This week we enjoyed the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 22nd to 26th 2016), which represents one of the biggest technological events of the whole world. Since we are based in Barcelona, thethings.iO could not miss such an important event, full of big companies that showed their latest products in the mobile and technological field.
What did we see in the MWC?
Under the slogan “Mobile is everything”, huge companies such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony and Epson, among others, introduced their latest products to the approximately 100,000 attendees from more than 200 different countries. There were lots of expectations and excitement to know all what was new and what’s going to be the next generation of mobile, virtual reality and technology.
The technological stars were virtual reality and the Internet of Things. The most interesting part was to find IoT examples in most of the hundreds of booths at the MWC. The Internet of Things is a reality and all the companies attending the event wanted to show that they are surfing the IoT wave. That’s exciting, and actually how we are visualizing the direction of the Internet of Things growth.
We are sure that the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to represent the next biggest revolution. As many people say, it is going to be bigger than the Mobile revolution and Internet itself. Maybe this is the reason why most companies are moving forward to implement the Internet of Things in their also technological products. And obviously, we saw it in Fira of Barcelona at the MWC2016.
This year for first time, the MWC placed just one pavilion for the Internet of Things companies. We could see Sigfox, LoRa, Libelium, ThingWorx and another interesting companies showcasing their uses cases. A lot of others companies have in mind the impact it is going to cause in the technological field. And thethings.iO is ready to help them.
IoT Events during the MWC: the IoT Stars and other
Besides MWC is held in Fira Barcelona, some other events take place in the city. Most people say that the most interesting events during the MWC are outside the MWC.
The fist one was the IoT Stars, sponsored by thethings.iO and presented by our CEO, Marc Pous. The second edition of the IoT Stars took place in Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm on Monday 22nd afternoon. The event gathered 12 really cool projects which competed to become the new best IoT Startup. The winners of the IoT Stars 2016 were Insulclock and Vayyar with amazing examples of what the Internet of Things will bring in our society in the next months and years.
We also attended an exclusive Samsung Artik workshop where we could learn about the new ARTIK shield and tools that Samsung is building for developers. Just amazing device built by the company from South Korea.
Another event we attended this week was the 4YFN exhibition. thethings.iO had a booth on Tuesday at the Telefonica space. 4YFN connected different Startups, so we also found some interesting projects not only from Barcelona, even from around the world. Our CEO, Marc Pous was interviewed by BTV (Barcelona TV).
If you missed the MWC 2016 and you need to connect your project to the Internet, contact us.