Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in CeBIT 2009 Opening

CeBIT 2009 - The Grand Opening

CeBIT 2009 - The Grand Opening

If it hasn't struck you yet, it's the time of the year again when braves the extreme cold weather of Hannover in Germany to bring you the latest and greatest technology updates from CeBIT 2009. This year, CeBIT started earlier on 3rd March and will last through 8th March.

CeBIT is the world's largest exhibition for digital IT and telecommunications solutions which binds the global ICT community in this yearly affair to strengthen relationships in business, find new opportunities through incorporating best practices and use of technology from other companies and showcasing the best in IT has to offer. You could say that this is the digital marketplace of the world. If there's ever a show to combine all aspects of IT from pure computing to medical, social, manufacturing, distribution, banking, government and science - CeBIT is the melting pot of IT, bar none. To further add to its credit, the show has been evolving every year and this year we'll see a few new focus segments such as Green IT, Webciety (which stands for web society) and IT in medical. We'll be taking a look at those segments in the following days as well.

 CeBIT 2009 banners at Hannover Fairground's entrance.

With over 4300 exhibitors from 69 countries worldwide participating in this year's world's largest trade fair, it deservers a home nothing better than the Hannover Fairgrounds, Germany - the world's largest exhibition grounds. What's special this year however is the U.S. state of California is the official Partner State of CeBIT and Germany's IT and telecommunications industry association, BITKOM. While CeBIT has partnered countries, this is the first time it has partnered a state. California has the world's 8th largest economy, is the leader in technology, entertainment and even enforcing green technology and garners half of all venture capital in the United States. With so much potential in just this one state, California is a clear choice of partnership for both CeBIT and the German economy.

 Hall 6 plays host to 50 of California's top technology companies.

Of course, it is also a great honor for California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger to attain this status. To show his gratitude and enforce the importance of what this partnership means to his home state as well, Arnold Schwarzenegger has managed to grace CeBIT 2009 and its opening ceremony on his trade mission to showcase what his state has to offer the world and what they can learn from the rest of the world.

 The grand Hannover Congress Centrum was the venue for the opening ceremony of CeBIT 2009.

 And here's how the atmosphere within was just before the arrival of the dignitaries.




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