Thoughts on CeBIT Sydney 2008

Dropped in at CeBIT for while today. Was at the Bloggerzone for the royal visit of uber blogger and web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and his entourage of men in suits, then wandered about checking out the exhibits and running into various friends and acquaintances.

It’s a pity the wi-fi connection in the Bloggerzone was so flaky, made blogging from there a challenge. I know I could do it from my phone, but the keyboard is too small for anything longer than a microblog post.

One thing that struck me this year was the increased number of consumer and retail focused stands; also many more exhibitors from Asia.

It seems to me that CeBIT is a workmanlike event that provides a platform for exhibitors to show there wares. But the funk factor is almost entirely absent. There were not many cool things that grabbed my attention.

There was one cool thing that I really liked – a portable pocket projector that is due to hit the streets later this year.

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

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