The spotlight is on tomorrow's working environment and digital infrastructure as well as the profound social changes wrought by new technologies. Keynote speakers include VR legend Jaron Lanier, the new T-Systems CEO Adel Al-Saleh and journalist and author Dr. Auma Obama.
Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier will open Take-off Monday at 10 a.m. Lanier developed the first hardware and software for virtual reality applications back in the 1980s, including a trend-setting data glove. Today, Lanier is one of the Internet's most critical observers. As a computer scientist, entrepreneur and author, U.S. citizen Lanier received the Peace Prize of the German book trade for his cautionary analysis of the business models of global Internet companies, and rejects social networks on principle.
Another prominent speaker is Auma Obama – an ambassador for ecological, economic and social sustainability. As the founder of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, she provides a voice to financially and socially disadvantaged children and young people. Obama talks about how digitization can help young people take their fate into their own hands. "It is not enough to help disadvantaged people just by giving them money. It is equally important to create a space in which they can freely develop," asserts the half-sister of former U.S. president Barak Obama.
From several different angles, the CEBIT Executive Talk event explores how our increasingly powerful digital technologies can lead to economic growth and prosperity while at the same time strengthening social cohesion. The speakers are BDI President
Dr. Dieter Kempf, Germany's Federal Internet Ambassador
Dr. Gesche Joost, Fraunhofer Society President Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, Datev CEO Dr. Robert Mayr and Accenture CEO Frank Riemensperger.
As a contribution to the Science Year 2018 of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the CEBIT Future Work Forum discusses how digitization will change work and companies, what skills will be required in the working environments of tomorrow and how the fear of job loss and the erosion of qualifications can be reduced.
The speakers include Ursula Morgenstern, the new CEO of Atos Germany, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Andrew Filev, CEO of San José-based Wrike, who will report on his company's work in Silicon Valley.
The CEBIT InnovationCamp in the afternoon is also about tomorrow's working world. The Bitkom digital association will be offering a number of workshops on how to organize and manage digital enterprises. The focus is on open dialogue and shared experiences. The topics range from "Leadership in an AI-supported Work Environment", "Open Innovation and Community Building" and the acquisition of new talent.
Broadband summit on expanding the digital infrastructure
On CEBIT Monday 2018, the German Broadband Initiative will examine the avenues to expanding Germany's digital gigabit infrastructure, featuring representatives from politics, business and public administration. Their importance for location policy is undisputed, as companies without access to broadband networks suffer from a sever competitive disadvantage. The German Broadband Initiative includes the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the D21 Initiative and the Bitkom digital association.
The German-Arab Digital Forum deals with the rapid pace of digital change in the Arabic countries and the business opportunities resulting from this. Featuring representatives from international business and politics, the forum will focus on the questions "Which digital solutions can be used to close supply gaps" and "How can the expansion of the IT sector strengthen employment opportunities in the Arab nations?"
CEBIT Welcome Night to feature Ginni Rometty
Take-off Monday will conclude with the CEBIT Welcome Night – the ceremonial opening of CEBIT 2018 – with a special highlight being the keynote address by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. She has headed one of the world's most important technology companies for six years and is on the Forbes list of the 10 most powerful women in the world.
If you would like to attend the Take-off Monday conferences, you will need to be in possession of a valid CEBIT visitor ticket. In addition, you will need to register in advance on the CEBIT website at: https://cp0733.miovent.de/CEBIT_2018_Monday/5708994/try/restart .
Attendance at the CEBIT Welcome Night is by personal invitation, only. The exhibition halls and d!campus will be open from Tuesday, 12 June, starting at 10 a.m.
At CEBIT 2018, everything is geared to generating business, leads and bright ideas. With its exhibitor displays, expert conferences and prime networking opportunities, CEBIT is a triple-punch event covering everything essential to the digitization of business, government and society. The innovations on display in the d!conomy section of the show give IT professionals and decision-makers from the realms of business, trade and the public sector the tools they need to streamline and futureproof their operations by leveraging digitization to the fullest. The event's d!tec showcase puts the spotlight on developers and startups and their disruptive business models, as well as on research institutes giving us a glimpse of tomorrow's game-changing technologies. The d!talk conference program features visionaries, lateral thinkers, creatives and experts from around the globe. The d!campus is the beating heart of CEBIT – the place where everyone gets together for relaxed networking, street food and live music. CEBIT presents the digital transformation in a totally new way, while retaining its core focus on business, leads and more leads. The first day of CEBIT 2018 – Monday, 11 June – is reserved for conference attendees and journalists, with the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 12 June. The exhibition halls will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the d!campus staying open till 11 p.m. on those days. Opening hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CEBIT Events Worldwide give Deutsche Messe's customers even more ways of reaching their international clientele, e.g. in dynamic markets such as China, Australia, Thailand and Spain.
At CEBIT 2018, everything is geared to generating business, leads and bright ideas. CEBIT is a triple-punch event covering everything essential to the digitization of business, government and society. The innovations on display in the d!conomy section of the show give IT professionals and decision-makers, trade and the public sector the tools they need to streamline and futureproof their operations. The event’s d!tec showcase puts the spotlight on developers and startups. The d!talk conference program features visionaries, lateral thinkers, creatives and experts . The d!campus is heart of CEBIT –relaxed networking, street food and live music. The first day of CEBIT 2018 – Monday, 11 June – is reserved for conference attendees and journalists, with the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 12 June. The exhibition halls will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the d!campus staying open till 11 p.m. Opening hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.