Experts to gather and share conferencing success stories at the Collaborative Conferencing Summit in New York

Collaborative Conferencing Summit 2005 -- Panel of Expert End Users Will Share Their Perspectives and Experience on the Various Ways Their Organizations Have Successfully Integrated Collaborative Technologies

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 4, 2005 -- The Collaborative Conferencing Summit ( will take place on February 21-22, 2005, in New York City at the Westin New York Times Square, and simultaneously by videoconferencing on February 22 in London, England.

Panelists from the U.S. Army, British Consulate-General, CNBC, Microsoft, Lehman Brothers, Sony, State of Virginia, George Washington University, Nortel Networks, Broward County Public Schools, Showtime, Viacom, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Women's & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island will address how their own organizations have been able to successfully implement conferencing technologies and how they have been able to capitalize on their many advantages.

Some of the panelists include Luciano Iorizzo, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army's Training Support Center; David Danto, VP, Director of Global Multimedia Engineering at Lehman Brothers where he is in-charge of the design, implementation and operation of video and audio conferencing facilities and television and audio/visual facilities worldwide; Jerald L. Feinstein, Ph.D., of the George Washington University; Lois Lynch, Director of Telemedicine, with the Women & Infant's Hospital; Dr. Gary Brown, with the Broward County Public School District, which is the 5th largest public school district in the country with over 271,000 students and an annual budget of $3.68 billion; and finally Bob Keeton, who manages video conferencing operations for the state of Virginia. This broad scope of panelists brings with them decades of experience dealing with collaborative conferencing solutions and will address their recommendations to be successful in the adoption and use of these technologies.

Concurrent with the symposium will be a vendor exposition. TeleSuite (, First Virtual Communications (FVC) ( (OTC: FVCC.PK), Applied Global Technologies (AGT) (, OCTiVox (, 1st Works Corporation (, VBrick (, Sony ( (NYSE:SNE), ReView Video (, BYO Broadcast (, TeleWriter Corporation (, Hai Vision Systems (, IP Unity (, Compunetix (, British Consulate General (, and WACOM ( will be exhibitors at the New York event. Polycom ( (NASDAQ: PLCM) will hold the Platinum Sponsorship, Microsoft ( (NASDAQ: MSFT) will hold the Gold Sponsorship, and TANDBERG ( (OSLO: TAA.OL) will hold the Silver Sponsorship. Encounter Collaborative ( will provide the web cast for the summit.

Media and industry organization partners include IMCCA-Interactive Multimedia Collaborative & Communications Alliance (, VideoSystems ( (NYSE: PRM), Government Video Expo (, Screen Digest Magazine (, Wall Street Technology Association (, ZD Net UK (, (, Yorkshire Forward (, Business Wire (, ConferZone (, Flexibility (, UK eHealth Association (, Meeting Without Moving (, and the Computer Suppliers Federation (

Registration for the New York event is $695.00 before January 7, 2005. Registration for the London event is GBP 300.00 before January 7, 2005. Special discounts apply to end users, government, education, and association members. The conference agenda will be programmed in partnership with the Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA). Please call 917-655-0818 for more details or visit the website at

About ETA

The Entertainment Technology Alliance (ETA) was founded in 1998 to educate and bring professionals together from within the entertainment and technology industries. ETA hosts industry specific conferences to help foster the understanding of technology trends and challenges by bringing together independent technology experts, leading business authorities and acclaimed authors. Aimed at senior level executives and business decision makers, ETA conferences deliver content that is strategic, cutting-edge and vendor neutral. For more information about ETA, please visit or contact For more information about the Collaborative Conferencing Summit, please visit


The Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) is the non-profit industry association for conferencing and collaborative communications technologies. IMCCA's mission is to foster and promote people-to-people communications and learning throughout the industry. For more information on the IMCCA, please visit or contact

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