It’s equally highly practical and exhausting to find an entire industry, complete with its ecosystem, gathered in the same location at the same time, for a single event. Mobile World Congress is the hotspot for mobile industry, strengthening its central position further every year and the 2014 event was no exception. According to the figures released yesterday, MWC2014 hosted more than 85,000 people from 201 countries, generating a huge buzz, and of course windfall, for the city of Barcelona.
Although some criticised it for falling short of surprises in revealing innovative technologies, I can conclude after 5 days of absorbing the entire event, MWC2014 still remains an unrivalled environment to see where mobile tech is headed. Its next contribution or modification to our daily lives, what changes we should expect from it and how we must regulate it, are all there in abundance. That’s why it was on the top of the agenda for the 85,000 visitors to the show and many millions more at the other end of the news wires. More than 1,800 companies showcased their businesses through stands and hospitality space across nine halls and outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc.
Below is a video interview with Mr.Carles Gomara, Head of the Catalan Government’s giant stand (actually two of them) in MWC14, explaining how the mutually beneficial contribution of the local government and show had been to one another (please skip the intro in Turkish).