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Mar 21, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Hungary brings a tradition of innovation to CeBIT, the world’s state-of-the-art technology expo

CeBIT, the giant technology trade expo held each year in Hannover, Germany, is regarded as the largest event of its kind and attracts the most extensive international representation. Hungary's pavilion takes up 400 square meters at this year’s event, making it the biggest exhibition space that our innovators have ever had to present themselves and their work.

This year’s expo features 21 businesses from Hungary, but that’s just a taste of Hungary’s talent in the information technology sector. That’s why the Orbán Government is working on long-term cooperation with CeBIT and aims to be a key partner for the exhibition next year.

We want to create for Hungary a robust environment for innovation because this is a serious race where we have the kind of talent and wherewithal to compete with the best.

Hungary takes pride in the innovative contributions our scientists have made over the centuries, from the fun Rubik’s cube to the serious stuff like Edward Teller’s H-bomb. John Neumann’s computer impacted perhaps as many lives as Albert Szent-Györgyi’s discoveries regarding Vitamin C. Our people like to brag about having the highest number of Nobel prize winners per capita.

The future promises more innovation, and, with a nod to our tradition, we want Hungary to be a driving force. Our presence at CeBIT as well as the comprehensive digital strategy of the government means to send the message that we are still the home of innovative solutions. The high, foreign direct investment coming to the country in recent years shows that companies agree: Hungary is the right choice for the production of future-proof products and services.

To meet these goals, Hungary is carrying out a comprehensive set of policies to increase digital access throughout the country, to support Hungarian innovators and to attract innovative international companies to invest in the country.

If you are a start-upper or a digital nomad, you’ll find Budapest a very affordable city with all the needed infrastructure and a fun European vibe. If you are a digital investor, you’ll find a smart and dedicated work force here and you may even have some attractive government-supported incentives to hire them.

It’s a key, government priority, as I said at a press event last week, to help by all means possible digital innovation in Hungary. It’s that simple.

Sometimes – innovators would agree – the best solution is the simplest. We are presenting an attractive package in Hannover, Germany at CeBIT this week and at similar exhibitions coming soon because we are keen to put Hungary as high on the innovation map as possible.