SIME MIA: The conference that has explored technology trends by bringing in speakers from Singularity University, Hollywood and the Oslo Freedom Forum is returning to Miami Beach for a third year Dec. 1-2 . Speakers on Dec. 1 include startup founders, artists, musicians, filmmakers, a neuroscientist and a Special Olympics world champion. Speakers recently added: NBA star Luol Deng, Christine Tsai of 500 Startups; Val Spiridonov, full body transplant candidate; and Erik Voorhees, creator of the instant Bitcoin. On Dec. 2, there will be half-day summits on fintech and big data. Tickets and info: simemia.co (get 50% off with discount code SimeMIA50)
ITPALOOZA: Now in its fourth year, the conference on Dec. 3 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie brings together the South Florida IT community. The all-day event includes discussions, an expo, a hiring fair and more. Bring two unwrapped toys for charity for free admission. Tickets and info: www.itpalooza.com.
AT&T HACKATHON: ITPalooza and AT&T are teaming up for a free hackathon at Nova Southeastern University on Dec. 4-5; form teams, build solutions in a weekend and compete for prizes. More info: http://developer.att .com/community/events.
TECHWEEK MIAMI: Activities Dec. 7-13 will include the national finals of the Launch startup competition Dec. 10 with startup champions from Miami and five other cities. Another featured event is Hatch Match Miami on Dec. 8. Tickets and info:techweek.com/miami.
South Florida startups Kairos and Genetics Networks received funding from the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Resources. Büro Group opened a co-working center in Coconut Grove, its fourth location. CappSci Inventors announced the winners of its first two $100,000 prizes. The winners will build their solutions at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Read more on the Starting Gate blog at MiamiHerald.com/business.
Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg