MOT Summit Final Set of Speakers and Musical Acts

Masters of Tomorrow Unveils Final Set of Speakers and Musical Acts, The MOT Scholarship and The Launch of the Miami College of Design

MIAMI, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MIA Collective, a leading Miami-based producer of events for professionals in the technology and creative industries, released today the final set of speakers and musical acts for the inaugural Masters of Tomorrow Summit, taking place on Nov. 29th and 30th 2016.

Masters of Design will bring to Miami some of the best “design thinkers” from around the world. The conference line-up was curated in partnership with the Industrial Arts and Method (IAM) Foundation and the final set of speakers and agenda is available on the official website.  

Masters of Sound is a concert experience at a state-of-the-art stage behind The LAB Miami that will immediately follow the conference.  Masters of Sound will be free and open the public thanks to the support of Aunken Labs and Nativo, with music curated by III Points, Miami’s leading Music, Art, and Technology Festival.  Artists performing include critically acclaimed Helado Negro and DJ Jacques Renault.  Additionally, at the concert, Goldman Global Arts and #fordistas will unveil the latest mural by ELLE, a female graffiti and street artist based in Brooklyn and LA, celebrating the role of women in science and technology.

Two new VIP events have been added to event. The Master Tour of Downtown Miami, hosted by the Downtown Development Authority, will take VIP guests through a tour of the district’s most important institutions; followed by Master Class @, which will feature live digital painting by artist Hugh MacLeod.  The art works created by Hugh during Master Class, together with art donated by artists Camilo Pardo, Claudio Roncoli, Greg Gayle, Jaime Dussan, and Juan Muñoz will be sold to raise funds for the MOT Scholarship. (Masters of Tomorrow has partnered with Wyncode in order to award one or more of its students with a scholarship to their award-winning coding program.)

“The MOT Scholarship brings full circle the pay-it-forward vision of Masters of Tomorrow; we not only have the opportunity to inspire tomorrow’s leaders through our amazing speakers, but we can actually make a difference in someone’s life today via the scholarship” stated Demian Bellumio, Co-founder of MIA Collective. “And what could be more magical than turning a piece of art produced by a visual arts master into an opportunity for an aspiring entrepreneur to learn the art of coding and become a future master of technology?” added Bellumio.

Lastly, Masters of Tomorrow will serve as the platform to launch one of the most ambitious educational projects to date within Wynwood’s thriving artistic neighborhood. The City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, along with IAM Foundation Co-Founders Franco Lodato and Walter Bender will start the MOT summit with the announcement of opening of Miami College of Design in 2017. This state-of-the-art educational facility, which broke ground last month, will be Florida’s first fully accredited college focused solely on industrial design; the college will have a profound impact on Miami’s entrepreneurial, creative and technology industries. The Associate and Bachelor of Science curricula will focus on a studio/professional-mentorship model and nature-inspired design methodologies. Selected students will be able to attend on generous scholarships (up to 90% of tuition) provided by the IAM Foundation via donors and corporations.

Masters of Tomorrow is made possible through the funding support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as, key sponsorship partners IAM Foundation, #fordistas, and Miami DDA.  To learn more, please visit or follow the summit across social media at, and www.twitter/motsummit.

Press release

MIA Collective Announces the Masters of Tomorrow Summit to Showcase Top Innovators from the Technology, Music and Design Industries.

MIAMI, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MIA Collective, a leading Miami-based producer of events for professionals in the technology and creative industries, announced today the launch of the Masters of Tomorrow (MOT) Summit.  The MOT Summit uniquely combines a design-focused conference and a music festival that will converge local and International entrepreneurs, investors and artists on November 30th, 2016, during Miami Art Week and Art Basel.

"Over the last four years, our events have undergone a significant evolution in terms of depth and quality, which has been consistent with the progress that Miami itself has experienced in the art, tech and entrepreneurial sectors," stated Demian Bellumio, co-founder of MIA Collective.  "Masters of Tomorrow is meant to serve as a celebration of both local and global entrepreneurs, makers and visionaries that are building tomorrow, today. MOT Summit will be an inspiring and entertaining event, showcasing Miami's multi-cultural personality across a variety of experiences," added Bellumio.

During MOT Summit 2016, attendees will be able to learn, network and get inspired by today's leading designers and innovators at the Masters of Design conference, and discover groundbreaking musical artists at Masters of Sound, a live music festival. 

Masters of Design is a one-day, by-invitation only conference exploring the latest trends and breakthroughs in design. Masters of Design was curated in partnership with the Industrial Arts and Method (IAM) Foundation, which promotes innovation in industrial design education by providing scholarships to gifted students and is led by industry veterans Franco Lodato and Walter Bender.

Confirmed conference speakers include:

Ariel Garten - Co-founder of InteraXon (makers of Muse), Toronto    
Christopher Sopher - Co-founder and CEO of WhereBy.Us, Miami    
Diego Saez-Gil – CEO of Bluesmart, San Francisco    
Dror Benshetrit – Founder of Studio Dror, New York     
Joanna Berzowska - Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University, Montreal     
Lilia Luciano – Journalist and Documentary Producer, Sacramento    
Michael Burtov – Founder of GeoOrbital, Cambridge     
Michael Mansouri – Co-founder of Radiant Images, Los Angeles     
Natasha Tsakos – Conceptual Director and President of NTiD, Miami     
Ola Alhvarsson – Founder of Result, Stockholm     
Walter Bender – Founder of IAM Foundation, Miami    

Masters of Sound will immediately follow the Masters of Design conference and will bring together local and international artists that will deliver high-energy performances in Wynwood, Miami's emerging cultural and artistic center.

Masters of Tomorrow is committed to working closely with the Miami technology and creative communities. It counts with funding support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as, with the strategic support from a wide array of community leaders, such as AGP Miami, CIC Miami, Endeavor Miami, The LAB Miami, The New Tropic, Refresh Miami, The Idea Center and VentureCafe. It has also partnered with award winning Miami-based design studio Nativo as itscreative partner for MOT Summit. 

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