It’s almost here – the start of the Mobile World Congress. In a little over a month, Barcelona will become the world capital of mobile technology. On March 2nd – 5th, all eyes (and phones) will be fixed on this event, which has become the most important conference in the mobile industry, and will be attended by tens of thousands of industry professionals.
The 2015 conference is set to include all of the usual attractions, and some new ones as well. Here are the main features of the conference:
– More than 1,900 companies, including Acer, Ford, Fujitsu, Huawei or Deutsche Telekom, will present their most innovative consumer technologies to the world.
– There will be 98,000 square meters of exhibits, spread out over 8 pavilions and outdoor areas of Fira Gran Via. Special pavilions will be dedicated to cloud technology, green technology, mobile payments and wearables.
– An App Planet space will be dedicated to the developer community.
– The Global Mobile Awards, an awards program recognizing talent in the industry.
– The second edition of the international program 4 Years from Now, where entrepreneurs and startups in the mobile sector, along with investors, accelerators, incubators and large corporations will participate in a program including lectures, workshops and competitions.
– Integration of NFC services like site entrance, instant access to information or technology demonstrations.
– The GSMA Ministerial Programme, a unique forum bringing together the most influential leaders in the telecommunications industry. This year’s theme will be, “Stimulating innovation for a fully connected society”.
– The Garmin Healthband Challenge, in which attendees can monitor their activity within the Congress and compete with other users. The person who logs the most activity will win an award from the Garmin brand.
– And many more programs which will take place at the conference.
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The program for the conference includes several leaders from the global mobile industry, as well as some related sectors such as the automotive industry and the financial sector. This year’s edition will feature the likes of Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG Technologies, Francisco González, Chairman and CEO of BBVA, Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation, Thiru Arunachalam, Founder and CEO of Peel, Alvaro del Castillo, Founder and TapTap Networks CEO, Dr. Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm, or Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia – all participants whom we previously announced in September.
Since it began in 2006, the Congress has been breaking records year after year. Last year all of the expectations for the conference were exceeded. The Congress in Barcelona had an economic impact estimated at 397 million euros – 35 million euros more than the 2013 conference. Additionally, a total of 12,361 part-time jobs were created by the conference, 24% more than in the previous year. In its nine years of existence, the largest mobile technology conference in the world has created a total of 62,000 temporary jobs.
One question is – why in Spain, and specifically Barcelona? Basically, because it’s home to a strong ecosystem. Of the 1,500 companies that participated in 2013, 113 were Spanish among which there were 57 Catalan. In 2014 conference, this figure increased to 150 Spanish and 80 Catalan companies.
The Mobile World Congress is just around the corner. The countdown begins. Are you ready?
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