CeBIT Global Conferences 2012 ramping up
Date: Wed, 09/07/2011 - 18:58
Round one of the call for speakers begins
Things are gearing up for the next round of CeBIT Global Conferences in 2012. The themes have been chosen and the call for speakers is entering round one. From 6 to 9 March, top CxOs from around the globe will be in Hannover to discuss the most pressing and inspirational issues in IT and telecommunications, digital media and consumer electronics. The main focuses at CGC 2012 will be smart grids, new ways of interacting with the cloud, internet and lifestyle, and social business.
In the short time since they premiered in 2008, CeBIT Global Conferences has become the ICT sector¿s most important annual conference. "Only CeBIT brings together all the relevant opinion-makers in the digital world, from government, business, science and the media. CeBIT Global Conferences offer the right setting for significant dialogue, identifying the requirements of the digital future, discussing solutions and sharing visions," remarked Ernst Raue, the member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board in charge of CeBIT.
More than 50 leading international speakers took part in CeBIT Global Conferences at CeBIT 2011. Among them were EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Mozilla head Gary Kovacs, Siemens Enterprise Communications CEO Hamid Akhavan, Capgemini President Paul Hermelin, leading US blogger Chris Pirillo, and Parker Harris, founding member of Salesforce. More than 3,200 visitors from over 100 countries participated in the keynotes, talks and panels.
CeBIT Global Conferences are directed towards decision-makers in user companies in industry and the ICT sector, entrepreneurs, and interested media and public opinion shapers. Visitors can look forward to an outstanding program of cutting-edge topics during the four days of the conferences in March 2012.
The motto of the first CGC day on Tuesday 6 March is "All things smart". At its core are sustainable energy production, smart traffic, mobility, education and health care. The magnitude of climate change and the looming scarcity of resources require new solutions. The digital economy offers innovative ICT solutions to significantly boost efforts for climate protection and resource efficiency.
The core topic on Wednesday 7 March is "Flying the Cloud". At least since CeBIT 2011, cloud computing has become a well-known term to anyone looking for cost-effective storage and easy access to data and applications. In the meantime, the focus of attention has broadened to include intelligent use as well as availability. The cloud can serve as an interactive platform that connects companies, partners and customers.
"Flying the Cloud" topics include cloud storage and cloud processes, privacy, mobility and convergence.
Thursday 8 March puts the spotlight on intelligent home networking. Keynotes and panels will address the topic "Upgrade your Lifestyle: Entertainment, Mobility, Content". After comprehensively networking the business world, the internet is now becoming a key feature of our home life. Highlights of this topic are WebTV, home entertainment, mobile TV and augmented reality.
On Friday 9 March the conference addresses the use of social networking in the business world. Companies already use many social media channels for their communications. Questions remain about effective strategies, security issues and potential for monetization. Accordingly, the motto on the fourth day of CeBIT Global Conferences 2012 is: "Social Business: Listen, Share, Care".
The CeBIT Global Conferences are a key component of CeBIT, the most important and most international global event in the digital industry. They will take place daily on 6 to 9 March from 10 a.m. to around 1 p.m., in Room 2 of the Convention Center at the CeBIT showgrounds in Hannover, Germany. Entry is free of charge for CeBIT attendees. The conference language is English, with simultaneous German interpreting.
Above, Ernst Raue, the member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board in charge of CeBIT