Artificial intelligence, drones, humanoid robots, autonomous systems and the Internet of Things – they’re all expressions of the digitalization wave that’s transforming business, government and society at breathtaking speed. CeBIT 2017 will take its visitors deep into the digitalization phenomenon, exploring its transformative potential across entire value chains and examining every aspect of tomorrow’s disruptive digital technologies.
Hannover. In just eight weeks’ time, the gates will be opening on CeBIT 2017. The show will feature a wealth of disruptive technologies, new business models and application scenarios – in short, everything needed for the digital transformation of business and government. “CeBIT 2017 will make digitalization tangible for visitors in a way they have never experienced before,” Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Oliver Frese announced to the press on Wednesday in Hannover, Germany. In the exhibition halls, a good 3,000 companies from 70 nations will present real-life application scenarios, and a small army of startups will profile their disruptive business models, while at the CeBIT Global Conferences digital visionaries will explore the digital future of business and society.
On 19 March, Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of this year’s Partner Country, Japan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will officially open CeBIT 2017 in the presence of more than 2,000 VIP guests at the Welcome Night ceremony in Hall 9 of the Hannover Exhibition Center. The Partner Country, alone, is fielding around 120 companies to appear in every segment of the show.
“CeBIT 2017 will raise the curtain on the future of business and society. It will make digitalization a tangible reality,” Frese told the audience of more than 120 international journalists at the CeBIT Preview. This year’s CeBIT is headlined “d!conomy – no limits,” a lead theme that puts the spotlight squarely on the boundless opportunities of the digital transformation. “Digital innovation is opening up a whole new world of possibilities for business and society. Enabling companies to recognize them and leverage them for successful digital transformation – that’s what CeBIT 2017 is all about,” Frese commented. Exhibiting firms will be treating visitors to several hundred application scenarios demonstrating optimal digitalization.
Among much else, the exhibits and presentations will feature a wide array of new applications for artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. “There is a vast and diverse range of applications for artificial intelligence, particularly in business,” explained Frese. “For instance, AI can be used to undertake more comprehensive analyses of big data and link data sets in innovative new ways. Another example is the use of bot systems in communicating with customers.”