Posts Tagged ‘Barcelona’


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 ?


Q and A with Heather McLean – freelancer mobile journalist and Smart Chimps founder – Only #MWC12 pitches with punch need apply to this martial arts expert

February 17, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

Busy with preparation for the launch of her new mobile publishing venture, Smart Chimps we grabbed some time with martial arts expert and freelance mobile journalist, Heather McLean.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a kungfu instructor in my spare time, and one of the styles I teach is tiger. My natural aptitude for tiger makes me a bit of a hunter in work as well as play; I’m attracted to fresh ideas, exciting stories, new technologies that will change the way we live, and anything that makes the world of mobile a more exhilarating, fast moving, great place to be. I avoid anything slow or dull like the plague. Life is too short.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the titles you write for and their interest in mobile technology:

I’m currently in the process of launching a new online mobile publication, Smart Chimps Smart Chimps is the place where bright people and hot mobile technology evolve together. Smart Chimps focuses on the mobile ecosystem with a particular interest in the content that is driving the evolution of this marketplace: operating systems; gaming; NFC; mobile payment; mobile security; developers; devices; and all that, including how this affects businesses and consumers. The site is B2B and B2C, news-focused, and includes features, case studies, Q&A’s, video, and opinion, all with a strong, fresh style.

Smart Chimps is going to be great, and although it’s very early days right now, it is really exciting to be able to develop and grow it over 2012. Over 2009 to late 2010 I was part of a similar business called Smart Gorillas, with my business partner and friend, Anne Morris. Smart Gorillas allowed me to cut my teeth and find out what direction I really wanted to be heading in with regard to my own publication. So Smart Chimps is my mobile love child and I’m going it alone!

I’m also (and will probably always be) a freelance reporter, editor, and media trainer, so I write and have written for many publications, from The Times, The Guardian and The Independent, to many of the mobile and telecoms titles in the market today. I cover topics from mobile and telecoms, to business, education and electronic foreign exchange trading, plus all the corporate stuff that comes along.

Q. What’s hot in mobiles and telecoms this year?

NFC, mobile payments and how that integrates into mobile security is a very hot area this year. Despite the dodgy economy these areas have continued to grow rapidly, and are leaping ahead now. This is my favourite area for now.

Q. How many events do you attend each year?  Which one are you most looking forward to?

The biggest event I attend for mobile each year is, of course, Mobile World Congress. It fuels my knowledge for the rest of the year and is unmissable as far as I’m concerned. It’s also very good fun, with lots of friends from around the world meeting up, and lots of cava and tapas to be consumed.

Q. What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year?

This year I’m most interested in mobile money, security, NFC and developer stories. This will all tie in with Smart Chimps as I move the site forward.

Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail? And how many interviews do you do per week?

I prefer email pitches, as nine times out of 10, calls consist of: ‘I sent you a press release three weeks ago and wondered if you’d used it?’, so I can be grumpy on the phone.

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology? And what do you think is the most

important development in mobiles and telecoms to date?

My favourite piece of mobile technology is my HTC phone. I’ve got an HTC Desire at the moment, which I like a lot; I love being connected to the internet all the time, and I like the way HTC pulls it all together with HTC Sense. The most important development in this industry to date is definitely the smartphone; all roads lead from the smartphone to the smartphone. It drives consumer desire, and the industry can simply grow itself and all these amazing technologies around that demand.

Q. What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Email me. See note about being grumpy above. And make it interesting! I don’t care if your client is desperate for coverage; don’t waste my time with dull pitches! I can’t get those minutes back!

Q. What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Worst? Why?

Best press trips: China, Israel and Egypt. Why: Far away, got to see some of those countries while there, and fun!

Worst: Orlando, Disney World. Why: Orlando, Disney World….

Q. Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter? Quora? Google+?

I am liking social media more and more, for staying in touch with people, networking and finding stories and ideas. I’m on Facebook for close friends, LinkedIn for work, and Twitter for both.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you. Do you have any unusual or unexpected hobbies/interests? Do you have a claim to fame?

Apart from kungfu at and travelling to China at least once a year to train with my Masters in Fujian Calling White Crane Quan and Yong Tai Tiger Boxing, the rest are secret!

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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 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.


#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


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.


Barcelona wins battle to host Mobile World Capital

July 23, 2011

MWC to stay in Barcelona – oh, joy!
by Hans Cett (@HansCett)

The GSMA has announced its decision to make Barcelona the first ‘Mobile World Capital’ from 2012 to 2018. We suspect that decision is closely allied to the fact that the GSMA’s long standing CEO, Rob Conway, has left and been replaced by John Hoffman **. See our previous story here Barcelona beat off challenges from Paris, Munich and, our favourite, Milan to host the World Capital. The GSMA – which organises the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has said that the MWC exhibition will remain in Barcelona. Buried in the announcement that the MWC will move to the new Fira de Barcelona Gran Via in 2013. Read the rest of this entry ?


MWC rumours rife after GSMA CEO goes

June 10, 2011

Rating: Is Barcelona clinging on as MWC’s venue?

What’s going on? The GSMA seems to be going through a rough patch. Only days ago, GSMA chairman, Franco Bernabè, announced that Rob Conway (CEO) who has been with the GSMA for 12 years is to stand down this September [2011]. The news comes at exactly the same juncture when the GSMA was expected to announce where the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will be held in 2013. There’s speculation that Barcelona has held onto it but only just. Plus it follows news that a challenger to the MWC – MxO – isn’t going ahead. Read the rest of this entry ?


Video highlights from MWC 2011, Barcelona

March 23, 2011

Courtesy of Mobile World Live
by Hans Cett (@HansCett)

The Global Mobile Awards at MWC 2011 Barcelona have been turned into a video which is posted on the GSMA’s Mobile World Live web site. You can view it here. [Note: to view this site for the first time you have to sign up.] The awards were, of course, presented by infamous UK personality – Jonathan Ross. He once said on stage to a prominent UK telecoms journalist, “Maxwell Cooter? What sort of name is that?” So Ross has always displayed the height of tact.

Anyway, Apple, HTC and Rovio (Angry Birds-maker) were among the big winners. Also highlighted were achievements in green technology, M2M and mobile innovation.