Last update: February 15, 2013

Less than two weeks to go before the mobile craze will hit Barcelona again during the Mobile World Congress, here’s my annual list of side events and *places to be*: the events and networking cocktails – next to the classic big industry players mega parties – where I’m involved with or will be hanging around.

Feel free to send me your networking event, cocktail or party, I will update this list regularely.

I hope to meet you at one of those events! If you’d like to meet me at Mobile World Congress to discuss a strategic project, please get in touch or contact me directly on Twitter as @mtrends.



Sunday, February 24th, 2013


Mobile Sunday 2013

Don’t miss the most important networking event before #mwc13! Connect with mobile influencers, developers, investors and entrepreneurs in a relaxed social networking environment before the hectic week begins!

Mobile Sunday 2013

The eighth annual Mobile Sunday will take place Sunday 24th February, in the heart of Barcelona.

Mobile Sunday has become the most important networking event prior to the Mobile World Congress eight years running, and is hosted this year at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, near the emblematic Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

Rudy De Waele and Nyota Media invite you for some free beer tasting, enjoy the variety of flavours from this local beer brewery brand, and thanks to Estrella Damm, we are able to host you in one of the most iconic places of the city.

The event is supported by Adaptxt, the intelligent keyboard app for Android smartphones and tablets. Adaptxt is a brand owned by KeyPoint Technologies.

Why attend?

Mobile Sunday is the place where the stories that matter are launched the day before the conference starts. It’s the place to be where you can meet some of the most influent people in the mobile industry and its convergent areas: from startups to VC’s, from operators and handset manufactures to the most innovative application developers and service providers around.

When: Sunday, February 24th 2013. From 6pm to midnight.

Where: Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm - Carrer Del Rosselló, 515, 08025 Barcelona, Spain. Google Maps link here.

Registration: the event is FREE. Registration is required, sign up here.

The event is hosted by Estrella DammRudy De Waele and Nyota Media and produced by INEZZ Productions in collaboration with AppCircus.


Yoga Class on the beach

373023_463028450417985_1162282590_nTo help kick off the proceedings of the Mobile World Congress and surrounding networking events in a healthy way, Yoga Ishta Style is offering a Yoga Class on the beach.

JOIN a Beach Yoga Class on World Yoga Day Sunday 24th February. Donate what you can to support FIAN International – For The Right To Food.

When: Feb 24th Feb, 11.15am- 1pm

Where: We will meet near the Towers/ Building block sculpture on the Beach in Barceloneta. Bring your friends, a towel and a willingness to join this world-wide event.

Raphaella Rose the founder of Yoga Ishta Style will teach the class open to all levels from beginners to advanced.

For more information/ join Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/events/463028450417985

Or visit http://www.yogaishtastyle.com/contact


Barcelona City WalkShop

BCN_City_WalkShop_Feb24_350Spend the afternoon exploring the intersection of physical and digital worlds through a short walking tour of the technology-rich area of Barcelona followed by a workshop.  Where are and will sensors and actuators exposed in our environment: in the home, the public spaces? What can we do with them and who is benefiting? This Barcelona City WalkShop, the fifth in an ongoing series, will take place in the @22 district and focus on mobile device and services themes. Sign up here to express your interest and you will receive more information and the meeting place. The event is open to anyone who seeks to understand how and why mobile and city experiences will always be tightly connected. #WLKSHOP

When: Sunday, February 24th, From 1:00 pm.

Where: @22 district

Metro: T4 Tram towards Estació de Sant Adrià, Exit at Fòrum


Monday, February 25th, 2013


Mobile Premier Awards

Appcircus will be hosting the annual Mobile Premier Awards, recognising the world’s best apps of 2012. The event will be taking place on the evening of February 25 at the legendary Sala Apolo starting at 15.30.  The MPAs will be the main kick-off for the MWC 2013 and a great chance to start networking with key influencers in Barcelona, as well as an opportunity to discover some of the world’s most innovative apps presented live on stage. Come along and enjoy the show!

When: Monday, February 25th at 15.30.

Where: Sala Apolo - Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113, 08004 Barcelona, Spain.


MEF Connects MWC 2013

For the 11th year MEF is organizing the infamous MEF Connects MWC even bigger and better for 2013! The event will take place at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and it will be an exciting night of drinks, art and entertainment and the most effective and popular networking event of the Congress. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona assumes responsibility for disseminating contemporary art, offering a diverse range of visions, and generating critical debates on art and culture, while aspiring to reach increasingly diverse audiences. It is an INVITE-ONLY event, register your interest to attend here and will receive more information nearer to the time.

When: Monday, February 25th, From 8:30 pm.

Where: The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Plaça dels Àngels, 1

Metro: Universitat (L1/L2) or Liceu (L3)


Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2013

The Global Mobile Awards 2013 presentation will take place at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 as part of the conference programme. The Global Mobile Awards Ceremony is included in Platinum, Gold, Silver Passes and media who have been accredited to attend MWC.

When: Tuesday, February 26th, 14:30 – 16:30.

Where: Fira Gran Via, Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina, Hall 4, Conference Village (map).

Metro: Pl. Espanya (L1/L3/L8)


Barca Starta 2013

mixerlogo1The Barca Starta is a new competition designed to recognise and reward excellent mobile start-ups. Start-ups with less than 3 years trading and under 20 members of staff are eligible to enter. Finalists will have the chance to pitch for a cash prize, with the presentations filmed, and the best ones streamed on the Mobile Marketing magazine site. To enter, simply download and complete this form and email it to Kath Clarke. The deadline for entries is Monday 25th January 2013. Finalists will be announced mid-February.

When: Tuesday, February 26th, afternoon.

Where: Cerveceria Moritz, Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39 (map)

Metro: L2 at Universitat/ Sant Antoni.


Marseille Provence Mobile Valley Cocktail

ans_14KlTo celebrate Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture in 2013 , we invite you to attend the Marseille Provence Mobile Valley cocktail with key people from the mobile industry – Official presentation of the “Culture Mobile l’Expo”exhibition, a unique exhibition showing the evolution of the mobile technology during the last 25 years!

Click here to register

When: Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 7.30 PM

Where: HOTEL W – Restaurant BRAVO 24, Planta E Plaça Rosa Dels Vents, 01, 08039 BARCELONA


Bubble Over Barcelona

bubbleoverbcnWhere Mobile Innovators Meet

This year Bubble Over Barcelona (BOB) is set as an exclusive opportunity for innovators and disruptors from the Silicon Valley area and the rest of the world to meet in a personal and intimate setting that fosters new relationships.

When: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 8pm-10pm

Sponsors: Ford Motors, Urban Airship, Opera Software and TalkBits

Registration: Invite only


Inneractive Ultimate Party Experience

image006You are invited to party with the inneractive team during Mobile World Congress 2013 at Marmalade Restaurant Bar Cocktails in the heart of Barcelona!

-  Free drinks & Tapas
-  Live performances
-  Lots of surprises
-  Networking & Mixing

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 8:00pm till 11:00pm

Venue: Marmalade Restaurant Bar Cocktails - Carrer Riera Alta, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Please register online here.


Mobile Marketing Mixer Party

mixerlogo2Look no further than the Mobile Marketing Mixer, which will be hosted at the spectacular Cerveceria Moritz, a unique building, transformed from the old Moritz beer factory into one of Barcelona’s coolest venues. An open bar, light buffet and great music will be sure to make the night one to remember. With only 300 tickets to give away, the Mobile Marketing Mixer is set to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Tickets are INVITE ONLY by the Mixer’s sponsors, Smaato and Tafi, but ticket giveaways are organized on twitter throughout January by @Mmmagtweets.

When: Tuesday, February 26th, From 8:00 pm until late.

Where: Cerveceria Moritz, Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39 (map)

Metro: Universitat or Sant Antoni (L2)


4th Dutch Mobile Networking Event

logo-DMNE-3 (4)The fourth edition of the Dutch Mobile Networking Event will take place in an exclusive town house in Barcelona. The annual event is focused on Dutch visitors of the Mobile World Congressand the main language spoken will be Dutch. However in the previous years they had quite international guests, so feel free to join. Starting at 8 pm with a welcome drink, the event will present a keynote on the impressions of the MWC and all the developments in the market. After that a party with open bar with live music and tapas. Registration is free on Eventbrite.When: Tuesday, February 26th, From 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.Where: Cocktail bar Incognito, 6 Carrer de la Fusina, 08003 Barcelona.


Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Lewis PR Cocktail at Camp Nou

LEWIS-LogoCome and relax after a hard day at MWC & join LEWIS PR for cocktails with peers from the IT, PR, Marketing and Comms Industry at Barcelona’s biggest attraction: FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou. If you work in marketing, comms or PR then you are eligible! The party includes a tour of the largest stadium in Europe. Experience the players’ tunnel, dugouts, press room, commentators box and the famous FC Barcelona Museum.

If you are interested in two free tickets for yourself and a guest, send an email to mwc@lewispr.com

When: Wednesday February 27 19.00 – 22.00

 Where: FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou. Transport is included.


OGC Location Standards for Next Generation LBS event and reception

OGC-logo This free informational event and cocktail reception hosted by the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya (ICC) will help mobile developers, geospatial data providers and others across the entire mobile industry to become acquainted with OGC standards (http://www.opengeospatial.org) and learn how companies are implementing Next Generation LBS with open standards.

When: Wednesday February 27, 2013 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Where: Auditorium of Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya in the Parc de Montjuïc, in Barcelona.

For more information: http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/Barcelona2013

TEDx Barcelona Live

tedxbcn-logoTEDxBarcelonaLive is offering you the original TED events live in Barcelona (via live-streaming). During one day we are presenting all the talks of that day at TED2013 in Long Beach in California.

The conference TED2013 will take place from February 25th until March 1st. Our event will take place on the 27th of February starting at 5:30 pm and will last until 1:00 in the morning at the Moritz Factory Barcelona (Ronda Sant Antoni 41, Barcelona). We will stream live the talks during that day. The language will be english and there will be no subtitles. During the breaks we will offer drinks. The attendance is free, the drinks are not. To register, please fill in this form on the event’s web page here.


TechCrunch Mobile Meetup Barcelona

tc_pixelTechCrunch is returning to Barcelona, this time focusing on Mobile Startups. The event will have some keynotes and panels which will be announced shortly on TechCrunch.

A big focus will be the pitch competition of 8 mobile startups. But this time the pitch competition is open to both local and international companies in town for MWC. Our partners are Wayra (@WayraES) and Barcelona.io. Before TechCrunch Mobile Barcelona, Wayra will be holding their Barcelona Demo Day from 3pm to 5pm. If you are interested in attending the Wayra demo day also, please request an invitation here.

Startups can apply here. Tickets are here for the main event.

If you wish to apply fill in this form. Please apply for a tickets separately. If you are selected as a team, we will ensure you have access.

After the event we’ll be having some networking with some refreshments and finger food in the same location. Look forward to seeing you there!

Main event: 7pm Wednesday, 27th of February.
Networking: 9pm onwards with drinks / finger food.

Where: Plaza Ernest Lluch i Martí nº 5, Telefonica Tower


Swedish Beers

188185_446993358707086_1882324608_n (1)Another classic Mobile World Congress side event, organised by Helen Keegan. Like previous events, this is a relaxed evening, no formalities, no presentations, no business cards thrust in your face as soon as you arrive. Just come with an open mind, be prepared to see friends old and new, talk nonsense, enjoy a drink or five and have yourself a good time. Oh, and leave the ties, the corporate personas and the sales spiel at the door please. The Swedish Beers crew will be on hand – Helen, Jenny, Russell and the crew – as well as the friendliest bar staff in town are all waiting to welcome you.

No need to RSVP unless you want to. There’s no guest list, no tickets and there’s no guaranteed entry. Just come and go as you please.

When: Wednesday, February 27th, From 7:00 PM to 02:00 AM.

Where: Dos Trece, Calle Carme 40, Barcelona.


WIP Party @ MWC 2013

WIP Connector, the Wireless Industry Partnership, is organizing for the fifth year “THE” party for connecting Developers at MWC. Make sure to register to take part at this event and connect with great crowd and networking. Free food and drinks, and of course, JAMEOKE. For those of you that have never attended Jameoke before, it is Karaoke with a live band of developers! Registration is free on Eventbrite

When: Wednesday, February 27th, From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: La Fianna Restaurant, 4 Carrer Manresa (map)

Metro: Jaume I (L4)


Mobile Mixology 2013

Join InMobi and Mobile Marketing Magazine to celebrate MWC 2013! Tapas and full service bar open all night at Fahrenheit in the heart of the city of BarcelonaSpecial Guest: DJ PEMARSVP here.

When:  Wednesday, February 27th, From 8:00 PM until Midnight.

Where: Fahrenheit Lounge Club Restaurant, Carrer d’Aribau, 131 (map)

Metro: Diagonal (L5)


Thursday, February 28th, 2013


MLOVE @ MWC 2013

MLOVE is  planning the biggest bash ever in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2013. Join the MLOVE Community at Ocaña, just voted Barcelona’s No. 1 bar and club. They are expecting a sold out space as there will be space to meet, mingle and dance in a hot basement with a curious link to Berlin club connection. More info on tickets will follow during the month of January.

When: Thursday, February 28th, From 7:00 PM.

Where: Ocaña Barcelona, Plaça Reial, 13 14 15 (map).

Metro: Liceu or Drassanes (L3)

2 Responses to Mobile World Congress 2013 Networking Events & Parties

  1. David says:

    I’ve just added a link to your page from my blog

    The March Towards Mobile World Congress 2013: What’s Changed Since last edition? http://goo.gl/3ncCn

  2. MobPartner says:

    Nice list Rudy! We will meet for sure in Barcelona! :)

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