The 2023 edition of GSMA MWC Las Vegas saw a rise in attendees from vertical industries with well-attended debate stages, dedicated vertical industry summits, conference programs and keynotes
28 September 2023, Las Vegas: GSMA MWC Las Vegas concluded today at the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall bringing the North American edition of MWC to an end until next year. Over 8,000 attendees, including nearly 40% from industries adjacent to the mobile industry focused on digital transformation, packed the debate stages and dedicated industry summits, conference programs and keynote auditorium. Including online viewing, overall participation in MWC Las Vegas comes to around 10,000.
MWC Las Vegas 2023 featured unique editions of Industry City, DEV CON and SEC CON curated especially for the event. The GSMA welcomed 380 exhibitors and sponsors across the show floor and over 300 business, policymakers and connectivity leaders on stage for the event keynotes and speaking sessions at the GSMA Programs, HUB Startup & Innovation Zone and other spaces throughout the event.
Industry City at MWC Las Vegas hosted over 1,000 show attendees at a dedicated conference program focused on Sports & Entertainment, Manufacturing, FinTech, and Smart Mobility. Sports & Entertainment and Manufacturing in particular were popular summits for Industry City attendees.
A new GLOMO was announced from DEV CON; the winner for the GLOMO Open Gateway API Developers Challenge will be revealed at the GLOMO Awards at MWC Barcelona 2024.
Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, said, “Only at MWC Las Vegas could we find such an eclectic mix of leaders to bring together for our North American event, which this year included representatives from mobile, technology, fintech, manufacturing, security, sports, entertainment, as well as policymakers, and more. On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to express our gratitude to every one of our exhibitors and sponsors, our host, the City of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Convention Center, and importantly, all of the attendees that make the MWC event series a unique and unmissable experience.”
MWC Las Vegas by the numbers
- Over 8,000 attended in person, with representation from 80 countries
- 57% of attendees at director level and above, of which over 17% from the C-suite
- Attendees representing over 2,800 companies, with nearly 40% of attendees from adjacent industries beyond the mobile sector
- 380 exhibitors and sponsors
- The HUB Startup and Innovation Zone comprising two stages, hosted 18 sessions and 43 speakers. The sessions included the GSMA Intelligence Satellite Summit and Sustainability Summit, as well as DEV CON.
- Industry City hosted 13 sessions, with over 1000 attendees joining the Sports & Entertainment, Manufacturing, FinTech and Smart Mobility summits
- Over 300 conference and partner program speakers
- Around 120 hours of event content
- 35% of conference speakers were female
- Nearly 1900 live views of the keynote sessions online at Mobile World Live
- The conference sessions will be available to watch on demand on the GSMA app (available on App Store and Google Play) and Mobile World Live
John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd. said, “Taking place in one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets, MWC Las Vegas gives us the opportunity to glimpse into the future of connectivity. Over the past three days, we’ve delved into the debates that will re-define society not just in the US, but globally – including the continued development of 5G and the future role of AI in our lives. We look forward to doing it all again at MWC Kigali next month!”
Unlocking the full power of connectivity
Mark your diaries for MWC Las Vegas 2024 which will take place 8-10 October 2024. All news and updates, as well as the official event photography, can be found on the MWC Las Vegas Press Zone. MWC Las Vegas is part of the MWC series of events, held by the GSMA alongside the M360 event series. Join us as we continue our journey to unlock the full power of connectivity at MWC Kigali, 17-19 October 2023. The M360 event series will continue with M360 MENA in Riyadh, 5-6 December 2023.
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