Over 108,000 attendes from 208 countries and territories were present at this year's Mobile World Congress, which was covered by approximately 3,500 members of the international press and media.
More than 2,300 companies participated across nine halls and eleven outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc. Everything from connected cars, virtual reality, new handsets and ingenious app ideas, to 3D printing, privacy protection and backend solutions were on display. Visitors also explored GSMA Innovation City and experienced immersive demonstrations of the most cutting-edge mobile enabled products and services in the world today.
Mobile-connected products and services were showcased in NEXTech Hall 8.0 and featured different pavilions dedicated to specific technologies and platforms such as VR/AR, robotics, drones, and artificial intelligence spaces.
YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival welcomed more than 11,000 10 – 16-year-old school children from across Catalonia and Spain to one single showcase of science and technology. This educational event taught kids about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Design/Art and Math (STEAM), with the hopes of encouraging them to pursue careers that will lead them to the mobile industry. YoMo is an event of Mobile World Congress and in collaboration with Mobile World Capital.
Year over year, the MWC emphasises its commitment to support the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the mobile industry goals to end poverty, combat climate change, fight injustice and inequality. These goals were featured in a variety of networking and conference sessions along with an augmented reality game in the SDGs in Action app.
Over the four days, the Women4Tech programme provided a global platform to attendees to focus specifically on increasing the inclusion of women in the mobile industry and showcasing best practices for female leadership. Women4Tech supports the SDGs, particularly SDG 5 (Gender Equality).
Unique and diverse, our 2017 conference programme was a highlight of the week featuring 322 speakers from consumer brands, mobile organisations, mobile operators and industries touched by the mobile market — including automotive, advertising, banking, health, NGOs, entertainment and education. Highly anticipated keynote speaker Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix discussed how content is in the midst of a period of disruption and change.
The MWC17 collaborated with 29 mobile visionaries as they explored how advancements in technology impacts the ever changing landscape of mobile. Partner Events, Power Hours, and Technology sessions centred around a variety of themes from Consumer IoT, Content & Media, Government and Public Policy, Networks, Sustainable Development, Platforms, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Looking toward the future, 4YFN took a step into the world of innovation. Thousands of attendees visited this cutting-edge programme at Fira Montjuïc which brought together start-ups, investors and interested business owners for learning and networking opportunities, with the aim of giving them the exposure they need to take their ideas to the global tech community.
Leading broadcast, film, TV, video, digital music, mobile games and brands were featured in The MMIX, which explored the exploding global demand for multi-screen media and entertainment in the market today. MMIX attendees received expert analysis, insights and new perspectives on content strategies from leading content value chain players and innovators. The MMIX party on Tuesday night ‘rocked the house’, with an exclusive performance by the Glass Animals.
The next edition of the Mobile World Congress will take place 26 February to 1 March, 2018, in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.