Although, it's not yet up on the Demo Conference Web site, I've justr received an email announcement from MC2 Communications' Becky Sniffen, the conference's excellent publicist, listing 15 technology innovators who will be spotlighted at the year's Februart conference. What impresses me is that each of them is a real innovator, rather than just an attendance-generating drawing card for the producers.
• Dr. Teresa H. Meng, Founder & Director, Atheros Communications, for playing a primary role in creating the WiFi economy.
• Kai Krause, Founder, Byteburg Research Lab, for pushing the envelope in software demonstrations over the years and advancing state-of-the-art computer graphics.
• Howard D. Elias, Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation, who demonstrated the first multimedia PC at the inaugural DEMO conference in 1991.
• Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Co-Founders & Presidents, Google, for stepping into a market that conventional wisdom would have said was crowded and mature and demonstrating that smart, fresh innovation can disrupt a market and create a dynamic and ultimately gigantic company.
• Les Vadasz, former President of Intel Capital, for providing rocket fuel for many fledgling companies that got their start at DEMO.
• Marc Andreessen, Chairman, Opsware, for his early browser product at Netscape to rapid Web development services of Loudcloud.
• Ed Colligan, President, palmOne, Inc.; Jeff Hawkins, CTO, palmOne, Inc.; and Donna Dubinsky, Co-Founder, Handspring, for the vision, persistence and innovation in creating a remarkable product and, in the end, an industry. There is no better “poster child” for DEMO than the PalmPilot and we are proud of the role the conference played in bringing it to market.
• Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce.com, for almost single-handedly legitimizing the ASP business model.
• Mena and Ben Trott, Co-Founders, Six Apart, for making blogging accessible, affordable and powerful, giving a voice to tens of thousands of individuals.
• Mike Ramsay, Chairman & CEO, TiVo Inc., for fundamentally altering how we consume mass media.
• Dan Bricklin, Founder & CEO, Trellix Corporation, for sharing his vision and innovation with the DEMO audience countless times, from early tablet computing to smart visual display of Web-based information.
I look forward to covering the presentation for Conferenza, my newsletter covering exec conferences. It's neat getting a free pass to conferences such as these.