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Call For New Coding Push, As CeBIT Pulls 5000 On Opening Day

More than 5000 people are believed to have flocked to the first day of Hannover Fairs’ CeBIT Australia show and conference, which opened in Sydney’s Olympic park yesterday.

The three-day event was opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Total attendance of around 15,000 is expected by the organisers.

Technology-based start-ups are a big feature, with more than 80 booking spots on the CeBIT exhibition floor. Among other things they feature new apps, robots, cardboard goggles and business-related products and services.

Gadgets on display include a keyboard for square and round smartwatches. Developed by TouchOne it has what’s claimed to be an intuitive fast-input display; the software has so far been downloaded from Google Play more than 8000 times since launching in early April, TouchOne claims.

Kathryn Parsons, co-CEO of Decoded, said in an opening keynote that the future is being written in lines of code – and called for a bigger accent on coding in schools.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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