Now that we are back in the US, we pause to reflect on an amazing week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There, we found the latest and greatest in the tech and mobile world, spanning from releases from Samsung’s uber sleek Galaxy S6, LG’s Watch Urbane, and Babolat’s Play Pure Drive tennis racquet. We were also impressed by smaller companies preparing to drop their products and services on the market, ranging from pressures sensing fabrics to gesture recognition.
Lost in a sea of smart watches and smartphones, we split our time between speaking to potential suppliers, discussing feasibility with companies using similar technical approaches, and getting a grasp on current practices in the realm of connected home products.
We also spent some time at 4YFN, or “Four Years From Now,” a subpart of MWC featuring and connecting startups. We enjoyed Women in Business Congress’ excellent agenda on women leadership in technology and innovation, watched startups pitch before a panel of impressive investors, and were excited to speak with a number of health related companies, including UniversalDoctor, a clinical translation service, and Nuwe, a company that does backend development for health and wellness apps. MWC also left no shortage of opportunities to have a good time. After work hours, we continued to make new friends on the dance floor at the MMIX official party.
Exhausted, and excited, and having had one too many a churro, we’re headed home. Without doubt, we will be referring to our observations and lessons learned from MWC for months to come - most of which we can’t predict at this time. Special thanks to GSMA and HFA for making this incredible opportunity possible.
p.s.: We didn’t catch Mark Zuckerberg, but we’ll be on the look out for Snoop Dogg this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas.