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
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
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
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
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.