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MIA Collective Announces Sime MIA 2015 Fintech and Big Data Summit Co-Hosts

Miami, Florida – MIA Collective, a leading producer of digital business and technology events in Miami announced today that Citi and arago will be the co-host partners for Sime MIA summits taking place on December 2, 2015, as part of the global digital conference.

Citi, one of the world’s leading banks with more than 200 million customers worldwide, will co-host the Sime MIA | Fintech summit; and arago, a global leader in the automation of IT operations, will co-host the Sime MIA | Big Data summit.

Each summit will take up a half-day of the conference and gather around 400 attendees, comprised of global entrepreneurs, startup founders, industry executives and investors. During the course of each summit, attendees can expect knowledge-packed keynotes, engaging panel discussions between industry leaders, hands-on workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities.

“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; all of which will be designed in partnership with our thought-leading partners Citi and arago,” stated Demian Bellumio, co-founder of MIA Collective. Mr. Bellumio added, “The co-hosts will not only work with Ola and the rest of the team to select the most important topics to cover during the summits, but also collaborate with us to ensure we gather the top industry’s leading experts, executives and entrepreneurs under one roof. We believe that the impact that these summits can have on our growing fintech and big data community could be significant and long-lasting, helping to accelerate each of those verticals locally.”

The Sime MIA | Fintech summit will explore the transformation that the finance industry is undergoing via innovations in cryptocurrencies, digital payments and eCommerce, all of which are changing user behavior and creating opportunities for disruptive new entrants. At the summit, executives from leading corporations and fast-moving startups will exchange experiences, interpret global trends, and chart trajectories as they discuss one of the most crucial and rapidly changing industries on the planet. In addition to co-hosting the summit, Citi is also sponsoring a number of activations around Sime MIA, including the Sime MIA 2015 VIP Speaker Dinner and the Citi Bike ® Tour @ Sime MIA, where attendees will be able to visit different startups and art exhibitions around town.

“Innovations in financial technology not only have the ability to transform our industry, but also change the way people live their lives,” said Citi FinTech CEO Heather Cox. “We are thrilled to co-host the Sime MIA summits to help unlock the potential of talented developers from across sectors and support them on their path from ambition to achievement.”

The Sime MIA | Big Data summit will take a deep dive into today’s most exciting and innovative applications of big data, including developments in artificial intelligence, robotic automation, machine learning, data storage, and data visualization. Globally recognized experts and startup leaders will demonstrate how businesses can leverage new tools and technologies to disrupt their industries and leapfrog the competition through the use of Big Data.

Chris Boos, CEO of arago said: “As a European High Tech company that is now also in the US we are very happy to see one of Europe’s most prominent tech conference taking place once again in Miami, one of the most vibrant evolving tech hubs in the US. By supporting the Big Data summit we want to enhance discussions between the business community and great minds from the high-tech world about how smart machines radically change how businesses will work. We are putting a strong emphasis on human-machine collaboration here, as we believe this is the way to get most value from AI and data.”

Sime MIA is made possible with the support of its founding partner, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and through collaborations with Miami’s leading tech and media companies, such as The LAB Miami, New World Symphony, eMerge Americas, YellowPepper, Rokk3r Labs, Wyncode Academy and Senzari.

“The growth and diversity of Sime MIA’s offerings in its third year align with Miami’s evolution as an expanding hub for innovation and startup success,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “Once again, Sime MIA promises to reap new connections, fresh ideas and lessons on the most cutting-edge technology from around the world. It is a chance for Miami entrepreneurs to both learn and contribute to innovation on a global scale.”

The event is produced by MIA Collective and Stockholm-based Sime, led by Ola Ahlvarsson. Attendance to the Sime MIA summits will be primarily by invitation, and only a limited number of tickets will be made available for purchase. To learn more about Sime MIA 2015, please visit or follow it across social media at and

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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About arago

arago GmbH, is a high-tech company driven by the spirit of German engineering. Founded by computer scientist Chris Boos in 1995 and based in Frankfurt, arago offers intelligent automation solutions for enterprise IT. Arago’s key product is AutoPilot, a self-learning enterprise automation software, which was developed over the last 20 years. The software allows companies to automate the operations of their entire IT stack from infrastructure to business processes. Thereby it solves 90 percent of all IT tasks. This helps companies in three crucial ways: first to reduce IT costs of 30 to 50 percent, second to improve service quality and third to significantly increase data security. AutoPilot enables IT to become a competitive advantage in the digital age. KKR, a leading global investor announced its support in October 2014 for arago’s business development and international expansion. To learn more about arago please visit and

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

MIA Collective

MIA Collective is an event production company focused on developing world-class events focused on technology and digital media in the South Florida area, including Sime MIA and the MIA Music Summit. The partners of MIA Collective are active entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders from Miami, including Marco Giberti, Juan Pablo Cappello, Demian Bellumio and Rokk3r Labs.


Sime is Northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities with flagship events this year in Stockholm and Miami. Sime is about how digital opportunities can convert into new business, a better world and a lot of fun.

About Rokk3r Labs

Rokk3r Labs is the best place in the world to launch companies that change the world. It is a platform for entrepreneurs to create startups that perform at least 10x greater than competitors, and a strategic partner for investors and organizations to increase value, mitigate risks and stay at the edge of innovation. With a focus on leveraging exponential technologies (e.g. the blockchain, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing) and implementing new-age methods of raising capital, Rokk3r Labs is harnessing global collective genius to cobuild companies that change the world. Currently, Rokk3r Labs has a portfolio of 26 companies. Visit to learn more.