The world’s leading minds converge on Darling Harbour to discuss the future of business technology


CeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology event in the Asia Pacific region, kicked off this week, attracting thousands of business leaders passionate about the role technology will play in their future success and bringing together the greatest minds to forecast the changing landscape of business.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs – organisers of CeBIT Australia, commented in his opening address, “over the next three days there will be some remarkable knowledge and ideas shared – amazing conversations held – and lifelong business relationships forged. CeBIT remains Australia’s largest business to business technology conference and exhibition, with over 300 exhibitors on the showfloor and 200 speakers, travelling from over 30 countries.”

The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, presented in the opening plenary, commenting on the growth of NSW as a powerhouse economic state, and how the NSW Government is achieving superior customer service through real time digital transformations.

“If NSW is strong then Australia is strong, and it is. We have a duty, if not an obligation, to remain forward thinking and innovative. Digital transformation is more than just the mere implementation of the technology, is it about planning a better city, improving health care, protecting the environment, generating real world outcomes,” said Mr Dominello.

Rob Wainwright, Former Executive Director, Europol

Rob Wainwright, Former Executive Director, Europol, addressed in his keynote, the need to combat aggressive global security threats by leveraging collaborations between agencies. The power of cyber domain “data and technology are driving a new response to cybercrime and cyberterrorism today. Threats are dynamic and vary in scale, the key to our success is the way in which we use data collaboratively across agencies to identify how modern criminals and terrorists are operating.”

Liesl Yearsley, Chief Executive Officer,

Keynote speakers Xiaofeng Ren, Chief Scientist and Associate Dean, Machine Intelligence and Technology, Alibaba and Liesl Yearsley, Chief Executive Officer, spoke about the impact of AI to solve complex problems. Ms Yearsley stated, “where the world is going is ‘Personal AI’, they live with us, understand us, we will force relationships with AI and we will hand over decisions to them over time.”

Joining over 80 start-ups on the CeBIT Australia exhibition show floor, is FaceMe, a digital human platform, showcasing the next wave of digital employees, capable of responding to customer service enquiries with empathy and personalisation.

Nick Sokolich, VP Sales at FaceMe, and first-time exhibitor said the opening day of CeBIT Australia was a great success, “we look forward to the coming days of the exhibition, showcasing technology that transforms the customer experience in banking, telecommunications and government using conversational AI interactions enabled by the FaceMe platform.”

CeBIT Australia continues  Thursday, 17 May, at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour. See what’s on and register for CeBIT Australia:

MySecurity Media conducting podcast interviews with Rob Wainwright and Liesl Yearsley – stay tuned for their release.