New partnerships and mega ventures will happen in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019 and 4YFN. Will you be there?
Launching on 25th of February this year, world telecom leaders will connect, gather and exchange ideas at MWC 2019. BMW’s autonomous driving launch, World Bank president’s keynote and other big presentations are already confirmed.
Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona Monday 25, February to Thursday 28, February Opening times: 09:00 to 19:00 daily except last day 09:00 to 16:00 Location: Fira Gran Via exhibition center Barcelona Av. Joan Carles I, 64 - L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
The MWC was started by the GSM Association, which is a mix of cellphone network operators and manufacturers who came together in 1982 to promote GSM standard. In 1987, the show was launched under the name GSM world congress. In later years it becomes the Mobile World Congress.
New cellular technologies are known to start their journeys launching at the Mobile World Congress.
208 countries were represented last year, and over 100,000 people attended MWC. The numbers are expected to go higher this year. This is an insanely large event organized every year. There are many sister events around the MWC. 4YFN is one of them.
ABOUT 4YFN – The Startup Business Platform of Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019
4 Years From Now (4YFN) helps and gives opportunities to startups, Investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and form new partnerships.
4YFN has made an impact for many new players in the cell phone technology world. The event offers networking activities, workshops, congresses, community outreach and open innovation programmes.
4YFN 2019 Monday 25 to Wednesday 27, February Activities: Women4Tech Grow your Startup with Google
4YFN used to remain unnoticed next to other events at the MWC. During 2014’s event, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, making CEO Jan Koum a billionaire superstar overnight. His speech at 4YFN event became one of the most sought-after stories of 2k14 Mobile World Congress and everyone was like —What on earth is 4YFN?
Following this keynote, 4YFN became a driving force on its own.
If you are planning to come to Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019, this is not an event that you should not miss. This will be the first year in that FindThatLead makes it to MWC! We’ll be happy to meet new startups from all over the world. Make sure you give us a visit 🙂
Traveling to Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019 – How to Get There?
If you are coming from any of the European countries, you can reach Barcelona via high-speed trains and Buses.
Most other countries will have direct flights to Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019. The US alone has more than 200 flights to the city.
Here is deep dive into the transportation to the capital of Catalonia.
El Prat is Barcelona’s main airport, located 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of the city. The taxi ride from the airport to the venue is roughly 10 minutes.
Terminal 2 has its own Rodalies Barcelona commuter train station on the line R2, which runs from the Maçanet-Massanes station every 30 minutes, with major stops at Barcelona Sants railway station and the fairly central Passeig de Gràcia railway station to provide transfer to the Barcelona Metro system
El Prat is also linked to Barcelona by underground, using Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro with a station in each terminal.
The C-32B highway connects the airport to a main traffic interchange between Barcelona’s Ronda de Dalt beltway and major motorways. If you want to take the bus, the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) public bus line 46 runs from Paral·lel Avenue.
The Aerobús offers direct transfers from both terminals and to the city center at Plaça Catalunya.
Barcelona is connected to major European cities by railway. Taking a train from cities such as Paris, Zurich, and Milan is super easy.
A high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. Barcelona’s major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without complication.
The station in Barcelona that has the most national and international connections is Nord Bus Station. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.
Barcelona’s main bus station operates services to other Spanish cities, European cities and North Africa destinations.
Coming to Barcelona via boat is an amazing experience on its own.
The Port de Barcelona has become the Mediterranean’s hub cruise ship harbor. With nine passenger terminals, seven for cruise liners and four for ferries it has simplified sea travel. It has connections with the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean harbors.
What to Do in Barcelona During Mobile World Congress 2019 and 4YFN
Visiting the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló or the Mercat de la Boqueria are classic tours while in Barcelona. You can find those with a simple Google search.
Instead, we want to suggest a few different ideas to spend your time while in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019. Here’s a brief list for you.
Go Watch a Barca Game
The city of Barcelona breathes football (that’s soccer for our USA friends). With the local team being one of the strongest team in the world in recent years, watching a live game at the fantastic Camp Nou is a great plan, even if you are not a die-hard fan.
Go see if one of the matches that Barcelona will play during the MWC/4YFN and you might see Lio Messi, the best player in the world, score a goal or two.
La Mesa Naranja
Barcelona is a bubbling city visited by internationals throughout the year. If you are feeling like networking with like-minded entrepreneurs from other European countries, then La Mesa Naranja is THE event for you.
La Mesa Naranja is a get together that happens every Tuesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm among Spanish and Dutch business people at Maestró, Rambla de Catalunya 79.
A great opportunity to network and meet exchange ideas between the Netherlands and Barcelona.
The event is organized by the Netherlands Business Support Office in Barcelona. No registration is required so you can pop in and start mingling. Make sure to invite other entrepreneurs with you.
Acrobatic yoga is a hybrid of yoga combined with air suspension techniques. It involves practicing yoga poses and body movements hanging hammock-like structure attached to the ceiling. It offers the flexibility of gymnastics and acrobatics accompanied by mental peace and flexibility of yoga.
You can burn up to 300 calories fast, while you work on improving concentration and a toned body.
If you want to feel how it is like to defy gravity and picture people suspended in a hammock-like structure, you are welcome to some acrobatic yoga classes.
3D Modeling- Materialization of Thoughts
3D printing is one of the cutting edge technologies of the decade. More an more entrepreneurs and companies are incorporating 3D printing into their work, to prototype their thoughts. Here in Barcelona, 3D printing has become one of the major tourist attractions.
Eat Here and Then Come Back for More
Asian tapas and craft beer to pair.
Great food, great beer and affordable prices at Cal Cuc. One of the most expensive dishes on the menu —green curry with squid— is still under 8 euros.
It is a great place to come and sit with new friends you might make at MWC 2018.
Where? Taulat, 109 - El Poblenou Opening hours: Mon, Tue 6pm - 11.30pm; Wed, Thu 1pm - 11.30pm; Fri, Sat 1pm - midnight; Sun 1pm - 11.30pm
Rediscover your love for indian food at Sindur, where you can find the best of Moghul cuisine and traditional Indian dishes. Their menu gives you a hint into the intricacies of Indian food (rice, legumes, and curries) with a carefully balanced taste of Indian spices.
Where? St. Còrsega 211-bis Opening hours: Tue to Sun 1.15pm to 4pm and 8pm-midnight.
The Domino Bar
Drinks and fun in Barcelona. Opened in 2009, Domino bar specializes in cocktails, Bierzo wines, pizzas, cachopo, croquet, tapas from Bierzo and empanadas. Everything is homemade.
Taste some of their intriguing cocktails while you are there: “Dark ‘n’ stormy”, “Maui dog” and “Lady pleasure”. Maybe a “Mamba negra” made with vodka, lemongrass, kaffir lime, mint syrup and chocolate liquor.
Where? Carrer de les Flors, 16 Opening hours: Sun 12pm - 4pm, Tue-Thu 7pm - 1.30am, Friday 7pm - 3am
Looking for a restaurant with vegetarian options? Gat Blau offers a traditional menu under 12 euros where six out of eight options are vegetarian. For dinner, you can dig into haute cuisine for around €25.
Where? Comte Borrell, 122 - Eixample Esquerre Opening hours: Mon closed, Tue 1pm - 4pm, Wed - Sat 1pm - 4pm and 8.30pm - 10.30pm, Sun closed
Where to Stay in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2019?
Just 3 metro stops away from Central Barcelona, Catalonia Atenas has a rooftop swimming pool, a snack bar, free Wifi, gym and a spa to make your stay comfortable here in Barcelona.
The Catalonia Atenas is a 5 minutes’ walk to Clot station, where take a train directly to the airport.
Bruc Terrace Apartments
For people that like to avoid hotels, the Bruc Terrace is a beautiful option.
Located in the heart of Barcelona, the Bruc Terrace aparments are only 500 meters away from Tivoli Theatre. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and dishwasher to make your stay in Barcelona feel just like home (including the WiFi).
Hotel NH Collection Barcelona Tower
The NH Collection Barcelona Tower hotel is in Barcelona’s new business and financial district, just a few minutes away from the MWC/4YFN venue. The amazing glass-roof cupola, designed by British architect Richard Rogers, is one of the city’s modern landmarks.
You can choose one of their 280 rooms set on 29 floors for a very luxurious stay.
Mucha Masia Hostel
Not a fan of the luxurious hotel experience? Try staying at the Mucha Masia hostel for a rural-urban feel.
Mucha Masia is built upon one of the few remaining “masias” (a traditional Catalan home), preserved in the heart of El Prat. History seeps through the walls Mucha Masia, built more than two centuries ago.
Whatever you decide to do during your visit to MWC/4YFN, Barcelona will give you every reason to fall in love.
The city and the FindThatLead team is looking forward to welcoming you!