GSMA Announces Final Event Lineup for Highly Anticipated 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

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Atlanta: The GSMA today announced final updates for MWC19 Los Angeles, including new high-profile keynote speakers, exhibitors and event details. Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 22-24, MWC19 Los Angeles will convene the mobile technology industry to showcase the new era of Intelligent Connectivity enabled by 5G.

“The GSMA is proud to convene the industry at MWC – the world’s premier mobile technology events. Our Los Angeles show continues to gain momentum and will be very exciting,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “With the advent of 5G, AI, IOT and the importance of technology for good, our industry continues to shape how billions of people consume content, conduct business and live better.”

New Keynote Speakers Announced
The GSMA is pleased to announce the addition of eight new keynote speakers, including executives from mobile operators and organizations leading the future of mobile. New keynote speakers include:

  • Mike Finley, CEO, Boingo
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • James Gowen, Chairman, GeSI
  • Christopher Wellise, Chief Sustainability Officer, HP Enterprise
  • Kathryn Schloessman, President and CEO, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission
  • Doug Arent, Deputy Associate Lab Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Michel Combes, CEO, Sprint
  • Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and EVP, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment

These executives join previously announced keynote speakers from companies and organizations including CTIA, Ericsson, Federal Communications Commission, GSMA, Intel Corporation, Nokia, OpenTable, Refinery29, U.S. Cellular, Verizon and Viacom.

Beyond the keynote presentations, the conference program will offer eight open summits and 46 focused conference sessions. The CTIA “Everything Policy Track” returns to take on the most important topics in regulation and policy that move the industry forward. The GSMA Telco Cloud Summit will explore the latest solutions in enabling cloud connectivity such as network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, network slicing and edge computing. VMWare, Dell Technologies and Intel are confirmed sponsors of the GSMA Telco Cloud Summit. New to the show this year, all attendees will have access to compelling speakers participating in the Showfloor Talks focused on 5G and IoT.

The GSMA announced Asocs as the Supporting Sponsor of the 5G conference theme, Ericsson as the 5G Security Summit Headline Sponsor and DMI as Supporting Sponsor of the Connected Vehicles Summit.

Artificial Intelligence at MWC Los Angeles
MWC Los Angeles will present the first Applied AI Forum and the Global AI Challenge hosted by the GSMA and partners STC, Telenor, Telus, the Alan Turing Institute and Turkcell. The Forum will also reveal findings from the GSMA’s Global AI Challenge designed to uncover how AI can deliver global societal and economic benefits.

For more information on the conference program, visit: https://www.mwclosangeles.com/conference-programs/

New Participating Companies Announced
The GSMA announced new participating companies including Assurant Solutions, Bank of America, Comfone, Dell Technologies, Facebook, Inseego, Intel, Ontrion, Orca Wave, Reliance Trading, SafeToNet, SGS North America and Tech Data. These organizations join previously announced exhibiting and participating companies including Amazon, AMD, ARM, Cisco, Corning Optical Communications, Ericsson, Gemalto, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, KORE Wireless, Nvidia, Mastercard, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, VMWare and Vodafone among others. For more information on the MWC19 Los Angeles exhibition, visit: www.mwclosangeles.com/exhibition.

City of Los Angeles at GSMA Innovation City
The GSMA Innovation City exhibition will boast the latest smart city initiatives through exciting new interactive content highlighting how mobile technology is making cities smarter, safer and more sustainable. The City of Los Angeles, and its industry partners, will showcase the latest smart city services and solutions. Additional new Innovation City partners include 3Cinteractive, BeWhere, L-Spark Inc., Summit Tech and Telit. For more information on Innovation City, visit: https://www.mwclosangeles.com/exhibitor/gsma-innovation-city/.

Spectrum Competition Takes Center Stage
On Wednesday, October 23, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) Championship Event will take place on the keynote stage. The finale taking place at MWC Los Angeles is the culmination of a three-year competition in which 10 teams will compete head-to-head for nearly $4 million in prizes. The SC2 drove global teams to merge recent advances in AI with the expanding capacities of software-defined radios (SDR) to create radio networks capable of autonomously navigating the wireless spectrum. For more information on SC2, visit: www.SpectrumCollaborationChallenge.com.

4YFN Startup Event Speakers Announced
The Four Years from Now (4YFN) startup event will spotlight innovation and spur joint ventures with over 300 startups and investors participating. The 4YFN conference stage will feature 70 speakers, including:

  • Joe Lynch, Head of Broadcast, Electronic Arts
  • Andy Yang, CEO, Indiegogo
  • Jill Cress, CMO, National Geographic Partners
  • Bill McCullough, Vice President and Creative Director, NFL Media

For more information on 4YFN, including the full agenda, visit: https://www.4yfn.com/los-angeles/. 

Women4Tech Drives Gender Diversity
The Women4Tech Summit, part of the Women4Tech program, will feature six sessions to address the persistent gender gap across the industry. Newly confirmed speakers include:

  • Susan Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Connections and Supply Chain, AT&T
  • Rashida Shehabi, Program Lead, Mobile and Commerce Technology, Bank of America
  • Shameka Young, Vice President, Communications, Media and Technology Management Consulting and Digital Infrastructure, Cognizant
  • Cheryl Miller van Dÿck, Founding Director, Digital Leadership Institute
  • Tara Chklovski, CEO and Founder, Technovation

Bank of America has been confirmed as the Women4Tech Headline Sponsor and AnitaB.org as Women4Tech Partner. For more information on the Women4Tech program at MWC19 Los Angeles, visit www.mwclosangeles.com/events/women4tech/.

Partner Programs at MWC Los Angeles
New event partners include Cognizant, HRTS, NVIDIA and the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum. A total of 24 IoT and 5G Talks will take place during the show. For more information on partners programs, including the full schedule, visit www.mwclosangeles.com/conference-programs/partner-programs/.

The GSMA announced MWC19 Los Angeles official media partners include CBS Interactive, FORTUNE, LinkedIn, Mobile World Live and the Wall Street Journal Barron’s Group.

On Monday, October, 21, before the doors officially open to MWC19 Los Angeles, Jensen Huang, NVIDIA CEO and Founder, will announce new products and partnerships that advance intelligent connectivity across a broad range of industries, including telecoms, retail, manufacturing and beyond. This presentation will take place from 3-5 p.m. in LACC’s Petree Hall. For more information and to register to attend, please visit: https://www.mwclosangeles.com/session/nvidia-keynote/.

Get Involved at MWC19 Los Angeles
A welcome reception, sponsored by Inseego, will take place on Tuesday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the LACC’s Networking Plaza in the West Hall. For more information, visit: https://www.mwclosangeles.com/session/welcome-reception/.

More information on MWC19 Los Angeles, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, is available at www.mwclosangeles.com. Follow MWC developments and updates on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC19, on our LinkedIn MWC page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mwclosangeles/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MWCLosAngeles/.

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