MWC 2014: Facebook founder Zuckerberg keynote confirmed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been confirmed as the headline act for this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where he will deliver a keynote to those in attendance.

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The social networking site founder will be talking to the technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick on the importance of extending the benefits of ubiquitous Internet access to the unconnected world.

Zuckerberg’s address will take place on the first evening of the conference, which runs from 24-27 February, and starts at 18:00 CET as part of the Mobile World Live Keynote series that will also be broadcast online using the Mobile World Live TV platform.

The other Mobile World Live Keynote to be broadcast online will be given by Virginia Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM at 18:00 CET on 26 February.

MWC also used the announcement to add a further four speakers to the keynote line up at the conference including Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO and Founder, Connecthings; Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO, Etisalat Group; Susan Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures and healthymagination; and Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, SingTel.

There are a number of companies that are expected to target the conference as the launch pad for prominent devices. It’s rumoured that LG will use the event to unveil five new Android 4.4 Kit Kat devices across a variation of price points and Nokia plans to release a new 8in tablet and smartphone at the event. There’s also the likelihood that both Samsung and HTC will show off new smartphones and wearables at the conference.

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This year’s conference takes place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain from 24-27 February and registration is open now at the conference’s website, which also has more details on what visitors can expect.