CeBIT featured information technology innovations from all around the world, and one bitcoin was one of the topics discussed during the conference. “d!conomy” is the lead theme for CeBIT 2015, which took place over the weekend.
“For anyone with a stake in the digital world, CeBIT offers an unparalleled mix of innovations, information and inspiration that makes it the world’s leading event,” remarked Oliver Frese, the member of Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board responsible for CeBIT, on Tuesday in Hannover, Germany. The event included a lineup of over 5,000 innovations from the digital industries and a conference program packed with top speakers.
Bitcoin in CeBIT
This year, the spotlight was also on new, innovative business models. Talks regarding bitcoin centered on the advantages of the digital currency and how it could develop into a more mainstream mode of payment in this day and age.
One of the talks lined up was “Bitcoin in Europe – Challenges and Potentials” by Dr. Jana Moser, who works at the Marketing & Classifieds Division at Axel Springer SE, where she leads a group-wide data strategy project. Aside from that, she supports a digital product portfolio with special consideration of data protection laws as well as new digital innovations and ideas like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Another interesting event that featured bitcoin was the panel discussions on the cryptocurrency. German startup Conyo’s CEO Levin Keller believes that the company has found a way to legitimize the use of the digital currency by allowing people to file taxes using bitcoins. Their software aims to keep track of all cryptocurrency assets with one easy-to-understand overview.
As with most companies that expressed an inclination for bitcoin payment integration, they cited that the security of the blockchain was one of the digital currency’s selling points. For Conyo, he application does all of its tracking and data-gathering without ever touching the private keys or the funds of it users. This means that, unlike other bitcoin-tracking services, it doesn’t need to deal with any financial licences or regulations.