2004 Closes With a Sharp Eye on the Future
Return of the Consumer, Spontaneous Collaboration and a Burgeoning
February 17, 2004 The renowned DEMO conference wrapped
in Scottsdale today, shining a spotlight on ground-breaking technologies
in the consumer and collaborative enterprise markets, as well as welcoming
the largest number of non-U.S. tech demonstrators since DEMO began.
technology market is back in play," said Chris Shipley, executive
producer of DEMO 2004. "Nearly a third of the companies here this
week offer consumer-facing products bent on providing an extraordinary
user experience. Products at DEMO energize the consumer household and
make the digital media revolution real."
today's consumer demonstrations included:
The future of television. For all the advances in video streaming, compression
and rights management, television has remained largely unchanged by
the Internet revolution. That changed today with three exciting product
announcements: Akimbo delivering Internet broadcast through your television;
a new CE device for digital media storage from Molino Networks; and
the ability to access all your digital content, including TiVO programming,
via PDA or phone from BravoBrava!
· Ultimate Arena ushered in a new era of multi-player gaming
with Xfire. By bringing the best of social networking and instant messaging
to the world of online gaming, Xfire makes it easy to see when and where
your friends are playing, and to find new friends spoiling for a game.
· Online search technology comes to the desktop with companies
that take Google to the next level. Hierarchal clustering from BIGontheNet
puts an end to scrolling through pages of results, while e.story brings
together communities of interest for the enterprise. And Grokker introduced
Grokker2, a new way to find the information you want and organize it
in a visual map that can be edited, saved and shared with others.
In addition to these
exciting consumer products, DEMO 2004 witnessed an array of important
new enterprise communications tools. "At DEMO 2004, companies are
unleashing technology that leverage the brainpower and gives voice to
the corporate workforce. You will find applications that let knowledge
workers focus on the task and not the tool and services that support
spontaneous collaboration and amplify personal communications,"
the enterprise included:
Spontaneous organic meetings. Convoq's ASAP fuses instant messaging,
video and Web conferencing, enabling users to find the right people,
gather them at the right time and meet with them in a media-rich environment.
SightSpeed allows users of Linux, Macs and PCs to instantly contact
each other for face-to-face discussions. And GoToMeeting takes its revolutionary
GoToMyPC software to the online meeting space with software that's easy
to use and easy to buy.
· The next phase of desktop applications. Eloqua enables truly
integrated cross-department operations with marketing, sales and business
development through Conversion Suite EE. Iteration's new business analytics
systems turns the mobile phone into the first alert for real-time analytics,
and Teranode's VLX Design Suite - the first bio-IT product at DEMO -
provides tools to bridge researchers' computational and lab work.
The DEMO program
ended with the presentation of DEMOgod awards, given to those
demonstrators that inspire, enlighten, amuse, and -- above all -- effectively
communicate the features and benefits of their debuting technologies
in a tough stage delivery. DEMOgods for the class of 2004 are:
for setting the bar that others had to clear
· Foursticks for clearing that bar, closing the bar, and singing
about it in the morning
· KeyComputing for proving you can be cool and solve real problems
· Total Immersion SA for immersing us in fantastic video
· Speechi for schooling us in e-learning but not exactly in physics
· Trend Micro for enthusiasm as contagious as the viruses they
· Mailblocks for going on and implementing a vision
· People's Choice Award - chosen by our DEMO 2004 attendees IMlogic
· John Patrick for doing such a great job on stage, that Chris
is worried about her job
· Buzz Bruggeman for contributing so much to this year's event
In January 2004,
Conferenza honored Chris Shipley with its 'Host of the Year' award,
citing her "thoughtful, credible style, the eloquence of her keynote
addresses, and her ability to get the best from neophyte companies."
Conferenza is the leading independent resource for information regarding
DEMO 2004 Sponsors and Partners
DEMO 2004 sponsors are Battery Ventures, Airespace, Friendster, IronPort
Systems, Plantronics, Porter Novelli, Xerox, Forum Systems, and Trend
Micro. Partner companies include Business 2.0, Mobile Enterprise Magazine,
Hunt & Gather, Aruba Wireless Networks, PR Newswire, The Newsmarket,
Arizona Technology Council, The Catchpole Corporation, The Forum for
Women Entrepreneurs, IBD Network, Silicon Valley Association of Startup
Entrepreneurs, Tech Oasis, and Women in Technology International.
About the DEMO
The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies
and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producer Chris
Shipley from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace.
The DEMO conference has earned its reputation as the singular event
that consistently identifies tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies. DEMO
has served as a launch pad 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 30 new mobile
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.