Last updated: 23 February 2018
Barcelona is one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit. Not only does it mix fantastic culture with great attractions, but next week, it’s going to be home to the world’s biggest mobile show. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time visitor, navigating the Fira and everything the city has to offer can be daunting. Here’s our whistle-stop guide to making the most out of your Mobile World Congress experience.
People to follow
Mark Scott – the chief technology correspondent at Politico will be covering the announcements with an additional focus on the telecoms policy
Ben Wood – analyst from CCS Insight who is always has that right up to the minute, inside track on all the biggest announcements
Rory Cellan-Jones – alongside his BBC colleagues, he will cover all the biggest launches. Especially handy if you’re interested in the consumer side of MWC.
Madhumita Murgia – European technology correspondent who will be keeping an eye on all the biggest deals and business partnerships emerging from the first few days of the show.
You should also keep an eye on these media outlets who will have rolling coverage of everything going on throughout the week.
Places to eat
Barcelona has some of the most delicious places to eat once the day is done. And all are either a short taxi or a metro ride away. If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably made reservations for the most exclusive restaurants. But for everyone else, why not try one of these:
The halls at the Fira are vast. So here are our top tips for ensuring your visit is as productive as possible. We recommend you take:
- At least two travel chargers
- All the necessary printed work documents you’ll need out there
- Extra USB / Lightning cables
- A back-up mobile battery pack to top-up on power in the afternoons
- Cash for day-to-day expenses, even though MWC is very contactless payment friendly
- Your comfiest shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking
- Euros! But also, all ticket holders will be given free public transport tickets for the duration of the show, so hop on-board!
And if after all that, you still have the energy, here are some after show events you can register for (some carry a fee):
- 4YFN (a start-up focused event)
- 13th Ladies Get Together
- IoT Stars MWC 2018
- Dutch Mobile Community
- Women in Mobile
- IAB and dmexco (for mobile marketers)
- The IoT Garden Party
- Swedish Beers
- VR AR Executive Dinner
We hope you have a brilliant time at Mobile World Congress, if you’re free, do come visit the Gemalto stand. We’ll are in Hall 2, Stand 2J41 and will be showcasing the latest in trusted digital identity services across mobile, the IoT and beyond.