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SIME MIA conference unites tech and creative innovators in Miami the week of Art Basel


MIA Collective and Knight Foundation launch joint venture with SIME, Europe’s “first and funkiest” digital business event

MIAMI – SIME MIA, a two-day global digital conference being held in Miami from 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 in the digital space. The event is a partnership between SIME, an industry institution in Europe, and MIA Collective with support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Previously held in Stockholm, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Helsinki, the Miami event will mark SIME’s first foray into the U.S. market. Known as Europe’s “first and funkiest” digital business event, its goal is to share its decade-long experience in helping large companies meet the global leaders and innovators of tomorrow, as well as assisting entrepreneurs in finding new investors and partners. Its timing, in the week leading up to Art Basel, is intended to spark a collision between technical and creative minds.

About 500 leading global entrepreneurs from Europe, North America and Latin America will be invited to the event to connect, learn about new markets and gain insights into the latest technology trends. Over the two days, SIME MIA will feature presentations, keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities that will address some of today’s most relevant topics, such as big data, venture capital and artificial intelligence. The conference will also examine current trends that affect people’s work and life, including context aware services like Google Glass, the digital transformation of our cities and the rise of Miami as an emerging innovation hub.

The conference, to be held at the New World Center and The LAB Miami, will feature world-recognized subject matter experts, including Neil Jacobstein, co-chair of artificial intelligence and robotics track at Singularity University in the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, Calif.; 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 with Robert Scoble; and Tim Kring, screenwriter and television producer of Crossing Jordan, Heroes and Touch.

“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,” said Ola Ahlvarsson, chairman and founder of SIME. “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.”

“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,” said Demian Bellumio, one of the founders of MIA Collective. “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 has proven itself as a center for arts and culture, but the city is now emerging as a hub for technology and entrepreneurship,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director in Miami. “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.”

Tickets for the general public will go on sale Sept. 9. They cost $699 until Oct. 15, $799 until Nov. 15 and $999 after that.

To access the list of SIME speakers, the program or how to become a SIME MIA sponsor, visit

About SIME

SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities with flagship events this year in London, Stockholm and Miami. SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, aficionados and members of the press. SIME is about how digital opportunities can convert to new business, a better world and a lot of fun.

About MIA Collective

MIA Collective is comprised of a group of Miami entrepreneurs, angel investors and professionals active and committed to fostering the growth of Miami’s media, art and technology ecosystem. The goal of MIA Collective is to develop thought-provoking events that support the growth of this ecosystem by educating, inspiring, and facilitating networking opportunities for members of the community.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit


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