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Take-off Monday

The new, revamped CEBIT kicks off on Monday, 11 June, with an action-packed, star-studded conference program. The Expo in the exhibition halls opens on Tuesday. That’s right: the exhibition halls don't actually open to visitors until the Tuesday, but there will be plenty happening on "Take-off Monday" with a top-notch digitization-themed program.

Jaron Lanier

Opening Keynote, Convention Center

Jaron Lanier

Opening Keynote, Convention Center


Agenda Take-off Monday

Jaron Lanier (Picture: Lena Lanier)
Jaron Lanier (Foto: Lena Lanier)

Location: Convention Center, Room 2

The first highlight of the day will come when Jaron Lanier gives the “Take-off Monday” keynote address. Lanier is the barefoot philosopher of the digital world, known both as a pioneer of virtual reality and one of the fiercest critics of the Internet. He is an American computer scientist, entrepreneur, composer and author.

Currently a scientist at Microsoft Research, his fundamental criticism of the business models of the world’s major Internet companies won him the 2014 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

Jaron Lanier

Further Keynotes:

  • Adel Al-Saleh
    Member of the Board of Management/CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG/T-Systems mehr
  • Amir Faintuch
    Senior vice president and general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation mehr
  • Janina Kugel
    Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG mehr
  • Auma Obama
    Founder and Director, Sauti Kuu Foundation mehr

Location: Convention Center, Room 3b

Which market potential and business opportunities does digitization provide in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East? With which digital solutions can supply gaps be closed? And how does the expansion of the IT-sector boost the employment opportunities in Arabic countries? Sustainability and digitization are two important future topics that are being combined and addressed to at the 2nd German – Arab Digital Forum.

The digital transformation doesn't stop at countries of the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. More than 226 million internet users. A tendency towards a second mobile phone. Double-digit growth rates. In many Arabic countries, the digital market provides an enormous potential for investments. German companies can exploit this digital potential in cooperation with Arabic partners.


Location: Convention Center, Room 2

The keynote will be followed by the Future Work Forum, which will discuss ways of harnessing the opportunities of digitization for business and work and allaying fears about job losses and de-skilling in the workforce.

The Forum speakers include Dr. Dieter Spath, President of Germany’s National Academy of Science and Technology (acatech) and Co-Chair of the academy’s "Learning Systems" platform.


Location: Convention Center, Room 1

The InnovationCamp by CEBIT and Bitkom Akademie is an afternoon of lively dialogue. How can we design the modern-day working world? What will the workplace of the future be like? Which influence will Artificial Intelligence have on our work?

Experience an inspiring exchange of knowledge. CEBIT and Bitkom Akademie invite you to this unique InnovationCamp. You can make suggestions for a session topic to complement the fixed topics.

The session results will be presented on the main stage at the end of the InnovationCamp. Come over - It will be interesting, inspiring and communicative!


Location: Convention Center, Room 3a

The German Broadband Initiative (Deutsche Breitbandinitiative), which has been monitoring and driving the expansion of digital infrastructure in Germany for 16 years, will be using the summit to evaluate and discuss the German government’s new strategy for upgrading the country’s digital infrastructure. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure – a key partner in the initiative – will be presenting its measures for implementing the new strategy as part of its dialogue with the business community and society generally.

"100 days into the new government – What’s happening with digitization?"

All of Germany’s political parties are talking about digitization, but is enough actually being done? Why is Germany only in the middle of the pack in the international digital rankings instead of in the lead, as one might expect of a nation with its impressive economic credentials?

CIOs from IT user companies and digital policy experts from Germany’s political parties will discuss the country’s current digital policy landscape and the fixes and improvements that the CIOs see as being necessary in a range of areas, including cyber security, expansion of digital infrastructure, and digital education.


Location: Convention Center, Room 2

Who benefits from digitization?

Another key part of the "Take-off Monday" program is the CEBIT Executive Talk. This event will be devoted the question as to how today’s increasingly powerful digital technologies can be used to deliver economic growth and prosperity and strengthen social cohesion.

The speaker lineup includes Federation of German Industries (BDI) President Dr. Dieter Kempf, Fraunhofer Society President Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, and Accenture GmbH Chairman Frank Riemensperger.


6:30 – 11:00 p.m. | Hall 11 | By invitation, only

The "CEBIT Welcome Night" will round off a busy first day in an especially fitting way. When the official part of the event comes to a close there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and partying.

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