mobile world scholar challenge

Embracing new ideas is the key to innovation and growth, be it an economy, an industry, a company, charity or individual. At Mobile World Congress, the largest and most important gathering for the mobile industry in the world, we look to showcase cutting edge ideas poised to impact the mobile world.

For MWC 2019, we continue the Mobile World Scholar Challenge, which highlights new and impactful ideas from the academic and research communities across the globe. Challenge participants submitted short-form videos that promote “the science” as well as the potential “use cases” of their technology research. The more applicable to mobile, the better.

We selected five finalists, each receiving a cash award and an invitation to attend MWC19 in Barcelona as guests of The GSMA. The finalists will present their submissions and participate in a Q&A during a Power Hour 90 in Hall 8.0 NEXTech Theatre B from 10:00 – 11:30 on Wednesday, 27 Feb. The Grand Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. All MWC19 attendees are welcome to attend – apply here as space is limited.

After reviewing dozens of submissions, the following five Finalists were named Mobile World Scholars for 2019 (click thumbnails to view each winner’s video submission in its entirety):

2019 Finalists

If you would like to learn more about how your University can participate in a future Mobile World Scholar Challenge, send us a message at Please include your name, title and university in the email.

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