The new year always tends to be a busy time for events and conferences, and 2017 is no different. In January is CES while the end of February going into to March will see the Game Developer Conference (GDC), Virtual Reality Developer Conference (VRDC) and the Mobile World Congress (MWC) all taking place at the same time. The latter has been building its portfolio of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) exhibitors and sessions since smartphones became an integral part of this emerging tech. Today MWC organiser GSMA has announced a new edition to the 2017 event, NEXTech.
NEXTech will showcase forward-thinking companies and disruptive technologies, from VR and AR, to robotics, cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and more. The hall will feature several areas including the NEXTech Pavilion (incorporating VR/AR, robotics and AI), the IoT Pavilion and the Drone Zone. The NEXTech Lab will also form part of the pavilion, with an open theatre offering content-led presentations by industry experts leading in these technologies. Companies confirmed for NEXTech include the AR/VR Association, DJI, OptoVR, Softbank Robotics and VRtify.
“We have a great event lined up for February – I’m particularly excited about the conference, where we’ll see several keynote speakers make their Mobile World Congress debut,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Across the entire event, attendees will have the opportunity to explore and experience the cutting-edge technologies, products and services that have become so fundamental to our everyday lives.”