Seventeen Northern Ireland technology companies are attending Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona from 24-27 February as part of the Invest Northern Ireland delegation. This is the biggest-ever representation from Northern Ireland at the event and includes international businesses and locally owned technology enterprises.
Companies attending the congress from Northern Ireland include US owned Openwave, a specialist software developer for global telecoms; Core Systems, an expert in digital identity management which has extensive export business particularly in the US; and CSIT, a market leader in cyber security technology.
The group also features enterprising businesses offering innovative solutions across a broad range of business sectors such as IT managed services, telecoms consulting, specialist software coding, interactive mobile broadcast technology, digital media, mobile CRM, retailing solutions and used car information.
Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director, said: “Mobile World Congress (MWC) is an essential element in our suite of practical support services that we provide for our fast growing ICT industry.
“MWC is a tremendous showcase of the latest innovations and trends in ICT which enables our technology businesses to demonstrate new ideas, meet both existing and potential customers and top keep abreast of developments across a very broad range of sectors. Many companies in our strategically important ICT industry have used MWC to launch new technologies and to win business.
“Our experience is that MWC works well for our companies especially the smaller enterprises as it is a unique opportunity to reach buyers and other business partners for collaboration through strategic alliances, joint ventures and technology transfer.”
The delegation has been organised by Invest Northern Ireland which has helped the companies with individual meeting programmes with potential customers and business partners. Invest NI has assisted Northern Ireland companies including smaller technology enterprises to showcase their innovative products and expertise at MWC every year over the past decade.
Details of the Mobile World Congress showcase were announced as Invest NI is encouraging companies in all sectors to enter the Export Challenge Competition being held in association with British Airways.
The unique competition offers first time exporters and more experienced exporters the opportunity to win free flights, accommodation and expert market support to help them boost sales abroad. Information about the event is available on www.investni.com/exportchallenge.
Dr Kell added: “The Export Challenge is a new initiative to highlight the importance of international business to the development of companies and the wider Northern Ireland economy. Research shows that companies focused on exporting achieve faster, more profitable and sustainable growth.
“The aim of the Export Challenge is to encourage companies to define their export strategy and gain valuable assistance in exploiting it and encourage companies not currently exporting to consider doing so.”