Australia’s largest IT and tech event CeBit comes to Sydney

This week Commswork went along to CeBit.

In the cavernous new ICC venue in Darling Harbour, those from the government, education, digital, cloud, fin tech, security and technology space came to discuss and exhibit under one massive roof.

There were a host of panel sessions and key notes from Eugene Kaspersky, NASA’s Dennis Andrucyk, Randi Zuckerberg, WIRED’s Greg Williams, Nick Kaye, Naomi Simpson, Daniel Newman and Nicholas Davis from the World Economic Forum Geneva.

As reported by GovNews, the federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos was on hand to play down the loss of jobs to technology, but without much conviction:

“I know some people now ask ‘should we be a bit scared because innovation means that jobs are going in some areas’, but jobs are growing in others. There are jobs being created today that we have no idea. This is the lesson of history. This is the lesson of technological progress. We have to be optimists.”

Earlier in the week NSW Innovation Minister Matt Kean and Federal Trade Minister Ciobo announced applications to Austrade’s second cohort of Landing Pad startups to visit Tel Aviv is now open, as covered by Innovation Aus.

A good summary of the driverless cars, robots, remote working technology and VR on offer can be found on

For a better idea of what the stands looked like, CRN has a photo gallery.

And finally Chris Griffiths from The Aus spoke with the man behind Worker Clicks, the video chat pods dotted around the conference, helping to navigate those who were lost.

Until next year CeBit.