It is very important to choose the right (Hannover) CeBIT 2018 dates if you are only visiting this exhibition for one or two days. I strongly recommend to leave out the last two days. The last day is extremely crowded, and many of the exhibitors leave, because they think it is not worth dealing with end-users. Other exhibitors (especially those from the Far East), on the other hand, take advantage of the crowd, and sell off all their samples and goods. They go home with less weight in their luggage, and a small extra profit to cover exhibition costs.
The CeBIT 2018 dates are as follows:
- Monday 11th of June 2018 (10.00 – 18.00h) – Only Conferences, Inauguration and Political events.
- Tuesday 12th of June 2018 (10.00 – 23.00h) – Exhibition until 19h , then events till late
- Wednesday 13th of June 2018 (10.00 – 23.00h) – Exhibition until 19h , then events till late
- Thursday 14th of June 2018 (10.00 – 23.00h) – Exhibition until 19h , then events till late
- Friday 15th of June 2018 (10.00 – 17.00h) – Exhibition, conferences, events
Cebit 2018 Dates: Best Days to Attend the Technology Fair
There are events for the press on Monday, but they are only for journalists. For businesses, the first day is Tuesday. On this day, halls are not crowded, and it is easy to walk. There have been complaints by some people that German and other politicians do their public relations and speeches, on that day as well. Even then, my experience tells me that the best days are the first two, i.e. Tuesday, and Wednesday, with each day getting a little bit more crowded than the previous one. Avoid the last day if you can.
Breaking the Rules at CeBIT: Arrive Late and Leave Late
The fairgrounds are open from 10:00.
Arrive late: If you arrive too early, i.e., before 10:00, you will have to wait in line until the gates open. On the other hand, if you arrive after eleven o’clock, there is hardly any queing to do. I recommend getting up, and then calmly enjoying your breakfast at your hotel. You will need to eat a proper breakfast, as there is a lot of walking to do. Then, head over to the CeBIT show and enjoy all you can see while you are there.
Leave late: Most suppliers will be more than happy to attend you even if it is 18:45, because they are there to maximize their profit, and sell to as many people as they can. You will also avoid all the people who are waiting for taxis or for the train, because if you start going towards the exit after 19:00 , by 19:15 there aren’t too many people left.