DEMOfall will be broadcast live on the Web using BitGravity's BG Live(TM) highly-scalable, flash-based video stream service.

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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, iRobot, Kiva, U.S. Robotics, VMware, and WebEx 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[].

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