GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Executives from AI4ALL, Ericsson, US Cellular, Verizon Business and
Viacom to Keynote; Additional Participating Companies and Program
Details Announced

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GSMA announced the first confirmed speakers for the third gathering
of MWC19 Los Angeles taking place October 22-24, 2019 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center. The GSMA also released additional event details
including new programs, exhibitors and participating companies.

“The mobile industry touches the lives of billions of people around the
world, and with the arrival of 5G, it is once again changing consumer
behavior and business models across the globe,” said John Hoffman, CEO,
GSMA. “MWC19 Los Angeles will showcase a range of transformative use
cases of the latest mobile technology across the industry’s vast
ecosystem and adjacent sectors, exploring today’s new possibilities.”

Leading Executives to Keynote

The GSMA announced the first global leaders to keynote as part of MWC19
Los Angeles’ three-day conference program including:

  • Tess Posner, CEO, AI4ALL
  • Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA
  • Niklas Heuveldop, Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area North
    America, Ericsson
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Kenneth R. Meyers, President and CEO, U.S. Cellular and Chairman, CTIA
  • Tami Erwin, Executive Vice President and Group CEO, Verizon Business
  • Robert M. Bakish, President and CEO, Viacom

In addition to the keynote program, the MWC19 Los Angeles conference
will offer 27 track sessions on transformational technologies under the
four main themes of 5G, IoT, AI and Immersive Content. Topic breakouts

  • 5G: economics, edge computing, industrial IoT, spectrum and
    network slicing;
  • IoT: transportation, collaborative intelligence and security;
  • AI: ethics, blockchain, disruptive innovation and data
    analytics; and
  • Immersive Content: AR/VR, live entertainment, content creation,
    distribution, gaming, sports and entertainment, among other topic

Executives and industry experts confirmed to speak in the conference
sessions include:

  • Andre Feutsch, CTO, AT&T
  • Arvind Purushotham, Managing Director and Global Head of Venture
    Investing, Citi Ventures
  • Darcy Antonellis, CEO, Vubiquity
  • Dave O’Flanagan, CEO and Co-Founder, Boxever
  • John Saw, CTO, Sprint
  • Larry O’Reilly, CEO, ARHT Media
  • Mary O’Neill, Vice President Security, Nokia
  • Michael Sherwood, Director Information Technology and Chief Innovation
    Officer, City of Las Vegas
  • Scott Casey, CTO, Greystar
  • Yvette Martinez, CEO North America, ESL

The “Government and Public Policy” track led by CTIA will feature
leading policymakers and industry experts exploring how decisions on
spectrum, infrastructure and regulatory policy affect investment and
innovation. For more information on the MWC19 Los Angeles conference
program, visit:

4YFN Startup Event

The 4YFN (Four Years from Now) startup event will span the three-day
show and focus on the technology industry’s biggest growth areas of
connectivity, media and entertainment, artificial intelligence and
Tech4Good, addressing social impact and diversity. The startup event
brings together innovative companies and investors, to facilitate future
joint ventures and partnerships. A key highlight of the event is the
4YFN Los Angeles Awards, where five finalist startups will compete for
the recognition in front of judges and an attendee audience.

The GSMA today announced Karix as a 4YFN Gold Sponsor. For more
information on 4YFN, visit:

First Women4Tech Speakers Announced

The MWC19 Los Angeles Women4Tech Summit, designed to address and reduce
the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry, will showcase the
companies and best practices that are making gender diversity a business
imperative. Women4Tech session topics include the future of female
leaders in the U.S.; how to inspire girls and women to join STEM
careers; and female entrepreneurship, among others.

The first confirmed Women4Tech speakers include executives from major
brands including:

  • Shelley Zalis, CEO and Founder, The Female Quotient
  • Shruti Jain, Head of Business Development, North America, Google
  • Namrata Sharma, Director – Head Semiconductor Market Segment, HCL

For more information on Women4Tech, please visit:

Additional Participating Companies Announced

The GSMA announced new exhibitors and participating companies for MWC19
Los Angeles, among them Alpha, Altair Semiconductor, AMD, Award
Solutions, BadVR, BearingPoint, CBRS Alliance, Couchbase, HCL
Technologies, Kraix, Motorola Mobility, OPPO, Remade, Samsung, Smith
Micro, Syniverse and Xfinity Mobile.

They join previously announced participating companies Amazon, Amdocs,
American Tower, ARM, Cisco, Corning Optical Communications, DARPA,
Ericsson, G+D Mobile Security, Gemalto, gsmExchange, Hewlett Packard
Enterprises, JMA Wireless, KORE Wireless, Mastercard, Mavenir,
Netcracker Technology, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, Synchronoss, T-Mobile,
Verizon, VMWare and Xiaomi. For more information on the MWC19
exhibition, visit:

Partner Program at MWC19 Los Angeles

MWC19 Los Angeles partner programs will offer a broad agenda of learning
and networking sessions for attendees across the three days of the show.
Partner programs include The Besen Group, Blancco, CBRS, Conduent,
Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, Netcracker, Sinch and TIA, while mGage
and Netcomm Wireless will present Power Hour sessions. A total of 10 IoT
and 5G Talks are confirmed for MWC19 Los Angeles. Today, the GSMA also
announced James Brehm as an Affiliate Partner and Award Solutions as the
Technology Training Partner.

For more information on MWC19 Los Angeles partner program, visit

DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Details Announced

MWC19 Los Angeles will host the live championship event of the U.S.
Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Spectrum
Collaboration Challenge (SC2) on October 23 on the Keynote Stage.

The GSMA today announced Grant Imahara, well known for his work on the
hit Discovery series MythBusters and Netflix series White Rabbit
Project, will serve as the championship event’s master of ceremonies,
providing commentary alongside DARPA and industry experts. Imahara will
guide the audience through several stages of the competition,
culminating in the high-energy final match-up between top teams to
determine the recipient of the $2 million grand prize. The SC2 finale is
free to attend and open to all MWC19 Los Angeles attendees as well as
the general public. Registration for this featured event will open in

For more information on SC2, including DARPA on site at MWC19 Los
Angeles visit:

Get Involved at MWC19 Los Angeles

More information on MWC19 Los Angeles, including how to attend, exhibit
or sponsor, is available at
Follow developments and updates on MWC on Twitter @GSMAEvents using
#MWC19, on our LinkedIn MWC page
and on Facebook at


About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting
more than 750 operators with over 350 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 the industry-leading
MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well
as the Mobile 360 Series of regional 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.


Media Contacts:
Ivette López, Public Relations Director, GSMA
[email protected]

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