Representatives from MediaLive, the organisation that used to throw the famed (but now defunct) Comdex trade show in Las Vegas in November, are recruiting exhibitors here at CeBIT in Hannover to show up at a new Comdex.
The new show won't be called Comdex however, your Silicon Valley Sleuth found out. The name has too suffered too much damage, the exhibitors were told.
As Las Vegas is the epitome of America's consumerism, Comdex became the symbol of the internet hype and the IT industry's tendency to over-promise and under-deliver. At its peak the show attracted 200,000 visitors. The last time the event took place in 2003 it attracted a mere 40,000 delegates. By then Comdex' parent company Key3Media was forced into bankruptcy, from which it emerged under the MediaLive brand.
The 2004 edition of Comdex was canned, but MediaLive talked about a "postponement", vowing that the show would come back. The company now has decided that there is nothing to "postpone". Seems that all that will be left of the old Comdex is the mailing list and some fade photographs next to the coffee maker in MediaLive's coffee maker.
[Entry copied from the vnunet.com CeBIT blog]
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