Macworld Concludes With Successful Town Hall Meeting ; 400 Attendees Participate in the First Ever Town Hall Meeting to Share Ideas for the Future of Macworld with Show Organizers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 12, 2009 – IDG World Expo today announced the successful completion of the 25th annual Macworld Conference & Expo®, which featured a standing-room only Town Hall meeting where members of the Mac community had the opportunity to ask questions about the 2010 event and make suggestions for how they want Macworld to evolve next year and beyond. IDG World Expo also used the Town Hall meeting to announce that registration is now open for the 2010 event and attendees can register for a free exhibits pass by visiting www.macworldexpo.com/2010registration. Next year’s Macworld Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place January 4-8, 2010, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

"Macworld has thrived for 25 years due to the strong support of tens of thousands of members of the Mac community worldwide," said Paul Kent, vice president and general manager, Macworld Conference & Expo. “While there is no question that Macworld is going to evolve and change in 2010, we will continue to build great shows that are worth everyone’s time and money. As part of this commitment to the Mac community, we wanted to share our thoughts and ideas for future Macworld events and hear ideas and suggestions from our attendees. We got some incredible feedback and are already at work implementing ideas for 2010.”

The more than 400 Mac faithful in attendance at the Town Hall event, about half of whom said they had been to Macworld ten or more times, participated in a lively and positive dialogue about the future of the event. Members of the Mac industry press also expressed their opinions with regard to the importance of Macworld for the community:

"Macworld Expo is of huge importance to the Mac ecosystem of attendees, vendors, speakers and media,” said Shawn King, Blogger and Podcaster, Your Mac Life. “Never has the cliché ‘the show must go on’ been more apropos.”

"Macworld Expo occupies a key role in the smooth functioning of the Macintosh industry for tens of thousands of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of exhibitors,” said Adam Engst, TidBITS. “Whether or not Apple participates in the future, it's essential that the Macintosh world have a central meeting place for professional networking, support and development."

IDG World Expo also emphasized the value of face-to-face meetings and reiterated that it is fully committed to continuing to support the hundreds of companies and developers that make up the Mac ecosystem.

“The rich ecosystem of attendees, developers, media and many others relies on Macworld in a variety of ways to further their businesses and careers,” said Paul Kent. “We are at the start of a new era, developing an event that will continue to foster business, social networking and professional development for all members of the Mac community. We know that in a few years, we will look back at 2009 as the year that provided us with a terrific opportunity to effect many positive changes at Macworld, and helped us create a great new event that thrived in 2010 and beyond.”

Mac enthusiasts can continue to submit their ideas and suggestions at suggestionbox@macworld2010.com, and attendees can now register for a free exhibits pass by www.macworldexpo.com/registration2010.

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development or corporate and home applications, as well as prosumers using the Mac at home.

Macworld Conference & Expo brings together audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and prosumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the website at www.macworldexpo.com, or call (800) 645-EXPO. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Annie McKnight at (508) 424-4839 amcknight@idgworldexpo.com or Ron Moreau at (508) 424-4804 or rmoreau@idgworldexpo.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Moorehead at (508) 988-7830, or eboland@idgworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, strategic business relationships, and access to industry-leading products and services. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), OpenSource World™, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.