CeBIT is the largest and most internationally represented computer expo in the world. The trade fair is held each year on the Hanover fairground, the world’s largest fairground, in Hanover, Germany. It is considered a barometer of current trends and a measure of the state of the art in information technology. With an exhibition area of roughly 450,000 m² (5 million ft²) and a peak attendance of 850,000 visitors during the dot-com boom, it is larger both in area and attendance than its Asian counterpart COMPUTEX and its no-longer held American equivalent COMDEX. CeBIT is a German language acronym for Centrum für Büroautomation, Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation, which translates as “Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication”.
CeBIT was traditionally the computing part of the Hanover Fair, a big industry trade show held every year. It was first established in 1970, with the opening of the Hanover fairground’s new Hall 1, then the largest exhibition hall in the world. However, in the 1980s the information technology and telecommunications part was straining the resources of the industry fair so much that it was given a separate trade show starting 1986, held four weeks earlier than the main Hanover Fair.
During the many years it has been running, there were many famous key-note speakers which shared their stories at CeBIT. Some of them are:
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder Apple Computer, Jimmy Wales, founder Wikipedia, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and Chairman, Kaspersky Lab, Mark Shuttleworth, founder, Canonical, Neelie Kroes, Vice President, European Commission, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman and Co-Founder, Open Data Institute (ODI), Dean Douglas, CEO Unify, Cristina Riesen, General Manager Europe, Evernote, Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fmr. Governor of California; Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft, Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel, Jon Iwata SVP Marketing & Communications, IBM, Reid Hoffman, Chairman and CEO, LinkedIn; Scott Durchslag, COO, Skype; Dr. Werner Vogels, Vice President & CTO, Amazon, Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder of Flickr.com, Michael T. Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google & Founder of Google Earth; Mark Kingdon, CEO, LindenLab.
For this years’ speakers list you can check out the official website!
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