By Demian Bellumio
When was the last time you sat around a campfire? Were you surrounded by like-minded people, looking into the flames of the fire while having an open discussion? If so, prepare to relive this moment, except the fire is digital and you are surrounded by international investors and entrepreneurs. This is a sneak peek of what you will experience on day two of SIME MIA.
This December 3-4th, Sweden’s SIME, MIA Collective and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will bring a two-day digital conference to Miami, unique for the number of international investors and entrepreneurs and for it’s approach to engagement.
SIME MIA’S day two will be as exciting--and slightly unusual-- as day one. It will be a day where conversations will range from Artificial Intelligence, the future of media, to Miami’s growth as an entrepreneurial community. It will be a day of, “getting your hands dirty,” where audience participation through various collaborative activities will be the main force behind the conversation. The concept of campfire will allow attendees to engage with experts of different topics, such as Corporate Ventures lead by Gonzalo Martin of Wayra and Hottest Deals with investor Christian Hernandez.
A conference that takes place in Miami should focus on South Florida’s entrepreneurial growth. SIME MIA aims to highlight Miami’s potential, its industries and opportunity by including key stakeholders and by promoting an action plan built by attendees with a pledge to make Miami a home of the entrepreneurs.
“Although Miami’s tech community is constantly talking about how our community is growing, what makes this conversation different is that all participants of the conversations-- from successful entrepreneurs like Andres Moreno of Open English to Mayor Carlos Gimenez—are accountable,” explains Ola Ahlvarsson, the founder of SIME and host for the event. “SIME MIA will change the typical conference format and instead of having our speakers, presenters and panelists on stage and out of reach, attendees will have a chance to personally interact and communicate with our guests.”
SIME MIA’s newly added list of speakers include: Caterina Fake, CEO of Findery, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, and founding partner of Founder Collective; Navin Thukkaram, former founder and COO of Qwiki, which was sold to Yahoo! in July 2013; Andy Kleinman, chief business officer at Scopely; Francisco Alvarez, founder and partner of Riverwood Capital Partners; Adriana Cisneros, CEO and vice chairman of Cisneros; Seth Schachner, Managing Director of Strat Americas; and Juan Pablo Cappello, Principal Shareholder in the Latin American Group of Greenberg Traurig.
For more information and tickets for SIME MIA, visit www.simemia.co.
Demian Bellumio is founding partner of SIME MIA Collective, COO of Senzari, serial entrepreneur and angel investor.