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Check out the 2015 Global Mobile Awards – deadline 5th December

October 23, 2014

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Global Mobile Awards 2015

There’s still enough time to enter the Global Mobile Awards 2015 – with the deadline of 5th December to pop in your diaries.  Whether you have an app, product, service, solution or initiative, the awards are worth checking out…

In search of the latest innovations in all things mobile, the 2015 edition brings some new and potentially exciting categories – seeking out the crème de la crème in wearable tech, music/media/gaming apps, and mobile services for the cloud, education, retail and many more.

Award winWhat better occasion for winners to be announced than that of the infamous Mobile World Congress 2015. By day, check out the hottest new technologies on the mobile scene, and by night rub shoulders with industry leaders (and hopefully pick up an award or two!). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Mobile World Congress call for papers now open

July 23, 2014

MWC 2015

Consider yourself a mobile guru? Want to bring your insights to discussion at the world’s biggest cellular event? Don’t miss out on your chance to present at 2015’s most anticipated mobile conference and show – you can now submit your proposal

The event, taking place in Barcelona on 2- 5th March 2015, will highlight and debate the most significant topics in the mobile industry today, in a range of seminars and sessions with world-class speakers.

Here are some of the hot topics for 2015…

  • 5G
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Applications
  • Connected Living
  • Health
  • Joint Ventures/M&A/Partnerships
  • Location Based Services
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Money
  • NFC
  • Security
  • Social Media
  • Venture Capital in Mobile

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Win a free pass to MWC 2013 via AppsFuel

January 16, 2013

HTML5 web apps specialist gives away five passes

free-pass-mwc-13Howard Liptzin at luna-park multimedia which is PR for AppsFuel contacted us to say that Countdown2MWC  readers might be interested in the news that they’re running a competition to win a free entrance pass to the Mobile World Congress 2013 being held in Barcelona again this year. The contest ends on February 5th [2013] and the company is giving away a total of five such passes. That’s worth €699 in value. All contestants have to do is to enter a simple contest here using their email address or Facebook Connect. Read the rest of this entry ?

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GSMA issues call for papers for MWC 2013

July 9, 2012

You have until September 7th 2012 to get your proposal in

The GSMA, which organises Mobile World Congress (MWC), has just issued a call for papers to be given at the next conference and exhibition. This event will take place between 25th-28th February 2013.Anyway, if you want to submit a proposal for inclusion in the mobile/cellular industry’s biggest global event, then you can click here. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sexy scandals at MWC12 and CeBIT: Mixed messages rule in eventsville

March 8, 2012

By Hans Cett @HansCett

After outrage from MWC visitors last week about the Russian dancing girls on the CBOSS Stand, CBOSS is barred from MWC 2013. Now zoom into the more conservative Northern German regal city, Hannover, as CeBIT’s own organizers embrace “Security is sexy” with a pole dancing robot.

Yes. This is seriously a pole-dancing robot.

I have to laugh as the mighty GSMA bows to industry pressure to ban a telco that, according to an industry expert and long-time Congress attendee, “had actually toned down their dancing girls routine over the years”. I am far from condoning CBOSS’s marketing efforts, but the ban seems a little heavy handed, especially since parading scantily clad women on the show floor has been CBOSS’s MO at MWC for years. With that said, however, MWC needed to take action, and I’m not sure what alternative I would suggest.

Let’s dig a little deeper. Perhaps the embarrassment isn’t so much about what CBOSS did, but what was said in a high-profile British national newspaper about the incident. The original headline for Katherine Rushton and Jonathan Russell’s piece in The Daily Telegraph began “BT funded show…” A real shame, as MWC is not a BT-backed show. It is run by a trade association of which BT is a member, along with hundreds of other organizations from the operator, vendor and services space. The original headline has now been removed and a more sedate headline reads: “Trade show offered executives ‘romantic dinners’ with young Russian escorts”. All references to BT and Vodafone in the headline of the updated piece the next day have been removed, quite rightly so. But the intro to the piece still reads: “Delegates at a trade show funded by companies including Vodafone and BT…”. In a classic “light fuse and stand well back”, it also transpires that the authoress of the piece is on holiday (presumably not in Moscow!).

Anyway, it appears that sex still sells,  as long as you don’t cross the line and upset the wrong people. Maybe if CBOSS can get some cyborg gogo dancers for 2014 they’ll be allowed back to play at MWC. We’ll keep you posted.

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#MWC12 transport chaos ahead? Another update – Maybe not!

February 9, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ah, just when it is all rollerblades, cycling, shoeleather or sharpening of elbows for taxi queues outside the Fira, there is a little light at the end of the travel chaos tunnel.

Phil Rawcliffe, Online Community Manager in the Social Media Team at the GSMA got in touch to clarify that all is not yet lost. He says: ”

The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012. Negotiations between the government and the unions are on going in an effort to resolve the issues. While we are hopeful that a strike can be averted prior to the start of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA has developed a comprehensive contingency plan and is ready to activate this plan should it become necessary. For further updates on the strike and if you have any queries, follow @GSMA_Care. Updates will also be posted on www.gsma.comand across our social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +.” Thanks for the update Phil. (Phil has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the blog once the MWC stress is over. What a nice chap. Also a very charitable one, who I am about to embarrass a touch as he is running the Barcelona half marathon the DAY BEFORE MWC.He is raising money for the Air Ambulance (A blooming brilliant charity to support) so if everyone donated the quivalent of one nights bar tab for the event I reckon that’s about half a million easy. So hands in your virtual pockets peeps! Click here to give www.justgiving.com/philrawcliffe2012 and best of luck with the half Marathon!


UPDATE: Since we posted this we are sad to report that the strikes have been confirmed. Check out @techcrunch’s @ingridlunden’s post updating us on the strike here.

According to an article in PC Mag rumours are rife that the Spanish transit workers are planning to strike soon and it could directly affect the mobile fun at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in just over 2 weeks.

Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) yesterday reported “transit strike in Barcelona during the world’s largest mobile phone trade show could cause total chaos.

According to Spanish press reports, the union representing workers for the Barcelona metro and bus systems voted today to strike from Feb. 27 to March 1, which would cover the entire period of the 60,000-person trade show. The strike is designed to cause maximum disruption during the trade show period, the Spanish papers say.

On the first day of the show, workers will gather directly in the plaza outside the convention center where the trade show is being held. They reserve the option to call off the strike each day, Barcelona newspaper El Periodico reports.”

The full story on it from Sascha is here.

Other potential reasons for travel issues could be any of the following:

An air traffic control strike in France (none planned as yet but hey you never know)

The volcanic ash cloud. Again no signs of an issue yet but that one came out of nowhere twice in the last few years.

Snow. No I am not joking about that. Last year around this time there was actually snow in Barcelona.

Looks like we’d all better follow the #NOTATMWC stuff on Twitter just in case.

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#MWC12 update: No more holding out for a hero – The newly launched Mobile Fringe Festival (@mwcfringe) has them aplenty

February 8, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA Rose_at_O

 

Helen Keegan aka @Technokitten – founder of #swedishbeers and mobile marketing guruess [Sp.?] [pictured] has just launched a new festival being held in Barcelona from Sunday 26 February to 2 March 2012 alongside the fabulous Mobile World Congress.

It is called Mobile Fringe Festival and you can find out all about the festival here, its sponsors and community partners, how to get involved, the events that are forming part of the festival, our media and community partners and plenty more to keep you busy at Mobile World Congress and the fringe festival. They will also be doing shout-outs for speakers and letting you know how to book for different events and happenings. So make you sure you have it marked as a favourite and follow the fun at @mwcfringe and on its Facebook page http://facebook.com/mwcfringefest.

 

So when you are packing your suitcase for MWC don’t forget to pack your cape. There’ll be plenty of virtual telephone boxes around for you to transform yourself in.

Here is a small taster of what’s planned;

And there are plenty of ways to get involved – it’s free to add your event, we still need volunteers and we need spaces to host pop-up events too. Don’t be shy. Join in!

But if you are not at MWC, you can still join in the party, not need to be challenged in the fiesta department. There are some #NOTATMWC activities planned in London. More info on that via the Mobile Heroes site here.