Cebit goes green to smaller crowds

The biggest European information technology fair went green this year. The problem was that there were not many people around to notice.Cebit 2008 was a slimmed-down, serious affair, cut back to six days from seven. Formerly sprawling exhibits were corralled into order by theme and publicity stunts were banished to the weekend, which now comes at the end of the show, not the middle.The idea was to turn dwindling exhibitor and visitor interest into a virtue by using the lack of gadgety distractions to create a business-like arena where managers could get on with meeting, greeting and checking out the competition.

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