SIME called Vienna, and Vienna heard the call loud and clear.
On April 28th, more than 1200 digiheads gathered at the Ottakringer brewery in Vienna for the first Austrian Scandinavic Interactive Media Entertainment, organized by digital media expert and industry whirlwind Martin Drexler. The conference was, maybe unintentionally in its degree, sliced into two aspects. Listen to the impressive line-up of speakers, and socialize in a day-long beer-fuelled networking session.
SIME chairman Ola Ahlvarsson ran the conference like the good helmsman he is. Worth mentioning were the addresses of David Rowan, Wired UK and “former hacker” Pablos Holman. Jumio founder Daniel Mattes took the stage as part of a panel including Dan Schatt of PayPal and Thomas Labenbacher of Raiffeisen Bank to discuss the future of payment.
All presentations were broadcast on screens throughout the vast area of the event location. Hearty food was served, beer was consumed and the atmosphere was likened to a summer music festival. And even if there were no particular new and groundbreaking revelations on-stage, the networking aspect off-stage made the SIME Vienna both successful and necessary.
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