27 February 2017
The Hague region shows its power at Mobile World Congress
The Hague underlined its leading international position as the ‘Secure digital gateway to Europe’ by attending the largest congress for mobile tech industry; the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Hague attended MWC for the first time with the Holland Pavilion in Barcelona from February 27th till March 2nd.
During the congress a variety of trade delegations from i.e. Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe visited the Holland Pavilion and various meetings between multinationals took place. The Holland Pavilion was officially opened by Ambassador Matthijs van Bonzel, Councilor Saskia Bruines, and CEO of KNP Eelco Blok, after the opening a networking event for more than 400 entrepreneurs took place.
Besides the business community, the Hague Security Delta (HSD), RVO.nl, InnovationQuarter, WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA), Startup Delta, Enterprise Summit and The Hague municipality were present at the Holland Pavilion to stimulate economic growth in the sectors mobile technology, safety and IT in The Hague.
‘’The Hague, together with The Hague Security Delta, has built a strong network of companies, governments and knowledge institutions. We are European leaders in the area of cybersecurity’’, according to The Hague councilor Saskia Bruines. ‘’In order to achieve further growth of this hub, the region The Hague organizes, stimulates and invests in a wide range of activities in the area of IT and security.’’
Knowledge and skills
The Hague region contributes to the talent pool of highly educated and international talent with its leading security cluster. Still, the municipality of The Hague hopes to scout new talent at the MWC; for example during the BIG-small Pitch event, where the best mobile startups can pitch their innovative ideas to a jury consisting of experienced entrepreneurs.
Mobile World Congress
At the Holland Pavilion, Jaya Baloo pavilion, the Chief Information Security Officer of KPN, talked about the important role of security during accelerating industry changes in the mobile sector. Director of The Hague Security Delta, Richard Franken, talked about changes within the cybersecurity sector and Norbert Siegers, Head of IT Channel solutions of ABN AMRO talked about the seamless integration between web and app.