The Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW was joined by the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore to open CeBIT 2016 with a ministerial address that emphasised the value of technical innovation to the NSW economy.
It’s a session I was watching live on my phone this morning, with my colleague Ray Shaw at the event in person - I was able to go in the very early afternoon.
NSW Premier Baird said: “We are very proud to continue our support of CeBIT. This is a very significant conference and we are determined to do everything possible to have Sydney and NSW at the forefront of tech in this great nation.”
Mr Baird naturally waxed lyrical about the benefits and features of the great state of NSW, its digital enablement, its proximity to Asia, how we’re an ideal tech hub for the world, with plenty of charts and graphs to illustrate his points.
Lord Mayor Moore also talked up Sydney, as you would expect.
However, the standout presentation of the morning for me was Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer of Decoded, who explained that ‘the future is being written in lines of code.’
I interviewed Ms Parsons this afternoon, and she is as much a passionate live wire in person as she was on stage,
In her keynote presentation, which I hope to link to when CeBIT makes it available, it is abundantly clear that Ms Parsons is an extremely passionate advocate, on a mission to spread digital enlightenment by teaching students and professionals to ‘code in a day.’
Ms Parsons explained that innovation is not a once off achievement, but rather a constant culture required to foster agile innovation methodologies.
“Accelerating learning experiences to develop an understanding of code, data, future technologies and cyber security to embrace digital transformation are at the forefront of driving the agenda for coding on the curriculum.
“Creative risk needs to be viewed in a more positive environment, making technology education amazing, and empowering anyone to understand the languages behind the screen,” said Ms Parsons.
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Over 80 start-ups are featured on the CeBIT exhibition floor, showcasing new innovations including apps, software, robots, cardboard goggles and business related products and services. Start-ups highlighted on the NSW Government stand include Wollongong IT, TapIT, Metamako, ICT International, Momentum Cloud, Targ, ATP Innovations, Advantage Wollongong, University of Newcastle, SynFlyt, My Online Clinic.
Thomas Zuccarelli, COO, Utillix, the Google Earth of underground infrastructure which reveals ‘what lies beneath’ before any digging begins, launched his app at CeBIT today.
“It has been terrific to officially launch Utillix amongst the technology community – from start-ups to government agencies. As an Australian-based company CeBIT has given us a platform to promote our app that we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” said Zuccarelli.
On display, is the first dedicated keyboard for both square and round smartwatches. Developed by TouchOne it has a patented intuitive fast input display and has been downloaded from Google Play over 8,000 times since launching in early April 2016.
I will record a video with TouchOne sometime tomorrow and bring that interview to you at iTWIre.
Knokal is a start-up on a positive track having earlier this year exhibited at the Startup Spotlight at South by SouthWest (SXSW).
An app to reduce road accidents caused by people using their mobile phones while driving is on show from Tamad Technology; the app automatically sends an estimated time of arrival text on behalf of a user at a distance to arrival that the user presets.
Teleporting apps bring convenience to multi-device users with technology from Xigrom enabling people to easily teleport live apps from one device to another, to pick up exactly where they left off on the second device without interruption.
Business processes are getting a dose of German efficiency with the Australian launch of HORUS Business Modeler at CeBIT. The HORUS solution easily integrates into existing ERP technology.
So, seeing some of these things on video is one thing, another is to get down to CeBIT to see these technologies for yourself.
There are two more days of CeBIT Australia 2016, which runs 2 to 4 May, Sydney Olympic Park. You can register here.