MWC19 Barcelona highlighted emerging technology that will revolutionise the business ecosystem and have an impact on the economy and society as a whole. Regarding connectivity, for example, 5G will bring about the conditions necessary for new products and services that will transform and revolutionise production processes. Meanwhile, more capable, better-connected systems are bringing us closer to effective AI, which we are already seeing the effects of in changes to public management, companies and predictive models, impacting both society and the environment.
The time when we can all enjoy immersive experiences to consume culture, learn or meet up using augmented or virtual reality is not far off.
Soon, industry 4.0 will radically change the rules of the production chain, trade relations and business development models. All of these changes are being forged here and now, with clear examples of disruptive innovation that is changing the rules of the game.
The purpose of this Mobile Talk is to debate the new technology and projects presented at the latest MWC Barcelona, including: 5G technology, connected vehicles, drones, robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). So, we have brought together a group of experts on the technology and innovation ecosystem from consolidated companies and young, dynamic start-ups; technology specialists who will share their vision of the trends in the sector and the impact they will have on the business world and our personal lives.
Xantal Llavina holds a degree in Journalism and a diploma in Business Science. As director and presenter of radio and TV programmes, she has been awarded the following prizes: Premi RAC 2013, Premi Zapping 2017, Premi TIC 2017 and Premi Dona TIC Divulgadora 2018. She currently directs and presents the radio programme, “Revolució 4.0” on Catalunya Ràdio, a pioneering programme for entrepreneurs and digital transformation.
With a degree in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and having studied a Management Training Programme (PDD) at IESE, Carlos Grau has enjoyed an impressive career both in the field of information and communication technology and digital business development. After holding several management positions in sales and marketing in companies within the ICT sector, such as Hewlett-Packard, Accenture, Telefónica and Microsoft, in November 2017, Carlos Grau was named CEO of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWCB).
Miquel Martí holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and an MBA from ESADE. He had previously been working as the manager of the Barcelona office of the Accreditation Agency in Technological Research, Development and Innovation (AIDIT, a company held by the polytechnic universities in Catalonia and Madrid), the director of B · DEBAT International Center for Scientific Debate Barcelona (an initiative from Biocat and Fundació “la Caixa”), Director of Finance and Operations and Director of Business Development at Biocat, the BioRegion of Catalonia.
Montserrat Pardo Bayona is the Government Affairs Director at Microsoft. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the IT sector, in the field of government affairs, politics, promotion and project management, the last 13 of which she has spent at Microsoft Spain as the Head of Government Affairs.
Francesca Gabetti is an international entrepreneur, cofounder and CEO atTeamEQ, an online SaaS platform that is turning teamwork on its head in organisations through the mix of Emotional Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, while also working on gender equality in executive positions and the Future of Work. She is also the cofounder of the first European Conscious Capitalism Chapter, winner of the Mobile World Congress – Women4Tech HackDGap International Prize 2017, part of the W50 UCLA Anderson Global Women on Board 2017 programme and a special guest at 500Startups HellWeek Batch23.
Enrique Pérez is the Sales Manager for Huawei in Catalonia and Andorra. He manages the public and private sectors, setting Huawei Spain’s strategy in specific sales and marketing plans. He’s been working at Huawei since 2011, where he’s held various positions.