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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2006 5:54 am | Updated: 4:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The next generation of World Wide Web products and services will be among the innovations that will be unveiled at the DEMO 2006 conference next week at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Ahwatukee Foothills.

About 70 mostly early-stage companies have been invited to demonstrate their new technologies to a gathering of 650 invited venture capitalists, tech journalists, business development specialists and futurists who will attend the gathering Monday through Wednesday.

“The technology industry is constantly reinventing itself. Despite bubbles and busts, technology is still a hotbed of innovation and a mainstay of business need and investment,” said Chris Shipley, conference executive producer.

The invitation-only event, which has been in the Valley since 2001, has emerged as an important forum for the introduction of technologies. Among the companies launched by the show were Palm, Java, E*Trade and TiVo, along with such technologies as Web portals, personal digital assistants, online auctions and speech-recognition software.

Demonstrators at last year’s forum have received more than $200 million in venture capital funding.

The program is produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, a subsidiary of International Data Group, a Massachusetts-based media, research and event company.

The technologies are chosen by Shipley, who has the task of narrowing the field down from hundreds of companies that have a serious interest in making presentations. She said she looks for technologies that have the strongest chance of changing markets, creating new markets or challenging existing players in markets.

But some of the themes of this year’s demonstrations will be enterprise security, data management, consumer communications and wireless access stability, she said. New Internet technologies that are linked to Web 2.0 — the next generation of more secure, more interactive Web applications also will be included, she said.

Unlike previous years, no Arizona companies will be demonstrating at this year’s conference.

Each firm is given six minutes to demonstrate its products on stage. Later the audience members can get more detailed information on the technologies that interest them at the demonstrator pavilion.

The conference also will feature two FutureScan sessions hosted by futurist John Patrick that will look at technology trends. The first session will cover computational biology and the second will discuss Internet security.

Patrick is president of the consulting firm Attitude LLC and former vice president of Internet technology at IBM.

At the closing dinner Wednesday, a panel of technology journalists will debate the merits of the products that were demonstrated.

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