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Mobile, Content, Media and Entertainment Industries Set to Convene in LA for 2018 "Gsma Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership With CTIA"


Speakers from Hulu, IdeaLab, Pandora, Vice International and WURL
Confirmed for Conference; GSMA Announces Additional Details on
Exhibition, Events and Partner Programs

With two weeks left until the 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas, the
GSMA announced further details on the event, including recently
confirmed speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, as well as updates on
programs and activities at the show. Mobile World Congress Americas will
take place September 12-14, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in
Los Angeles.

"In just a few weeks, global leaders from the mobile technology and
content, media and entertainment industries will converge in Los
Angeles," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "Over
three days, the spotlight will be on the exciting new opportunities
delivered through mobile technology, not just in media and
entertainment, but in many other areas that touch citizens' everyday
lives. Attendees will truly have the opportunity to imagine a better

"Los Angeles is a global capital for media, entertainment and innovation
— and the perfect home for Mobile World Congress Americas," said Los
Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We are excited to partner with GSMA to
give pathbreaking startups and established players an opportunity to
exchange ideas, explore new inventions and showcase the future of mobile

Latest Additions to Keynote Program

The GSMA announced several additional keynote speakers for the Mobile
World Congress Americas conference program, with leaders from a wide
range of organizations across mobile, content, media and entertainment,

  • Bill Gross, Chairman, IdeaLab
  • Esther Wojcicki, Journalist and Educator
  • Roger Lynch, CEO, Pandora
  • Dominique Delport, President of International, Vice International
  • Darcy Antonellis, CEO, VUBIQUITY
  • Sean Doherty, CEO, WURL, Inc.

CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker will open CTIA's policy
sessions at Mobile World Congress Americas with a keynote address on
Wednesday, September 12. The CTIA policy track will also include keynote
remarks from David Redl, NTIA Assistant Secretary and Administrator and
Brendan Carr, Mike O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioners.

Beyond the keynote program, the three-day Mobile World Congress Americas
conference will offer focused track sessions on a range of subjects,
such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) blockchain, connected cars, the
Internet of Things (IoT) and media, content and entertainment, among
others. Newly confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Reagan Feeney, Vice President, Content Partnerships, Hulu
  • Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer, iHeartMedia
  • Trina Van Pelt, Vice President of Intel Capital and Group Managing
    Director, Intel
  • Trevor Fellows, Executive Vice President of Digital Partnerships, NBC
  • Gary Brotman, Head of AI and Machine Learning Product Management,
  • Rob Wilmoth, Principal Solutions Architect, Red Hat

For more information on the conference, including the agenda and
complete speaker list, visit

GSMA Summits at Mobile World Congress Americas

Mobile World Congress Americas will also include a series of GSMA
Summits that explore a wide range of topics across mobile technology,
media, content, sports, healthcare and diversity, among others.

Future Digital Health Summit

On Wednesday, September 12, the Future Digital Health Summit will
showcase emerging trends and the latest innovations in mobile
healthcare, with speakers including:

  • Ronan Wisdom, Global Lead, Connected Health, Accenture
  • Haley Sulser, Director of Operations, Greater New Orleans Health
    Information Exchange (GNOHIE)
  • Ali Modaressi, Executive Director, Los Angeles Network for Enhanced
    Services (LANES)
  • Harrison Lung, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Women4Tech Summit

Taking place on Thursday, September 13, the Women4Tech Summit will
highlight leading practices and creative solutions to increase diversity
in the workplace. New speakers confirmed for the Women4Tech Summit

  • Andrea Rey, Partner, EY
  • Rachel Samrén, EVP Chief External Affairs Officer, Millicom
  • Glenn Lurie, CEO, Synchronoss

For complete information on the GSMA Summits, visit

The GSMA Innovation City – Focus on Intelligent Connectivity

The GSMA Innovation City returns to Mobile World Congress Americas for a
second year, showcasing how intelligent connectivity – leveraging 5G,
the IoT, AI and big data – is impacting and improving the lives of
citizens, enterprises and governments around the world. Visitors will
experience the impact of intelligent connectivity across sectors
including entertainment, transportation, public services and industry,
among others. Located in the LACC's South Hall, the City features
cutting-edge demonstrations from leading industry brands as well as GSMA
programmes including Identity, Internet of Things, Future Networks and
#BetterFuture. For more information on the Innovation City, visit

200 Companies to Participate at 4YFN Startup Event

Featuring exhibits, inspirational presentations, incubator activities,
networking events, the 4YFN Americas Startup Awards and more, the 4YFN
Startup Event will gather over 200 companies from around the globe,
including innovative tech startups, venture capital firms and companies
in verticals such as legal and fintech, among others. The GSMA announced
several new speakers for the 4YFN Summit, including:

  • Jason Lawrence Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO, Comparably
  • Robyn Ward, CEO, FounderForward
  • Howard G. Wright, Vice President, Intel Corporation
  • Neda Amidi, Partner, Plug & Play Ventures
  • Steven Sprague, CEO, RivetzCorp

For more information on 4YFN at Mobile World Congress Americas, visit:

Additional Exhibitors, Sponsors at Mobile World Congress Americas

Amazon, BMW, Tata Communications Transformation Services, T-Mobile USA
and Vodafone America are among the latest companies confirmed to
participate at Mobile World Congress Americas, joining previously
announced brands including: Accenture, American Express OPEN, ARM,
Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, G+D Mobile Security, Gemalto, Google, Hewlett
Packard Enterprise, IBM, Infosys, Mastercard, McAfee, NBC Universal,
Nokia Solutions, Samsung Networks, Sprint, Synchronoss, Syniverse,
TELUS, Verizon Wireless, VMware and others. For more information on the
Mobile World Congress Americas exhibition, visit:

IMPACT Growth, RobotUnion and Türk Telekom have signed on as 4YFN
Supporting Sponsors, and the GSMA also announced several new sponsors
for the Mobile World Congress Americas event themes. Oracle is the
Headline Sponsor and VMware is the Associate Sponsor of the Network
Industry Theme; Micron Technology is the Headline Sponsor and DMI is the
Supporting Sponsor of the Connected Vehicles Theme; and Ericsson has
signed on as the IoT Theme Supporting Sponsor. For a complete list of
event sponsors and partners, visit:

New Partner Programs and Power Hours

Leading organizations from across the mobile ecosystem including A+E
Networks, Automotive Edge Computing Consortium, Conduent, the Global
Certification Forum, IBM Security, James Brehm & Associates, The Mobile
Growth House and Route Mobile will be presenting Partner Programs and
Power Hour sessions at Mobile World Congress Americas. For complete
details, visit:

Industry Experts to Lead Mobile World Congress Americas Tours

The Mobile World Congress Americas Tours will lead attendees on a
curated experience focusing on specific topics from 5G to smart cities,
among others. Mobile World Congress Americas will offer the following
topic tours, guided by industry experts:

  • 5G and NFV Tour with Dr. Nishith Tripath of Award Solutions
  • Business Transformation Tour with Russ Edwards of Award Solutions
  • Emerging Tech Tour with Manolo Almagro of Q Division
  • IoT Tour with Sylwia Kechiche of the GSMA Intelligence
  • Sustainable Smart Cities Tour with Jonas Allen of Green Electronics

For more information, including how to register for a tour, visit:

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018

More information on Mobile World Congress Americas 2018, including how
to attend, exhibit or sponsor, is available at
Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Americas on
Twitter @GSMA using #MWCA18, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress
Americas page
or on Facebook at
For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit


About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting
nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies,
equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in
adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading
events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai,
Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at
Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

About CTIA

represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies
throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st
century connected life. The association's members include wireless
carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content
companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for
policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The
association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices,
hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and
co-produces the industry's leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded
in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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