HP World 2005 scrapped

This year’s HP World conference in San Francisco has been cancelled at short notice.

This year’s HP World conference in San Francisco has been cancelled at short notice.

The conference, which usually attracts around 7,000 IT professionals a year, was due to take place on 14-18 August with senior HP officials addressing it.

The cancellation came just before – but is not linked to – today's expected announcement of thousands of job cuts at HP.

Conference organisers the Interex user group said on its website, “It is with great sadness that after 31 years we have found it financially necessary to close the doors at Interex. Unfortunately, our publications, newsletters, services and conference (HPWorld 2005) will be terminated immediately.

“We are grateful to the 100,000 members and volunteers of Interex for their contributions, advocacy and support. We dearly wish that we could have continued supporting your needs but it was unavoidable.”

Exhibitors, keynote speakers and visitors were notified of the cancellation via e-mail last weekend.

The show has been staged for the last 10 years and its demise follows the scrapping of Comdex, once the leading annual IT industry event.

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