If you’re curious about exactly what you can expect from a Mobile World Congress or just want to relive #MWC18, below you can discover how we’re focused on Creating a Better Future, today.
More than 2,400 companies showcased cutting-edge products and services across 120,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space at Fira Gran Via, including the new South Village.
For 2018, the GSMA has partnered with Barcelona artists, Brosmind, to illustrate the unique role mobile is playing in supporting the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Each character created a visual representation of the mobile industry impact in supporting the goals and how we can create a #betterfuture together.
To celebrate and commemorate our partnership with local Barcelona artists, Brosmind, and to encourage attendees to show their personal support for the SDGs – #MWC18 offered exclusive merchandise featuring the 17 SDG characters. Attendees could purchase a variety of items from umbrellas, notebooks, t-shirts and hoodies, to gifts the kids!
For the first time, a new South Village was constructed to provide a brand new entrance pavilion, offering quicker access to the building. The South Village offered entertainment, more food and beverage options, as well as hospitality suites.
GSMA Innovation City featured immersive demonstrations of the most cutting-edge mobile enabled products and services in the world today. Visitors experienced how mobile-connected products and services are creating a better future for citizens and businesses around the world, in diverse areas such as home, automotive, health, agriculture, utilities, industrial and more.
NEXTech in Hall 8.0 put the spotlight on disruptive technologies from virtual reality/augmented reality and robotics, to cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, graphene and more. In the NEXTech Theatres, the GSMA hosted 34 Partner Programme sessions over the four days of #MWC18.
The Women4Tech programme provided a global platform for attendees focused on reducing the gender gap and championing diversity in the mobile industry. This year’s programme included speech coaching, networking events, workshops, a Mobile World Live TV panel and specialised MWC Tours, as well as several activities at 4YFN. The programme culminated at the Women4Tech Summit and the Women4Tech GLOMO Awards.
Over four days, the Mobile World Congress conference programme delved into topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, content and media, drones, blockchain, policy and regulation, and many others. The keynote sessions featured leaders from established players and industry upstarts, as well government agencies and the development community.
Twenty-five companies were awarded 38 GLOMOs (Global Mobile Awards) for their advances in technology; across 8 categories recognizing outstanding acheivements in mobile innovation. Winners were honored for everything from best content and devices, to mobile innovations for health and education, commerce, and social good.
More than 20,000 attendees, including 600 investors, participated in this cutting-edge programme at Fira Montjuïc. The Innovation Market showcased 600 exhibitors from 45 countries and 12 international delegations, while the conference offered attendees 110 hours of content on topics such as AI, blockchain, IoT, technology transfer and corporate venturing, among others.
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