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DEMOmobile 2004: Breakout Applications, Devices and Visionaries; Esteemed Speakers and Moderators Weigh in on the Future of Wireless.

Aug. 18, 2004

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The prestigious DEMOmobile conference is known for introducing innovative companies, next-generation products, and unexplored themes into the world of mobile computing. DEMOmobile 2004 will be no exception and Executive Producer Chris Shipley will be joined this year by a slate of seasoned tech experts, offering their take on mobile solutions that address such core issues as service-based computing, data synchronization and global wireless broadband.

“DEMOmobile launched six years ago and has evolved continually as the mobile user’s needs shift and multiply,” said Shipley. “Two key elements, however, remain constant to the conference: groundbreaking technologies and learned speakers that shed light on how to take full advantage of these innovations. Their insights are invaluable to the DEMOmobile audience and provide a much needed context to the influx of advances in the mobile market.”

Leading Internet visionary John Patrick, President of Attitude LLC, will share his 35+ years of technology experience by moderating two key panels this year: “Breakout Applications & Data Services” and “We’re Wireless. Now What?” Patrick is former VP of Internet technology at IBM, where he led IBM to the Internet, and a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT.

“Expectations are rising rapidly as people realize the power of the Internet,” said Patrick. “They want access to all their applications and data around-the-clock and from whatever type of device they may be using to connect. We are at the knee of the curve where, very soon, the majority of these devices will be mobile.”

Also joining DEMOmobile as a moderator is Alex Slawsby, Senior Analyst of Mobile Device Technology at IDC, who researches, analyzes and forecasts technologies across all mobile device segments. He’ll head up the panel “Next Generation Devices,” exploring how market shifts will influence the design and function of mobile hardware.

“From a history of voice communications and personal information management, mobile device technology is now adapting to the way we live, work, and play,” said Slawsby. “The future of mobility will require consumers and business users to spend less time learning how to use their devices and more time enjoying the benefits that they bring to our communication, entertainment, and productivity tasks.”

Patrick and Slawsby will be joined by a third guest moderator, Rajeev Chand, senior equity research analyst of wireless at Rutberg & Associates. Chand is a respected wireless market watcher and a popular speaker at past DEMOmobile events.

“Wireless provides significant opportunities for venture capitalists,” said Chand. “Over the next decade, we will see the next billion subscribers, the advent of mobile broadband, and wireless as the sixth medium, in addition to print, radio, TV, film, and PC.”

DEMOmobile 2004 is the result of months of searching by Shipley to find the most compelling and most likely-to-succeed companies in the pervasive computing market segment. Approximately 36 companies will launch new, never-before-seen products and services at the conference. DEMOmobile takes place September 8-10, 2004 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

DEMOmobile 2004 Sponsors and Partners

DEMOmobile 2004 sponsors are Aruba Wireless Networks, Blackberry, Porter Novelli, and Qualcomm. Partner companies include Backbone Magazine, The Catchpole Corporation, The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, IBD Network, The Kerton Group, Mobile Enterprise Magazine, PR Newswire, The San Diego Telecom Council, Software & Information Industry Association, Tech Coast Angels, and Wireless Week.

About the DEMO Conferences

The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies. DEMO and DEMOmobile 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. DEMO is held in February each year and features approximately 60 new companies, products and technologies. DEMOmobile, named “2002 Best Conference” by Conferenza, is held each fall and features approximately 40 new mobile technologies. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com/ .

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