Bring together the maker of the brain activity measuring product Muse, the head of virtual reality for Radiant Images, the designer of the Ford GT, an expert putting big data to work in climate change solutions, and other entrepreneurs and academics in technology and design, and what do you get? A glimpse into the future of technology and design.
MIA Collective, a Miami-based producer of events for professionals in the technology and creative industries, announced the final set of speakers and musical acts for the inaugural Masters of Tomorrow Summit on Nov. 29 and 30, during Miami's Art Week. Another announcement: The concert on Wednesday evening will be free and will include the unveiling of a new mural.
Masters of Design is a one-day conference Nov. 30 that will bring to Miami some of the best “design thinkers” from around the world. The conference line-up was curated in partnership with the Industrial Arts and Method (IAM) Foundation and the final agenda is available on the official website. Confirmed speakers for Masters of Design, which will be held at The LAB Miami and the LightBox Theater in Wynwood, include:
Andrew Schwartz, Head of Mixed Reality of Radiant Images, Los Angeles
Ariel Garten, Co-founder of InteraXon (makers of Muse), Toronto
Bedy Yang, Managing Partner at 500 Startups, San Francisco
Camilo Pardo, Ford GT Designer, Detroit
Diego Saez-Gil, CEO of Bluesmart, San Francisco
Dror Benshetrit, Founder of Studio Dror, New York
Eduardo Constantini, Founder of Kabinett, New York City
Evan Kodra, CEO of risQ, Boston
Felecia Hatcher, Co-Founder of Code Fever and Black Tech Week
Franco Lodato, Co-Founder of IAM Foundation, Miami
Joanna Berzowska, Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University, Montreal
Lilia Luciano, Journalist and Documentary Producer, Sacramento
Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation
Michael Burtov, Founder of GeoOrbital, Boston
Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, General Manager of CIC Miami, Miami
Natasha Tsakos, Conceptual Director and President of NTiD, Miami
Ola Alhvarsson, Founder of Result and Sime, Stockholm
Rebekah Monson, Co-founder of WhereBy.Us, Miami
Stonly Baptiste, Co-Founder of Urban.US, San Francisco
Tomás Regalado, City of Miami Mayor, Miami
Walter Bender, Co-Founder of IAM Foundation, Miami
Masters of Sound will be a concert behind The LAB Miami that will begin about 6 p.m. and run throughout the evening after the all-day conference. Masters of Sound will be free and open the public (get free ticket here), thanks to the support of Aunken Labs and Nativo, with music curated by III Points, Miami’s leading Music, Art, and Technology Festival. Artists performing include critically acclaimed Helado Negro and DJ Jacques Renault.
At the concert, Goldman Global Arts and #fordistas will unveil the latest mural by ELLE, a female graffiti and street artist based in Brooklyn and LA, celebrating the role of women in science and technology.
Two new VIP events have been added. The Master Tour of Downtown Miami, hosted by the Downtown Development Authority, will take VIP guests through a tour of the district’s most important institutions; followed by Master Class @ BUILDING.co, which will feature live digital painting by artist Hugh MacLeod. The art works created by MacLeod during Master Class, together with art donated by artists Camilo Pardo, Claudio Roncoli, Greg Gayle, Jaime Dussan and Juan Muñoz, will be sold to raise funds for the MOT Scholarship. Masters of Tomorrow has partnered with Wyncode to award one or more of its students with a scholarship to its coding program.
“The MOT Scholarship brings full circle the pay-it-forward vision of Masters of Tomorrow. We not only have the opportunity to inspire tomorrow’s leaders through our amazing speakers, but we can actually make a difference in someone’s life today via the scholarship,” said Demian Bellumio, co-founder of MIA Collective. “And what could be more magical than turning a piece of art produced by a visual arts master into an opportunity for an aspiring entrepreneur to learn the art of coding and become a future master of technology?”
This is the first MOT Summit but MIA Collective also produced Sime MIA and MIA Music Festival in years' past. Expect the same intimate conference experience, where speakers don't just fly in for their talk and leave but are available to continue conversations over lunch, in the halls or over drinks.
Masters of Tomorrow is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as IAM Foundation, #fordistas, Building.co and Miami DDA. To learn more, visit MOTSummit.com or follow the summit at www.facebook.com/motsummit, www.instagram.com/motsummit and www.twitter/motsummit.