In early March, I keynoted the IoT Day at CeBIT, (unfortunately it was scheduled the same week as the joint Object Management Group, Industrial Internet Consortium, Consortium for IT Software Quality and Cloud Standards Customer Council meetings in Reston) so I left Tuesday night and keynoted on Thursday, the 17th, which was followed by a keynote panel and then radio & video interviews:
- https://www.cebit.de/en/exhibition/media-library/videos/video-detail.xhtml?id=28032 (4:27 min.)
- https://www.cebit.de/en/exhibition/media-library/videos/video-detail.xhtml?id=27995 (47:42 min.)
- https://www.cebit.de/en/exhibition/media-library/videos/video-detail.xhtml?id=27976 (39:54 min.)
CeBIT this boasted about 220,000 attendees, 5,000 exhibitors, and 500,000 square meters (5,000,000 square feet) of exhibit space. I spoke to 5,000 full conference attendees either in-person or on video (or streaming on the Internet). One highlight was meeting with senior Deutsche Messe CeBIT executives who would like to work with us to help with next year's CeBIT conference; unfortunately CeBIT next year perfectly overlaps the joint OMG and Industrial Internet Consortium quarterly meetings again. Another exciting week in store!
Attendees at CeBIT are about 75% German, so the most common questions were about Industrie 4.0. There was general happiness to hear about our recent announcement of collaboration with the Plattform Industrie 4.0 Consortium.
The Monday after CeBIT, I spent the morning meeting with executives at Dassault Systèmes in Massachusetts. At the invitation of old friend and Dell senior executive Jim Stikeleather, I then spent a long day at the Harvard TECH (Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard) Center.
Later last month, I attended IoT Asia 2016 in Singapore; and then Schneider Electric's Life Is On Innovation Summit 2016 in Paris. Yes, in the same week! Fortunately both events were on the same planet!
Some of you may remember that I participated in IoT Asia last year. I was very impressed and agreed to serve on the Conference Committee this year. I was glad I did because the event grew by over 50% compared to last year! The final count isn't in but there were certainly over 3,000 people there for the full conference.
After day one at IoT Asia 2016 (next year I hope to stay for the entire event!), I flew to Paris (yes there's a nonstop, a mere 12 1/2 hours), at the request of Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee member and now Chair John Tuccillo. Schneider put on an incredible show, with 1,000 attendees, numerous panels and keynotes by the CEO. The entire conference focused on IoT innovations in Schneider's markets (manufacturing, smart cities, electricity distribution/transmission, etc.)
I've just departed the Internet of Manufacturing 2016 conference in Munich where I gave a dinner keynote about the IoT and the future of manufacturing. Stay tuned for my impressions about this conference and how my talk was received as well as my other travel experiences this month. Now off to Chile once again.