Mobile World Capital Barcelona and the Regional Government of Catalonia have opened a call to expand the presence of Mobile Week throughout the Catalan territory. The purpose of the call, which was issued to municipal bodies and County Councils, is to grow this initiative, which will be held a few days before MWC Barcelona and is intended to bring the debate on the digital revolution to the public at large.

Cities interested in taking part at the fourth Mobile Week should present a preliminary project with a brief outline of the event’s format, content and duration (from 1 to 3 days). The term for receiving candidatures will last until mid-August. A team formed by major MWCapital members and Regional Government of Catalonia heads will evaluate the proposals presented and the cities selected will be announced on 1 October.

Mobile Week, which will be held for the fourth time in 2020, is an innovative initiative that is promoted jointly by MWCapital and the Regional Government of Catalonia, and intended to encourage citizens’ digital empowerment. It sets out areas for reflection, inclusive debates and open participatory activities that connect the tools offered by digital technology with the public’s social, cultural, ethical and human concerns and needs.

In Barcelona, at the third edition over 100 speakers took part and 80 activities were held at over 60 public venues in the city. Participants included Barcelona City Hall and over 200 collaborators, local institutions, innovation sites and research centres, and the event was consolidated as a cross-cutting project in the city.

Last year, for the first time, Mobile Week was also held in Girona, Lleida, Reus, Igualada and Ribera d’Ebre and featured 110 speakers, 25 talks and round tables, 15 workshops, 3 exhibitions, 4 cinema or documentary screenings, 2 radio programmes and 5 activities for a young or family audience.