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.
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 Christiane Benner, Second Chairperson of Germany's IG Metall trade union, and Dr. Dieter Spath, President of Germany's National Academy of Science and Technology (acatech) and Co-Chair of the academy's Learning Systems platform.
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.
Additional digitization-themed forums and discussion events featuring big-name representatives from business and government are in the pipeline.
To participate at the Take-off Monday conferences, you must have a valid CEBIT visitor ticket. You also need to register for each individual Take-off Monday event that you want to take part in. Registration is via the CEBIT website at www.cebit.de and opens at the start of March.
Participation in the CEBIT Welcome Night at 6 p.m. in Hall 11 is by invitation only.
Important note: The exhibition halls and the d!campus open on Tuesday, 12 June.