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How Barcelona Is Handling the Mobile World Congress 2014

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Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
3/25/2014 4:54:17 PM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
A good thought, and one reason I think hand-held mobile gadgets will be replaced by some other kind of connectivity.  The invisible device, as some people are now calling it.  But it won't be Google Glass.

emsa_inicjatywa_edukacyjna
emsa_inicjatywa_edukacyjna  
3/17/2014 6:25:20 AM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
I think transportation pass is something obvious if an atendee pays for the participation so much money... So it's nothing genius indeed...

The congress concerned mobile industry and digital technologies in transportation systems, sadly not mobility itself as we understand it in regenerative or sustainable cities - they didn't mention pedestrian traffic development but rather digital technology support for public transportation systems and transit formula. Just look at the graphics of the website, the pictures, the speakers' companies - it all concerned the digitality in mobility, not mobility itself. I'm sure the mobility development (in sustainable meaning), will not be ever supported by mobility industry - it's just a trick to gain more clients.

But clients unfortunately do not always understand the mechanism: the more digitalized they are the more immobile they are, because they need more and more technological and digital items - the sort of fast mobility support. It's fast city, not slow city, so I'm not in:) They don't lean on other folks, other pedestrians, they just prefer to stair into their smartphones and find their path in the city this way. They forget about possibility "to ask a passing byers". So sad:( The more we talk to other people in the streets, the more wa walk these streets, end of the song. Just recall W.Whyte, J.Jacobs, K.Lynch, Ch.Alexander, J.Gehl, F.Kent and other social urban thinkers and writers. If we still keep on lokking at our smartphones instead of talking to other people we will loose our cities and us ourselves.

emsa_inicjatywa_edukacyjna
emsa_inicjatywa_edukacyjna  
3/17/2014 6:18:22 AM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
PeterJ, free transportation? Are you kidding?:) Check up the fees at their website:
Exhibition Visitor Pass - €749
Silver Pass - €2,199
Gold Pass - €2,699
Platinum Pass - €4,999
http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/passes-prices/

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
3/1/2014 6:42:58 AM
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85,000 visitors
The initial statistics are coming out now: 85,000 visitors, 1,800+ exhibitors, and €385 million econimic impact.

 



PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/26/2014 2:25:28 PM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
That's interesting, and probably especially true for visitors unfamiliar with the city. I was also thinking that many of these attendees never look up from their devices - so they wouldn't know when to get off of the train!

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/26/2014 2:20:12 PM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
I do think it combines great marketing and confidence in the infrastructure being promoted. People take advantage of free transportation, investigate your city, and communicate it to thers!

Leantricity
Leantricity  
2/26/2014 9:49:26 AM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
In this particular case, because you have to change station with a complicated change (from train to metro and a long walk) and for this trip, I think taxi is faster.

 

Seems that you CAN catch one as there are like 3000 millions waiting outside :-)

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/26/2014 9:42:06 AM
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Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
You say taxis are faster in Barcelona than public transit, Leantricity, but that's really not the case in other cities. In NYC, for instance, it can take twice as long to crawl through traffic in a cab -- not to mention longer to get a cab -- than it does to walk to the station and take the train.

Leantricity
Leantricity  
2/25/2014 4:54:48 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
Thanks Pablo. Taxis are faster for sure, the question is how much faster is needed when you are out of city, going to have a beer with your friends??? The "problem" with that train line is that it ends in a station (Espanya) that makes you change lines if you want to go closer to the city center. So yes, taxi is faster but I guess it costs around 20€ to go from the venue to downtown, while the train is free or 1.3€ :-) Maybe the Catalan train Network should flood attendees with information about the station around the corner and the travel times to the important places in town. Don't you agree? I think that the "mobility" concept can't live without public transport, mainly in a country where using your phone while driving is a no go. Also, with all the intelligence they are adding to the information systems of transports, you can perfectly match the waiting time to use any vehicle, so eliminating the bad part of public transport that's waiting at the stop.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
2/25/2014 4:36:22 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Protesters Pre-Plan By Mobile?
@Leantricity, the reason for the taxi lines is simple: except the Europeans most of the atendees travel by taxi. They simply believe it is faster.

If you go to the Fira early morning public transport is full, and people are afraid they are going to arrive late. But it takes me 35 minutes from my house and I have to change lines.

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