Sime MIA announces conference dates, expanded focus


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 with an expanded format focusing on big data and fintech.

MIA Collective, an organization that produces digital business and technology events in Miami, announced Sime MIA will be Dec. 1 and 2, leading up to Art Basel, and that it now has an equity partnership with Miami-based Rokk3r Labs, a Miami Beach cobuilding company. Sime MIA 2015, which is a joint-venture between MIA Collective and Stockholm-based Sime, will seek to develop more events in 2016, in addition to the already established Sime MIA and MIA Music Summit.

The main event will be Dec. 1 at the New World Center in Miami Beach and will be called Sime MIA | Converge. At Converge, Ola Ahlvarsson (pictured), founder and host of Sime, Northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities, will take the audience of 700 people through a journey into the latest tech and media trends shaping the future. On the second day, there will be custom designed half-day “summits” that will dig deep into the themes of fintech and big data. As in the previous two years, Sime MIA 2015 is supported by the Knight Foundation.