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CeBIT Oz Goes Olympic

CeBIT Oz Goes Olympic

Some 20,000 attendees are expected at CeBIT 2015, which will take place out of town at the Sydney Olympic Park, after the little-loved but centrally located harbourside Sydney Convention Centre was knocked down last year. Last year’s show attracted only 18,500 attendees, down from 22000 in 2013 .

Hannover Fairs chief Jackie Taranto, who was in charge of proceedings for 14 years, has moved on. New CEO is Harvey Stockbridge. The show will take place over three days: tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Major imported speakers this year will include the much-loved and very witty Guy Kawasaki, once Apple’s chief evangelist and these days evangelising for a design outfit called Canva; Kevin Mitnick, described as a “chief white hat hacker”; Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu and founder of Google’s Brain Project; former NASA CTO Chris Kempt; and RedBalloon founding director Naomi Simson.

The Internet of Things is tipped to be a major object of discussion, along with cyber security and mobile tech. Some 450 exhibitors are expected to have stands at the accompanying CeBit Expo.