Mobile World Congress, the biggest mobile technology event in the world, takes place in Barcelona next week from the 2nd to the 5th of March. It is a combination of the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing the mobile operators, device manufacturers and technology providers from around the world.
Mobile World Congress attracts the biggest and best keynote speakers, technology firms and is the location for the launch of hundreds of new mobile technology products each year. So, what exactly makes Mobile World Congress so special? What sets it apart from all other technology conferences around the world? Here are the 7 biggest reasons to get yourself on a plane to Barcelona next week.
7. The keynote speakers are phenomenal.
Imagine sitting in a room with some of the top minds the world has to offer. People who have literally changed the internet landscape forever or have an unbelievable amount of influence. We are talking about the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and Tom Wheeler, US Federal Communications Commission Chairman, all of whom will be delivering keynote speeches next week.
6. The latest smartphones will be launched
Highlights from the 2014 Mobile World Congress included the launch of HTC Desire, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia M2 and the 3 latest LG smartphones. This year European brand Kazam has announced it will launch no less than FIVE new Windows devices including three tablets and two phones. Samsung is also expected to launch the latest Samsung Galaxy and many other Mobile developers will be doing similar.
5. It is an incredible opportunity for networking
85,000 people. That's how many visitors are set to descend on Mobile World Congress this week. Can you imagine the incredible networking opportunities on offer when you have 85,000 people to meet and greet, drink wine with, exchange business cards with or make multimillion dollar deals with.
4. The world press descends on Barcelona for the week
Looking to make contacts with Journalists? Hoping to get your product, start-up or company featured in some of the top newspapers, magazines or websites around the world? With a baffling 3,9000 press members from 1,700 media outlets - this is a prime opportunity to get featured and to make endless media contacts.
3. The launch of a wider selection of 'Connected Cars'
While 'Connected Car' products aren't new to Mobile World Congress, a wider range of products is set to be on offer this year. A lot of major automakers are expected to show off their connected cars at MWC 2015. While there are not a lot of Connected Carson offer right now, this is believed to change in the next few years with the Connected Car industry predicted to be worth up to $141 billion my 2020. Head along to Mobile World Congress and see the cars of the future!
2. See the latest developments in wearable devices
Last year Samsung put the pressure on Apple as it debuted three new smart watches at Mobile World Congress, just six short months after it had launched its first smartwatch. The competition will be even fiercer next week, as lots of other companies cash in on the rise in popularity of wearables. and lots more product launches are expected next week. Products to watch out for include the LG Watch Urbane, the HTC Petra, the Samsung Orbis and Huawei's first evar smartwatch.
1. Entertainment from the world's top DJs
The official Mobile World congress 2015 Party features platinum selling Rudimental headlining with a DJ set, as well as international DJ and Dance star Roger Sanchez. The party will also showcase cutting-edge technologies that drive fan engagement, increase interaction and enhance entertainment experiences. There will also be speeches from some of the top online music apps such as the founders of Spotify and Shazam.
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