The CIO Executive Council & DEMO Unite to Launch a New Ecosystem of Innovation

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2013) -   IDG's CIO Executive Council -- a member-led executive organization of forward thinking chief information officers -- and DEMO -- the world-renowned conference series known for launching the most promising, cutting-edge technologies -- have partnered to create an exclusive community for enterprise CIOs to engage with emerging technology companies before, during and after they launch.

The DEMO CIO Council  connects progressive CIOs with venture capitalists, start-up CEOs and other IT leaders on the evolving landscape of emerging technology through facilitated engagements that take place year-round.

"We've had a great response from CIOs since the launch this summer," said Steve Dodman, VP of Sales at the CIO Executive Council and Chairman of the DEMO CIO Council's Advisory Board. "Members are lining up to get exclusive access to in-person networking opportunities at all DEMO conferences and virtual executive roundtables that take place throughout the year. Our members are getting a jump on the competition and are thriving in this ecosystem for innovation that we've created."

The DEMO Conference in its 23rd year is the premier launch option for emerging technology. It offers scholarship opportunities, turnkey services and exposure to the entire tech ecosystem of VCs, investors, IT buyers and the global tech press.

"We have an unmatched track record of inviting some of the most game-changing products the world has ever seen to launch at DEMO," said Neal Silverman, SVP & GM of DEMO. "Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Symantec and Yahoo! have all gone to the well more than once, acquiring multiple companies that made their debut at one of our DEMO conferences."

"Building out a strong technology ecosystem is top priority for CIOs," said Angela Yochem, CIO of BDP International and one of 20 board members for the DEMO CIO Council. "Traditional IT vendor models don't support the fluidity of our economic and social reality, making DEMO an extremely important event for us. For forward-thinking technology leaders interested in building unconventional partnerships, or in stepping up to be 'customer zero' for a game-changing startup, it doesn't get any better than DEMO." 

"We are always assessing the latest technology trends and innovations, and the DEMO CIO Counsel offers exclusive access to organizations like DISH," said Mike McClaskey, CIO of DISH and an advisory board member for the DEMO CIO Council. "Prior to each DEMO Conference, members receive a 10-day preview and opportunity to meet with startup CEOs to discuss product viability and schedule in-office demonstrations."

About the DEMO Conferences

Produced by IDG, the DEMO conferences in the United States, Asia, Brazil, Africa, India and Europe focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, 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. 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. To subscribe, go to: http://www.demo.com

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About the CIO Executive Council

CIO Executive Council is a member-led executive organization of global business leaders working to drive value from the intersection of business, information technology and strategy. Through peer reliance, collaboration and outreach, members apply the knowledge, insights and best practices of their peers to the success of their enterprises and their own personal achievement. Launched in April 2004, by the parent organization of CIO magazine, the Council is comprised of hundreds of the world's leading chief information officers. To learn more about CIO Executive Council, please visit their website at http://council.cio.com/. CIO Executive Council is part of IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group company. Company information is available at http://idgenterprise.com/.

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