On Monday, 1 March 2010, the world’s biggest IT trade-fair CeBIT starts in Hanover (Germany), with hopes for an upward trend in the high-tech sector. It is officially opened by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Spain is partner country of this year’s CeBIT.
Until Saturday, around 4,150 companies from 68 countries demonstrate their products and innovations. Thus, after a hard decrease in the economy crisis year 2009, CeBIT continued to lose exhibitors. Last year, the number of exhibitors had fallen to around 4,300 — from more than 5,800 companies in 2008.
On Tuesday, the trade fair opens for the public. The Hot Topic of CeBIT 2010 is “Connected Worlds” — connecting our lives by using the Web. More big topics includes the fast mobile Web, IT security, traffic telematics and Green IT. There are also numerous congresses and special shows. With CeBIT Sounds!, there is a separate music fair this year, connecting music and technology companies.
- CeBIT 2010 (www.cebit.com)