The MWC and the most technological Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the 12 most technological cities in Europe, and an example is that the GSMA Mobile World Congress has been celebrated in the city for more than 16 years. Get to know the most innovative Barcelona, Hola Barcelona takes you there!

The MWC is the most important technology congress in the world

Barcelona is a city committed to innovation. In fact, it is considered the first smart city in Spain and the fourth in Europe. It has also become an international benchmark in the development of technologies for smart city management. One of the signs that confirm this is that a large number of tech companies have settled in the city, highlighting the 22@ district, located in Poblenou as the center of operations of all these companies.

Now that the GSMA Mobile World Congress is getting closer, discover the most innovative Barcelona and all it has to offer!

The 22@ district and the innovation route

Did you know that Barcelona is home to one of the most innovative districts? This is the 22@, located in the traditional neighborhood of Poblenou. This urban project has managed to transform the former industrial area of the town into a space with a great architectural and environmental quality, from where a lot of research and innovation activities are developed.

A clear example is that many multinational companies have opted to locate their European headquarters in this area, a fact that confirms the potential of this great transformation.

Moreover, in 22@ you will not only find the headquarters of the most important tech companies, you can also enjoy avant-garde architecture, such as the Barcelona International Convention Centre - CCIB or the Glòries Tower, there are also wide streets and green areas, such as the Plaça de les Glòries, apart from training centers and innovative and sustainable buildings, such as the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB),the Barcelona’s Natural Science Museum or the headquarters of Gas Natural.

Don't miss the opportunity and get to know the new corners of this area!

Visit the 22@ district and the innovation route / Photo: Maria Tejada via unsplash

The Mobile World Congress and 4YFN

From February 27th to March 2nd, Barcelona becomes the world capital of technology and innovation thanks to two major events: the GSMA Mobile World Congress and what we could call its little brother, the 4YFN.

While the MWC returns to the Fira Barcelona - Gran Via with the presence of all the major technology multinationals and in an edition focused on connectivity and speed of technology, the 4YFN will be held at the Fira Barcelona - Montjuïc, to present the most promising start-ups in the ecosystem.

Thus, Barcelona continues to position itself as a benchmark in terms of technological tourism thanks to these events and, in fact, it is expected that for this year's edition more than 80,000 people will attend, generating an economic impact for the city of more than 350 million euros.

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The Mobile World Congress is back in Barcelona for another year! / Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Discover all the new products presented at the MWC / Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns via WikiCommons.
Learn about new technological developments related to sustainability / Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns via WikiCommons.
You have the opportunity to see all the current innovations / Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns, CC BY 2. 0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to the creation of innovation zones and spaces, as well as the hosting of events such as the MWC and 4YFN, Barcelona is a benchmark in the technological field.

In addition, Barcelona is a city with a leading public transport system, transporting more than 700 million people a year and using the most modern technology at all times to improve the attractiveness of mobility services, making them easier to use and protecting the environment.