2020 has been a year that has affected us in relation to COVID-19. Not only have we had to change our work, education and leisure habits in Spain, but the effect has been transversal to all countries and industry. Technology events such as the Mobile World Congress have been hit hard by the pandemic situation we are experiencing.
If we remember, the Mobile World Congress was the first technology event to be canceled by the coronavirus. The situation during the month of February was tense, since at that time it was only a virus that was having a great impact in China, but in the rest of the countries we were not yet fully aware of what was to come. The stakes were high and the GSMA had to take many measures in order to maintain an event that was eventually canceled.
The beginning of the end of the MWC? 5 consequences of cancellationSince its inauguration in 2006, this is the first time that an MWC has been canceled in Barcelona. This can be much more than a year without an event.
The IFA was in time to react and change the modality of the event during 2020 thanks to its dates.
This was the beginning, and during the rest of the year we have seen how most of the events that have ended up being held have been completely virtual, with small exceptions such as the IFA, which presented a hybrid modality with limited capacity in the venue and greater prominence in thestreaming. And something similar will happen with the Barcelona event.
GSMA confirms: 2021 Mobile World Congress delayed for summer
The GSMA has already confirmed that the Mobile World Congress in 2021 would follow a similar path to that of the IFA, offering face-to-face events but allowing, thanks to virtual events, that no one can miss the conferences without having to be there physically.
The Mobile World Congress of 2021 and its new format: the end of physical events?The Mobile World Congress in 2021 is moving forward, although the organization is looking to be more flexible through virtual events.
The event, which would initially be held between March 1 and 4, 2021, has been definitively delayed. John hoffman,President of the GSMA, will announce at a press conference in Barcelona this Wednesday the decision to move the event several months, with June 21 being one of the possible dates.
Android at the Mobile World Congress.
The objective of this delay is to be able to have enough time to plan the famous event that brings together millions of people with all possible guarantees and avoid a second consecutive cancellation, something that would be deadly for the future of the Mobile World Congress .
The possible arrival and expansion of a vaccine against the coronavirus will be what can finally determine the type of measures that end up being implemented, since if a vaccine already exists in the population by that date, it would be possible to resume a little the environment of previous years.
Entry The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is postponed: it will be held in the summer of 2021, it appears first in El Android Libre.