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07/26/2006

DEMOfall 06 Conference Mirrors Tech Industry Trends; Conference to Showcase Industry’s Most Promising New Products and Services

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JULY 26, 2006 – The semi-annual DEMO conferences are a looking glass into the key technology trends and most promising products that will shortly impact consumer and business technology purchasing decisions. DEMO's Executive Producer, Chris Shipley, screens hundreds of innovative companies from around the world to bring the most exceptional new products and services in the tech industry to each DEMO event. DEMOfall 06, to be held September 25-27 in San Diego, California, will be the debut stage for 70 of these important industry offerings. Potential attendees can register here: http://www.demo.com/fall06pr2 .

"For each DEMO and DEMOfall conference, I analyze hundreds of meetings and conversations to identify the current state of the industry. This helps me to pinpoint the areas in which investment dollars are flowing and the best innovation is happening," says Shipley. "The technology industry is always a wellspring of innovation and DEMOfall attendees will get a first look at the next big ideas igniting the tech economy."

Today, the DEMO production team announces a special closing night panel to provide perspective on the newly launched technologies. This media roundtable will assess the state of the business and consumer technology markets based on the companies, products and ideas they've seen at DEMOfall.

The panel of business journalists will share their views on how this new technology will shape the market. Participating panelists are:

— Victoria Murphy Barret, Associate Editor, Silicon Valley Bureau, Forbes

— John Gallant, President & Editorial Director, Network World

— Mark Veverka, West Coast Editor, Barron's

— Steve Wildstrom, Technology & You columnist, BusinessWeek

In addition, the conference is making available a series of podcasts produced by Guidewire Group, featuring Chris Shipley and highlighting myriad aspects of the innovation ecosystem. The first in the "Conversations with Chris" series is entitled 'The road to DEMOfall' in which Shipley shares key insights on how a DEMO event comes together, reveal s what she looks for in a great company, and gives a sneak peek on what's in store for DEMOfall. To download the podcast, visit: www.demo.com/df06/podcast1 . Future podcasts will include interviews with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and analysis of key market trends.

DEMO – Not Your Father's Tech Conference

The DEMO conferences are the exception in the technology conference circuit: the exhibiting demonstrators are hand selected (it is not a pay-to- play event); the size guarantees one-on-one interaction with the entrepreneurs behind the latest crop of innovations; and the intimate environment makes the conferences a perennial source of mega-deals.

DEMO is legendary for its rapid-fire onstage demonstrations that put developers on the spot. Each demonstrating company get six minutes to present its product to a powerful audience of investors, journalists, and corporate decision makers. Attendees are then able to test the products themselves in the DEMOfall Pavilion — not your typical overcrowded industry exhibition venue — where the people who created the technologies are on hand to answer questions and give personal, one-on-one demonstrations.

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 ( www.networkworld.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. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

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