Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

33 28 February-3 March 2022 | Barcelona, Spain Mobile ecosystem organisation GSMA will host Mobile World Congress (MWC) at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via in Spain between 28 February and 3 March 2022. The conference is focused around the theme of ‘Connectivity Unleashed’ and will offer both in-person and hybrid sessions. Over 450 international businesses, including mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners, will come together to network and explore the future of connectivity. There will be over 25 keynote and conference sessions, following eight programmes on digital health, financial technology, frontier technology, sports technology, impact, investors, communities, diversity and inclusion. “MWC22 will show off cuttingedge technology that pushes the boundary of possibility,” said Mats Granryd, director general at GSMA. “Sparking conversations that fuel innovation, bringing start-ups, big business, and governments together to inspire and create a connected world that delivers for all. MWC21 was the beginning of a comeback for liveevents, and I can’t wait to be back in Barcelona.” Keynote speakers at this event include connectivity industry leaders such as Cher Wang, co-founder and chairperson at HTC Corporation, Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO at Nokia, and Nick Read, CEO at Vodafone Group. MWC 22 to explore 5G technology, fintech, AI and more ARC Industry Forum: accelerating digital transformation and sustainability 14 February-10 March 2022 Orlando, USA, and virtual event EuroCIS: the latest in retail technology 15-17 February 2022 | Düsseldorf, Germany EuroCIS invites attendees to explore the digital future of retail at Messe Düsseldorf on 15-17 February 2022 and will focus on customer centricity, analytics, payment, connected retail and seamless stores. Ideas for the future of the retail industry, innovations, products and solutions will also be discussed. Talks are set to be on a variety of retail technology-related subjects such as bridging the affordability gap via a reimagined self-checkout experience, and using maintenance data for facility management. Microsoft will be exhibiting at the event, which is partially virtual, accessible through live streams, product videos, web sessions and online networking. As a hybrid event, the 26th Annual ARC Industry Forum will take place in-person on 14-17 February 2022 and on 7-10 March 2022 as an online event. Attendees are invited to learn how to speed up their digital progress with the latest strategies. The event will highlight how transforming factories, supply chains and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers. It will also provide an opportunity to find out what steps peers and industry leaders are taking to prepare for the future. ARC will also feature an Innovations Showcase, to explore emerging applications in production management, virtual manufacturing, process improvement, supply chain synchronisation, and more.