That the Mobile World Congress (MWC) –the largest mobile technology event– is an event aimed at executives and directors of the world’s leading companies, does not mean that it is not of interest to ordinary citizens. we tell you all the alternatives to follow MWC 2022 in person and online.
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The MWC 2022 in Barcelona, which will take place between February 28 and March 3, will have a hybrid format, as is becoming a trend since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. With most of the events in face-to-face format, some can also be followed through streaming.
How to register for MWC 2022
Having a pass is not required to view the free online conferences, but you will need to purchase one if you are interested in attending or following some of the events with an “enriched” experience, as the organization calls it.
If you want to register for face-to-face events or exhibitions, you must have an identity document from a European Union country or a valid passport, be over 16 years of age and have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test and download the app My MWC, in addition to completing a health declaration every time you enter the event. Anyway, you can check the requirements in this section.
An important aspect is that the organization will not allow registrations in the same place, as it was in previous years, nor will PCR tests be carried out. The use of masks will be mandatory during the event.
These are the prices of the event:
- iLeader: is the virtual pass, which allows you to see more than 30 keynote speeches, a thousand talks and more than 100 hours of additional content, such as a tour of the pavilion, workshops and business opportunities, through the My MWC app.
- Discovery Pass: allows you to visit the exhibition and see what’s new at the fair. It costs 768 euros ($860) for the four days.
- Intelligence Pass: in addition to visiting the exhibition, it provides access to some sessions. It costs 1,756 euros ($1,970) for the four days.
- Leader’s Pass: It has the benefits of the previous passes, but also allows you to participate in exclusive debates and workshops. It costs 2,415 euros ($2,710 dollars).
- VIP pass: includes lodging, transportation and preferential access to all events and conferences. It costs 4,615 euros ($5,180 dollars).
How to watch MWC 2022 online
If you are not interested in doing business and just want to follow some of the talks, you do not need to register, as several talks will be available for free to anyone.
You just have to enter the MWC website, go to the Event schedule and select the conference of your interest. However, make sure it is categorized as “virtual” or “hybrid”.
In addition, you must ensure that all events are scheduled according to Central European Time (CET), that is, six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET) and nine hours ahead of Pacific Time (PT).
Here are some of the free conferences worth following:
|February 28th||03:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. PT||Keynote 1: New technological order||Mats Granryd. Managing Director, GSMA; Nick Read, CEO, Vodafone; José María Álvarez-Pallete, CEO, Telefónica; Allison Kirkby, CEO, Telia Company; Yang Jie, President, China Mobile; Ruiwen Ke, CEO, China Telecom; Lie Hong LIU, CEO, China Unicom.|
|February 28th||5:45 a.m. ET / 2:45 a.m. PT||Keynote 2: Value Creation||Bob Sternfels, McKinsey & Company; Andy Penn, Telstra; Anne Chow, AT&T Business; Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom.|
|February 28th||11:15 a.m. ET / 8:15 a.m. PT||Keynote 3: vision of the future of FC Barcelona||Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona|
|March 1st||3:30 a.m. ET / 00:30 a.m. PT||Keynote 4: Delivering a New World||Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services; Shuky Sheffer, president & CEO of Amdocs; Guo Ping, rotating president of Huawei; Cher Wang, chairman and CEO of HTC.|
|March 1st||8:45 a.m. ET / 5:45 p.m. PT||Keynote 5: New Alliance Frontier||Cristiano Amon, President and CEO, Qualcomm; Jessica Rosenworcel, director of FCC.|
|March 1st||11:15 a.m. ET / 8:15 a.m. PT||Keynote 6: From ambition to action||Mats Granryd, Managing Director, GSMA; Pekka Lundmark, CEO of Nokia; Paul Polman; Business leader, activist and co-author of Net Positive.|
|March 2||3:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. PT||Keynote 7: Fintech and the Metaverse||Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, Caixabank; Charles Stewart, CEO, Sotheby’s; Jim McKelvey, Principal, Block (ex-Square); Neeraj Roy, Hungama Digital Media.|
|March 2||8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT||Future of drones connected to cities||Ben Gauthier, Q Division; Manolo Almagro, Q Division; Fredrik Flyrin; Ericsson Drone Mobility; Michael Currie, Fling; Jiin Joo, Garuda Robotics.|