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AJAX Seminar Speaker Line-Up Announced, New Dates Added

The Best AJAX Education Opportunity of the Year Presents a Faculty of the World's Top AJAX Rock Stars March 13

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/15/06 -- SYS-CON Events (www.events.sys-con.com) announced today the speaker line-up for the upcoming "Real-World AJAX" (www.ajaxseminar.com) one-day seminars, added new venues; April 24, 2006 San Jose, CA; June 5-6, 2006, New York City; and October 2-3, 2006, Santa Clara, CA. SYS-CON will announce four more dates in March for Toronto, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.

The March 13, New York, and April 24, San Jose events are exclusively sponsored by the world's leading AJAX technology providers: Adobe, telerik, Backbase, Tibco/Perficient, and Microsoft. The sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming seminars will be made available on March 13, 2006 during the New York City event.

Distinguished faculty of the "Real-World AJAX" East and West Coast seminars includes the following technology leaders and well-known presenters:

Jesse James Garrett (New York / San Jose)

Father of "AJAX" Who Coined the Term in 2005

Jesse James Garrett is the Director of User Experience Strategy and a founding partner of Adaptive Path, the world's premier user experience consulting company. He is author of "The Elements of User Experience" (New Riders), and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of information architecture. Jesse's clients include AT&T, Intel, Crayola, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and National Public Radio. Since starting in the Internet industry in 1995, Jesse has had a hands-on role in almost every aspect of Web development, from interface design and programming to content development and high-level strategy. Today, information architects around the world depend on the tools and concepts he has developed, including the widely acclaimed "Elements of User Experience" model. He is co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, the only professional organization dedicated to information architecture. He is also a frequent speaker and writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including New Architect, Digital Web, and Boxes and Arrows.

Scott Dietzen (New York)

One of the Fathers of WebLogic and J2EE

Ph.D., President and CTO, Zimbra

Scott is widely credited with helping put together the J2EE standard, launching the Web application server category, launching the Java Community Process, and driving the Web services collaboration with Microsoft and IBM. Prior to Zimbra, Scott was CTO of BEA Systems where he was the principal architect of the technology strategy for the WebLogic product family.

Bill Scott (New York)

AJAX Evangelist of Yahoo!

Bill Scott, one of the top AJAX experts in the country, is an Interaction Designer and AJAX Evangelist at Yahoo! He is part of the newly formed Design and Practices Team working with teams throughout Yahoo! to create a rich experience on the web. Before joining Yahoo! Bill founded the User Experience Team at Sabre Airline Solutions, part of Sabre Holdings. During that stint he also co-founded Rico, an open source JavaScript framework for creating AJAX & DHTML web applications. Over the past 20 years Bill has been involved in designing and creating user interfaces for video games, military war games, 3d graphics, oil and gas research, software development environments, supply chain planning, and various other scientific and business domains. He posts his musings about user experience on his blog.

David Heinemeier Hansson (New York)

Creator of Ruby on Rails

US-based since November, David Heinemeier Hansson is the development lead of Rails, also known as Ruby on Rails, which the official Ruby on Rails website irreverently describes as "a full-stack, open-source web framework in Ruby for writing real-world applications with joy and less code than most frameworks spend doing XML sit-ups." He has had help from a lot of contributors. David is the creator of applications like Instiki, Basecamp, and Ta-da, and has now joined the Chicago-based team of 37signals.com, a privately-held company founded in 1999 and committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. David will give his first presentation on "AJAX in Rails" at the "Real-World AJAX" one-day seminar.

Adam Bosworth (San Jose)

Vice President of Engineering, Google

One of the Fathers of XML and the Creator of MS Access

Adam Bosworth is Vice President of Engineering, Google. He joined Google in 2005 from BEA Systems, where he was Chief Architect & Senior VP of Advanced Development. Prior to joining BEA, Bosworth co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm acquired by BEA. Known as one of the pioneers of XML, he previously held various senior management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the WebData group, a team focused on defining and driving XML strategy. While at Microsoft he was also responsible for designing and delivering the Microsoft Access PC Database product and assembling and driving the team that developed the HTML engine of Internet Explorer 4.0.

Rob Gonda (New York / San Jose)

Bestselling AJAX Author, CTO, iChameleon Group

Editor-in-Chief, AJAX Developer's Journal

Rob Gonda, newly appointed at the helm of SYS-CON Media's AJAX Developer's Journal, is the CTO for iChameleon Group. He is an Advanced Certified ColdFusion Developer, holds a BS in computer science and engineering and an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship. He recently wrote a two-part feature article on AJAX for ColdFusion Developer's Journal that in one month became the most-read article in the magazine's history.

Dion Hinchcliffe (New York / San Jose)

Co-founder & CTO, Sphere of Influence Inc.

Editor-in-Chief, Web 2.0 Journal

Dion Hinchcliffe, newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of SYS-CON's pioneering Web 2.0 Journal, is co-founder and chief technology officer for the enterprise architecture firm Sphere of Influence Inc., in McLean, Virginia. A veteran of software development, Dion works with leading-edge technologies to accelerate project schedules and raise the bar for software quality. He is highly experienced with enterprise technologies and he designs, consults, and writes prolifically. Dion actively consults with enterprise IT clients in the federal government and Fortune 1000. He is a frequent speaker on AJAX, Web 2.0 and SOA and is currently the top-read SYS-CON.com blogger.

Jeremy Geelan (New York / San Jose)

Group Publisher & Editorial Director, SYS-CON Media

Jeremy Geelan is group publisher and editorial director of SYS-CON Media, and is responsible for all print titles and online i-technology portals for the firm. He regularly hosts SYS-CON.TV, is executive producer of the "Power Panels with Jeremy Geelan" iTV series, and represents SYS-CON at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences both in North America and overseas. His i-Technology Blog is at jeremy.linuxworld.com and he is Conference Chair of the upcoming iTVcon -- "Internet TV Conference & Expo 2006."

Ross Dargahi (New York)

Well-known AJAX Evangelist

Co-founder and VP of Engineering, Zimbra

Ross Dargahi, a co-founder of Zimbra, is presently the company's VP of Engineering. Prior to Zimbra, he was Director of Engineering and Director of Product Management with the Messaging Products Group at Openwave Systems -- where he built and led the engineering team that designed and architected large-scale messaging subsystems and was responsible for unified messaging, multimedia messaging (MMS), and voicemail. Ross joined Openwave as part of the 1999 acquisition of Onebox where he was a founding engineer and senior architect. Prior to Onebox, Ross was at Sun Microsystems' JavaSoft division where he was a lead engineer with the Java Server Group responsible for network computer and embedded server products.

Dave Crane (New York / San Jose)

Co-author of Bestselling AJAX Book 'Ajax in Action'

Dave will autograph his bestselling book for all delegates!

Dave Crane is senior developer and architect for Historic Futures Ltd., a UK firm specialising in web-based supply chain management solutions. He is also lead author of the bestselling 'Ajax in Action', and has been using the technologies that we now know as AJAX in production for several years. He has worked extensively in the IT industry over the last ten years, in areas as diverse as home automation, finance and national policy planning, for companies ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100 market leaders, using technologies as diverse as J2EE, Python, Ruby, PHP, Linux and .NET. He holds degrees in Environmental Science, Parallel Computing, and a Ph.D. in simulation modeling and philosophy. He is active as a writer, trainer and mentor in the AJAX community.

Christian Cantrell (New York / San Jose)

Coauthor of JavaScript/Flash Integration Kit

AJAX/Flash Integration Guru

Christian Cantrell is a Product Manager for Developer Relations with Adobe and a big fan of AJAX. He has been developing large-scale, web-based applications in ColdFusion, Java, JSP, and Flash for more than six years. He is the author of numerous tutorials and white papers, and is coauthor of Flash Enabled: Flash Design & Development for Devices as well as the JavaScript/Flash Integration Kit. Christian is a leading expert on AJAX to Flash integration.

Paul Rademacher (San Jose)

Google, Creator of HousingMaps.com

Paul Rademacher is the creator of HousingMaps.com, which combined Craigslist and Google Maps for the first web mashup. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and worked as an R&D Engineer at Dreamworks Animation on such movies as "Shrek 2" and "Madagascar." Since creating HousingMaps, Paul is now at Google.

Sahil Malik (New York)

telerik Tech Evangelist, Microsoft MVP

Author of Bestselling ADO.NET 2.0 book

Sahil Malik is an Independent Consultant, Trainer and Mentor in various Microsoft Technologies and has been closely involved with telerik as a technology strategist. He has worked for many large clients across the globe including a good deal of Fortune 100 companies and US government organizations. He is currently leading the office of Emerging Technologies at a prominent government office where he is in charge of reviewing, assessing and recommending various technologies to support the organization. Malik frequently speaks on a variety of .NET related topics at local user group meetings and industry events. For his community involvement and contribution, he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award.

Jouk Pleiter (New York / San Jose)

Co-Founder & CEO of Backbase

Jouk Pleiter is the CEO of Backbase, a leader in the field of Rich Internet Applications and AJAX development software. Backbase's clients include ING, ABN AMRO, TNT, KPN, Comsys and Heineken. Backbase operates globally with offices in San Mateo (North America) and Amsterdam (Europe). Since 1995, Jouk has been an entrepreneur: he founded three successful Software companies. Prior to Backbase, Jouk was part of the founding team at the web content management company Tridion, where he led the product management operations, and was driving the company s efforts to become a leader in the European WCM software market. Jouk previously was part of the founding team at the Interactive Agency Twinspark where he grew the company to a leading market position in Europe and was instrumental in the sale of Twinspark to Agency.com. He has an MBA from the University of Groningen.

Kevin Hakman (New York / San Jose)

Director of Product Marketing for TIBCO General Interface

TIBCO Software

Kevin Hakman is the director of product marketing for TIBCO General Interface, the award winning AJAX and Rich Internet Application framework and toolkit. Kevin Hakman pioneered AJAX in the enterprise co-founding General Interface in 2001. Since that time General Interface (aka GI) has been powering Web applications that look, feel and perform like desktop applications, but run in the browser at Fortune 500 and US Government organizations. General Interface was also the first to use its own toolkit to provide full visual tooling for AJAX when it released its 2.0 Version in 2003. TIBCO acquired General Interface in 2004 to extend its vision for service oriented applications to the end user. Kevin is a contributor to the SOA Web Services Journal and the AJAX Developers Journal.

Shanku Niyogi (San Jose)

Product Unit Manager of the UI Framework and Services Team

Microsoft Corporation

Shanku is Product Unit Manager of the UI Framework and Services (UiFX) team, which is responsible for delivering high-productivity UI framework technologies for the .NET platform, including ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows Forms, and frameworks for smart clients. Prior to his current role, Shanku was Group Program Manager of the Web Platform and Tools team on the Whidbey release of ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer. Shanku joined Microsoft in 1998 as a developer, having spent several years shipping products in the Windows ISV industry. Shanku holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

About SYS-CON Media

SYS-CON Media, listed in Inc 500 three years in a row as the fastest growing, privately held publishing company in America, is the world's leading publisher exclusively serving i-technology markets.

SYS-CON's well-known and respected magazine titles include: Java Developer's Journal (www.JavaDevelopersJournal.com), .NET Developer's Journal (www.DotNETDevelopersJournal.com), Enterprise Open Source Magazine (www.opensource.sys-con.com), LinuxWorld Magazine (www.linuxworld.com), SOA Web Services Journal (www.WSJ2.com), Wireless Business & Technology (www.WBT2.com), XML-Journal (www.XML-Journal.com), WLDJ-WebLogic Developer's Journal (www.WeblogicDevelopersJournal.com), Symbian Developer's Journal (www.symbian.sys-con.com), WebSphere Journal (www.WebSphereJournal.com), Adobe Developer's Journal (www.mx.sys-con.com.com), ColdFusion Developer's Journal (www.ColdFusionJournal.com), PowerBuilder Developer's Journal (www.PowerBuilderJournal.com), IT Solutions Guide (www.itsolutions.sys-con.com), ISSJ -- Information Storage & Security Journal (www.issjournal.com), Eclipse Developer's Journal (www.eclipsedevelopersjournal.com); AJAX Developer's Journal (www.ajax.sys-con.com), Web Hosting Journal (www.webhosting.sys-con.com), and Web 2.0 Journal (http://web2.sys-con.com).

Each month SYS-CON Media reaches over two million i-technology professionals through its specialty journals, magazines, conferences, education programs (www.education.sys-con.com), SYS-CON.TV (www.SYS-CON.TV), the world's first branded blog community (www.blog-n-play.com), live and on-demand Webcasts (www.webcast.sys-con.com), and the SYS-CON interactive portal with more than 100 websites at www.sys-con.com.

About SYS-CON Events, Inc.

SYS-CON Events, Inc. (www.events.sys-con.com) is the world's leading producer of i-technology conferences, seminars and expos, including SOA Web Services Edge -- International Web Services Conference, Enterprise Open Source Conference, "Real-Life AJAX" One-Day Seminar Series (www.ajaxseminar.com), and iTVcon -- Internet TV Conference & Expo 2006 (www.itvcon.com).

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