Speakers Announced for Telepresence World 2008 London

Martyn Lewis, CBE, Charles Stucki, Jonathan Shopley, and Marc Trachtenberg are among notables to address delegates.

London, United Kingdom, February 04, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Hemisphere Expo Services, producers of the Telepresence World Conference Series (www.telepresenceworld.com), have announced the featured speakers and panelists who will address attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London, which will take place on 18th – 19th March at ExCel London, the internationally acclaimed exhibition and conference centre located in the UK’s capital city.

The conference, which will showcase the latest state-of-the-art systems designed to enable and enhance collaboration and reduce the need for in-person meetings, will focus on real-world applications of telepresence and will feature case studies, roundtables, and business analyses led by industry leaders. Speakers will explore a wide variety of topics ranging from management of the global enterprise via telepresence to ways that the technology can reduce the corporate carbon footprint and contribute to the development of sustainable business models.

Marc Trachtenberg, who is a Co-Founder of Teliris as well as its CEO, will lead off the Conference on March 18 with a powerful and highly interactive look at the multi-faceted ways that telepresence will continue to change business practises around the world.

According to Mr. Trachtenberg, “It is hard to believe that it was slightly less than a decade ago that Teliris introduced the first telepresence system. In that short time, companies of all sizes, all over the world have realized the tremendous value of this unique technology and its implications for managing rising costs, fostering deeper, more effective communication and decision making and even addressing corporate environmental responsibility. And this is just the beginning - telepresence will eventually become an irreplaceable asset within each and every organization that needs to meet in a natural, immersive way across distance.”

According to Ken Crangle, vice president, Diamond Sponsor HP Halo Telepresence Solutions, "As global enterprise becomes more distributed and complex, more effective ways to collaborate and communicate are key to increasing business productivity, furthering collaboration and reducing corporate travel expenses. HP Halo Telepresence Solutions are already used by some of the world's leading companies such as ABN Amro, AMD, BHP Billiton, DreamWorks Animation and PepsiCo to foster more personal connections while reducing the burden of travel and to make business decisions faster and with greater control. We are looking forward to showcasing the benefits of this powerful technology at Telepresence World 2008."

Featured presenters at the conference will include:

Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman & Co-Founder – Teliris
Marc Trachtenberg, CEO & Co-Founder - Teliris
Charles Stucki, VP & General Manager - Cisco Telepresence Systems Business Unit
Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director - The CarbonNeutral Company
Aaron McCormack, CEO - BT Conferencing
Peter Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief - AV Magazine

Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director of The CarbonNeutral Company, said: “Technological solutions are vital for a low carbon future. Our experience shows us that business travel accounts for around 20% – 30% of our service-based clients’ overall emissions. Where possible, using virtual options like telepresence is a real opportunity for businesses to cut emissions at the source whilst increasing cost and staff efficiency.”

Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman of Teliris and lauded TV presenter and news anchor, also presenting at the Conference, stated: “This is such an exciting time for the telepresence industry as more and more companies around the world begin to understand how drastically its deployment can redefine business as they know it.”

Attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London will have a unique opportunity to experience telepresence offerings from a number of vendors first-hand via demonstrations and exhibitions. The venue for the conference, the ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre, is conveniently located near the London City Airport and Canary Wharf.

World renowned analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has partnered with Telepresence World to provide market leadership, perspective, and insight. Diamond Sponsors of Telepresence World 2008 include Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard. BT has joined as a Gold Sponsor and Network Sponsorship will be provided by Masergy Communications. The Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance and the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers are Strategic Alliance partners. Organisational Supporters include the International Society of Presence Research, Digital Content Forum, the Communications Management Association, the British Computer Society, and the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Audio Visual Magazine, AV News, Connect World, CXO, Education Business, European CEO, Government Technology, Health Business, Healthcare IT, New Media Age, Report Buyer, Total Telecom, and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter are among a growing listing of Media Sponsors. Telepresence World 2008 London is a CarbonNeutral event.

For more information on Telepresence World events, see: www.telerpesenceworld.com

Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Mark Barounos