Next year, for the first time in the history of CeBIT, guests from across the world will be festively welcomed to the event at a new "CeBIT Welcome Night" to take place right on site at the Hannover Exhibition Center.
"We expect more than 2,000 guests to gather in halls 8 and 9 at our "CeBIT Welcome Night", at the end of the first day of tradeshow business. The event will put even more of an emphasis than ever before on creative staging, plus networking opportunities for the global community," explained Oliver Frese, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. The "CeBIT Welcome Night" will thus round off a busy first day in an especially fitting way.
On the first day of CeBIT, the CeBIT Global Conferences in Hall 8 will kick off with an EU Conference to be chaired by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who will be joined by the BITKOM’s new president, Thorsten Dirks, and numerous other international business players contributing either as keynote speakers or panel members. In the afternoon, the Switzerland Summit will take place in Hall 8, where attention will focus on Switzerland’s digital economy and the country’s virtues as the official Partner Country for CeBIT 2016.
In the evening more than 2,000 international guests will flock to Hall 9 for the "CeBIT Welcome Night". “We are organizing a special in-hall reception for our guests from the international business and political communities”, said Frese. As announced today, the speakers include German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, the Swiss President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Lower Saxony Premier Stephan Weil, the German Minister for Research Johanna Wanka, the EU-Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger and BITKOM President Thorsten Dirks. Nick Hayek, company president of the Swiss Swatch Group, has also agreed to speak as a representative of the user industries. When the official part of the event comes to a close there will also be plenty of opportunities for networking and partying at the “CeBIT Welcome Night”.
The following morning German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will share her views on the innovative power of the digital economy. Due to the regional elections taking place in three German federal states on the Sunday shortly before the start of the event and the official engagements that this will entail, the Chancellor’s tour of the CeBIT exhibition that lasts for several hours and normally takes place on Monday has this time been scheduled for Tuesday, instead. The German Chancellor will be joined by the soon to be elected President of Switzerland and a high-caliber Swiss Partner Country delegation.
For the media, next year’s CeBIT will begin a day earlier, on Sunday. In the morning, more than 150 journalists are expected to take part in a tour of CeBIT highlights. Various events will follow in the afternoon, among them the BITKOM opening press conference and several press conferences by exhibiting firms. A special reception is being held exclusively for journalists and press spokespersons, thus providing further networking opportunities and giving a pleasant and relaxing close to the Sunday preceding CeBIT 2016.
"This new thematic thrust and our move to bundle all activities right on the CeBIT showgrounds came about in response to explicit wishes on the part of our exhibitors, with the goal of giving the international business community, government officials and media representatives an even more powerful start to the world’s most important trade fair for the digital economy", remarked Frese.