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FiRe "Digitizing the Planet" Event to Showcase Top Companies With New Technologies

Global Thought Leaders to Gather Near LA to Work on Some of the World's Most Challenging Issues

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/13 -- World-class, groundbreaking companies will be featured at the 11th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference in California next week. Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features world thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Centerpiece Speakers Mark Hurd, Vint Cerf, and others. Each year, FiRe selects a limited number of "FiReStarter" companies based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world. They are then showcased during the conference both at an exclusive reception with the BBC and in panels throughout the event.

This year's FiReStarter companies include:

Attensity (Palo Alto, CA): Using Attensity's integrated suite of customer analytics and response applications, organizations can tap the wealth of data stored in both internal and online sources such as call center notes, emails, customer surveys, blogs, review sites, and social media, and use that information to improve the customer experience with their brands.

Dot AIN (Redmond, WA): Dot AIN, the world's only Artificial Intelligence Network, has deployed the network to manage every aspect of functionality for a complete IT department, as complex as an enterprise or as simple as a single-person office. Dot AIN will reduce its clients' technology cost by up to 50% while improving performance, reliability, compliance, and security.

Electro Power Systems (Italy and Singapore): EPS is a recognized innovator and market leader for hydrogen-based fuel-cell energy-storage solutions. These advanced fuel-cell systems deliver clean, automatically rechargeable energy storage and power production anywhere, anytime, effectively and efficiently guaranteeing always-on power for virtually any application.

Graphene Technologies (Novato, CA): Graphene Technologies (GT) has developed a groundbreaking patented nano-materials synthesis technology that produces graphene from carbon dioxide. The GT synthesis process is massively scalable, economically efficient, and offers the potential to dramatically change the carbon-dioxide dialog from "nuisance waste product" to a profitable resource. All other inputs in the GT process can be recycled.

HEVT (Chicago, IL): HEVT's patented switched reluctance machines (SRM) leverage smart software with optimally designed hardware to empower the next generation of electric motors. Up to 60% lower cost and up to 3X more efficient than competing technologies -- free of rare-earth materials.

Ibis Networks (Honolulu, HI): Ibis Networks is a data analytics and energy management company focused on commercial applications in large facilities. The company uses patented Intelisocket™ nodes to create robust mesh networks within existing facilities. Its networks allow enterprises to monitor and remotely control energy use for every device plugged into the network in real time.

Lettuce (Venice, CA): Lettuce is a simple and intuitive order management system that enables small businesses to capture, track, and process orders from multiple sales channels in real time.

Medable (Palo Alto, CA): Medable is a HIPAA-compliant platform architected for data integration, scalability, and artificial intelligence. Its goal is to create a universal platform for healthcare that provides care connectivity for patient-provider and provider-provider collaboration, data sharing (genomic data, mobile apps, body sensors), and virtual visits.

Venafi (Sandy, Utah): Venafi is the inventor and market leader of Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions, and delivered the first enterprise application to automate the provisioning, discovery, and monitoring of encryption assets across heterogeneous environments -- from the data center to the cloud and beyond.

Virtustream (San Francisco, CA): Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise-class cloud solutions to enterprises, governments, and service providers. Virtustream enables businesses to move complex production applications to the cloud -- whether private, public, or hybrid -- while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud.

Zinc Air (Columbia Falls, MT): Zinc Air Inc. (ZAI) exists to fulfill Edison's vision of providing reliable and plentiful storage to the world. ZAI has leveraged simple, clean, and efficient energy-storage technology which was developed under corporate and the Department of Energy sponsorship. The company is bringing its battery to market to fundamentally and permanently change the reliability, stability, and efficiency of the existing electrical grid.

"This year's event is lining up to provide real-time solutions for some of the world's most challenging issues, including IP theft, global warming, and US education," said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and SNS CEO. "We'll be taking a look at where the world is heading in technology and the economy during the next 5 years."

Future in Review is an annual gathering of world-class thought leaders in technology and economics, convened each year with the goals of providing the best look forward in these fields, and of using technology to solve major world challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaboration across disparate industries and through active support from the FiRe community. Now in its 11th year, FiRe 2013 will take place May 21-24 at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California.

To see the current list of FiRe participants and selected speakers, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscriber-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX, Amazon, Telstra, and others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe Conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2013 will take place May 21-24 at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. For more information go to www.futureinreview.com.

Future in Review™ is a Strategic News Service™ conference. Future in Review and Strategic News Service (SNS) are registered international trademarks. The SNS Global Report is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.

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