SOURCE: PRSA - Silicon Valley

October 19, 2007 11:00 ET

PRSA Silicon Valley and Computer History Museum to Host "Tech Media Predicts '08"

Silicon Valley's Must-Attend Event Will Feature Top Media Influencers Discussing What's Hot -- and What's Not -- in Coming Year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) - PRSA Silicon Valley and The Computer History Museum have teamed to deliver the must-attend event of the year in which top business and technology media influencers will highlight the most important and relevant technologies, trends and topics from 2007 -- and predict which ones will be the most notable in 2008. The evening gala event will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

"Industry trendsetters, chroniclers and luminaries are ready to share the most influential and cutting-edge trends, issues and technologies for 2008," said Paula Dunne, president of PRSA Silicon Valley. "An exciting evening gala is in store for attendees, who will be involved in possibly the most important discussions of the year. The knowledge and insights gained by attendees at one of Silicon Valley's premier forward-looking events can translate into business advantage by helping to formulate superior strategies and programs for the year to come."

Moderating this year's discussion will be well-known venture capitalist Ann Winblad, co-founder of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. The event's emcee will be Sam Whitmore, editor and founder of Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

Winblad will lead a discussion with a distinguished line-up of panelists, including media luminaries such as:

--  Jim Goldman, Silicon Valley bureau chief, CNBC and blogger, Tech Check
--  Jon Swartz, technology reporter, USA Today
--  Don Clark, deputy bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal
--  Victoria Murphy Barrett, editor, Forbes
--  Rob Hof, Silicon Valley bureau manager, BusinessWeek and blogger, Tech
    Beat
--  Robert Scoble, blogger, Scobleizer and columnist, Fast Company
--  Kara Swisher, executive editor, The Wall Street Journal, co-producer
    and co-host of the D: All Things Digital conference and blogger, Boomtown
    

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner. The panel discussion will then commence, in which panelists will first be recognized and honored for their achievements over the course of the year and then discuss today's leading innovators and inventions, and what they believe will be the biggest stories in 2008. A Q&A session will follow, allowing attendees to ask questions of the panel and offering valuable face-time interaction with members of the media. Following the panel, live music will be provided by Wall Street Journal's Don Clark and his band, Off the Record.

Early-registration discounts are in effect until Wednesday, October 31, 2007. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.siliconprsa.org/events/blockbuster.shtml.

Key event sponsors include gold-level sponsor Yahoo! Inc., as well as A&R Edelman, Access Communications, Burson-Marsteller, Business Wire, Citigate Cunningham, Eastwick Communications, Krause Taylor Associates, Marketwire, Medialink, Porter Novelli, PR Newswire, Trainer Communications, VisiTech PR and Voce Communications.

About PRSA Silicon Valley

For more than thirty years, the Public Relations Society of America, Silicon Valley (PRSA Silicon Valley) has been a leading voice for technology marketing and PR. The organization provides professionals with education and professional development, career advancement and networking opportunities. Business communicators at every level are welcome to join. The PRSA Silicon Valley provides numerous opportunities to stay informed about industry developments and trends, and to interact with other professionals, members of the media, industry analysts, and more. For more information, to become a member, and to receive newsletters and events bulletins, please visit: www.siliconprsa.org.

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