The largest gathering of the mobile industry in the world, The World Mobile Conference brings together developers, innovators and forward thinkers for a week of workshops, talks and expos that aim to peak into the future of mobile technology.
Organised by the GSMA, a body that represents over 800 operators and more than 250 companies in the mobile ecosystem, 2015’s conference saw over 2000 companies take part in an exhibition at the Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc conference center in Barcelona. The GSMA Innovation City allowed attendees to see first-hand how mobile-connected products are transforming people’s personal and working lives.
2016’s event will see an even more, diverse cross section of the industry attending, with influencers, device makers, app developers, internet providers and software companies converging to ensure possibilities for collaboration and investment are immense. Over 2600 companies will be exhibiting across eight vast halls while a special Internet of Things pavilion will look into the ways mobile technology is revolutionising older industries and is paving the way to a new, hyper-connected global economy. A special display will also take a closer look at Graphene, the material that is promising to profoundly redefine the mobile and tech industries.
As you’d expect from the leading event in the European mobile calendar, The World Mobile Conference champions’ connectivity above all things. With mobile technology being one of the most rewarding sectors for investors over the past few years, the GSMA has gone to great pains to make sure the conference is well-equipped when it comes to networking and meet up areas. As well as dedicated networking spaces including VIP networking lounges and laid-back networking gardens, the conference will see a series of targeted networking sessions that allow people working in particular sub-sectors to discuss specialist topics.
Complementing these huge expos will be a rich schedule of workshops, seminars and presentations taking place throughout the conference. While all verticals of mobile are covered in some way, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti and Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton will be this year’s keynote speakers, reflecting the growing importance of mobile as a driver of innovation in tech.
Victor Picks: Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona blends classic architecture, a rich maritime heritage and peerless culture with the sun, sand and nightlife that Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Easily accessible for private flyers, Barcelona International Aiport (BCN) is perfect for members looking to attend the World Mobile Conference.
Hotel NeriImage courtesy of Hotel Neri
An incredible little boutique hotel, housed in what was a 17th-century mansion, Hotel Neri is one of Barcelona’s greatest hidden gems. Although slightly stripped back in terms of facilities, it’s 22 charming rooms and great location next to Gaudi’s Sagrada Família more than compensate for these shortcomings. With an onsite spa, atmospheric square and leafy rooftop bar, it is the perfect base for getting around the famous Catalan city.
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An award-winning restaurant known for its sleek, modern take on Catalan cuisine, Cinc Sentis is the perfect vehicle for head chef Jordi Artal to explore the outer reaches of Mediterranean food. Serving six courses from fixed Sentits menus, diners can expect show-stopping dishes, exquisite wine pairings and a dose of table-side theatre. The elaborate ‘Gastronomic’ menu is highly recommended – only served to eight diners per sitting, make sure to mention it when you book.
Palau de la MúsicaImage courtesy of Wikimedia
This may sound like sacrilege, but Gaudi is not the only architect that mattered in Barcelona. The Palau de la Música, designed by Gaudi’s contemporary Lluís Domènech i Montaner easily rivals the Sagrada Familia in terms of modernistic beauty. The brightly coloured interior is a breath-taking blend of elegance and flamboyance and even the stage is a rare beauty – flanked by carvings of Valkyries. Private tours around this fascinating concert hall can be booked, but it is much more impressive to catch a concert. Fortunately, the Palau de la Musica hosts a full schedule, from classical to flamenco.
*Feature image courtesy of digitaltrends.com
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