The phones are ringing, the telecom operators are chattering and the developers are pulling all-nighters programming. It’s beginning to look a lot like Mobile World Congress (MWC).
MWC is one of the biggest extravaganzas for the mobile world. It brings together mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world to discuss the future of mobile telephony. This year the conference will be held from the 2nd-5th of March in the scenic city of Barcelona. Here are some tips to make the most of your time in Barcelona, and to give you a glimpse into the mobile future!
Hot Topics to Watch For
Trends we expect to see buzzing at MWC? Mobile payment systems, security applications, and of course, wearables. Not to be forgotten, we’ll also get to see the much-anticipated launches from major mobile device manufacturers.
While a few large and competing mobile payment systems rolled out toward the end of last year, it is clear there’s still a lot of work to be done in this field before we see widespread adoption.
Another mobile area where we’re expecting to see exciting innovations is security. With last year’s breaches and the spike in malware samples, companies need to be innovative and proactive when creating security mechanisms for mobile devices. From mobile security apps to two-factor authentication, you can expect to see it all at MWC.
Like CES, we’re hearing rumblings of wearables taking the center stage in 2015. What better time for mobile, wearable devices to turn up than at Mobile World Congress?
MWC Tips and Tricks
First thing’s first: come visit us! We’ll be in the Intel stand #3D30 in Hall 3, so stop by and check out all of the exciting Intel Security demos and chat with our team. We may even have a surprise for you!
We know it can be tempting to fill your schedule to the brim with sessions, keynotes, and MWC after-hours events. However, we recommend leaving some unplanned gaps in your schedule so you can explore the venue and spend some time in each of the eight halls.
Another great place to spend some time in is the Networking Gardens, renamed ‘Les Rambles’ in honor of MWC’s 10-year anniversary in Barcelona. Swing by any of the ten outdoor networking gardens for a coffee or snack, a few impromptu meetings, a look at the graffiti wall or some fresh air.
The Best of Barcelona
Barcelona—the land of beautiful beaches, delicious tapas, and Gaudí’s finest works. There is no shortage of things to do in any down time you may have during MWC. So hail a cab, lace up your sneakers and take a walk, or make use of the Metro for a little sightseeing!
If you’re looking for a place to grab dinner or drinks, hop on the Metro (yellow line) and head on over to the El Born neighborhood. There’s a plethora of restaurants to choose from, and plenty of discotecas for those of you planning on keeping up with Spain’s late night hours.
If you have an extra day, be sure to check out the Gothic Quarter or Passeig de Gràcia for some shopping and a glimpse of Gaudí’s most famous buildings. If you’re a foodie, walk on over to Las Ramblas and check out the largest covered market in Barcelona, La Boqueria. Here you’ll not only see tons of fresh seafood, smoothies, produce and sweets, but also will be able to sample a myriad of traditional Spanish tapas.
Stay tuned for more Mobile World Congress updates from Intel Security by following @IntelSec_Home on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook, and checking back here on the blog. And, for those of you joining us in Barcelona, we’ll see you March 2n-5t at Hall 3, Stand #3D30!