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Page 44 • MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 Big names, big CeBIT program for ICC in 2017 CLAIMED to be Asia Pacific’s largest and longest-running business technology event, CeBIT Australia has released its 2017 pro- gram encompassing eight dedicated confer- ences with more than 170 speakers. CeBIT 2017 will also include an exhibition showcasing 350 of the latest and greatest technology suppliers. Speakers include Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder and chief executive of Kaspersky Lab, who will discuss the future of cyberse- curity in a world where device hyper-connec- tivity continues to increase. Eight conference streams will cover cur- rent industry trends and challenges facing businesses and business leaders, including Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Cybersecurity, FinTech, Enterprise Mobility, eGovernment, Digital Health and Startups. Speakers at CeBIT 2017 will include Alastair MacGibbon, special adviser to Australia’s prime minister on Cyber Security, Department of Prime Minister and cabinet; Sophie Gilder, head of Blockchain, Common- wealth Bank of Australia; dr Peter Lawrence, chief information officer, Department of Defence; Joe Rogalski, director, Architecture and Process, Lion; dr Lesley Seebeck, deputy director Information Systems and Services & chief information officer, Bureau of Mete- orology; Angela Coble, director Business Technology (CIO) Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson; dr Carolyn Patteson, executive manager, CERT Australia; Katherine Squire, general manager, Application Development and DevOps, ASX; dr Sam Robertson, senior research fellow, Western Bulldogs Football Club and Greg Gale, national security officer, Microsoft. 2017 networking events include a wel- come reception, CeBIT Black, an invite-only VIP evening for senior-level enterprise and government technology professionals and the International Cycling Executives (ICE) Breakfast with the Bunch. CeBIT Australia, 23 – 25 May 2017 will be held for the first time at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour. Novotel Brisbane announces InBalance, signs AVPartners AVPARTNERS has been appointed the in-house audiovisual provider for the 296-room Novotel Brisbane. Situated in Brisbane’s CBD, the Novotel Brisbane features 11 func- tion rooms. With its own dedicated confer- ence and events team, it offers state-of-the-art facilities for all forms of meetings and social gatherings with the addition of a new meetings concept - InBalance Meetings at Novotel. “InBalance Meetings are de- signed to take care of the body and mind of each participant, provid- ing the platform to achieve great meeting outcomes,” said Kayte Staraj, general manager at Novotel Brisbane. “This new partnership with AVPartners will allow us to enhance our event and audiovisual offerings, and really add value through inno- vative and creative event solutions.” Qatar plans new festival for tourism events 2017 QATAR Tourism Authority (QTA) plans to introduce a new festival to its tourism events program during 2017 aimed at growing and diversifying Qatar’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment. The festival will be organised by QTA, in collaboration with public and private sector partners. The new festival will focus on the destination’s burgeoning retail sec- tor, which has proven to be an im- portant part of tourism spending in Qatar - shopping represented a bigger portion of tourism spend- ing in 2014 than hotel bookings or food and beverage, bringing QAR6 billion to the country’s economy. Existing events including Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) and Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) have attracted increased tourism visitors and the new event is ex- pected to add further growth.