CeBIT was the largest and most internationally representative computer expo. The trade fair was held each year on the Hanover fairground, the world's largest fairground, in Hanover, Germany. In its day, it was considered a barometer of current trends and a measure of the state of the art in information technology. It was organized by Deutsche Messe AG.[2]

CeBIT logo
GenreComputer Expo
VenueHanover fairground
Most recent2018
Attendance120,000 (2018)[1]
Organized byDeutsche Messe AG

With an exhibition area of roughly 450,000 m² (5 million ft²) and a peak attendance of 850,000 visitors during the dot-com boom, it was larger both in area and attendance than its Asian counterpart COMPUTEX and its no-longer held American equivalent COMDEX. CeBIT is a German language acronym for Centrum für Büroautomation, Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation,[3] which translates as "Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication".

The final CeBIT took place from June 11 to 15, 2018.[4]


CeBIT was traditionally the computing part of the Hanover Fair, a big industry trade show held every year. It was established in 1970, with the opening of the Hanover fairground's new Hall 1, then the largest exhibition hall in the world.[5] However, in the 1980s the information technology and telecommunications part was straining the resources of the trade fair so much that it was given a separate trade show starting in 1986, which was held four weeks earlier than the main Hanover Fair.

The number of visitors for the new exhibition increased to 830,000 in 2001, but by 2007 the CeBIT expo attendance had shrunk to around 200,000,[6] then attendance rebounded to 334,000 by 2010.[7] The 2008 expo was marred by police raids of 51 exhibitors for patent infringement.[8] In 2009, the U.S. state of California became official Partner State of Germany's IT and telecommunications industry association, BITKOM, and of CeBIT 2009. focusing on environmentally-friendly technologies.[9]

On November 28, 2018, Deutsche Messe AG announced that due to declining visitor and exhibitioner attendance, CeBIT would be canceled for the foreseeable future. This makes CeBIT 2018 the final event.[10]

Other CeBIT-branded shows

As CeBIT continued to grow quickly and was becoming too big on its own, it was decided to concentrate on the professional market, while the home and entertainment market was given a separate show, CeBIT Home, during summer, planned to be biennial. However, after being held twice (in 1996 and 1998), the 2000 CeBIT Home (had originally been scheduled to be held in Leipzig due to the Expo 2000 being held in Hanover) was cancelled and the project was abandoned.

Since 1999 the CeBIT sponsor Deutsche Messe AG ("German Trade Show, Inc.") has organized trade shows outside of Germany bearing the CeBIT name:

CeBIT Global Conferences

Running over a five-day period in Hanover, Germany, the CeBIT Global Conferences (CGC) are staged congruently with the CeBIT exhibition. The conferences are dedicated to providing a 360° overview of the digital industry’s four core markets: IT, Telecommunications, Digital Media and Consumer Electronics. Noted industry figures and researchers from across the globe are invited to speak on the latest relevant trends and innovations as well as their impact on society and the working world. The conference is divided up into keynote speeches, talks and panel discussions. The CGC conferences are produced by Deutsche Messe AG, with the German BITKOM association acting as the CGC patron since 2009. In 2014, the CGC were staged with 140 speakers on three stages with a program of 70 conference hours and 3000 participants. Target groups of the conference are CXOs, managers, experts, visionaries and out-of-the-box thinkers, Conference languages are English and German.

Recent conferences have featured the following keynote themes:

  • 2008: "Improving Life in the Global Village". This installment of CGC attracted 1900 visitors and 43 speakers attending the keynotes and discussion sessions.
  • 2009: "How Will We Be Working, Living and Communicating in the Coming Years?" This CGC drew 3,133 visitors from 88 nations, with some 2,200 guests following the conference via live streaming.
  • 2010: "The Challenges of a Changing World - ICT for Better Lives and Better Business", attracting some 4,000 guests from more than 100 nations. Just under 4,000 guests also visited the conference via live streaming.

The motto of the CeBIT Global Conferences for 2011 was "The Power of Creativity and Innovation".

Speaker list 2014

Over the past years, speakers at the CeBIT Global Conferences have included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft, Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel, Jon Iwata SVP Marketing & Communications, IBM, Reid Hoffman, Chairman and CEO, LinkedIn; Scott Durchslag, COO, Skype; Dr. Werner Vogels, Vice President & CTO, Amazon, Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder of, Michael T. Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google & Founder of Google Earth; Mark Kingdon, CEO, LindenLab.

CeBIT Awards

CeBIT was a platform for recognising achievement by ICT businesses, particularly in Australia.[14] The awards include the Excellence in Communications Award, the Advanced Retail Technology Award, the Innovative IT Security Award, and the Early Innovators Award. Notable past winners include Motorola,[15] McAfee[16] and eWAY.[17]

See also


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  2. Organizer of CeBIT Archived 28 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. 20 Jahre Centrum für "B" und "IT": Die CeBIT hat Geburtstag (in German) By Detlef Borchers, heise online, 8 March 2006
  6. Attendance for CeBIT increases to 200,000
  7. "Cebit 2010: Besucherzahlen leicht angestiegen". Retrieved 2011-12-17.
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  10. "Deutsche Messe restructures event portfolio - Trade fair news". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  11. "Techbrief - Cebit To New York". 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
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  13. BITS Mexico, powered by CeBIT
  14. 21 May 2007 Topics: Business > Awards (21 May 2007). "Australian companies fare well in CeBIT awards :: Voice+Data". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  15. Archived 15 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  16. "CeBIT.AU Innovative IT Security Award 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  17. Archived 26 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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