Women and young people play a bigger part at the Mobile World Congress

The technology and innovation community are meeting in Barcelona to take part in the fourteenth edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), a global event which this year focuses on smart connectivity and the impact technology has on society. The MWC also comes with complementary events addressed at business and young people, with Four Years From Now (4YFN) and the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo).

25/02/2019 17:56 h

Mireia Alonso

The 14th edition of the MWC gets under way with record figures: over 107,000 people expected to attend, 120,000 square metres of exhibition space and 2,400 exhibitors from the sphere of innovation, avant-garde technology and creativity. The congress is on from 24 to 28 February and offers four days for the city’s digital ecosystem to welcome professionals, emerging and established companies and institutions from around the world, sharing ideas and projects and exploring the potential of Barcelona as a leading technology hub for the future.

In addition, the 5G Tour also enables eighteen professionals and representatives from SMEs in Barcelona to get a better understanding of 5G technology and how it can be applied in each of their business projects.

Presentation of the i.lab

The congress will also be presenting the public-private project i.lab, a laboratory for accelerating social and sustainable urban innovation which has been set up in Barcelona and is based at Ca l’Alier. The goal of the lab is to promote collaborative research between institutions and the private, academic and social sectors. The launch of the i.lab is accompanied by two experimental challenges on mobility and women’s empowerment in the technology industry.

4YFN, a meeting point for entrepreneurialism

The 4YFN fair brings together the local and international business ecosystem in a leading event foremerging companies seeking contacts, potential clients, investment and international presence. With these goals,Barcelona Activa has selected twenty emerging companies from the city from different spheres such as biomedicine, music, games, gastronomy and audio-visuals to incentivise their activity and knowledge in the local and global market.

This year sees the presentation of the Barcelona Discovery Programme, an initiative aimed at ten emerging international companies interested in forming part of the city’s economic and technological ecosystem. The programme adapts to the needs of each participating company, including the development of individualised business agendas, learning about the city’s business network and knowledge of real experiences of foreign companies which have set up operations in the city.

YoMo, technology and education

The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) is also back in Barcelona from 25 February to 2 March. The festival is aimed at over twenty thousand young educators who want to explore the potential of technology careers. Interactive workshops, live theatre and tens of practical activities will enable them to get closer to technology in an educational and appealing way.


This is the third year running that the MWC is devoting a section to analysing and boosting the role of women in the technology industry, incentivising equality policies in the sector. The Women4Tech programme includes lectures, mentoring sessions, guided tours around the fair and interactive workshops over all four days of the MWC.


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