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Most tech conferences have experts on computers, mobile technology and new media. Far fewer will greet attendees with a hug—or several hugs—and have segments on yoga and rock-and-roll management. SIME MIA, which opened Tuesday at New World Center in Miami Beach, is not most tech conferences.
“We are trying to push the [Miami startup] ecosystem forward, and we knew events were part of doing that,” said organizer Demian Bellumio, COO of Senzari and founder of HackDay Foundation. “We wanted to do an event worthy of our vision.”
SIME MIA, which is sponsored by Knight Foundation, is a joint venture between SIME, a European digital business event, and South Florida events organizer MIA Collective. Entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech experts from around the globe have assembled for two days to talk to those attending—and to interact with them.
In planning MIA Collective knew it wanted to hold the digital business conference during Art Basel, when a bevy of interesting and artistic types were already in town, but they also realized they needed help. So they turned to SIME and its founder Ola Ahlvarsson, an entrepreneur who lives and works in Stockholm and Miami. (He is also, curiously, a world champion kickboxer.)