Geeks gathered in Germany this week, along with the top names in electronics and technology for CeBIT, Europe’s leading high-tech trade fair.
As well as the fun and wacky stuff – like robots that spout Shakespeare or play table tennis – the likes of Google, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, HP and Dell are on hand with their latest offerings and anticipating an upturn.
Frank Pörschmann, who is in charge of CeBIT, said: “We see a recovery in the global economy and the information and communication technology industry. We see a clear interest in moving this business forward. That’s what CeBIT stands for: encouraging global business deals and being a positive dynamics for the industry.”
BITKOM, the trade body for the industry in Germany, is predicting that the sector will grow worldwide, by 4.4 percent this year with major expansion in China, Russia, India and Brazil.
There are more than 4,200 technology firms from 70 countries at the event in Hanover, in northern Germany. Over five days it is expected to attract more than a third of a million people.