The 7 #MWC18 Conferences to Imagine the Future

By 19/01/2018November 1st, 2018Events
IoT from Bosch at last year's MWC

The Mobile World Congress never ceases to amaze, and the MWC18 edition already promises amazing conferences showing the future’s biggest challenges [Surprise BONUS at the end of the article].

Since 2006, the city of Barcelona has opened its doors to the world’s largest event in the mobile communication industry. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then let me present you the Mobile World Congress, an event that annually brings together the most relevant companies and actors in the tech business.

During 4 days, more than 100,000 attendees witness the latest technological launches, visit more than 2,000 exhibitor stands from around the world, and participate in the most innovative conferences in the industry.

Just imagine the hustle and bustle that takes over Barcelona!

If you want to get the most out of MWC18, here we recommend the most innovative conferences, and every must-know to anticipate what the future holds.

Plus, if you get to the end of the article you will find a surprise! 😉

IoT from Bosch at last year's MWC

IoT Security & the Blockchain

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 – 12:30

Location: Hall 4 Auditorium 4

Internet of Things (IoT) can be very profitable for companies, save costs, and even simplify the lives of citizens. However, security risks are high and security standards still haven’t been established. Will Blockchain be a solution to the dangers of hacking?

This and other issues will be the focus of this debate, which will have as guests representatives from Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, Syniverse and ARM.

Smart(er) Cities

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time: 15:30 – 16:30

Location: Hall 4 Auditorium 4

As technology progresses and use cases increase, it has become increasingly difficult to define what a Smart City is.

Representatives from the cities of New York and Oslo will join ATM executives (Autoritat del Transport Metropolitá) Barcelona, ​​Huawei, Buddy Platform, Digicel, and Zimperium. They will raise questions such as “What are the key challenges a smart city should address?”. How can lessons learnt in one city apply to another? Is there a true gain for citizens in having a “smart city”?

If you want to know the answers, sign up for this conference!

Virtual Worlds: Immersive Experiences

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:10 pm

Location: Hall 4, Auditorium 3

Can you imagine the infinite possibilities offered by virtual and augmented reality to storytellers? The most innovative companies are heading towards uncharted territories thanks to these technologies, and their mission is very clear: To bring fans closer to live experiences and to brands, in a way that has never been done before.

The mixed reality is developing in a truly vertiginous way. It is only a matter of time before it impacts the health, education and, of course, media industry.

Check out the upcoming trends, along with the representatives of CSS Insight, Dream Reality Interactive, HTC Vive, and The Guardian.

New and Old: Managing the transition to Autonomous Driving

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Location: Hall 4, Auditorium 4

Whilst the discussion about autonomous vehicles usually focuses on the technology, there are other issues that still need to be discussed. How will autonomous driving vehicles coexist with traditional cars? What will be the impact on infrastructure?

Join this fascinating conference with Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan, Daimler, SK Telecom, and Mapbox.

IDE Drone Summit: The Business of Commercial Drones

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2018

Time: 09:45 – 13:30

Location: Hall 8.0 NEXTech Theater C

The IDE Drone Summit which is usually held in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tokyo and Barcelona, will have a special panel at the Mobile World Congress.

This year it will present, along with the main stakeholders of the industry, the integration of mobile technologies to the drone market.

If you are interested in the subject, you can really get the best of it, since it will cover:

  • Rules and regulations for drones
  • Tracking and rescue applications for drones
  • The future of home deliveries with drones

And of course, much more!

Massive & Industrial IoT

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Location: Hall 4 Auditorium 4

It was only a matter of time before IoT had an impact in the Industry business. Especially when it comes to manufacturing plants, which are already recording their first results at different scales.

There’s still a long road to go and several questions to resolve. How can the industry do to achieve a real impact with IoT? How can the industry take away key lessons learnt from IoT in industrial settings and apply them to different verticals? How can AI further enhance the usability of IoT and the data acquired to make better decisions?

Join this fascinating conference coordinated by Bengt Nordström, CEO & Founder of Northstream, a 20-year-old company specializing in business strategies with a mobile approach, and with special team of IoT consultants.

The Mobile Future of Humanitarian Crises

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 11:30 – 12:30

Location: Hall 4 Auditorium 5

And what is technology worth if it is not applied to help those in need? This past year has witnessed the displacement of 65.6 million people from their homes due to various humanitarian crises. Mobile technology is a key tool in these situations and is capable of transforming communities, preparing them in the face of adversity, communicating to people in real time, and accelerating the necessary help.

The speakers will also ask difficult matters such as who should take charge when the technology fails in these critical cases. Interesting, right?

Bonus: How to get free tickets to MWC18

I guess you don’t want to miss the upcoming Mobile World Congress edition after reading everything it has to offer.

Well, you’re in luck: We recently launched the 2018 version of our MWC18 Free Tickets app! Download it and can receive alerts of all contests and opportunities to win free tickets to the largest mobile technology event in the world.

Our CTO, Federico Cánovas (a.k.a. “Fede”), is our biggest success story: Since we launched our app in 2016, he has won free tickets EVERY-SINGLE-YEAR. So if you want to have the same luck, just download the Android application below:

We hope you are very lucky, and that you can take part of all of these MWC18 conferences!

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The 7 #MWC18 Conferences to Imagine the Future

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