Miami Heat player, other eclectic speakers join Sime MIA’s speaker roster


Miami Heat player and NBA all-star Luol Deng, 500 Startups co-founder Christine Tsai, singer-songwriter Imogen Heap,Erik Voorhees, creator of the instant bitcoin and altcoin exchange, and Val Spiridonov, the first full-body transplant candidate, are some of the recent additions to the speaker lineup at next week’s Sime MIA technology conference. They join startup founders, artists, musicians, filmmakers, a neuroscientist, a Special Olympics world champion and four multisensory performances already on the agenda for the third year of the creative homegrown conference, which explores trends and innovation in technology, art, media, fintech and big data.

The event, hosted by Ola Ahlvarsson, takes place on Tuesday at the New World Center in Miami Beach with the main event, called Converge, and continues Wednesday with “Summit” sessions on fintech and big data and startup demos at The LAB Miami in Wynwood. “The goal of the summits is to complement the Sime MIA journey with a multi-sensory experience, ranging from coding classes to virtual reality exhibits, and covering some of today’s more significant opportunities in the tech space,” said Demian Bellumio, co-founder of MIA Collective, which is producing the conference.

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