Mobile World Congress 2010: Networking Events/ Parties List

January 14, 2010 by Lisa Oshima | Consulting, Developers, Events, Mobile

discoballUPDATED: 2/12/10 6:32 CST: Last year, I created a list of networking events and parties at Mobile World Congress. This year, I’ll be doing the same, updating the following list and the Socialize Mobilize “Events” page until the Congress kicks off in mid-February 2010.  If you have a party or event you’d like me to add to this list, please send me the details and RSVP requirements.

If you’ve got a press pass for Mobile World Congress, there’s a good list of press-only events here.

Sunday, 14 February, 2010:

Join NAVTEQ as they crown the 2010 Global LBS Challenge® winner for the EMEA region.

  • About: “This invite-only event gives you a first-hand look at the finalist solutions and lets you see who wins a share of a prize pool valued at $10 million US. At this exclusive event, meet the contestants and judges who are shaping the location-based solutions industry.”
  • Time: Cocktail reception and contestant showcase begins at 16:30. The Awards announcement will begin at 18:00.
  • Location: Poble Espanyol de Montjuic, City Hall, Ave Marques de Comillas, 13, Barcelona
  • RSVP: Invite only. Announced Feb 4, 2010: WIP has 30 tickets to this event, which they will give to out only to a select few of those that are also attending the WIPJam on Thursday at MWC. RSVPs for Thursday’s WIPJam are now closed. If you’re going to the Jam and want to also go to the NAVTEQ event, register your interest: http://www.wipconnector.com/event/navteqmwc10.php. Tickets are limited.
  • Cost: free

Mobile Sunday

  • About: “The fifth annual Mobile Sunday – an unofficial, informal and generally cool and funky gathering of mobile bloggers and their chums”
  • Time: 7pm onward
  • Location: Vintage- c/ Fusina. 7, 08003, Barcelona
  • RSVP: For a free ticket, click to register for dotopen.com and click on attend this event in your toolbox. Non-dotopen members can purchase a ticket for 25 Euros here.
  • Cost: free to all registered users of dotopen.com who will also get their company’s logo and pitch shown on the many screens visible at the event.”

Living Labs Global Showcase Awards Ceremony

  • About:Nine Global Cities join forces with Living Labs Global to find the innovative solutions by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers to address major societal problems.  Winners of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award will be invited to pilot their solutions in these cities, proving the effectiveness of new solutions and offering a first step for innovative providers to enter new markets.
  • Time: 6-9 pm
  • Location: The Ceremony will take place at the brand new ESADE Creapolis Campus in Sant Cugat del Valles, only a 20 minute metro-ride from the centre of Barcelona. ESADE Creapolis: Avinguda de la Torre Blanca 59, 08172 Sant Cugat Del Vallès, Spain
  • RSVP: Registration required. RSVP here.
  • Cost: Free

Monday, 15 February, 2010:

Nokia Lounge Open

  • About: “As an alternative to the noise and crowds at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, invited guests can relax on comfy sofas, enjoy delicious food and drinks as they discuss the industry and network with their peers — all courtesy of Nokia.”
  • Time: 9am-7pm, 15-16 February
  • Location: a short walk from the Mobile World Congress at Once – home of the Spanish National Organization for the Blind.
  • RSVP: Invite only. Ask your Nokia representative for details.
  • Cost: Free

Mobile Premier Awards

  • About:the largest open and global startup competition in the mobile industry. Participation to these awards is free and open to any startup with a mobile angle.”
  • Time: 4-8pm
  • Location: Petit Palau of Palau de la Musica
  • RSVP: Attendee registration here. Competition registration now closed.
  • Cost: 39-99 Euros, depending on the type of ticket

MEF AGM and Board Elections for MEF Asia and MEF EMEA Chapters

  • About: “a round-up of MEF’s activities in the EMEA and Asia regions as well as elections* for both the EMEA and Asia boards.”
  • Time: 4:45 registration, 5:00pm start
  • Location: Hotel Colonial, c/ Vía Laietana, 3, 08003 Barcelona
  • RSVP: Registration required here.
  • Cost: N/A

Buzzinbees Buzz Hours

  • About: “Discover Buzzinbees company and solutions in a relaxing venue, around a friendly tapas cocktail. ”
  • Time: 6.30 – 9.30 PM
  • Location: La Tramoia, Rambla Catalunya, 15 – Barcelona
  • RSVP: upon invitation only. Please contact: francoise.vinci[at]buzzinbees.com
  • Cost: N/A

Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) Connects Barcelona @MWC

  • About: “The legendary MEF Connects Barcelona in association with Dolby is back for 2010 with a bang! Join us for an exciting night of cocktails, tapas and entertainment at the pre-eminent networking event of the Congress.”
  • Time: 8pm till late
  • Location: Mondo Club, Moll Espanya S/N (in the IMAX building), 08039 Barcelona
  • RSVP: Please note this is a MEMBERS-ONLY event and only current MEF members who register using the sign-up here will be added to the guest list. FULL Member companies are allocated 4 tickets.  ASSOCIATE Member companies are allocated 2 tickets. If more than the allocated number of people sign up within one member company, you will be contacted by a member of the MEF team.
  • Cost: N/A

Tuesday, 16 February, 2010:

UK Trade & Investment: MWC 2010 Japan Challenges and Opportunities

  • About: “As an alternative to the noise and crowds at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, invited guests can relax on comfy sofas, enjoy delicious food and drinks as they discuss the industry and network with their peers — all courtesy of Nokia.”
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Location: Sala D, Mezzanine floor between Level 0 and Level 1 in Hall 2, Fira Barcelona in Montjuic
  • RSVP: UK Companies only – RSVP to: mobileworldcongress@tradefair.co.uk
  • Cost: Free

Fierce Wireless Executive Luncheon

  • Date: Feb 16
  • Time: 12:30-1:45
  • Location: Hilton Barcelona
  • RSVP: Required. Invitation Only.  Should you have any questions, please email Kristin Cahill at kcahill@fiercemarkets.com, or call 202-824-5070.
  • Cost: $89 US.

Nokia Lounge Open

  • About: “As an alternative to the noise and crowds at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, invited guests can relax on comfy sofas, enjoy delicious food and drinks as they discuss the industry and network with their peers — all courtesy of Nokia.”
  • Time: 9am-7pm, 15-16 February
  • Location: a short walk from the Mobile World Congress at Once – home of the Spanish National Organization for the Blind.
  • RSVP: Invite only. Ask your Nokia representative for details.
  • Cost: Free

UBIFRANCE Cocktail Party

  • About: “UBIFRANCE is organising the French Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 15 to 18 February 2010. The 650m2 French Pavilion will consist of four islands in Hall 2 (Booths 2G51, 2F49, 2E59 and 2E60). Four regions of France (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Aquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon and Brittany) will be represented on the French Pavilion.
  • Time: 1pm
  • Location: The French Pavilion: Hall 2 (Booths 2G51, 2F49, 2E59 and 2E60)
  • RSVP: More details here and on UBIFRANCE’s website.
  • Cost: Free

Scottish Development International Whiskey Reception

  • About: Whiskey reception at the Scottish Development booth
  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Location: The Scottish Development International Stand at Fira: 1E66
  • RSVP: For more information contact: Denise Addie, denise.addie@scotent.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 141 228 2656
  • Cost: Free

GSMA Mobile World Congress Awards (Hosted by Stephen Fry):

  • About: “Honouring excellence and innovation in mobile communications worldwide, the mobile industry’s leading annual awards.”
  • Time: 15.45 – 17.15
  • Location: Hall 5, Level 3, Auditorium 1
  • RSVP: Buy yours here.
  • Cost: Included in the cost of certain types of conference passes.

GSMA’s Mobile World Congress Awards Party (Duran Duran headlining)

  • About: “At the official Congress Party & Awards Celebration at the National Palace in Barcelona later the same evening, three high-profile awards for the year will be presented, including Best Mobile Handset, the GSMA Chairman’s Award and Mobile Industry Personality of the Year. The evening event will also be hosted by Stephen Fry and will culminate with a headline performance by Duran Duran.”
  • Time: 19.30 – 23.00
  • Location: National Palace in Montjuic
  • RSVP: Required
  • Cost: Yes. See MWC registration site for details.

GoMo News Blender Sponsored by Smaato

  • About: “Our blenders are networking events. We want you to meet, chat do business and connect. Drinks are free, food is free and we don’t care if you leave your tie on or off -but have your business cards ready.”
  • Time: 7-11pm
  • Location: Incognito Bar Barcelona, Calle Fusina 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • RSVP: Required here
  • Cost: Free Sponsored by Smaato

Palringo party #1

  • About: Palringo is having two nights of parties
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Marmalade, Barcelona, Spain
  • RSVP: Invite only. Request invite from amy[at]palringo.com or visit Palringo at stand 7G12 for more information.
  • Cost: free

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010:

UK Trade & Investment: “How are the USA and UK addressing our long term spectrum needs?” Panel

  • About: Panel discussion with Keynote by Lord Davies, Minister for Trade. Refreshments served from 8:30am, Official programme starts at 9am
  • Time: 8:30-10:30am
  • Location: Sala B, Mezzanine floor between Level 0 and Level 1 in Hall 2, Fira Barcelona in Montjuic
  • RSVP: RSVP to: mobileworldcongress@tradefair.co.uk
  • Cost: Free

TechCrunch Mobile 2.0

  • About: During the 2010 GSM World Mobile Congress, TechCrunch Europe will be returning to Barcelona for yet another interactive and live-streamed session featuring some of the most innovative and interesting mobile 2.0 startups and investors in Europe.”
  • Time: 2-6:30pm
  • Location: TBA
  • RSVP: Required. Register here.
  • Cost: Early Bird: 50 Euros, Standard ticket: 65 Euros

Barcelona Mobile Cocktail

  • About: The Barcelona Android Developers group would like to extend and invitation to all Android developers that will be coming to MWC.  This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow local and European developers in a relaxed atmosphere, while having a couple drinks.  In addition, and in true spirit to Tech Cocktail and its more recent offspring Mobile Cocktail, we would like to invite to any mobile start up to join us and share their product…We will be showcasing some of the local and visiting mobile start-ups at the event in an expo-style.
  • Time: 7 to 9PM.
  • Location: B Hotel in Gran Vía 389-391, Barcelona  (next to MWC congress grounds)
  • Cost: The tickets are €10.00 and include two drinks (Beer, Wine, Soda/Pop, etc).  Cocktails will be available at an addition €6 charge per drink.
  • RSVP: here

Swedish Beers Goes to Barcelona

  • About: Like our previous events, this is a relaxed evening, no formalities, no presentations, no business cards thrust in your face as soon as you arrive. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to talk nonsense to strangers, enjoy a drink or five and have yourself a good time. Oh, and leave the ties at the door please.
  • Time: 6:30pm-1:30am
  • Location: Dostrece, Calle Carme 40, Barcelona
  • RSVP: RSVP on Facebook here.
  • Cost: Free

Carnival of Nations Party

  • About: A celebration of mobile developers around the world
  • Time: 7-10pm
  • Location: 7 Sins Bar, Muntaner 7, Barcelona, Spain
  • RSVP: Required. Register here.
  • Cost: Free! Sponsored by WIP and eco

Dutch Mobile Networking Event

  • About: Invite only Dutch mobile networking event sponsored by www.service2media.com. More details here (in Dutch).
  • Time: 5:15pm, Afterparty: 11pm at Bar Incognito.
  • Location: Free buss transfer to location from Fira. Click here for more details. Afterparty at: Bar Incognito
  • RSVP: Invite only. To request an invitation, please click here.
  • Cost: Free

Fring & FON‘s Late Night Party

  • About: Late night party sponsored by Fring and Fon.  Fring is one of the finalists of the Global Mobile Award of GSMA.
  • Time: 10:00pm
  • Location: Mondo Club, Moll Espanya S/N, 08039, Barcelona, Spain
  • RSVP: By invitation only. Email: Gil Regev from Fring: gilr[at]fring.com or Martina Ekman from Fon: martina.ekman[at]fon.com
  • Cost: N/A

Palringo party #2

  • About: Palringo is having two nights of parties
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Location: Shoko, Barcelona, Spain
  • RSVP: Invite only. Request invite from amy[at]palringo.com or visit Palringo at stand 7G12 for more information.
  • Cost: free

Thursday, 18 February, 2010:

GPS City Games: Barcelona

  • About: We invite you to explore the famous Barcelona city centre in a game play. It´s very simple: 3 teams of cops and 1 gangster. Every team gets a cellphone equipped with a GPS system to use during the game. The cops have to find the gangster and the gangster has to make sure he is not shot by the cops while pulling as many “jobs” as possible to reach 1 million euros at which point he has won the game. (no bullets involved).” Here’s a video GPS City Games posts on their website:

  • Date: Feb 18, 2009
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Location: TBA
  • RSVP: Sign up online.
  • Cost: EUR 30

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  • Tammy

    hi Lisa – great list! The official GSMA events you have listed for Thursday 18 Feb actually occur on Tuesday 16 Feb. You can still get in to see the awards and Stephen Fry – just purchase a Gold or Platinum Congress pass. It's the award entries that are now closed.

  • Thanks, Tammy. I've updated it.

  • vanessavigar

    Dutch Mobile Networking Event is invitation only. http://www.service2media.com are one of the sponsors. If you want an invite register here: http://www.dutchmobilenetworking.com/Registrati

  • Thanks, Vanessa. I've updated the event, above.

  • Benedict

    Hi Lisa,

    Is there any chance of making this a google calendar? then we could subscribe on our mobiles…

  • Hi Benedict.

    All of the events are now on the SocializeMobilize public calendar: http://socializemobilize.com/events/

    You can subscribe to the SocializeMobilize Google calendar here: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=tvk876

  • Hi Lisa
    Two more events to be added to your list. Palringo will be hosting 2 events:

    Tuesday 16th at Marmalade from 8pm – open bar
    Wednesday 17th at Shoko from 8pm – open bar

    Visit Palringo at stand 7G12 for more information.

    Keep the updates coming.

    all the best
    kerry

  • Hi Lisa
    Two more events to be added to your list. Palringo will be hosting 2 events:

    Tuesday 16th at Marmalade from 8pm – open bar
    Wednesday 17th at Shoko from 8pm – open bar

    Visit Palringo at stand 7G12 for more information.

    Keep the updates coming.

    all the best
    kerry

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