MWC Shanghai to Focus on ‘The Human Element’

The GSMA has announced new details on this year’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.

MWC Shanghai to Focus on 'The Human Element'The theme of this year’s conference is The Human Element, and will feature keynote talks on “Industry and the Human Element”, “Operators and the Human Element”, “Society and the Human Element”, and, yes, “The Human Element”. While the theme is, to some degree, open to interpretation, it points to a growing role for biometric solutions as such technologies become more prevalent in mobile devices. And it was already a big deal at last year’s MWC Shanghai, where FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill Moderated two key sessions as biometric technology emerged as a major trend.

As for further details on this year’s conference, organizers have revealed that it’s going to feature 12 summits on important industry trends, including a Connected Vehicle Summit, Data Security and Digital Consumer Summits, and an Internet of Things Summit.

Organizers have also announced the Asia Mobile Awards, or ‘AMO Awards’, which will “celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations across the Asian mobile industry,” according to a statement. Companies are invited to compete in the categories of “Best Technology Innovation”, “Best Mobile Devices”, “Best Mobile Apps”, Outstanding Achievement”, and “Social Economic Development”, with organizers ready to accept entries between January 25th and April 12th.

MWC Shanghai will run from June 28th to July 1st.