India will not witness IDF this year

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Priya Padmanabhan

BANGALORE: Intel has decided to whittle down the global editions of its annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) from 14 global locations to 3 in 2007. This would mean that the event would not take place in India this year. The company has decided to conduct IDF this year in Beijing, China during April; San Francisco, USA in September and Taipei, Taiwan in October.


IDF brings together top technologists at Intel and the industry and gives participants an opportunity to find out more on Intel’s plans, existing and new products and roadmaps. 

Commenting on the decision, Intel issued a statement saying: “ IDF is a long-term working programme, and a successful one, but all programmes need to be revisited periodically to make sure they meet the needs of the industry and continue to be successful.”

Intel is hopeful that the 2007 events would draw an international audience in key hubs of the technology industry. The company also stressed that its APAC focus is still intact. “While two of the three flagship events are being held in APAC, it definitely underscores the significance of APAC as the key global technology hub.”


On India’s importance as a market, the company spokesperson said, “ India is an important market to Intel, but our current strategy is to focus IDF-related resources in 2007 on the technology hubs of China, the United States and Taiwan. Our hope is that the three large-scale IDFs in 2007 will draw international audiences.”

Intel is also exploring opportunities outside of the IDF program to deliver technical content to the industry and press. The company is considering new ways of reaching its audience such as web-based virtual events that globally repurpose, update and geographically tailored IDF content.

Intel has held the IDF event in India since 2001.

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