Macworld Conference and Expo, New York 2002 takes place from July 15 to 19, and show organiser IDG World Expo expects several first-time exhibitors for this year’s event.

Promising that the Expo will be the “Apple of the Mac enthusiast’s eye”, IDG World Expo has published a partial exhibitors list, plus details of events scheduled to take place during the show.

New exhibitors include imaging specialists Celartem Technology; creative content provider Dynamic Graphics USA, developer of the fast 911 FireWire bridge; Oxford Semiconductor; and US Mac support specialists Techknowsphere.

“We are very excited about exhibiting at Macworld NY, as the show consistently presents the best opportunity for Mac-centric businesses and customers to interact with each other,” said Avery Chipka, event manager at Techknowsphere.

Osamu Ikeda, Celartem Technology’s CEO, echoed Chipka’s enthusiasm. He said: “We’re looking forward to exhibiting at Macworld for the first time. It gives us the chance to showcase our image resolution-enhancement software – Vector Format for Zooming – to the loyal base of Macintosh users in the creative and publishing industries.”

Veteran exhibitors include: Canon, Canto, Connectix, Eovia, Epson, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Iomega, Microsoft, NewTek, Procreate, and SmartDisk.

Something for everyone The event also features an expanded Special Interest Pavilion. This will showcase emerging Mac OS-associated technologies such as Bluetooth, Linux and Unix applications ported to Mac OS X, and Java and Internet services.

Other show highlights include: The Digital Art Gallery; the Macintosh Gaming Arena; MacTech Central; and the introductory MacBeginnings classes.

The event kicks off with a keynote speech. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has delivered this in recent years, but has not been confirmed for this year’s event. However, MacMinute sources claim that Jobs will speak at the show.