AGENDA 2003: Technology’s New Leaders Assess the Future of the Industry

SAN MATEO, CA – JULY 31, 2002 – IDG Executive Forums' AGENDA conference, considered the premier technology industry event for the past 16 years, is returning to its roots, re-focusing this year's event on the critical role technology plays in global business, and inviting only the business leaders who are key actors in this industry.


AGENDA 2003 is developed under the direction of Executive Producer Jim Fallows. Mr. Fallows, an author, journalist, and broadcast commentator who has published critical and insightful analyses of the technology industry for over two decades, took the reins of the venerable AGENDA conference last year to rave reviews.

"Accurate, incisive information is even more important in difficult times than when the economy is booming," said Mr. Fallows. "The technology sector has endured extremely tough times — even as the role of information technology in the world's economic and social well-being becomes more crucial than ever. The program we have assembled for AGENDA 2003 will help the people at the forefront of the next technology revolution understand the responsibilities, opportunities, and future sources of growth that will affect them and the world."

The team at IDG Executive Forums has spent the past months taking careful stock of who will be in the drivers' seats. "There is not another event with such an ambitious and challenging task as that of AGENDA: delivering an understanding of responsibilities and opportunities for future growth of the global technology industry," observes Chris Shipley, VP of Editorial for IDG Executive Forums. "We are privileged to host the true leaders of our times."

Fallows has worked closely with the AGENDA Advisory Council, including tech luminaries such as Eric Schmidt of Google, and Marc Benioff of, to develop a conference program that offers candid and tenacious discussions with keen insights from the front line. AGENDA 2003, being held October 13-15, 2002 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, will assess the industry's magnified role in the world and discuss the challenges its new power creates. The program will feature an array of outstanding speakers, from leaders at the heart of the info-tech industry, like Pat Gelsinger, Rob Glaser and Ann Livermore, to provocative outside observers, like the technically sophisticated writer Michael Crichton and the visionary computer scientist David Gelernter

The coveted invitations for this event will be sent out in early August 2002.

About IDG Executive Forums

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

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About International Data Group

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 (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events 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


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