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Highlights: CeBIT Press Preview, Part 2

Many new business models now focus on the use of drones – among them the logistics and agricultural sectors, with ground-breaking ideas also coming from the 'ecosystem startups' sector. Other topics covered at the CeBIT Preview included intelligent solutions for mobile business, the smart home, and the city of the future.

04 Feb. 2016

At the CeBIT Preview in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe presented the concept for the eagerly awaited first DRONEMASTERS Summit@CeBIT . In addition to an exhibition, this will also feature a conference program over several days, and a "Flight Arena" in Hall 16. The focus will be on business applications for smart, unmanned drones.

Amongst other exhibitors, Swiss-based Wingtra brings an interesting drone design to the trade fair: The fast-growing spinoff of ETH Zürich has built a drone that takes off vertically like a helicopter and can land easily between houses or in woodland clearings.

The "Skye" drone prototype from ETH Zürich combines the energy-efficient flight of a zeppelin airship with the precision of a quadcopter. Fitted with cameras, it will fly over the site in March and show what the Interactive Marketing arena looks like from above.

BVDS, Peat,, ActiWait, Climbtrack and Cryptomator: Trailblazing ideas from ecosystem startups

Many startup organizations will be demonstrating at the CeBIT Preview the huge spectrum of business ideas that are enabled through digitalization. Their main point of contact at CeBIT itself is the focal CeBIT-SCALE11, developed jointly with Federal German startup BVDS. This presents the entire ecosystem of innovaters, startups, established companies and investors, in Hall 11.

CeBIT Innovation Award 2016

In the contest for the prestigious CeBIT Innovation Award 2016 , three teams of young researchers have qualified for the final round. The prizewinner will be announced in Hannover in March, and will display their project at the stand staged by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Hall 6.

Hannes Sjöblad takes a daring leap forward: The director of the Swedish Bio-hacking Association was promoting digital implants at the CeBIT Preview. He already wears a chip implant in his hand which he can use, for instance, to open doors. Sjöblad believes that physical objects or passwords for identification will soon be a thing of the past: "Human Upgrade Technology is coming!". Anyone who has noted the enormous rate of digitalization in business and industry will feel that Sjöblad's vision may become a reality.