Anticipation for one of the formative insider tech experiences is mounting. With 2,200 exhibitors and over 100,000 tech and mobile professionals from 200 countries descending on the Catalan capital, there are several sessions that will be truly revelatory for 2017 and years to come. Remember how crazy the industry went in 2014 when Mark Zuckerberg gave his keynote?

Mobile World Congress (from February 27 to March 2) promises to be full of cool, new tech (think the latest and greatest in Android devices, VR, and location intelligence) and many of 2017’s most high-profile technologies and applications are likely to be announced over the course of the summit. If you’re heading to Barcelona this month, and you definitely should be, here are the top five experiences – 3 is sure to inspire — that can’t be missed! Disclaimer: Our list may be slightly biased!

1. Networking Break featuring the Showcase Stage 1

February 27, 10:30 - 11:00AM
With Javier de la Torre, CEO at CARTO at Conference Village, Hall 4

The Showcase Stage is back by popular demand! This stage is designed to showcase the brightest new companies and facilitate impactful and informal conversations and demonstrations with attendees.

2. Networking Lunch featuring the Showcase Stage 2

February 27, (1:30 - 3:00PM)
With Miguel Arias, COO at CARTO at Conference Village, Hall 4

3. Connected Tourist - Pilot Project

February 27, (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

“Connected Tourist - Pilot Project”, with Mobile World Capital and Javier de la Torre, CEO of CARTO – Stand CS70-MWCB at Congress Square, between Hall 4 and 5

It’s tourism in the time of Big Data! The “Connected Tourist” is a pilot project by Mobile World Capital and CARTO. The presentation will explain the rationale of the project and how big data tech can help in the decision making process to improve the tourism experience, using the city of Barcelona as an example. With your MWCongress pass you can praticipate in the presentation, RSVP here!

4. Smart Cities, Connected Citizens

February 28, (3:30 - 4:40PM)
With Alphonso Jenkins, from NYC DOITT and Rosalía Simón, from Telefónica – Auditorium 2, Hall 4

While most smart city deployments exist in silos, platforms are emerging to facilitate communication. As more cities become ‘smart’ they can learn more from each other, make more decisions to continue to improve its citizens’ quality of life.

5. Enabling IoT Platforms

March 1, (11:00AM - 12:10PM)
With Vicente Muñoz, Global IoT Chief Officer, Telefónica – Hall 4, Auditorium 2

By 2025, Machina Research estimates that public and private enterprises will be spending over US$1 Trillion on IoT. As the volume of services, data and opportunities continue to expand, enabling technologies and platforms will need to surface and be widely adopted to create an IoT ecosystem across industry sectors.

CARTO’s Javier, Sergio, Miguel, Jaime and the rest of the team will be at booth 8.1J35 in Hall 8. If you’d like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with us while we’re there, please contact us at: sales@carto.com.

See you there!