IDG World Expo on Tuesday declared the successful completion of Macworld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco — the event ran from January 10 – 14, 2005, and saw the debut of Apple’s iPod shuffle and Mac mini computer. What’s more, it leads the way for this summer’s Macworld Conference & Expo Boston, scheduled for July 11 – 14, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center, and Macworld On Tour, a new two-day conference event coming to Orlando, Fla. on March 9 – 10, 2005.
Some attendees of this year’s show were surprised to see Macworld Expo’s exhibit hall area consolidated to just one side of the Moscone Center. In years past, the exhibit hall has sprawled across two halls, though those halls have been increasingly partitioned.
IDG World Expo group vice president Warwick Davies said exhibit hall floor space was actually larger than it was last year. What’s more, 20 more exhibitors participated — a total of 280, compared to 260 for 2004’s San Francisco show. The exhibit hall was packed wall-to-wall with participating vendors, event areas and special interest areas.
“Exhibitors told us they were very pleased with the event and have responded enthusiastically by signing up for next year’s San Francisco event at a much higher rate than in the past. We’re really happy about the success of this year’s event,” said Davies in a statement.
In addition to this year’s scheduled Boston and Orlando events, Macworld Conference & Expo will return to the Moscone Center from January 9 – 13, 2006.
IDG World Expo and Mac Publishing LLC are both owned by International Data Group (IDG).