CEOs of Microsoft, Google and Nokia to speak at GSMA

2 Nov 2010

The CEOs of Microsoft, Nokia and Yahoo! are joining other CEOs, like Google’s Eric Schmidt, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Intel’s Paul Otellini and Vodafone’s Vittorio Calao at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.

Along with speakers from Softbank, China Mobile, WPP, Research in Motion and NTT DoCoMo, Ballmer, Schmidt, et al, will be providing keynotes at the chief gathering of the global mobile industry which takes place in Barcelona on 14-17 February.

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“The 2011 Mobile World Congress features an unparallelled lineup of keynote speakers from companies spanning the full mobile communications ecosystem,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA.

“Attendees will have access to the individuals and organisations who are leading the mobile transformation, gaining important perspectives and insights on the future of communications.”

Eric Schmidt, Google

Keynote sessions at Mobile World Congress focus on the following topics: “The View from the Top”, “The Power of Applications”, “The Evolution of the Mobile Internet”, and “Connecting the Dots: A 360° View on Consumer Electronics.”

In addition to the keynote programme, the conference will include breakout sessions exploring a range of areas, such as applications, augmented reality, business strategy, cloud computing, embedded mobile, enterprise mobility, media and entertainment, mHealth, mobile advertising, the mobile internet, mobile money, network capacity, next-generation technologies and OSS/BSS, among others.

The GSMA is again holding its award-winning App Planet at Mobile World Congress, bringing together the many critical elements of the broad mobile application ecosystem together in one location. App Planet will feature several application developer conferences (ADCs) focused specifically on the most influential mobile platforms in the market.

The GSMA today announced that Samsung, IMGA and Mobile {Dev}Sync will be holding ADCs as part of App Planet. App Planet will also include ADCs from HP and RIM, the Macworld Mobile conference, which targets iOS developers, and the Mobile Cloud Forum, with sessions on mobile cloud computing sponsored by Cisco, HP, Huawei and NEC. 

The current schedule of App Planet ADCs is:

Tuesday, 15 February – BlackBerry Developer Day by RIM

Tuesday, 15 February – Samsung ADC

Wednesday, 16 February – HP webOS App Developer Conference

Wednesday, 16 February – Mobile {Dev}Sync

Thursday, 17 February – Macworld Mobile

Thursday, 17 February – Mobile Cloud Forum with Cisco, HP, Huawei and NEC

Thursday, 17 February – IMGA ADC and Awards Programme

The GSMA also announced that Google will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress for the first time, and that Qtel is the Congress Party and Awards Celebration Sponsor for Mobile World Congress 2011. 

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years