Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:28

CeBIT Australia 2016 deemed major success, new 2017 home announced


CeBIT Australia 2016 closed yesterday evening after three days showcasing the latest tech innovations to thousands of visitors, for start-ups, SMEs, enterprise, government and more - and now 2017 beckons!

The largest and longest-running business technology event in the Asia Pacific region has wrapped up for another year, and once again, CeBIT Australia was a resounding success.

However, as always, next year promises to be even bigger and better, moving from its home at Sydney Olympic Park over the past few years while Darling Harbour right next to Sydney’s CBD has undergone a massive transformation and reconstruction which will be complete by year’s end, well in time for CeBIT Australia 2017 to be held in May next year.

Darling Harbour will be the home of the new International Convention Centre, a completely massive and radical transformation which will unleash Australia’s biggest and most impressive conference and exhibition space yet, and it will certainly be fantastic to see the multi-year project complete at last and CeBIT returned to its original home.

But next year’s CeBIT is one thing, this year’s CeBIT still has plenty of things to share and teach, despite the event now officially being over.

A range of on demand videos of the various keynotes will be made available by CeBIT in the days ahead, and I also have some more video interviews and my own recordings of keynote speeches to share, which will be online later today.

But there’s also the news of the Winners of the CeBIT Business Technology Awards and the 2016 Australian Government ICT Awards, which ‘espoused the key themes of disruption and emphasised the accessibility of key technologies.’

One incredible winner is Rundl, which I wrote about for iTWire earlier today (including a video interview with the company’s director and co-founder Graeme Perkins here.

Rundl is a digital business collaboration platform enables traditional service providers to deliver their service in a secure space that follows customers on their preferred digital device, and it took out the CeBIT Award for Innovation, following the company’s significant milestone of reaching $5.2 billion of transactions using the platform.

Other CeBIT Award winners included Christie Digital who took out the top Business Award for Community Support; Acquire BPO won the Service Distinction Award; and Pronto Xi won the Top Business Solutions Award.

The Australian Government ICT Award winners included the Overall Excellence in eGovernment Award and Government 2.0 category winner, the National Blood Authority – MyABDR.

Free Trade Agreement Portal by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which won the Applications Development category; AgInsight South Australia Information Portal – South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions won the Geospatial category; SV Enabled – Sustainability Victoria won the Project and Program Management category; and iVote at the 2015 NSW State General Election – New South Wales Electoral Commission won the category of Service Delivery.

ICT Young Professional of the Year went to Chris Moon, Sustainability Victoria and the ICT Professional of the Year Team went to Blood Sector Systems Team from the National Blood Authority.

More below, please read on!

Disruption, as one of the biggest business technology trends, was closely examined by the range of visionaries, strategists and futurists who presented keynotes at CeBIT Australia over the three days including Scott Monty and Scott Anthony who keynoted on Day 2.

My interview with Scott Anthony is here and my interview with Scott Monty will be available to watch later today here at iTWire.

Day 3 kicked off with Steve Sammartino, author of The Great Fragmentation: Marketing Inside-Out, giving the keynote for the Digital Marketing Conference who explained how the marketing industry has transformed, and needs to be turned on its head. Using examples like the artist Banksy, Uber and Airbnb, Steve outlined how consumers buy stories, not products, and brands earn trust by being transparent.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs, commented on CeBIT Australia’s ability to showcase disruptive ideas and innovative technologies, to a global audience.

"The success of CeBIT Australia 2016 is a reflection of the strength of Australia's business technology community. It was a strong event this year, and we have received lots of positive feedback from exhibitors, speakers and visitors.

"The reach of the event was further increased by live streaming keynote speeches for the first time. This initiative ensured a far greater, global audience for CeBIT and emphasised NSW’s position as the leading ICT state in Australia.

“We are delighted to announce that CeBIT Australia 2017 will take place from 23 - 25 May 2017 at the new International Convention Centre Sydney. This new world class venue is easily accessible and ideal for those joining from overseas. It will ensure maximum value is garnered for exhibitors to showcase their products and we look forward to delivering another spectacular event,” concluded Stockbridge.

CeBIT Australia finished up yesterday, hosting PitchFest as the final session where 11 start-ups pitched their business ideas to two renowned judges, Steve Baxter, Founder, River City Labs and Shark, Shark Tank Australia, and Karen Borg, CEO, Jobs for NSW.

Over CeBIT’s three days, thousands of visitors connected across 10 diverse conference streams and 12 showfloor theatre sessions, as industry experts shared insights from various industries including FinTech, Cloud Technology, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Marketing and Start-ups.

Over CeBIT’s three days, thousands of visitors connected on the exhibition floor, and learnt from 10 diverse conference streams, where industry experts shared their insights on industries including FinTech, Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Digital Marketing, Internet of Things and Start-ups.

Videos and more detail on the events that transpired at CeBIT Australia 2016 is here, or will be soon, and it’s the same address you’ll soon be able to find out all you need to know for CeBIT Australia 2017, too!

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