CeBIT (acronym for Center for office automation, information technology and telecommunications, originally Centrum office and information technology) is the world's largest trade fair for information technology and has been held since 1986 every spring at the fairgrounds Hannover. Organizer of CeBIT is the German Messe AG ( DMAG ).

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The Hanover Fair, held since 1947, since 1950 housed the the "Office Industry", which was advancing to 1959 in terms of number of exhibitors to third place among all the exhibiting industries.

1969/70, built by the architect Ernst Friedrich Brockmann, Hall 1 at CeBIT - " Centre of Office and Information technology", which was inaugurated in 1970. This newly built hall in the north- east of the fairgrounds was recorded as " world's largest exhibition hall " 1984 Guinness Book of Records. She offered to 2007:

  • In the basement of a garage with parking for some 2,000 exhibitors,
  • Level of issuing a gross exhibition space of 70,300 square meters and
  • Named on the roof level 750 small prefabricated houses, also Trelemente.

The largest exhibitors at CeBIT Hall was in 1970, the company works from Olympia Wilhelmshaven, the leader of the 1970s. The highlight was the Introduction of the data acquisition engine Olympia multiplex 80

The seating capacity of the huge hall 1 were quickly exhausted. Therefore, the German Messe AG presented the late 1970s, the DV exhibitors addition the Halls 2 and 18 as well as the early 1980s, Hall 3 available, but even these measures soon proved to be insufficient. Thus, the German Messe AG was announced in November 1984, 1986 at an annual " CeBIT Hannover Messe " in March and to organize " Hannover Messe " four weeks later in April.

Then the first CeBIT was opened as a separate event on 12 March 1986. Despite some skeptical voices, this measure was a success: 2.142 exhibitors, 334.400 visitors. The successful outcome was due to the efforts of Jörg Schomburg in the first place. It was overshadowed by the death of the computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf at the fairgrounds on March 17.



The Israeli- Swiss company Vocaltech led for the first time the voice-over- IP telephony with " free phone calls to Africa " before. In addition, Gates announced that its new operating system for next year (1995).


Bill Gates introduced Windows 95, the fair counted 755,000 visitors.


In the year 1998 670.000 visitors came to the fair.


7412 exhibitors presented their developments in the fields of information and communication technology. There were 698,000 visitors. AOL announces an internet flat rate for Germany. Intel achieved with the new Pentium III processor the mark of 800 MHz. The first MP3 players were introduced and digital cameras with a resolution of 2 megapixels. The millennium bug threatens many older systems.


This year presented from 7515 companies. There was the Germany premiere of Windows 2000. It was increased by the security issues of the wireless world. For the first time the Hall 10 is also used in the south of the fairgrounds. There is a new online service of Deutsche Messe AG: Companies can have their press conferences broadcast live on the Internet.


There was a record number of visitors: 830,000 visitors. E -commerce has become increasingly important, the new PCs have 1 GHz processors. Mobile phones and PDAs are Internet-enabled. Broadband to be, GPRS (General Packet Radio Service ) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System ) are the main innovations. It MFDs were shown, which also offer internet access in addition to digital TV.


CeBIT this year was characterized by many U.S. firms and visitors have not brought to the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.


2003 6500 business had come from about 60 countries to showcase an area of ​​360,000 m² in 27 halls. From 12 to March 19, 2003 were 560,000 visitors, 17 percent less than last year, the number of transactions was still 10 percent higher than last year.

It was above all the news about the upcoming UMTS mobile phone generation, mobility and broadband communication. Another issue was the voice control, particularly the washing machine " Hermione " was much talked about. IT security this year was also a major focus, as is the open source. In the park next to the new Linux distribution versions of Knoppix 3.2 and SuSE Linux 8.2, many solutions have been presented about the use of free software in their homes and offices.


In 2004 presented some 6100 exhibitors from 64 countries and their products. The focus was on Wireless LAN, home networking, mobile phones and digital cameras as well as UMTS.

According to statement of the fair society 's expectations were exceeded in 2004. The seven days of the exhibition 510,000 visitors came to Hannover, 10,000 more than you expected. Thus the total number of visitors has declined, although again over the previous year, the number of visitors per day, however, increased by one day due to the shortening.


The CeBIT 2005 from March 10 to March 16, 2005 with 6270 exhibitors had registered a growth compared to the previous year, and had about 480,000 visitors, of which 29 % from abroad. One of the main topics was Voice Over IP ( Internet telephony).


The 21 CeBIT Hannover took place from Thursday 9th to Wednesday, March 15, 2006 instead and had about 450,000 visitors. A special highlight this year was the final round of Roboking contest, which took place in Hall 27. Special novelties were the origami computer and the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. Focused HDTV, RFID and UMTS. Devices of 1986 were shown to make the progress of the development clearly in Hall 1 of some exhibitors occasion of the 20th anniversary.

6300 Exhibitors ( 3300 from abroad from 70 countries, 1700 from the Asia- Pacific region ), 300,000 m². Around 128,000 foreign visitors, program with around 30 special presentations and 800 lectures. 50 computers and electronics specialist publishers, service from e-publishing division, IT solutions. ( Börsenblatt online 7 February 2006)

At the special show " Digital Living ", " lifestyle " products of consumer electronics should be presented by around 100 participants. The Digital Living is also a short-term response of the trade fair in Hanover on the decision of the Messe Berlin in November 2005, the future stage International Radio Exhibition (IFA ) not only every two years, but every year. The new show in Hanover was housed in a separate hall ( Hall 27), reached the private visitors for ten euro entry a separate entrance. With CeBIT ticket of admission was free.


CeBIT Hannover took place from 15th place to 21st March 2007 and had approximately 480,000 visitors. A total of 6,059 exhibitors from 77 countries were represented. Of the 2,748 exhibitors came from Germany and 3,311 from abroad ( largest number of foreign exhibitors: Taiwan: 602). The domestic exhibitors claimed as an exhibition area of ​​170 509 m², 86 042 m² foreign (totaling to: 256 551 m²). Partner country was Russia. One of the main topics was the mobile Internet. Moreover, there was a strong interest in navigation solutions using GPS.


CeBIT 2008 took place from the 4th to March 9, 2008 (Tuesday to Sunday) and had about 495,000 visitors. A total of 5,845 exhibitors from 77 countries were represented. One of the main topics was Green IT; successful was the attempt to attract female visitors at the International Women of the grounds. Partner was France. 2008 for the first time since its construction remained closed as the nucleus of CeBIT 1970, Hall 1.


In 2009, the 24th CeBIT was held ( Tuesday to Sunday ) from 3 to March 8. The number of exhibitors declined by about 1500 to around 4300th However, 69 countries were represented, after all. With 400,000 visitors, the number of visitors decreased compared to the previous year by about 20 percent. As a "partner country" was this year the U.S. state of California. On this occasion, visited the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Hanover. Particular focus has been the topics Webciety and Green IT.


From 2 to 6 March 2010 CeBIT opened its doors to visitors after they opened a day earlier by Chancellor Angela Merkel. This CeBIT was held under the motto " Connected Worlds " (English for " Networked Worlds "). Due to the financial crisis since 2007 fewer exhibitors were represented at the fair last year. Partner country at this year's CeBIT was Spain. The focus was 3D technology, compact projector, Green IT, Long Term Evolution and smartphones. With 334,000 visitors, the number of visitors increased over the previous year only in the five-day comparison slightly. CeBIT 2010 but was shortened by one day. 2010 came five days (Tue -Sat ) 334,000 visitors in 2009 came five days (Tue -Sat ) 322,000 until Sunday evening but over 400,000 visitors. At the end of the computer fair in 2010 criticized several environmental organizations, that energy efficiency was again too little attention in the development of IT products and IT products would still not provided with an understandable labeling for energy consumption.


The exhibition was opened by Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 28. For visitors it was open from March 1 to 5. Partner country this year was Turkey. The main theme of CeBIT 2011 was cloud computing: " Work and Life with the Cloud". A total of 339,000 people from 90 countries have visited the CeBIT 2011. That was 5,000 more visitors than last year. 2010, the number of visitors to computer trade had fallen to a historic low of 334,000. Only the first CeBIT in 1986 also had 334,000 visitors.


The CeBIT 2012 was held from 10th March 6th. Partner country this year was Brazil, theme was " Managing Trust ". First time in years, the number of exhibitors increased this year to over 4,200 exhibitors. Eleven days before the fair, the organizer locked the Hall 9, which should accommodate the range CeBIT lab, due to security defects in the hall construction. The exhibitors had to resort to the Hall 26. For the first time focused on e-commerce providers have been bundled in a hall; this has been done in 2013 as well. There were 312,000 visitors, less than ever before, but this is viewed as a success by the organizers themselves.

On March 8, was called by the organizers to form carpools to the fair. Due to a strike of public transport in Hanover was severely restricted. Modeled after the Red -point action Motorists should be encouraged to take visitors.


CeBIT 2013 takes place from 5 to 9 March 2013 partner country was Poland.

The theme was " Shareconomy ". With this theme, CeBIT advanced sharing and sharing of knowledge, resources and experience to the center. It was recorded a further decline in visitor numbers by 12% to 280,000, which the organizers once again designated as a success.


CeBIT 2014 will take place from March 14, 2014 from 10. The theme of CeBIT 2014 is Datability. The artificial word made ​​up of the industry trend, Big Data and its sustainable and responsible use ( English: ability, sustainability, responsibility) together. This motto has particular explosiveness, as the German Messe AG has appointed the UK as the Partner Country of CeBIT 2014. Because of the shortcomings identified by Edward Snowden scandals of American and British intelligence agencies NSA and GCHQ debates on dealing with amounts of data are expected at CeBIT. Beginning in June 2013 gave the German trade fair, CeBIT 2014 is directed exclusively to companies and not to private users. In addition to an increase in admission prices shifts by focusing on professional visitors of the event period on Monday to Friday from Tuesday to Saturday. CeBIT 2014 had 210,000 visitors.

CeBIT Home

CeBIT Home was a company specializing in products for the home user elimination of the CeBIT. She found only twice, in 1996 and 1998, each fall in Hanover. Because of the Expo 2000, they should be moved to Leipzig in 2000, but was canceled due to lack of interest among exhibitors.

CeBIT Global Conferences

Since 1992, accompanied a conference program Cebit, originally called "Company Presentations ". Since 2008, it operates under the name " CeBIT Global Conferences ". Organizer is the German Messe AG. Since 2009, the trade association BITKOM is patron of the conference. It deals with current trends and developments in the information economy and the telecommunications and is aimed at decision makers from the ICT industry, as well as corporate users. The conference language is English.

So far found conferences on the following topics:

  • 2008: "Improving Life for the Global Village ", 1900 visitors and 43 speakers took part in the keynotes and discussions.
  • 2009: " How will we work in the next few years, live and communicate ," 3,133 visitors from 88 different countries attended the event
  • 2010: "The challenges of a changing world - ICT for better lives and better business", 4,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.
  • 2011: "The power of creativity and innovation "

CeBIT special programs

Show journal

At CeBIT NDR 1 Niedersachsen transmits on the frequency 90.9 MHz daily 8:00 to 19:00 clock (Friday until 17:00 clock, Saturday and Sunday until 17:30 clock ) detailed information about the fair. For this purpose, the fixed exhibition studio of NDR on the northwest side of the hall 17 will be used. Also, the television station reported in daily shipments from CeBIT.

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