Mobile World Congress
This annual event provides the planet’s best venue for mobile industry networking, new business opportunities and deal-making. Mobile World Congress includes a world-class conference featuring visionary keynotes and thought-provoking panel discussions; an exhibition with more than 2,000 companies displaying the cutting-edge products and technologies that define the future of mobile; the world’s best opportunity for mobile industry networking; and the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony, which recognises the most innovative mobile solutions and initiatives from around the world.
In 2015, Mobile World Congress hosted more than 93,000 mobile professionals from 200 countries in our largest-ever event. Make your plans now to be part of the excitement at Mobile World Congress 2016, in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona. Visit www.mobileworldcongress.com to learn more.
Highlights from 2015
One of the best ways to explain what MWC will be like is to let you know what took place in 2015. But how do you summarize four amazing days? There’s so much we could say – but we’ll try to be brief:
Mobile World Congress 2015 had a record-breaking 94,000+ attendees from 200 countries, and was covered by more than 3,800 members of the international press and media. Learn more about our attendees in our 2015 Post-Event Report or by viewing our awesome interactive infographic.
Nearly 2,200 companies participated in our 2015 exhibition, which spanned nine halls and outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc. At the GSMA Innovation City, attendees could see first-hand how mobile-connected products are transforming our personal and working lives. Several specialty pavilions throughout the exhibition highlighted important initiatives benefiting the industry, including Mobile Apps, Cloud, Green Technology, Mobile Money and Wearables. And more than 34 countries and territories from around the world showcased innovative companies and ideas from their citizens in dedicated Country Pavilions.
Click here for a small sampling of the companies that participated*
* Companies shown are our 100 largest exhibitors, based on square meterage, and listed in alphabetical order
Our 2015 conference programme featured speakers from consumer brands, mobile organisations, mobile operators and industries touched by the mobile market — including advertising, banking, health, entertainment and education.
Click here to see names and companies that might sound familiar
We collaborated with more than 30 industry partners to provide events, user conferences, trainings and forums for thousands of attendees. These partner programmes covered nearly every imaginable topic in the mobile ecosystem, from gaming and mobile health to ‘hyperconnectivity’ and mobile entertainment.
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Global Mobile Awards, which recognised 37 outstanding offerings covering a myriad of topics including: best use of mobile in health, education and marketing; best mobile services in emerging markets; the best apps of the year; and innovation in mobile technology. Acclaimed British actor and comedian John Cleese was our celebrity host.
Mobile entrepreneurs and start-ups had their own programme at Fira Montjuïc called 4 Years From Now (4YFN). This innovative programme brings together start-ups and interested business owners for learning and networking opportunities, to help them take their businesses to the next level.
MWC isn’t just about meetings and conference sessions – we have a lot of fun! Attendees participated in the Garmin Healthband Challenge, to see who took the most steps; the event was brought to life by artists on a graffiti wall; and pin trading was a favourite Thursday pastime as attendees sought elusive Android pins offered by Google and its partners.
2015 By The Numbers
Mobile World Congress 2015 was a record-breaking year – and our best-ever event, featuring:
- More than 94,000 attendees
- 2,199 Exhibitors
- Thousands of C-Level leaders
- More than 140 inspiring speaker sessions
- More than 3,800 international press and industry analysts
- 20 Years of Global Mobile Awards
- 10 Years in Barcelona
Year over year, MWC attracts the most and highest-quality attendees of any event in the mobile industry. And true to our name, this is a global event.
The mobile industry is characterised by growth and opportunity, and as the industry changes, opportunities increase. The 2016 MWC conference programme will provide an in-depth coverage of the current and future mobile industry, highlighting specific areas of growth as well as the latest technological developments, next generation services and growth strategies.
From the keynote programme to topic-focused conference sessions, thought leaders from the most important companies in mobile and adjacent industries will be represented across the four days of the event.