SIME is headed to Miami. Northern Europe’s largest digital conference will make its U.S. debut in South Florida come December.
Known as Europe’s “first and funkiest” digital business event, SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, aficionados and journalists from all over the world. The two-day conference claims to address “how digital opportunities can convert to new business, a better world and a lot of fun.” Previous editions have been held in Stockholm, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Helskini.
SIME arrives in Miami hand-in-hand with MIA Collective and the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The event will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December, the week leading up to Art Basel. It will be held at the New World Trade Center and the LAB Miami.
Around 500 leading global entrepreneurs from Europe, the U.S. and Latin America will be invited to SIME MIA. The event will feature presentations, keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities and confront some of the most relevant issues in tech today, including big data, venture capital and artificial intelligence.
Conference organizers have already lined up some big names to speak and present, including Neil Jacobstein, co-chair of artificial intelligence and robotics track at Singularity University in the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California; Martin Varsavsky, founder and CEO of FON and serial entrepreneur; Pablo Holman, hacker, futurist and inventor at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory; Shel Israel, writer and speaker on social media issues and co-author of the soon-to-be-released The Age of Context; and Tim Kring, screenwriter and television producer of Crossing Jordan, Heroes and Touch.
Ola Ahlvarsson, Chairman and Founder of SIME, discussed the decision to bring the conference to Miami:
We have been producing our SIME conferences since 1996, and we have been looking for an opportunity and the ideal city to help us bridge the global innovations of Europe, the U.S. and Latin America; and Miami is that city. I have always loved Miami, and now there is an undeniable bubbling of talent, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge that made this decision natural.
Demian Bellumio, Co-founder of MIA Collective, added:
We are extremely excited to have put together such a complementary partnership between SIME and MIA Collective, bringing together the best global and local talent for a very unique event. With the support of the Knight Foundation, we have managed to make some meaningful strides in the growth of Miami’s media, art and technology communities. SIME MIA will serve as a platform that will contribute knowledge, education and resources to inspire people to think bigger than ever.
Miami is on the up-and-up as a global tech hub, and the world is starting to take notice. In August, Forbes declared, “Miami’s tech scene has a heartbeat.”
One major proponent helping to bring Miami’s tech scene to life is the Knight Foundation. The organization has participated in numerous initiatives and projects, backing Endeavor’s Miami landing, investing in the LAB Miami, and sponsoring SuperConf Miami. Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation Program Director in Miami, reflected on this latest endeavor:
Miami has proven itself as a center for arts and culture, but the city is now emerging as a hub for technology and entrepreneurship. The entrance of SIME into the Miami market on the eve of Art Basel is testament to the growing momentum of Miami as a meeting place for both renowned artists and global innovators.
For PulsoSocial readers, a special discount offer is available on tickets to this year’s first edition of SIME MIA. Just input the discount code PULSOSOCIAL upon registration. Get more details and pick up your tickets at www.simemia.co.