CeBIT 2017, 20 - 24 March

CeBIT 2017, 20 - 24 March

Expert Panels at CeBIT 2016

A broad range of forums, conferences and special events offers you the chance to learn more about the latest market trends. Here you can compare notes, pick up valuable know-how and check out the latest innovations, giving you the edge you need to keep your business on track and ahead of the pack.

Business Security

Business Security Forum

Hall 6

Organized by DATAKONTEXT GmbH, the Business Security Forum offers exciting and informative presentations, panel discussions and live demos on topics like IT security, data protection and security as well as the Internet of Things (Industry 4.0). Here you can meet interested, investment-ready decision-makers, generate high-caliber business leads and increase awareness of your company. Over the 5-day event you’ll have access to an audience of about 5,000 trade visitors.


European Cyber Security Conference

Nord/LB Forum

The European Cyber Security Conference will provide a platform for a comprehensive inventory taking and for initiating a sustainable discussion of this mission-critical topic. It will take a management-oriented focus rather than a technical one. Especially the aspects of robustness, safety and security in networked processes, products and services will be covered. In connection with Industry 4.0/Internet of things and mission-critical infrastructures Cyber Security Strategies are particularly important. Cyber Security has been identified as a top priority and crucial topic within digitization processes, especially by executives who are in charge and liable of protecting the intellectual property of their organizations. A variety of institutions and initiatives have been established and are committed to enable an optimal level of safety, security and privacy. The motto is "End of Naivety | End-to-end-Security is Executive's Top Priority". For more information


Security Plaza

Hall 6

Together with the Deutsche Messe, heise events organizes this year's renowned CeBIT Security Plaza. As in previous years, the Security Plaza is the central point of contact for security issues. On about 700 square meters, exhibitors from the security industry present their products and services.

At the same time practical lectures about safety are taking place on the forum stage: Experts from renowned industry leaders report on controversial security holes and how to close them.


Communication & Networks / IoT Solutions

Forum Communications & IoT SOLUTIONS

On stage in hall 13 pivotal questions and developments driving Communications & IoT SOLUTIONS will be explored. Existing as well as future industries created by IoT will have the floor in hall 13 - the first address for IoT at CeBIT.

Within each topic-block speakers and discussion panels will present the topics crucial for market developments in IoT.

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Monday, 14 March 2016
  • Broadband Expansion - Portal 21 Onlineverlag/ more
  • Broadband Summit - Bitkom Initiative D21 Breitbandinitiative e.V. more
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
  • Smart Home-Expert Day - Bitkom more
  • IoT Use Case: Mobility & Transport - Lufthansa Industry Solutions more
  • CeBIT IoT Summit - IoT Insights more
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
  • Forum on Digital Transformation - BVDW more
Thursday, 17 March 2016
  • CeBIT IoT Summit - IoT Insights more
  • IoT Use Case: Smart Manufacturing - Lufthansa Industry Solutions more
  • BME-Purchasers' Day - BME more
Friday, 18 March 2016
  • Smart Home Solutions im IoT - SmartHome Initiative more


DatacenterDynamics at CeBIT – DCD Main Stage

The DCD Main Stage focuses on the full IT Stack. The stage is aimed at professionals responsible for the mission critical environment, including cloud colocation & managed services, server & storage hardware, network virtualization, connectivity and security.

DatacenterDynamics at CeBIT - StackingIT Forum

Hall 12, Stand B81

New for 2016 is the StackingIT stage at the East end of Hall 12. This new stage explores the world of open-source and the data-driven data center movement, mapping the transition from proprietary to non-proprietary software and hardware models.

Endorsed by the likes of OpenStack, Open Computer, The Linux Foundation and other major industry organisations that are helping define the software defined data center.

ECM, Input/Output Solutions

ECM Forum

ECM Forum

Hall 3

The CeBIT ECM panel is organized by Deutsche Messe together with the significant interbranch organization BITKOM. The panel gives a comprehensive overview of the most important trends and developments in Enterprise Content Management and Output/Input Solutions.

Numerous top-class lectures are dealing with current relevant questions of this industry.

Furthermore the panel is the centre and the meeting point for the cluster of ECM, Input/Output Solutions and it is maximizing the presence of the manufacturers on the exhibition stands, building an ideal topics hotspot at CeBIT in hall 3.


gfo-BPM Symposium/gfo-BPM Area

The Gesellschaft für Organisation (gfo) is partnering with Deutsche Messe to present the gfo BPM Tool Supplier pavilion at CeBIT in Hannover.

Eight BPM providers are presenting their solutions for comprehensive process design supporting sustainable future development in the gfo-BPM Area/Symposium.

The gfo is also hosting a BPM Symposium chaired by Dr. Hartmut Binner, where experts explore how the organizational, business and IT BPM perspectives can be combined, under consideration of hard- and soft-fact success criteria for comprehensive BPM implementation.


Open Source Forum

Meet Open Source experts at our Forum and listen to their lectures and talks dealing with the current and up-to-date developments and the latest trends in the world of Open Source and Linux!

Learn about the value of Open Source Software for your enterprise!


ERP & HR Solutions

ERP Forum

Hall 5

The increasing digitalisation of business processes is at the center of the programme for 2016. Industry 4.0, omnichannen marketing and retailing, smart services - how is business software best employed to master new challenges and to seize new chances?

Users, analysts and vendors present use cases, discuss possible seminal approaches and strategies in the context of ERP & Co. The ERP Forum is organized by Trovarit AG . Exhibition Program ERP & HR



Another new hotspot for presentations is the HR Roundtable at the heart of Hall 5. The HR Roundtable is intended as a networking hub for HR professionals, heads of IT and other managers and executives. Over 50 user-industry presentations will be given on topics pertinent to today’s world of personnel management, e.g. the "Work 4.0" presentation to be given Norbert Janzen, CHRO at IBM Germany.


job and career STAGE

Marketing & Sales Solutions

BARC Forums for Business Intelligence & Big Data

Hall 5, Stand B36
14 – 18 March 2016

Learn more about the latest developments in the market for BI, PM, DM and Big Data. BARC is organizing an extensive program of interesting lectures, case studies and live demonstrations.

Big Data Forum:
Explore innovative approaches on how to take advantage of the trend toward digitalization and availability of new sources of information within the company. Find out on our Big Data Forum, what really matters in "Big Data".

BI Forum:
On the BI Forum, you will learn the benefits users can benefit from the trend topics in BI. Advanced Analytics, with classic reporting, scheduling and data management, each participant takes securely with valuable suggestions. In addition, CeBIT visitors have the possibility to get in touch with the vendors participating at the forums.


Digital Marketing & Experience Arena

The Digital Marketing & Experience Arena is the CeBIT show’s new focal point for digital marketing, sales and customer service managers. Part conference, part exhibition and 100% dialogue-driven, the Arena offers valuable information and captivating discussion on the way forward in the digital transformation of marketing, sales and customer service.

Keynote theme: "How the digital is changing marketing, sales & customer service"

The growing role of digital platforms in the chain of touchpoints between organizations and their customers calls for a complete re-think of the classic functions of marketing, sales and customer service. Customers now expect their engagement with companies to be consistent and relevant across all analog and digital channels. And they expect that engagement to have a strong orientation towards individualized experience and service. The Arena is about helping companies to deliver on these expectations.

The discussion will focus on how to leverage knowledge gleaned from real-time data analysis (data-driven marketing), how to provide communications and content that deliver value and unique experiences to customers, and how to intelligently automate lead generation and digitize customer processes. The Arena will also deal with classic planning and strategy processes, as well as the structure of marketing, sales and customer service functions.

The Digital Marketing & Experience Arena features a thought-provoking mix of keynotes, expert panel discussions and solution pitches, all structured around the main theme of "How the digital is changing marketing, sales & customer service." It also features an exhibition component that dovetails perfectly with the surrounding "Marketing & Sales Solutions" exhibition area to form an integrated showcase that brings together the world’s leading providers of solutions and services for digital marketing, sales and customer service.

All of this is rounded out by an array of networking events for quality dialogue and information sharing.


Further informations

Partner Country Switzerland

CeBIT Switzerland Summit

The CeBIT Switzerland Summit will be held on the first day of the fair and provide an overview of Switzerland's digital landscape. The Summit will also feature discussion and presentations on key technology trends and opportunities for partnering with Switzerland's innovative ICT sector.

The speaker lineup includes top government representatives from Germany and Switzerland.


SWISS Pavilion Arena

On each day of the fair, SWISS Pavilion exhibitors will present innovative solutions, products and technological visions within the framework of the SWISS Pavilion Panel. This is a special conference featuring panel discussions, technical lectures and interactive product presentations from the Swiss startup scene.


Planet Reseller

CRN TV-Studio

'Gläserne Redaktion' of the trade journal CRN ist the base camp of the premium partner of CeBIT Planet Reseller, where the who-is-who of the ICT channel meet up.

At CRN tv studio new trends, technologies and sales concepts are discussed from the ICT channel point of view. Managers of renowned manufacturers, distributors and system houses present within the interviews their ICT channel strategies how to establish and operate successful future ICT infrastructures.


funkschau - Expertenrunde im Planet Reseller

funkschau will welcome the big players from the ICT industry at Planet Reseller. At the TV studio of the glass editorial office the high-level executives will answer the questions of the funkschau editorial experts.

The interviews will focus on high interest ICT topics, the associated market potential and perspectives for the ICT trade.


Public Sector Parc

Municipalities Forum

Hall 7

The Municipalities Forum features a highly topical program of talks and presentations on practical and innovative ICT solutions for municipal administrators. A series of municipal conferences will also take place at this forum.

At the Municipalities Forum, exhibitors will highlight practical, innovative applications for municipal administration. Each day of the fair, CeBIT visitors can stop by the forum for a fascinating, informative update on an extensive range of municipal ICT issues. Exhibition Program Public Sector Parc

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Expert Panel Public Sector Parc

Hall 7

The Expert Panel Public Sector Parc at CeBIT is a central hub for knowledge transfer and dialogue on the latest public sector/public administration solutions, with a top lineup of speakers addressing every possible approach and area of application.

Attendees will be treated to a rich program of presentations on each day of the show, on topics such as eGovernment legislation, the new ID card, De-Mail, online ID (eID), citizen terminals, mobile government, the open data government platform, and service improvements for citizens and companies.

The keynote theme for CeBIT 2016 will also be explored and debated from the vantage point of the public sector. Exhibition Program Public Sector Parc

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Research & Innovation

future talk

Hall 9

Featuring presentations, social events, prize awards and panel discussions, future talk will be the communicative centerpiece of Research and Innovation . From Monday thru Friday institutes, research centers, universities and business enterprises will present their versions of tomorrow’s world.

The Research and Innovation program will also include the presentation of the CeBIT Innovation Awards for 2017. The competition is being staged jointly by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Deutsche Messe AG.



Highlights of Research and Innovation - Now at CeBIT 2016

After successful years of SCIENCE|SQUARE at the Hannover Fair, the innovative format will be celebrating its premiere at CeBIT 2016 at Hall 6, the new location of "Research & Innovations" !

SCIENCE|SQUARE will show numerous exhibits of the latest innovations, latest results, products and services of seven German federal states. The exhibitors of the common booths of the German federal states of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, the innovation market Berlin-Brandenburg and Research for the Future (represented by Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony) are showing highlights from research and technology in a joint program.

The SCIENCE|SQUARE is supported by MAK Messearbeitskreis Wissenschaft and Deutsche Messe AG.

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Special Events


Driving the Digital Economy in Europe

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission presented its strategy for creating a Digital Single Market in the European Union by removing regulatory barriers and moving from 28 fragmented national markets to a single market. The strategy comprises some 16 individual initiatives for implementation by the end of 2016. Among much else, the initiatives will drive the development of EU-wide telecommunications networks and cross-border digital services and stimulate a new wave of innovative European startups.

The European Commission's overarching objectives are to provide European citizens with the best possible digital services and to create the largest possible digital single market for European companies.


Women in Digital Business

In 2016 BITKOM, the Vogel IT Academy, WIN and CeBIT are teaming up to bring back the successful "Women in Digital Business" conference. This one-day event spotlights both the current and potential role of women in the IT industry.

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Heise Developer World

Heise Developer World wants to provide software developers, software architects, project managers, IT strategists, and researchers with basic and expert knowledge in the fields of software and web development.


SCALE11 Corporate Stage

Hall 11

SCALE11 is the central CeBIT platform for the startup ecosystem, which combines exhibition, conference, networking, events and entertainment. Meet the stars and lighthouse speakers of the startup scene at our conference and learn more about disruption and digital transformation.


SCALE11 Impuls Area

Hall 11

SCALE11 is the central CeBIT platform for the startup ecosystem, which combines exhibition, conference, networking, events and entertainment. National and international organizations, young and established corporations as well as mentors and investors of the startup ecosystem will held and take part in our SCALE11 workshops and and will benefit from exchanging ideas and experiences, transferring knowledge and learning from and with each other.

Please refer to the respective program for more details and topics.


SCALE11 Startup Stage

Hall 11

SCALE11 is the central CeBIT platform for the startup ecosystem, which combines exhibition, conference, networking, events and entertainment. At our Startup Stage startups will be in the spotlight of SCALE11. At this stage they will pitch and showcase solutions and disruptive ideas within the topics of our community areas.


Founders Fight Club @ SCALE11

Hall 11

Tree times a day, young entrepreneurs will compete against each other in the SCALE11 boxing ring. In the first round each startup will pitch its business idea, this will be rated in round 2 by the "enemy" and in the 3rd round a jury of experts will decide between victory and defeat.


Impuls Area (hannoverimpuls GmbH)

The hannoverimpuls GmbH organizes the "Impuls Area" in Hall 11 and offers amongst other things workshops, speeches and networkingevents.