With the new triad consisting of tradeshow, conference, and networking event in a festival atmosphere, the new CEBIT offered fascinating insights into the digitization of the economy and society. The new format was successful in illuminating the various angles of digital transformation for every visitor.
The new, revamped CEBIT enjoyed a successful premiere, as more than 2,800 participating companies, over 600 speakers on ten stages, and 370 startups from Europe,
Africa and Asia turned Hannover into the world's digitization hotspot over a five-day period. Achim Berg, President of the German Association for Information Technology (Bitkom) set the tone for the event on "Welcome Night" on 11 June: "We are living in exciting times, with our boldest fantasies being overtaken by actual developments at breakneck speed!". A high-visibility emblem of this phenomenon was the 60-meter tall Ferris wheel erected by SAP, with 40 passenger cabins which, apart from providing a unique aerial view of the digitization festival, showcased concrete examples of Al, IoT and other phenomena.
Self-learning systems were a beacon theme at this year's CEBIT. Hewlett Packard Enterprise demonstrated how computers will soon be able to compare millions of disease symptoms from a multitude of different sources in order to identify the ideal medication for a particular patient. At the IBM stand, visitors were introduced to a smart assistant, equipped with voice control, cameras and sensors, that is supporting the German astronaut Alexander Gerst during his mission on the ISS space station. Al technologies are also delivering real benefits in the digital workspace: assistants like Alexa or chatbots respond to human voice instructions to simplify the operation of many new software tools. Numerous exhibitors were also presenting solutions with 360-degree output for complete processes. One of the key topics in this context was data security. Given that many dangerous attacks originate from employee workstations, several exhibitors presented automated security concepts.
Artificial intelligence looks even more impressive when manifested in quasi-human form. The humanoid robot "Pepper" from SoftBank Robotics reacts to human feelings and answers questions on products and services. At the interface between research and industry, research institutions were also present at CEBIT to showcase their latest innovations. The Karlsruhe Institute for...