(BARCELONA)

The world’s most important mobile technology event set a new attendance record this year.

More than 108,000 attended this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, where the biggest names in the industry – alongside the most pioneering start-ups – gather to showcase their latest technologies and innovations. It was a 7% increase on 2016 numbers.

“Mobile World Congress enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2017, underlining its position as the world’s premier mobile ecosystem event,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd. “The theme for this year’s show was Mobile: The Next Element, reflecting the elemental role of mobile in the lives of billions of people around the world. We once again saw a world-class speaker line-up and the unveiling of a range of major new initiatives and cutting-edge product launches, which will define the direction of the mobile ecosystem over the coming years.”

The NEXTech exhibition was a popular new edition to this year’s MWC. It provided a platform for forward-thinking companies and disruptive technologies, from virtual reality/augmented reality and robotics, to cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and more.

Innovators Magazine was delighted to be a media partner for the event’s start-up element, 4YFN and MWC itself.  Next up is the Shanghai instalment of MWC this summer. As official media partners for the Chinese event, we look forward to bringing you all the build up to what promises to be another record-breaker.