This year’s Mobile World Congress gathered over 60 000 (official) attendees and, as it was expected, it also brought a lot of novelties that will set the trend in 2013. However it seems that what really made the difference in this year´s edition is that alongside this huge event we could notice countless side events that took place during that busy, not only for the mobile industry, week.
Starting one day before the official Congress, the Mobile Sunday event (free, unofficial, informal meeting that has become a sort of tradition) gathered together the most influent people in the mobile industry chatting and networking with startups and VC’s who were exchanging valuable stories, this year at the City Hall club.
On day one, TechCrunch Europe organized an interactive event featuring some of the most innovative and interesting startups and investors from the industry who were discussing important issues concerning the mobile ecosystem.
Day two was really busy with a lot of informal events, including a networking cocktail at Gild International sponsored by m8 Capital (a venture capital company from London) with participation of the Active Venture Partners team. A night filled with great ambience thanks to the top notch investors, entrepreneurs and executives from the mobile industry, simply networking and sharing thoughts with each other. Even some of our very own Venturepreneurs: Eñeko Knorr, Richard Murbeck, Christian Mandl and Oliver Holle, attended. The energetic atmosphere was also enhanced by an incredible live jazz band.
Another informal, laid-back event was organized by Helen Keegan on the 29th February, where Swedish Beers were on the menu. A no-guest-list event welcomed all the ones who weren´t suited-up and equipped with the business cards. The main objective of the party was to simply enjoy each other’s company and relax far away from the MWC buzz.
The concluding event on the last day of this year’s congress was organized by MLOVE, who invited a crowd made of entrepreneurs, bloggers, startups, investors and mobile geeks to an exclusive reception that was just a perfect ending to this chaotic yet constructive week.
As far as the official MWC is concerned it wouldn’t be fair not to mention the main trends that we will witness throughout the year. We can definitely expect an increased use of mobile devices and applications and the rising popularity of smart tablets, a trend sustained by most of the mobile manufacturers that showcased their new products. During those 4 days of the conference we saw Microsoft introducing the consumer preview version of Windows 8, a combination of a touch-friendly tablet interface with the traditional Windows desktop. Samsung introduced its Galaxy Beam, a projector screen phone that besides from making phone calls, projects videos, images and even PowerPoint presentations onto any surface. Nokia presented Nokia 808 PureView with its 41-megapixel camera sensor that probably makes it the best camera in the history of mobile so far. On the other hand, HTC´s One X showcased smartphone with its blazing-fast new processor that provides incredibly fast web surfing with a great picture quality on an enormous display. And last but not least Sonny Xperia P surprised with its super bright screen with an additional white pixel to its LCD screen which makes it one of the brightest screens in the industry.
It is been only a month since the event took place and the mobile industry is already getting ready for the next year´s congress, the only thing that we are sure of is that the event coordinators have invited us to a new location: Fira de Gran Vía de Barcelona on 25 – 28 February 2013, the rest is still unrevealed, but who doesn’t like to be surprised?!