DEMOfall ’06 Conference Wraps; 67 New Technologies Catalyze Market; Outstanding Presenters Honored With DEMOgod Awards; Reporters From BusinessWeek, Forbes, Network World and The Wall Street Journal Assess DEMOfall Trends and Technologies
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 – The prestigious DEMOfall '06 conference closed today after an information-packed program focused on new products and services that are designed to improve and enhance business and consumer computing. The sold-out crowd — comprised of business development executives, investors, reporters, and entrepreneurs — was also treated to an in-depth discussion on nanotechnology and the near-term prospects for products based on today's sub-microscopic research.
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"Nanotechnology is a fascinating area of study," said Chris Shipley, DEMO executive producer. "Despite all the hype and the money poured into the field, we have yet to see outcomes that are affecting people's everyday lives. Thanks to John Patrick's FutureScan panel, the DEMO community has a much better sense of where that market is headed. My thanks to panelists Dr. Gian-Luca Bona of IBM's Almaden Research Center, Dr. Gerald Hoegl of Metcomb Nanostructures, and Rohit Sharma of Mohr Davidow Ventures for participating in this panel."
The semi-annual DEMO conferences are a reflection of the technology industry as a whole — a microcosm of the best, most viable emerging technology products in the market categories that are the hottest in the industry. Today at DEMOfall, the focus was on:
— Internet security,
— Internet search,
— application infrastructure,
— consumer-generated content,
— social content,
— digital content management, and
— the connected desktop.
The morning general session began with a look at Internet security and Internet search — two robust categories that are making giant strides in sophistication and customization every six months. Demonstrating their new innovations in these areas were:
— Data Security Systems Solutions, Inc. — OTPK (One Time Private Key)
protects electronic transactions through digital signatures.
— MyPW, LLC — MyPW authentication platform that protects against
identity theft and online fraud.
— Retrevo, Inc. — Retrevo searches and delivers smart content for
consumers that are researching, installing, using, fixing and upgrading
their consumer electronics products.
— Imaginestics, LLC — 3D-Seek.com is a shape-based search engine that
uses a drawing of the object being sought.
Changing tacks, the DEMOfall stage program continued with a look at infrastructure components that make building, managing and delivering new applications faster and easier. Demonstrations included:
— NComputing, Inc. — NStation Computing Solution is a hardware/software
package that will accelerate the market migration from desktop to
server based computing.
— BriteSoft Corp. — BriteWorks automates software development of
enterprise-class applications, typically speeding development by
— Widgetbox — Widgetbox is a Web-based marketplace where entrepreneurs
can develop and sell content and code that enhance everyday blogs.
Life in a Digital Age
"The arrival of the Internet age has made communicating much easier … and much more complicated," said Shipley. "We now find ourselves texting, emailing, IM-ing, Skype-ing, and even, sometimes, putting old fashioned pen to paper. My research for DEMOfall showed that companies continue to improve services around voice communications, as evinced by Be Here's 'Total View' VoIP collaboration phone, JAJAH's free mobile VoIP solution, and GrandCentral's unified communications service that gives people one phone number for life. These are big ideas that enhance the traditional telecom experience and simplify people's lives."
DEMOfall also had a major focus on consumer-generated content, innovative social networking sites, and digital content management and delivery — three hotspots in the consumer tech industry. The rise of social media and the influx of services designed to easily customize and enrich online sites has led to the proliferation of online data. Shipley invited the best new entrants in this field to launch at DEMOfall and to take the stage this afternoon:
— SiteKreator — SiteKreator Business Edition is a Web site creation and
hosting service designed for small business owners.
— Wallop, Inc. — Wallop is a social computing site with a sophisticated
user interface that allows users to express their individuality online
as they would offline.
— Scrapblog, Inc. — Scrapblog.com combines the storytelling aspect of
scrapbooks with the publishing power of blogs.
— HeyLetsGo, Inc. — HeyLetsGo.com connects people with local events and