European tech conference targets Miami during Art Basel


A major entrepreneurial conference in Europe, SIME, is headed to Miami to dovetail with creative energy humming around the upcoming Art Basel exhibitions. It’s the first U.S. city to host the SIME event.

SIME MIA, Dec. 3-4, will bring together some of the world’s most innovative technologists, media executives and venture capitalists to share and build new ideas with a focus on digital technology.

The conference has an impressive lineup, including Ulf Ekberg, entrepreneur and founding member of pop band Ace of Base; Pär-Jörgen Pärson, board member with Spotify and venture capitalist with Europe’s Northzone; Demian Bellumio, COO of Senzari and founder of HackDay Foundation.

SIME is also among the more expensive recent tech conferences in Miami. Tickets for the general public are now hitting $1,000.

The event is a partnership between SIME and MIA Collective with support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

It was previously held in Stockholm, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Helsinki.

About 500 entrepreneurs from Europe, North America and Latin America are invited. There are about 25 speakers listed.

The first day will be held at New World Center in Miami Beach; the second at the LAB Miami in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Ola Ahlvarsson, chairman and founder of SIME, said during the initial announcement of the Miami event that SIME had 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.”

Local speakers include: Juan Diego Calle, CEO of the .CO domain and has over 10 years of experience managing successful Internet companies; Matt Haggman, Miami program director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Andres Moreno, founder and CEO of Miami-based Open English; Susan Amat, founder of Miami-based Venture Hive; Juan Pablo Cappello, entrepreneur and attorney at Greenberg Traurig; and Seth Schachner, managing director of Miami-based Strat Americas.

–Courtesy of Biz Journals Online

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