GSMA Announces Speakers for Mobile World Congress in L.A. September 12-14

The GSMA announced speakers for the second Mobile World Congress Americas taking place September 12-14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The GSMA also released additional details for the Americas event, including new programs, exhibitors and sponsors.  

“For the first time in history, the leading entertainment city in the world will be the main stage for a mobile industry event of this magnitude – Mobile World Congress Americas will put the spotlight on the intersection of mobile with content, media and entertainment,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “There are now more than 5 billion mobile subscribers globally and mobile connects nearly everything in our lives – including content, media and entertainment. As technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchain and others go mainstream, mobile will further transform the media and entertainment experience as we know it today.”

Leading Executives in Content, Media and Mobile to Keynote

The GSMA announced that global leaders from across the mobile communications and media and entertainment industries are among the first keynote speakers confirmed for Mobile World Congress Americas, including:

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
  • Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation
  • Rajeev Suri, President and CEO, Nokia
  • Tim Baxter, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics North America
  • Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint and Chairman, CTIA

In addition to the keynote program, the Mobile World Congress Americas agenda includes 12 focused conferences with 43 track sessions revolving around five major event themes:

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the most complex, inclusive and automated revolution our society has seen, with mobile at its epicenter. This theme will focus on the transformative technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing, blockchain and others driving the exponential pace of this technological shift;
  • Government and Public Policy led by CTIA, the “Everything Policy” track consists of robust panel discussions with leading policymakers and industry experts focused on key wireless policy issues, offering a unique opportunity to learn about how the decisions of the U.S. Administration, Congress and the FCC on spectrum, infrastructure and regulatory policy will affect investment and innovation in wireless services.
  • Innovation will examine the disruptive technologies that are redefining the industry,  with a particular focus on how artificial intelligence will transform entire industries in the next 10-15 years;
  • Media and Entertainment will address the need for instant, seamless and cross-platform access to content and services and the role of network operators in delivering these experiences; and
  • Networks will discover new frontiers in mobile connectivity, accessibility and innovation.

Conference track sessions will explore leading trends and technologies including 5G, AI, augmented reality (AR), blockchain, IoT, connected vehicles, sports and entertainment, and much more. Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the conferences include:

  • Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups
  • Andre Fuetsch, President AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer, AT&T
  • Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
  • Alex Manea, Chief Security Officer, Blackberry
  • Dr. Derek Peterson, CTO, Boingo Wireless
  • Fred Santarpia, Chief Digital Officer, Condé Nast
  • Gunjan Bhow, SVP and GM of Digital, Disney
  • Erik Ekudden, Group CTO, Ericsson
  • Michelle Klein, Senior Marketing Director, Facebook
  • Terry Hickey, Global Leader, Cognitive & Analytics, IBM
  • Jonathan Perelman, Head of Digital Ventures, ICM Partners
  • Caroline Chan, VP, Network Platforms Group and General Manager, 5G Infrastructure Division, Intel
  • George Mathew, CEO, Kespry
  • SC Moatti, Founder, Mighty Capital
  • Dr. John Saw, CTO, Sprint
  • Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile
  • Molly Battin, EVP, Global Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer, Turner
  • John Curbishley, SVP, Distribution Strategy and Operations, Viacom
  • Amy Karr, Co-founder and CEO, Ventus Advisors

For more information on the Mobile World Congress Americas conference program, visit: www.mwcamericas.com/conference-programs.

July 2, 2018

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