Smart Mobility Summit at MWC Barcelona 2022

Smart Mobility Summit at MWC Barcelona 2022

Start: Monday 28 February 2022 14:45

End: Monday 28 February 2022 18:00

Venue: Industry City Stage, Hall 4, Fira Gran Via

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While connected cars have the potential to save 11,000 lives and 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by 2025, the mobility services market is forecast to be worth $542 billion by 2030 (Sources: Accenture, 2020 | Bosch, 2017). The impact of Smart Mobility is undeniably vast, creating not only safer, greener and more efficient travel experiences, but also ample opportunity for industry players to offer value-added services and establish new revenue streams.

The revolution of Smart Mobility is shaped and expedited by pivotal technological innovation, including 5G connectivity, autonomy, shared mobility and electrification. These industry trends, combined with intelligence gained from immense data volumes, are aiding the establishment of an information society and are radically transforming every aspect of travel, from life-saving safety-critical applications, to new and innovative entertainment and infotainment services, to seamless multi-modal transport experiences.


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Session 1: Future Mobility – A Safer, Greener and More Efficient Tomorrow

14:45 – 15:30 CET

From electric and fully autonomous vehicles to multi-modal transport, urban air mobility and micro-mobility solutions – in the opening session of the Smart Mobility Summit, industry experts will share their vision for the future of mobility and discuss the socio-economic impact of a new mobility landscape.

Session 2: Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution

16:15 – 17:00 CET

Advanced mobile technologies are shaping and accelerating the transformation of the automotive and transport sectors. This session will explore the driving forces behind the Smart Mobility revolution, such as 5G, C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything), mobile edge computing (MEC), Quality of Service, and eSIM.

Session 3: The Data Opportunity: Making Mobility Smart

17:15 – 18:00 CET

With the automotive and transport industries becoming more connected by the day, the amount of mobility data generated from vehicles, transport, roadside infrastructure and people is growing exponentially. In this session, leading experts will discuss the role of data and information in creating smarter travelling experiences and how data can be turned into knowledge to create truly Smart Mobility.


Axel Schmidt

Senior Managing Director – Global Industry Sector Lead Automotive, Accenture

Axel Schmidt is a senior managing director and industry sector lead, responsible for all worldwide activities within Accenture’s Automotive division.

His focus is on helping industry leaders understand, prepare for, and shape the future of mobility. He has almost 30 years of business and strategy consulting experience and leads a global, multi-disciplinary team that shapes the design and delivery of transformative, strategy-led solutions.

Axel is committed to sustainable, electric mobility and the future of the connected car. He believes that with the evolution in this sector and the related transformational opportunities, it will become a multi-trillion-dollar business.

He is a regular speaker at industry events, including the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) and the China Car Summit and a contributor to leading publications, including The New York Times and Automotive World.

Axel holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he is based.

April Wirtz

Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting, Communications & Media – North America, Accenture

April is passionate about working with executives in the communications, media, and technology industry to transform their businesses. As a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy, April works daily with clients and Accenture teams to both establish the transformation agenda and vision, but also specializes in how to make that vision a reality by leveraging new capabilities and ways of working.

April joined Accenture Strategy after receiving her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. At Accenture Strategy, she quickly honed her skills in the communications, media, technology industry and in operating model design. She has several leadership positions within Accenture, she is the NE region client group lead for the Communications, Media, Technology Strategy & Consulting practice, and the Growth & Strategy lead for Accenture’s Communications and Media NA. In these roles she is accountable for Accenture’s go-to-market success with their clients and bringing the best of Accenture’s thinking in the industry space to the market.

Throughout the course of her career, April has established an active voice in the industry publishing multiple white papers and thought leadership pieces. Her most recent, “Reset. Reinvent. Rebound.”, discusses the changing landscape for communications providers and outlines five value plays for how they can combat the shifting industry landscape to come out on top.

In addition to a relentless focus on creating lasting client relationships to achieve their strategic goals, April creates an internal environment at Accenture focused on inclusiveness, teamwork, and fun. April conducts standing mentorship sessions with Accenture’s next generation of leaders, many of whom are women and under-represented minorities. She prides herself in building teams and environments that are diverse and supportive where team members thrive and take pride in their work and accomplishments. April is active with the Girls Who Code organization and is a long-standing supporter to women’s health non-profits.

April grew up in a small town in Wyoming and credits her childhood for creating a lasting love for being active in the outdoors – skiing, scuba diving, hiking, wildlife watching. She lives in NYC with her husband Evan and they have a passion for traveling the world together and exploring any new experience.

Johannes Springer

Program Lead 5G Automotive Program, Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Systems International GmbH

Johannes Springer is responsible for the 5G Automotive Program at Deutsche Telekom.

Johannes studied Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering at Berlin Technical University. After his doctorate in 1992 he was in charge at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) as head of department in the Institute of Ergonomics and Industrial Engineering. In 1998 he joined Deutsche Telekom Group in various management positions. From 2004 to 2010 he worked as CTO/COO for Toll Collect, the GNSS and mobile networks based electronic tolling operator for trucks in Germany. From 2011 to 2016 he was Vice President Technology and Solution Design within the Strategic Business Unit Connected Car in T-Systems.

Johannes is active in various organizations, e.g. NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Network, Co-Lead in V2X Task Force) and DGON (German Association of Navigation, Advisory Board).
In 5GAA (5G Automotive Association) he works in the Working Groups “Use Cases” and “Business Models”, and since 2018, he is the Director General of the 5GAA.

Mark Thirman

Global Connected Edge Strategy, IBM Consulting

Mark joined IBM in 2021 looking at global IoT, 5G, Edge, and AI technologies and business strategy. He has over 30 years of experience in executive roles at a broad range of telephony, infrastructure, and networking companies. Prior engagements include: global IoT strategy for a global leader in insights and data analytics and Amazon Web Services (IoT), Cloud Technology Partners, TELUS, Freewave, and others. Previously he served at Vodafone as VP of IoT Americas. Mark is the Vice Chair of the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Cambridge, and chairs the annual Connected Things Conference held at the MIT Media Lab. He also chairs the board at VR pioneer ROTU Media & Entertainment.

He is a frequent speaker on the topic of IoT/Connected Things at conferences and events. Mark has been a guest lecturer at MIT, Tufts University, Boston University, and other universities. At Tufts, Mark currently oversees four Master’s Candidates researching their thesis (capstone) projects on IoT topics and is leading his 16th Summer Practicum for a team of graduate students researching IoT issues.

He co-hosts the highly-rated “Failure the Podcast” series as well as many podcasts for MITEF Cambridge’s annual Connected Things conference. Previously, he co-hosted 29 podcasts called the “Tech Entrepreneur.

Steve Schwinke

VP Customer Engagement, Sibros

Steve Schwinke is Vice President of Customer Engagement at Sibros, working closely with OEMs and Tier One suppliers to accelerate their connected vehicle solutions. He is a pioneer in the industry having spent 22 years at General Motors as an original Executive member of the OnStar team designing their first 3-button system, developing and launching numerous industry first connected vehicle products and services. He is a recognized expert in connected vehicle technology having served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Telecommunications Industry Association and has been awarded 34 patents involving telecommunications, telematics and navigation. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Wireless Communication Systems from Santa Clara University.

Leticia López Domingo

Expert in Innovation and Vehicular Communications, Telefónica

Experienced Technology Innovation Expert in Telefónica Spain, with a demonstrated background in the telecommunications industry. Highly skilled in promoting and managing innovation projects, always co-innovating with customers, in order to identify and develop new business opportunities in the medium-long term. Currently focused on 5G and the topic of connected mobility, cooperative driving (C-ITS) and autonomous driving, C-V2X technology on 5G networks, infotainment in vehicles, and AGVs in industrial environments.

Tim Sagar

Business Development Manager Europe, Thinkware

Tim Sagar has been in the mobile industry since 1980, when he joined Racal Tacticom, the birthplace of Vodafone. He has seen the whole evolution of the industry, working at Motorola, NEC and Alcatel before leaving to experience start-up life with numerous companies in 2002 following the 3G license auctions. Things have now come full circle having worked for Thinkware since 2013, as the Dash Cams have become connected to the cloud over cellular. Tim graduated with a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University.

Dr Shane Rooney

Senior Technical Director, GSMA

Shane Rooney is a Senior Technical Director at the GSMA, leading activities in IoT and bringing together strategies and synergies across industry verticals and wider IoT ecosystems. Shane had previously led the GSMA’s initiative in developing mobile solutions in Smart Cities and collaborating with cities like Barcelona, Dubai and Shanghai. His team has developed a wider range of Smart City Indicators, Case Studies and Business Cases demonstrating the importance of mobile technology. His team also have developed enablers in IoT Security and embedded SIM. He has led the launch of the Cellular LPWA Networks Technology (LTE-M and NB-IoT) initiative globally and is now promoting Cellular V2X technology. Previously he has been a Group Vice President with Etisalat, developing solutions for Energy, Security and Transport IoT solutions for Middle East, Africa and Asia. Before that he has worked with other Mobile Operators, Vodafone, Hutchison and 3 UK as well as launching and divesting of his own M2M company. Shane pioneered early telematics and connected car solutions for Ford Motor Company in the USA and Europe. He has extensive Global experience. He holds a PhD in Communications Systems specialising in Location Based Services and studied Business Marketing at IMD Switzerland.