Bitkom - A Brief Overview
Bitkom is the voice of the information technology, telecommunications and new media industry in Germany. BITKOM represents more than 1,100 companies, with 850 direct members, including practically all German global players as well as 600 key midsize companies. BITKOM's membership generates a sales volume of 135 billion euros annually, exporting 50 billion euros worth of high technology each year. Bitkom thus represents 90 percent of the German ICT market.
Bitkom offers a wide-reaching, powerful network that brings together the best minds and top companies from the digital world. Bitkom organizes a permanent exchange between experts in the field and industry leaders, offering its membership forums to promote cooperation and platforms for contacting crucial clients.
Creating a good environment for doing business is Bitkom's highest priority. Education and the training of tomorrow's IT and telecommunications specialists, green ICT, e-government, e-health, economic policy, copyright and patent law, security and privacy issues, software technologies, consumer electronics, climate protection and sustainability as well as a new legal framework for telecommunications and the media are the core of Bitkom's political agenda. With the coming digital convergence, Bitkom seeks to promote the collaboration of all those working in the realm of information technology and telecommunications.
The realm of policymaking plays a central part in Bitkom's activities. We work closely with government ministries, parliament and the political parties. We have been able to bring the information and telecommunications industry to the awareness of Germany's policymakers: beside the current high-tech strategy of the German government, the best example here is the annual national IT summit held by the German chancellor. The ICT industry now generates more earnings than many more traditional industries, and is recognized as a key pillar of the German economy.
Bitkom makes its voice heard at important governmental hearings and in daily individual conversations with key decision makers. In addition, Bitkom also offers platforms that allow public policymakers and industry leaders to exchange views, including quarterly political evenings, a Berlin summer reception for policymakers and journalists and a summer reception in Brussels.
Bitkom is the most important mediator between the information technology and telecommunications industry and the press in Germany. We present our membership's take on political, economic and social issues to the public at large. Bitkom is mentioned more than 14,000 times each year in top media outlets and the specialist press.
Networking & Contacts
Bitkom organizes more than a thousand events each year, bringing together around 20,000 decision-makers and experts from the field. Our forums, working groups and expert committees provide unique platforms for productive exchange among experts from the industry and business leaders. These events provide an opportunity for developing shared positions and goals as well as quality contacts with competitors, partners and customers. Participating in numerous trade shows and key industry events at home and abroad, Bitkom supports its members on the international market.
Service & Information
Bitkom keeps its membership informed about issues important to the industry. The electronic newsletter Infoline provides an inside look at current developments in policymaking and technology. This information is available on a daily basis on our extranet. Bitkom market research provides solid, objective data analyses of the ICT market. Bitkom also offers its members practical assistance with numerous checklists and guidelines.
Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media
P.O. Box 640144
Phone: +49 30 27576-0
Fax: +49 30 27576-400