The world's leading connectivity event will be held in Barcelona once again in 2023.
Barcelona welcomes back from 27 February to 2 March 2023 the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest and most significant connectivity event.
Celebrated in Catalonia since 2006, this year will run its show under the theme Velocity, represented through five leadership tracks: 5G acceleration, Reality+, OpenNet, FinTech and Digital Everything.
MWC Barcelona will be attended by global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners. Among this year’s speakers, we will find representatives from Maersk, FC Barcelona, Dimple, Nokia, Orange Group and Iconiq, among many others.
Hosted at the Fira Gran Via, the MWC Barcelona is expected to generate nearly 350 million euros of economic benefit in Barcelona and 7,400 part-time jobs. Including MWC Barcelona 2023, the organizers estimate that from 2006 to 2023 MWC will have generated €5.7 billion in economic impact and about 150,000 part-time jobs.
“MWC is synonymous with Barcelona, and as ever, we are hugely grateful for the continued support of Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona and the Host City Parties, without whom, MWC would not be possible”, said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd, at the event presentation for the press.
The innovation congress 4 Years From Now (4YFN), MWC’s platform for global startups, will also return to Barcelona to showcase and connect startups, investors, and companies to launch new business ventures.
Catalan participation at Mobile World Congress 2023
The Government of Catalonia promotes the presence of Catalan companies and agents in its digital ecosystem at the Mobile World Congress.
This year, 48 companies, entities, and technology centers will be located in the Catalan Pavilion (Hall Congress Square, CS210), representing the booming tech ecosystem in the region.
Major corporates and investors will be back at MWC 2023 to participate in the Open Innovation Challenge with a single goal: to find the best innovative solutions and meet their technological challenges.
MWC Open Innovation Challenge 2023 is a B2B meeting event organized by Catalonia Trade & Investment and Enterprise Europe Network that will connect corporations with open innovation challenges and investors, on the one hand; and startups and tech providers, on the other.
Renowned national and international corporations will be taking part, such as Sony, AstraZeneca, Oppo, Ikea, Samsung or Alstom.
Corporates can register at the MWC Open Innovation Challenge, publish their challenge, and arrange meetings with technology suppliers from all around the world. Corporations and investors participating enjoy dedicated support from the Catalonia Trade & Investment team in identifying relevant partners to meet according to their interests.
Technology providers that have the potential to help solve these challenges can register to participate in the event and upload their details on the solutions they can provide.
Participation will allow connecting with the most disruptive solutions, and it is a great opportunity to:
Identifying potential international partners
Meeting targeted companies and decision-makers
Complementing your visit to the congress with a personalized agenda of meetings
When and where?
27th February to 1st March (face-to-face meetings at the Catalan Pavilion in Hall Congress Square, CS210)
6th to 10th March (dates dedicated exclusively for virtual meetings)
How to register?
Sign up to participate free of charge at MWC Open Innovation Challenge before 20th February. You will get a free pass to MWC 2023 if you have at least one physical meeting.
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Catalan Exhibitors at MWC 2023.
Discover all the companies from Barcelona-Catalonia that participate in the 2023 edition of Mobile World Congress.
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