09
May
06

CeBIT: Prologue

Yup, that’s right. I’m in beautiful Sydney for CeBIT. The joys of trains mean that not only am I out of the office for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but also Monday and most of Friday.

At this rate, all my holiday leave will be spent on trade shows and suchlike. The first three months at CBIT, I spent a week at LCA2006. This quarter, a week out for CeBIT. (Well, actually, that’s the Feb-Mar-April quater’s week). So now I’m looking for a tradeshow or other event that’s both local, cheap and in the next three months… Then again, Clare’s MedRevue is coming up, so I’ll need to save a day or two for that.

Anyway, CeBIT. Having just spent an evening on dial-up Internet planning my schedule, here’s how it looks:

Tuesday

10:15 – 10:55
Hall 6: Telstra
11:05 – 11:50
Hall 6: Disney
12:00 – 12:50
Hall 6: Music
13:00 – 13:45
Hall 6: LG – Mobility/Convergence
2 pm
Stand P1, Hall 4: Digital Broadcasting
3 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: The realities of Fibre to the Home
4 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: Digital Media and Convergence
5 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: Utilities and Broadband Power Line

Wednesday

Morning
Stand J1, Front of Hall 3: Future parc launch
11am
Stand P1, Hall 4: IT Services
12 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: Next Generation Networks, IP and VoIP
1pm
Stand P1, Hall 4: Open Source 1
2pm
Stand P1, Hall 4: Venture Capital
3 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: Fixed wireless broadband developments
4 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: $3 billion for Regional Telecoms
5 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: Mobile voice still the killer application

Thursday

10:30 – 10:45
Stand J1, Front of Hall 3: Ontologies and topic maps for smart information use
11am
Hall 3: CompTIA
13:00 – 13:15
Stand J1, Front of Hall 3: Disaster prediction, response and recovery
13:30 – 13:45
Stand J1, Front of Hall 3: Health data integration
2pm
Hall 3: CompTIA
3pm
Stand P1, Hall 4: Open Source 2
12 pm
Stand D50 – Hall 2: The battle between 3G HSDPA and WiMAX
4.00pm to 5.00pm
Stand J50, Rear of Hall 3: The BlackBerry Advantage for Small & Medium Businesses

In summary: All of the keynotes, all of the open-source stuff I can manage, and what time’s left for Internet and Blackberry stuff. I think I’ll have a short period to wander around the stands too, visit the Linux Australia guys.

I’m also meeting a vendor down here, with luck, so I’m feeling all well-travelled-businessmany today. ^_^

The disadvantage of being in Sydney is I’m on dialup, and also a few hundred kilometres away, so logging in to the office Terminal Server for email is a painfully slow experience.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll find an Internet cafe in the city where I can plug my laptop in and get some work done. ^_^

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