More than 300 exhibitors expected at Macworld Expo

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IDG World Expo on Thursday noted that more than 300 exhibitors are expected to show products at next week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif — a marked increase over 2005. The company also provided details about some of the event highlights next week.

The increase in exhibitors would seem to be a sign of growth both in the Mac market and the burgeoning iPod acccessory market. Last year’s Macworld Expo San Francisco saw 275 vendors exhibit. That was a 10 percent year over year uptick compared to 2004. This year’s growth is even bigger, with closer to 350 vendors signed up for the show, Macworld has learned.

“It’s gonna be packed,” said Mike Sponseller, public relations manager for IDG World Expo.

The event kicks off Monday with Power Tools conference sessions, but for so many attendees and Mac enthusiasts who keep an eye on the event happenings, it doesn’t really get started until Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 10, 2005. At 11:00 AM the doors are scheduled to open. The event runs through Friday, January 13, 2005.

Featured presentations open to all attendees include David Pogue’s Macworld talk show, info on podcasting, George Lucas’ revolution in filmmaking and new features in Photoshop CS.

The Macworld Auto Show is a new Exhibit Hall attraction that features a number of cars customized with Mac integration and iPod docks, including a Volkswagen GTi, Porsche Cayenne, vintage Buick Riviera and more. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will give users a look at the state of the art in mobile recording and multimedia production.

Fifteen Power Tools conferences covering the gamut of creative professional work on the Macintosh, a new feature called Market Symposiums, set up to help small businss owners, educators, art directors and others.

Other features include the new Creative Corner in the Exhibit Hall, highlighting music and audio technology, digital photography and more, the Berklee Dream Studio, created by the Berklee College of Music and more.

IDG World Expo and Macworld are both owned by International Data Group (IDG).

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