August 15, 2012 07:00 ET

DEMO Fall 2012 Announces Keynote Speaker, Inventor and Futurist, Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil to Reveal His Next Book on DEMO Fall 2012 Stage

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) - The DEMO Conference, world-renowned for launching the most innovative and disruptive technologies in the industry, today announced its keynote speaker, world renowned futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil. The conference also announced the first round of industry sage panelists for DEMO Fall 2012. Global technology industry leaders, venture capitalists, press, and entrepreneurs will gather October 1-3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara to experience launch demonstrations from today's top innovators and to hear commentary on the state of startups and technology today.

Ray Kurzweil has a 25-year track record of accurate predictions. Called the "restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." At DEMO Fall 2012, Mr. Kurzweil will reveal concepts and ideas from his next book, "How to Create a Mind." In this book, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important projects in human-machine civilization -- reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

For the past 22 years, the DEMO conference has consistently featured high-quality panelists and speakers ranging from renowned venture capitalists to technology leaders and veteran entrepreneurs. After each group of industry-specific demonstrators, relevant sage panelists will take the stage and offer a unique layer of context to DEMO Fall 2012 by providing feedback, thoughts and insights on the innovative launch demonstrations in their area of expertise.

DEMO Fall 2012's lineup of distinguished sage panelists and speakers includes:

  • Daniel Debow, Co-CEO, Rypple
  • Josh Elman, Principal, Greylock Partners
  • Sheila Jordan, Senior Vice President of Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco Systems
  • Clay Kellogg, Chief Revenue Officer, Chartboost
  • Jason Medelson, Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Adam Nash, Executive in Residence, Greylock Partners
  • Harshul Sanghi, Managing Partner, American Express Ventures
  • Adeo Ressi, CEO, Founder Institute
  • Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter

"Our speakers and sage panelists are key to the DEMO conference's -- and our demonstrators' -- success," said DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall. "The insight and knowledge shared by this group of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and key industry players will make for another successful DEMO event."

As DEMO continues to evolve and expand, so does the conference's presence on a global scale. DEMO's Global Launch Program allows startups from all over the world to have the chance to launch their innovative technologies and gain exposure. Upcoming international conferences include:

  • DEMO China 2012: Hangzhou, China, Aug 23-24, 2012
  • DEMO Brazil 2012: Sao Paolo, Brazil, Nov 12-13, 2012 
  • DEMO Africa 2012: Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 24-26, 2012

Visit to get more information on any of the global DEMO conferences, including DEMO Fall 2012, and to reserve your spot today to get a sneak peak at the headline makers of tomorrow.

The DEMO Fall 2012 conference would not be possible without the help of our dedicated sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors AARP, Citrix Startup Accelerator, Microsoft Bizspark, Startup America Partnership,, and Porter Novelli. Visit the DEMO Sponsor page for a full list of sponsoring companies.

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