I am really excited about CeBIT this year. It's the first time Salesforce is going to be a big part of CeBIT. I remember going to tradeshows back in my teenage years and was in awe of being surrounded by computers, robots and gadgets of all sorts. It was an amazing experience.
Salesforce.com at CeBIT is going to be the largest cloud computing event in Australia. If you attended Cloudforce last year, this year's event is very, very different.
So you may be wondering:
This post will hopefully answer all of these questions. But if you have additional questions you would like answers on, please leave a comment below. Here are the top things to help you prepare for CeBIT.
If you haven't registered and would like to attend, please register for free.
For those who have already registered you will receive an email from CeBIT Australia with your e-Ticket attached this week.
Print the page with the bar code. No one likes long lines behind the check-in desks (I know I don't). You'll be rewarded by doing so by getting your lanyard + name badge and conference guides very quickly.
If you are attending the Day 1 CeBIT Australia Opening Plenary and Salesforce.com Keynote, registration opens at 7am with Check-in located in the Bistro 80 area of The Star, entry via the Astral Hotel Lobby corner of Pyrmont St & Jones Bay Rd. You will be able to check-in at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10:00am as well.
Tip: If you haven't received a e-Ticket by this weekend, check your spam folder.
Our event guide has everything you need to know, maps, agenda for breakout sessions and what's happening in the Cloud Expo. Here are some Sessions for Small & Midsized Businesses (SMBs), Sessions for Marketing Professionals and 10 Session you can't miss at CeBIT.
There are 20 breakout sessions running on Day 1, 28th May. There are 30 odd sessions running on our Cloud Theatre. The conference guide has all the details.
Tip: View the Event Guide , or there will be QR codes on signage at the event that will allow you to access the guide on the go.
Come armed with your 3G enabled Mobile phone and Tablet. You'll be able to participate in our Photo Contest to win a ticket to the Salesforce 10th Anniversary Celebration, a GoPro camera or other Salesforce.com merchandise. More details in the Salesforce.com Event Guide.
Running low on battery? No worries, visit the Cloud Expo (Hall 4), we have a charging bay.
Tip: If you are Tweeting, please use the Event Hash Tag #SalesforceCeBit where you can ask questions, share information etc.
Social Media Lounge - have a professional photographer take your next social profile picture.
Customer Success Clinics - Drop by for a quick chat with one of our Cloud Experts, ready to answer your questions.
Cloud Theatre - 3 days of fun compelling presentations by industry thought leaders, customers and partners, including the CFO of MYOB, CEO of Saasu and LinkedIn.
Cloud Bar - A great place to meet up and grab a complimentary tea/coffee/soft drink. Free Charging stations.
30+ Partners stands - featuring industry leaders Google, LinkedIn, Symantec, Accenture, Deloitte and Sensis, all ready to talk to you about their solutions and services.
Tip: Bring your business challenges and questions for Cloud Experts and Partners to answer.
CeBIT will be using the Marketing Cloud to power their Social Media Command Centre to listen and engage with more than 32,000 attendees. This is the first full scale social media command centre in APAC powered by the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
Tip: To enter the Social Media Command Centre photo contest, tweet a photo of the CeBit Command Centre using the #SalesforceCeBit hash tag.
Click to create a Tweet with the official hash tag
The conference is held across 2 locations. The official CeBIT opening ceremony and keynote will be at the Star Event Centre (A) on 28 May starting 8:30am. Breakout Sessions, Cloud Expo and Campground is over at Sydney Conventions and Exhibition Centre (B).
(A) The Star Event Centre
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009
For those driving here are the car park rates at The Star.
(B) Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (SCEC)
off Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000
The parking entrance is located off Darling Drive, underneath the Centre’s five exhibition halls, in Darling Harbour.
For those driving make sure to keep your receipt so you can claim back on tax or expense it.
For those walking (10-15 mins) between campuses bring an umbrella, just in case it rains.
There is the light rail tram that will run between (A) and (B).
I've been to conferences by myself and it is nowhere near as much fun as going along with a friend or work colleague. So if you are heading to CeBIT by yourself, it's not too late to invite a friend and have them Register for free.
Click to Tweet your friend the link to register for free.
If you don't have any friends or work colleagues to bring along, not to worry. Bring a stack of business cards and network like crazy, you are bound to make a friend at the Cloud Bar.
If you have any other questions, please post a comment below!