Bo Yiqun, co-founder of the Great Wall Club (GWC) opened the first day of the Global Mobile Internet Conference Beijing 2014 to an audience of internet leaders, executives, investors, developers and entrepreneurs at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.
Over the next two days, 15,029 registered participants, a new record, are expected to attend the conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Mobilizing the next 5 billion”. Bo Yiqun said that there are currently 2.7 billion internet users. By 2024 the world’s population will reach 8 billion. He believes that mobile internet will fulfill the mission of mobilizing the next 5 billion users will be mobilized.
Bo Yiqun introduced Lu Wei, secretary-general of the Internet Society of China, who emphasized that in the past 20 years the internet in China has been developing as an important emerging strategic industry for China. The internet plays an important role in economic development, reform and opening up. The number of users and apps is ever-growing and China is reaping the benefits from the emergence of mobile internet.
Lu Wei stated that development and security are the two backbones of internet development in China. The Internet Society of China actively enables a secure environment for internet growth, for example by promulgating standards and encouraging honest and fair competition between major players in the industry.
Lu Wei emphasized the closer integration of emerging industries into traditional industries: mobile internet is being integrated into industries as diverse as automotive, healthcare and entertainment.
Wen Chu, CEO of GWC wrapped up the opening ceremony, emphasizing that the GWC represents China’s innovators and helps to build bridges between China and abroad. Starting from this year, GMIC has an even more global focus: after Beijing, there will be events in Tokyo, New Delhi and San Francisco.
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