Mobile World Congress
For companies in the telecommunications space, each February means Mobile World Congress (MWC). This event is held in Barcelona, Spain and had over 72,000 attendees. The attendees include an increasingly high number of developers—the GSMA has really reached out to them with a pavilion focused on them (App Planet) and a packed event schedule with sessions from companies like IBM and Samsung.
AT&T had a good presence. Our CEO Randall Stephenson had a keynote where he addressed topics like network spectrum. Our big announcement was that we are working with GM to bring millions of connected cars to the market. Additionally, we worked with Ericsson and Mozilla to demonstrate webRTC and build on our announcements from our Developer Summit. We also did a hackathon with Ericsson, where some developers created some great sustainability apps. Then, we were also very pleased to win a Global Mobile Award for our AT&T Application Resource Optimizer (ARO).
As far as other announcements, the GSMA announced the OneAPI Exchange. This platform, powered by Apigee, will deliver cross-carrier APIs to developers. We showed a couple of demos on this and hope steady progress continues. There was a lot of buzz about the Firefox OS for Mobile phones (which seems to work quite well) and also announced was the Tizen OS. There were not very many device announcements but probably the biggest was on Samsung Note 8.0.
I interacted with the most developers at the WIPJam. The event included Unpanels (similar to panels, but presenters stand and there are no slides) and workgroups (where developers can talk to other developers about monetization). Check out my last blog for more info on our WIPJam presence.
If you have never been to Barcelona, it is a great city with lots of good food. One of the most amazing sites I have seen in the world is La Sagrada Familia, a large cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. MWC will be at Barcelona for the next few years and is definitely worth attending.