The GSM Association Mobile World Congress is an annual event that takes place in Barcelona, Spain and is rightfully considered THE event for the mobile industry professionals and enthusiasts. Next year’s event is scheduled for February 24th through 27th and is projected to be the biggest such event yet attracting a record number of exhibitors, prominent executives as well as attendees. Whether you work in the mobile industry or are just passionate about it, be sure to mark these dates in your agenda and start planning your trip and accommodation on time.
The Mobile World Congress was first held in 1987 and has since then steadily grown and established itself as the major global mobile telecommunications event. For the past five years it found its home in Barcelona, Spain and will remain here until the 2018 when Barcelona’s 10 year host city status expires.
Due to the rapid development and growth of the mobile industry, the event too has seen significant progress in the last several years culminating with the last Mobile World Congress 2013 which was a particular success. Over 1700 companies exhibited their products and solutions this year and a record number of attendees was also recorded – over 72 000 visitors! The GSMA MWC 2014 is projected to reach even higher numbers and set new records as more and more professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe are realizing the importance as well as business potential of this event.
Alongside the exhibition space where you can see the world premieres of new mobile devices and accessories as well as mobile software solutions and applications, the Congress also provides an equally important conference section. Here, major figures from the industry discuss future trends and provide insights into the current state and future projections of this fast growing and rapidly changing industry. The most innovative mobile solutions and initiatives from around the globe are also awarded during the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony which usually takes place on the last day of the Congress.
Whether you work in the mobile communications industry, or are just passionate about it and eager to know what the future brings, the GSMA Mobile World Congress is an event you mustn’t miss. It is THE place to gather, network and conduct business but also to learn, share knowledge and experience and witness firsthand the future of the mobile communications industry. So mark those dates in your calendar and start planning that trip.
Barcelona is a major air hub so flying into the city will be both easy and relatively inexpensive, especially if you are coming from other parts of Europe. Keep in mind though that the city is also a major tourist destination so booking your flights and accommodation in advance is not only a good idea but also critical if your budget is limited. Although hotels and hostels are dime a dozen, they do tend to be somewhat pricy due to the high influx of tourists from across the world, particularly during such big international events. Considering the tight schedule and how content-packed the conference is, you might want to consider staying close to the venue (Fira Gran Via/ Plaça d’Europa) so you can easily and quickly find your way to and from the conference and not lose too much time getting around the city. There indeed are quite a few hotels in the area but short-term apartment rentals are a great option and often even a cheaper alternative to these, especially if you’re not traveling alone. Most of these apartments are also perfectly located in the central districts and many just minutes away from the conference venue. They are usually well equipped, offer full privacy, internet and home-entertainment sets and even a home-cooking option. The prices vary depending on the size of the apartment, location and a few other factors but you’re sure to find something that perfectly suits your needs and budget, just make sure you book in advance as apartments tend to go fast particularly during such big international events. To help with your search, here’s a few websites that offer a good selection of short-term apartment rentals at various prices and locations throughout the city.
With travel and accommodation sorted out all you need to do is plan your time wisely and try to incorporate some city-viewing in your schedule. You can already check the conference agenda and choose the talks and discussions you’d like to attend and plan your time accordingly. Also, check the official website from time to time as new content will be announced in the months before the event, or simply sign up for email updates so you don’t miss any news!