Vortex 2000 Convergence Conference To Assemble Leaders In The Internet, Telephone And Television Networking Industries

SAN MATEO, CA, MARCH 9, 2000 — Vortex 2000 will be IDG’s third annual gathering of executives invited to confront business issues arising from convergence of the Internet, telephone, and television networking industries. The conference will be held May 23-26 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA.

Produced by technology pundit Bob Metcalfe and Network World Editorial Director John Gallant, Vortex 2000 has received underwriting support from 3Com, Cisco Systems, Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group, Level 3, Lucent Technologies, Mayfield Fund, Merrill Lynch Technology Group, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Siemens and Sprint Corporation.

"Many people are returning, including a powerful slate of underwriters, so we can say that Vortex 2000 is well on its way to building a community among leaders of the converging Internet, telephone and television networking industries," said Metcalfe, Vortex Executive Producer and Vice President of Technology of the International Data Group. "And, incorporating suggestions from last year’s attendees, we have invited the DEMO conference team to develop a showcase pavilion at Vortex, in which hot ‘convergence appliances’ will be demonstrated."

Vortex is combining forces with Chris Shipley, one of the top trend spotters in the personal technology product industry and executive producer of DEMO, to develop the "DEMO at Vortex" Pavilion. Vortex will continue to feature thought-provoking moderated panels, original presentations on the impact of convergence, and opportunities for discussion and networking.

Vortex is an invitation-only event produced by IDG Conference Management Company and is attended by senior industry executives, securities analysts, government policy makers and media. Attendance is capped at 300 to ensure an intimate atmosphere and ample opportunity for discussion and networking. For more information, access the conference Web site at www.vortex2000.com.

About IDG Conference Management Company

IDG Conference Management Company produces the broadest portfolio of executive conferences and events in the technology industry, including Agenda®, DEMO®, DemoMobile® and VortexTM. The IDG Conference Management Company also publishes DemoLetterTM and DemoLetter Weekly EditionTM. IDG Conference Management Company can be found on the Web at www.idgconferences.com.

IDG Conference Management Company 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.

About Bob Metcalfe

Technology pundit Bob Metcalfe is a successful engineer, entrepreneur, educator and opinion leader in the high-tech community. After graduating from MIT and Harvard, Metcalfe joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he invented Ethernet in 1973. Metcalfe is also noted for having founded 3Com Corporation, now a $5 billion global data networking company. In 1992 he joined the International Data Group where he serves as Vice President of Technology and writer of an internationally syndicated weekly column in InfoWorld. In addition to Vortex, Metcalfe is the executive producer of Agenda, the annual gathering of the leaders of the technology industry.

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