World's technology leaders hit Sydney for CeBIT 2018
15 May 2018
Thousands of technology and business professionals from around the globe have converged on Sydney’s Darling Harbour this morning for the start of CeBIT Australia, the Asia Pacific’s largest ICT exhibition and conference.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello spoke at the opening of the three day event welcoming an international contingent of more than 300 exhibitors from over 30 countries to the Harbour City.
He spoke about NSW digital initiatives and announced a new NSW Government procurement platform buy.nsw that will support up to 10,000 suppliers through online purchases of digital and technology products and services.
'NSW is by far and away the most advanced state in the country when it comes to digital transformation... but we are just beginning our journey and what is in the pipeline is truly exciting,' Mr Dominello said.
Hannover Fairs Managing Director Harvey Stockbridge said NSW was Australia's technology capital and understood the importance of how technology underpinned the economy through its support for CeBIT and initiatives like Jobs for NSW and the Boosting Business Innovation Program.
More than 15,000 people will visit CeBIT over three days to see the latest business technologies, learn from a packed conference and speaker schedule, promote products and services, and hold business, investment and network meetings.
The NSW Government is the official partner of CeBIT and the Department of Industry; Department of Finance Services and Innovation; and Jobs for NSW are assisting companies and promoting NSW as Australia’s ICT and startup capital.
Nine out of ten finalists for CeBIT’s startup PitchFest on Thursday will be NSW-based companies with six of them assisted to develop technologies by Jobs for NSW.
Startups and fast-growing small to medium-sized technology companies are encouraged to speak to Jobs for NSW at CeBIT to find out how its portfolio of grants, loans and loan guarantees can assist them at each stage of their growth cycle.
Kicking off the morning, Channel 9’s Today Show broadcast from the CeBIT showroom floor interviewing two Jobs for NSW supported startups, HeadsafeIP which has developed a device that instantly diagnoses sporting concussions, and Ping Data which has develop technology for digital receipts.
Visiting the NSW stand was a government delegation from the Indian state of Odisha to inspect NSW technologies and speak to exhibitors about potential business and investment.
Technology presentations were given by several exhibitors including Elula of Sydney which has developed technology that uses artificial intelligence and data visualisation to help companies overcome ‘customer churn’ and manage pricing.
'We combine machine learning with mathematical optimisation to help companies predict customer churn and take the right action - for example what is the right price to offer - at a granular level so businesses can improve customer retention,' said Rajesh Thiagarajan, Elula’s Head of Applied AI.
Also presenting was Sana Health Intelligence of Sydney which is building a software platform and combining internet of things (IoT) technologies for affordable health monitoring of our ageing population.
It is developing a bundle service including a wearable sensor, an android tablet and a senior-friendly app, with family and carer apps to follow later as well as plans for blood pressure and glucose monitoring and other health services.
'Our service empowers baby boomers to keep an eye on their own health. If they need to, family and carers could offer help remotely,' founder Man Lee said.
Morning conference highlights included presentations on the Future of Security, Privacy and Data; the CeBIT Big Data and Analytics conference; and the IoT and fintech conference.
Former Europol executive director Rob Wainwright talked about new smart platforms being developed to bring European agencies together to fight cybercrime and terrorism and balancing those with civil liberties. Symantec Chief Technology Officer Dr Hugh Thompson spoke about the growth of connected IoT technologies and the need to guard against the growing proficiency of cybercriminals who will be using machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch future viral attacks.