GSMA provides further updates on programmes at Mobile World Congress 2018

Date: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:48

GSMA provides further updates on programmes at Mobile World Congress 2018
GSMA announces new keynote speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and partners

The GSMA announced new developments for Mobile World Congress 2018, including recently confirmed keynote speakers, as well as new exhibitors, sponsors and partners. The GSMA also provided updates for attendee experiences such as 4YFN, Women4Tech and YoMo. Mobile World Congress will be held 26 February – 1 March 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc and La Farga L’Hospitalet.
“Preparations for Mobile World Congress 2018 are well underway and it’s set to be the biggest and most ambitious event we’ve ever delivered,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We look forward to welcoming the mobile world to Barcelona in just over three months and showing how mobile is creating a better future – today.”

New Keynote Speakers Confirmed
The GSMA announced additional keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference programme, including:

•    Jeremy Fox, CEO, Atrium TV and Chairman, DRG
•    Christopher Young, CEO, McAfee
•    Oren Jacobs, Founder and CEO, PullString
•    Rajeev Misra, CEO, SoftBank Vision Fund
•    Enrica Porcari, Chief Information Officer and Chair of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, World Food Programme

These executives join previously announced keynote speakers including:

•    Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
•    Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group
•    Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson
•    Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
•    Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
•    Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
•    Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
•    Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone Group

Spanning four days, the conference will address key topics such as artificial intelligence, the evolution to 5G and next-generation networks, the digital consumer, immersive content and entertainment, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, regulation and policy, privacy and security, and sustainable development, among many others. In addition to the keynote sessions, the conference will include series of focused track sessions that explore specific subjects in greater depth.

Additional Exhibitors Confirmed for 2018
The GSMA announced the participation of several additional exhibitors at Mobile World Congress, including Boston Consulting, China Mobile, Continental, Deloitte, Essential, Telit and Toyota. These companies join the many major brands already confirmed for the show floor, including Accenture, Alibaba, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vivo, Vodafone, Xiaomi and ZTE, among others.

New Event Sponsors and Media Partners
The GSMA announced several new event sponsors and media partners for Mobile World Congress. Celtra and Ogury are confirmed as the latest Networking Garden Sponsors, joining previously announced sponsors Android, Citi, EY, HTC and Visa. The GSMA has signed a Global Media Partnership with CNN International for Mobile World Congress, as well as other global GSMA events. Mobile World Live is also a Global Media Partner, while Official Media Partners include CBS Interactive Tech, Financial Times, QQ.com, Time, Inc.’s TIME and Fortune, and Ziff Davis.

Women4Tech Launches 2018 Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge
The Women4Tech programme, together with 4YFN, launched the second Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge aimed at startups and/or individuals eager to create innovative solutions, products or services that drive gender diversity and gender equality in the tech industry.
Additionally, the GSMA announced new sponsors supporting the Women4Tech programme; EY has confirmed as the sponsor for the Women4Tech Speed Coaching & Networking Event, while Syniverse Technologies returns as the Global Mobile Awards Category Sponsor for the Women4Tech Industry Leadership Award.

4YFN Awards: Call for Entries Open
4YFN announced that the 2018 4YFN Awards, a startup competition designed to recognise the most disruptive ideas in the digital landscape, are open for entry. An awards jury will select 10 finalist startups to pitch on the main 4YFN stage at Mobile World Congress, meet up with investors and participate in the 4YFN exhibition there.

YoMo Returns to Barcelona
The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) is back in Barcelona with an expanded set of activities and events in its second year. YoMo is a dedicated programme designed to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM). From Tuesday, 27 February through Friday, 2 March, approximately 15,000 young people and educators from across Catalonia and Spain will gather at La Farga L’Hospitalet to participate in an array of educational exhibits, live theatre shows, interactive workshops and hands-on activities, as well as educator-focused workshops, lectures and more. Registration for YoMo will open on Wednesday, 22 November.

New Partner Programmes, Power Hour Sessions
Developed by leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, Partner Programmes, Training Sessions and Power Hour Sessions provide invaluable learning opportunities for Mobile World Congress attendees. Newly added Partner Programmes include half-day sessions with Palo Alto and Taptica, both taking place on Wednesday, 28 February, as well as a full-day session presented by mSchools on Thursday, 1 March. B.Yond recently signed on to deliver a Power Hour Session on Thursday, 1 March.

Submissions for Glomo Awards Close on 22 November
There’s only one week left to submit for the 2018 Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards). The Glomo Awards honour the greatest achievements and innovations across the mobile industry, with 38 awards over eight categories. Entries for the 2018 awards will be accepted through Wednesday, 22 November, with the winners announced during Mobile World Congress.

Above, image credited to the GSMA

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