Billed as "the Asia Pacific region's largest business event", CeBIT Australia 2012 is a sprawling three-day technology expo that takes up four massive halls of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour. This year the event starts on May 22 and is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors.
We visit every year, and while it's a business IT event, there's usually more than a few facinating things to see amidst the suits and servers. Last year's event had everything from eye-massaging gizmos to futuristic touch screen tabletops, for example.
Technically, you need to represent a business to attend CeBIT, though we spoke to the organisers and get the impression that if you are lucky, you might still get away with registering if you just want to have a look around. We'd advise making sure you've checked this first - no point in wasting your time and money travelling to the show if you can't get in. Exhibition tickets cost $40.
Companies currently on board to attend include Huawei, Siemens, Telstra, Panasonic, AAPT, Dell, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, Fujitsu PC, Lenovo, AVG, D-Link, Nokia, Symantec, Volkswagen, Samsung, IBM, Western Digital, Sharp, Intel Electronics, Kodak and LG (to name just a few).
Business technology will once again take centre stage, but there's sure to be plenty of interesting tech on show to appeal to PC enthusiasts and consumers.
If you'd like to know more about this year's exhibition, pay a visit to the CeBIT Australia 2012 website. To get a feel for what we spotted at the show in previous years, you can check the highlights of CeBit 20111 here and here.