2013 Highlights

More than 72,000 people attended MWC 2013 - our biggest event ever!

Mobile World Congress 2013 Showcased the New Mobile Horizon

This year’s industry-defining event, Mobile World Congress, was once again hosted in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, at our new venue, Fira Gran Via.

More than 72,000 attendees from 200 countries were treated to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities; product showcases and announcements; inspiration and innovation, including:

Conference

An exciting lineup of inspiring speakers from mobile operators, consumer brands, organisations, and industries touched by the mobile market including advertising, health, entertainment and education presented at more than 40 conference sessions at MWC. Keynote speakers included:

  • Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association
  • Chet Kapoor, CEO, Apigee
  • Randall Stephenson, President & CEO, AT&T
  • Manoj Kohli, MD & CEO (Intl), Bharti Airtel Ltd
  • Xi Guohua, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Peter Bale, GM, CNN Digital
  • Axel Dauchez, CEO, Deezer
  • René Obermann, CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
  • Hans Vestberg, President & CEO, Ericsson
  • Dennis Crowley, Founder & CEO, Foursquare
  • Stephen Girsky, Vice-Chairman, GM
  • Marc Dillon, CEO, Jolla
  • Kevin Johnson, CEO, Juniper Networks
  • Suk-Chae Lee, CEO, KT Corp
  • Mitchell Baker, Chairman, Mozilla
  • Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla
  • Susan Whiting, Vice Chair, Nielsen
  • Stephen Elop, President & CEO, Nokia
  • Kaoru Kato, President & CEO, NTT DOCOMO
  • Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Qtel Group
  • Dr Paul Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Qualcomm
  • César Alierta, Executive Chairman & CEO, Telefonica
  • Paul Gunning, CEO, Tribal DDB Worldwide & Global Chief Digital Officer, DDB
  • Talmon Marco, Founder & CEO, Viber Media
  • Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone

The GSMA also hosted the GSMA Seminar programme, educating attendees on industry initiatives such as Mobile Spam, Mobile Privacy, Spectrum, and Disaster Response.

The World’s Largest Mobile Industry Exhibition

More than 1,700 companies showcased their organisations through exhibition stands and hospitality space across eight halls and outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via. Visiting the exhibition halls provided glimpses of exciting new phones, tablets, devices, back-end solutions, technologies, applications, accessories, and more.

Between the GSMA Pavilion in Congress Square, the GSMA Connected City, and several initiatives pavilions in Halls 7 and 8.1, the GSMA highlighted important initiatives benefiting the industry, including Mobile Cloud, Mobile Money and Green Technology. Our mobile operator members participated in the first-ever Operator Pavilion, located in Congress Square.

Featured Programmes in the Theatre District

This year, attendees visited the Hall 8.0 Theatre District to participate in 28 partner-led programmes including App Developer ConferencesmPowered Brands TheatresForum Series and Partner Events. These programmes were open to all Congress attendees, and were widely attended. We’d like to extend our thanks to our Featured Programmes partners for providing great information and experiences to our attendees.

The NFC Experience

New for the 2013 event was the NFC Experience, a collection of SIM-based NFC services for attendees. Participants were able to create a virtual NFC badge on their handsets to speed their access into Congress. NFC-enabled smart posters around the venue provided access to information and services. Using just their handset, attendees could pay for their lunch, download exhibitor information, and take advantage of coupons and discounts throughout Barcelona. Several thousand attendees even received complimentary Sony Xperia handsets to fully appreciate the NFC Experience.

Mobile World Live

Our award-winning Mobile World Live team were once again on hand to keep our attendees up-to-date on the latest news from MWC in the Mobile World Live Daily and broadcasting live from the event on Mobile World Live TV. The Tuesday afternoon Mobile World Live Keynote featuring Mitchell Baker, chair of Mozilla Foundation, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, and Marc Dillon, CEO of Jolla, was streamed live around the globe, bringing a part of Mobile World Congress to those who were unable to join us in Barcelona. You can see the 2013 wrap-up video here. Video highlights and mobile industry news are available year-round at Mobile World Live, so visit today!

Highlighting the Best of the Industry

Mobile World Congress 2013 hosted the 18th annual Global Mobile Awards, which recognised 37 outstanding offerings in a number of categories, covering topics from apps and entertainment to devices and innovation. For a full winner list, please click here. Our host this year was the very funny British Writer, Actor, Fundraiser and Comedian David Walliams.

Outstanding Networking Opportunities

A key component of Mobile World Congress 2013 was networking with fellow attendees and mobile leaders, both before the show, via My MWC and at Congress itself, in the many networking areas throughout the venue. Attendees also enjoyed an evening networking event in our eight Networking Gardens. Take a look at the amazing 360-degree photograph we took, here.

See You Next Year!

February 24 -27, 2014, Mobile World Congress will once again take place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. More information will be available in the coming months, and the full 2014 site will launch later this year.

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