MWC19 Shanghai Expected to Attract More Than 60,000 Attendees from Over 110 Countries and Territories; 550 Leading Companies to Showcase Latest Innovations.
The GSMA today announced the first details of MWC19 Shanghai (formerly Mobile World Congress Shanghai), including participating companies, as well as a range of programmes and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event. MWC19 Shanghai will be held 26-28 June 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
The GSMA expects that more than 60,000 professionals from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industry sectors will gather for the 2019 event.
"Under the theme of 'Intelligent Connectivity', MWC19 Shanghai will highlight the powerful combination of 'hyper-connectivity', enabled by 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) and 'intelligence', delivered by artificial intelligence (AI) and big data," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "Across all aspects of the event, MWC19 Shanghai will showcase how intelligent connectivity will positively impact individuals, businesses and the economy across the Asia Pacific region."
More Than 550 Leading Companies Participating at MWC19 Shanghai
Covering seven halls at the SNIEC, MWC19 Shanghai will feature the leading products, services and technologies that are shaping the future of mobile, from handsets and devices to network infrastructure, software and services and much more. The exhibition will again include the Super Hall, where the industry's largest players including Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Shanghai Bell and ZTE and others will showcase cutting-edge solutions in areas such as 5G, AI, IoT and more. Other exhibitors confirmed for MWC Shanghai include China Transport Telecommunications Information, CICT, H3C, Hengtong Optic-Electric, Intracom, Lenovo, PwC, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sunsea and Whale Cloud Technology, among others.
The GSMA Innovation City will again be a highlight of MWC19 Shanghai. In this unique space, attendees will immerse themselves in technology-led experiences that illustrate how intelligently connected products and services are improving the daily lives of citizens and businesses.
4YFN: Accelerating Business Opportunities
4 Years From Now (4YFN), the innovation platform for MWC, returns to Asia for a fourth year with a comprehensive international programme to accelerate business opportunities for startups, investors and corporations from across the innovation ecosystem. In 2019, the 4YFN exhibition will double in size, showcasing innovative technologies such as 5G, AI, blockchain, fintech and IoT, among others.
As always, 4YFN will offer inspirational presentations and discussions on the 4YFN Stage and the Future Tech Stage, while the new Discovery Area will feature unique connecting initiatives such as business matchmaking and mentoring sessions, along with custom pitching activities. Additionally, the 2019 Asia Mobile Awards will include the "4YFN Startup Award", which recognises organisations focused on accelerating business development and the investment in new technologies within the startup community.
In addition to the onsite presence at MWC events around the world, 4YFN has launched two new online business platforms – the 4YFN Community Club and the 4YFN Investor Club – to connect investors, projects, institutions and companies with the end goal of driving entrepreneurship and innovation.
Conference to Explore Latest Trends and Topics in Mobile
The three-day MWC19 Shanghai conference programme will include three keynote sessions as well a series of summits that will explore a wide range of topics such as 5G, AI, banking and telecom convergence, blockchain, content and media, data trust and security, future mobility, global devices, smart cities and smart industries, among others. Sessions on the Leaders Stage will again focus on wide-ranging trends that are shaping the mobile future and impacting citizens' everyday lives, including humanitarian innovation, tourism and travel, women in technology and leaders in business, and more.
The Call for Papers for MWC19 Shanghai is now open and prospective speakers can submit proposals through Thursday, 31 January 2019.
Women4Tech Expands in Shanghai
The Women4Tech Programme returns to Shanghai with an expanded set of activities designed to address and reduce the gender gap in the mobile industry. A central element of the programme is the Women4Tech Summit, with keynote presentations and panel discussions examining topics such as gender equality and career development, mentoring and youth education, women in communication and vertical sectors, and women as entrepreneurs and innovators. In addition to the Summit, the Women4Tech Programme includes the Women4Tech Speed Coaching and Networking session; a Women4Tech AMO award for "Outstanding Achievement in Mobile Industry Leadership"; and additional Women4Tech activities at 4YFN.
MWC Shanghai: Largest Carbon Neutral Exhibition and Conference in Asia
MWC Shanghai 2018 was officially certified by the British Standards Institution as carbon neutral under the international PAS 2060 standard, reinforcing its position as the largest carbon neutral exhibition and conference in Asia. The GSMA implemented a range of measures to reduce emissions at the 2018 event, such as carpet recycling, waste management and reducing paper consumption, resulting in a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 97 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. To compensate for the remaining carbon footprint, the GSMA is supporting United Nations-certified projects in China, including a N2O decomposition project in Liaoyang and hydropower station projects in Gansu and Guangxi.