2019 is turning out to be a great year for smartphone users, makers, critics, and other major players in the industry, as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) draws closer.
Happening at the Fira Gran Via Hall, Barcelona, Spain, the Congress is slated to commence on the Monday, 25th of this month and run through to Thursday 29th.
A lot of media buzz about this massive technological event has been generated in the latter part of 2018 and even now. While the smartphone exposition isn’t open to the public—except for media partners and industry players—there are a lot of things to get you excited over.
Keynote speakers for this year’s expo include James Forese (President of Citi), Chuck Robins (CEO/Chairman, Cisco), Simon Segars (CEO, Arm), with a guest appearance from Dr. Amani Abouzeid (Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission).
In previous editions of MWC, tech giants like Samsung and LG made their first big breaks, and this year’s edition promises to be even bigger and better, as major players are all gearing to showcase previews of their impressive rollouts for the year under review.
The 4 Years from Now (4YFN) Awards is once again coming back to the expo this year. 4YFN is a segment of the MWC that brings startups, investors and corporations to chart new ventures together.
This year, five innovative startup finalists have been shortlisted for the awards, after a rigorous selection process from over 250 applications. These startups were selected from the United States, France, Israel, and Spain.
It is expected that at the expo, the finalists will be given a limited time to pitch their business ideas to a professional panel of judges and spectators. Following their presentation, they will be questioned by the judges, whereupon a winner will be decided.
The winner will cart away with a cash prize of €300,000, free exhibition space, business support from MediaTIC incubator for 3 months, an invitation to participate at the AWS re:Invent 2019 and lots more.
Samsung has announced that it will launch the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10Plus, S10E will be showcased at the expo, and will be distributed globally after.
For the first time, LG will be unveiling its 5G smartphone which is a direct rival to Samsung’s S10series. Also, Sony is also showcasing its Xperia XZ4 flagship phone. While Huawei is preparing to unveil its P30 and P30Pro smartphones, Nokia will be displaying its impressive Nokia9.
All in all, the expo is going to set the motion for huge mobile tech breakthroughs for the remaining part of the year.