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DEMO 2006 Conference to Feature John Patrick’s FutureScan

Jan. 11, 2006

New Program Looks Ahead to the Sciences Driving Tomorrow’s Innovation

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SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ — The technology industry’s DEMO Conference series is well-known for introducing promising emerging products and services to the marketplace. At DEMO 2006 in February, the producers will showcase their emerging technology expertise in a new program, FutureScan, which will be hosted by John Patrick.

Mr. Patrick is respected in the industry for his keen insights and astute observations at the intersection of emerging technology and practical application. In onstage conversations with top academic, corporate and government scientists and researchers, Mr. Patrick will explore the foundations on which the future of technology will be built — computational biology, molecular devices, superconducting materials, human computer interaction, and nanoscale phenomena.

“An understanding of the scientific innovations being developed today helps illustrate the technology landscape of tomorrow,” said Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMO. “John will introduce the DEMO audience to the research and researchers that will bring about ‘the next big thing’ products of 2010 and beyond.”

In the first of two FutureScan sessions at DEMO 2006, Mr. Patrick will explore the landscape of computational biology. This frontier of information technology will spur great advances in health and science and lead to new business opportunities in areas not yet imagined. In the second FutureScan session, Mr. Patrick will delve into the concept of a secure Internet, determining how we can build a trusted Internet as a backbone for commerce and information exchange despite hackers, phishing, and identity fraud.

John Patrick is president of consulting firm Attitude LLC and former vice president of Internet technology at IBM, where he worked for thirty-eight years. Mr. Patrick helped start IBM’s leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation, and was senior marketing executive for the launch of the ThinkPad brand. In the early 90s, Mr. Patrick identified the nascent Internet as a significant business opportunity and became the architect of IBM’s global Internet strategy, dedicating his time to fostering Internet technologies. One of the leading Internet visionaries, Mr. Patrick is quoted frequently in the global media and speaks at dozens of conferences around the world. Business 2.0 named him as one of the industry’s most intriguing minds, Industry Week named him one of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth, and Network World called him one of the 25 most powerful people in networking. His book, Net Attitude, paints a vivid picture of the future of the Internet and the attitudes needed to capitalize on it.

“DEMO is a critical meeting place for entrepreneurs and top venture capitalists intent on learning about important trends before they become mainstream,” said Shipley. “As proof, demonstrators from our February 2005 event have already received over $200 million in VC funding. FutureScan will help all of our attendees map their trajectory and investments to scientific innovation.”

Since DEMO began in 1991, the conference producers have forecasted each major technology trend including Web portals, PDAs, m-commerce, online auctions and speech-recognition software. The DEMO conference has served as the launch pad for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, salesforce.com, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to impact an influential audience of venture capitalists, business development executives and national news media.

DEMO 2006 Sponsors and Partners

DEMO 2006’s platinum sponsor is Ceonex. Strategic partner is the Guidewire Group. Media partner is PR Newswire. Marketing partners are the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), PRSA Silicon Valley, Tech Coast Angels, The Tech Museum of Innovation, and VC Experts.

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.

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