Nobel Laureate Al Gore and Cisco CEO John Chambers to Discuss Climate Change and Technology Innovation at CMP's VoiceCon® Orlando 2008

Leading Event on Enterprise Communications to Host Virtual Discussion

Feb 27, 2008

VoiceCon®, produced by CMP, today announced that Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will join Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Sue Bostrom, Cisco Chief Marketing Officer at VoiceCon Orlando 2008 for a discussion on the critical role technology innovation can play in mitigating climate change. Using a Cisco TelePresence system, Gore and Chambers will engage in a virtual discussion as if they are in the same room even though they will be thousands of miles apart. VoiceCon Orlando 2008 -- -- runs March 17-20 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The virtual discussion, enabled by the Cisco Unified Communications system, will simultaneously address live audiences in London, England, Orlando, Fla., and several other locations around the world. It will be hosted in Orlando during the Cisco keynote session by Cisco Chief Marketing Officer, Sue Bostrom. The key discussion topics will include:

  -- Latest observations of the effects of global warming and the impact of
  -- How businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of
     new communications and collaborations innovation.
  -- How the technology industry can help create the most sustainable model
     for addressing global climate change.

"We are honored to have Al Gore appearing at VoiceCon Orlando, and proud to welcome back John Chambers who keynoted at our event in 2006," said Fred Knight, VoiceCon's General Manager. "Communications and information technology play a unique role in our personal and professional lives today, and this important discussion will stimulate attendees and the entire industry to apply their unique skills and expertise to help build a more sustainable future."

"Global challenges require global participation. We all have a role to play -- not only because it is good for business, but because it is the right thing to do," said Sue Bostrom Cisco's Chief Marketing Officer. "The IT industry is in a unique position to create collaborative solutions that are designed with the environment in mind. We are excited to demonstrate the sustainable power of the network and Unified Communications at VoiceCon."

VoiceCon is both a conference and an exhibition. The VoiceCon conference features technical and market experts in all aspects of enterprise communications, as well as executives who have deployed advanced communications technologies and who describe their experiences -- what worked, what didn't and why. For the complete conference agenda and speaker information go to

The VoiceCon Orlando 2008 exhibition is the only venue to feature all of the leading companies in the IP Telephony, unified and converged communications industry, providing attendees with an unmatched opportunity to meet with leading vendors to solve their IP Telephony and enterprise communications needs. The list of VoiceCon Orlando 2008 sponsors includes Avaya, 3COM, Aastra Intecom, AT&T, Cisco, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, IBM, Microsoft, Mitel, Motorola, NEC Unified Solutions, Nokia, Nortel, ShoreTel, Siemens Communications, Inc., Sprint, Verizon, 8x8 , Inc., 911 Enable, Alcatel-Lucent, American Power Conversion, Avaya Developer Connection, AVST, BCR Training, Blackberry, CA, Inc., Calabrio Software, Dimension Data, Ericsson, Inc., Interactive Intelligence, Plantronics, Polycom, Psytechnics, Samsung, Tandberg, and Vertical Communications.

About VoiceCon®

Now in its 18th year, VoiceCon® is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise IP Telephony, Converged Networks and Unified Communications in North America. VoiceCon® brings enterprise decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. As the momentum toward IP Telephony and convergence has grown, VoiceCon has expanded to include two yearly shows: VoiceCon Orlando, set for March 17-20, 2008, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel, and VoiceCon San Francisco, returning to the Moscone North Convention Center in San Francisco, November 10-13, 2008. VoiceCon Orlando was recently named one of Tradeshow Week's Fastest 50, a distinguished award recognizing the fastest-growing tradeshows. The event was honored with this distinction for show growth between 2004 and 2006. The VoiceCon portfolio also includes the VoiceCon Tour, which will take place from May to June 2008 in various locations across the U.S. and Canada. VoiceCon has launched No Jitter, (, providing daily blogging and analysis of the enterprise IP Telephony, Unified Communications and Converged Networking world. VoiceCon also serves the community with two weekly email newsletters -- VoiceCon eNews ( and VoiceCon UC eWeekly (; and the VoiceCon Webinar Series. For more information, visit

About CMP

CMP ( is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developer Conference and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. For more CMP news, go to

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