Collaborating with Technology to Evolve Humanity

SIME Leader Sessions 2024

As the world evolves, so does the way we interact with technology, other industries, and each other. This spring, we're thrilled to invite you to an experience that transcends the ordinary – the Sime Leader Sessions - Summer Edition. Under the inspiring theme of Collaborating with Technology to Evolve Humanity, we're setting the stage for a transformative journey that promises to reshape our future. New for this year are the Camp Fire and Oasis sessions featuring collaborative sessions in an innovative format to solve common issues and pursue joint opportunities in sustainability, innovation, AI and inclusion.

In addition, enjoy and contribute in topical break outs and industry summits covering AI, Sustainability, Metaverse, Cyber security, Retail, Real Estate, Foodtech, Longevity, Intraprenurship, Investing and fund raising, Scale-Up, Marketing, Talent and more.

Innovation with impact

22 & 23 April
Epicenter Stockholm

On April 22-23, SIME invites leaders and visionaries to explore "Collaborating with Technology to Evolve Humanity." Engage in innovative discussions and connect with peers at Northern Europe's premier tech event. Discover, share, and shape the future together.

Featured Speakers

Jim Latrache-Qvortrup
Naures Sager
Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, founder of the film production company The Uneven.
Cecilie Cheng
Chinese Ex-Journalist Turned Serial Entrepreneur
Ulf Ekberg
Hanna Linderstål
Cyber Security Rockstar
Imad Elabdala
Business & Innovation Coach
Cassie Kozyrkov
CEO at a stealth AI startup, Former Google's first Chief Decision Scientist, Decision Advisor, Keynote Speaker, LinkedIn Top Voice
Carly Abramowitz
CEO CA Consulting Group | Author | Speaker
Christer Sturmark
Founder and publisher Fri Tanke, author of The art of Thinking clearly
Daniel Dubno
Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Technologist, Curator, Consultant at Blowing Things Up
Alexander Bard
Cyber philosopher, musician, author, lecturer, artist, songwriter, music producer, TV personality
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Vaimo.
Leader Sessions

Agenda at a Glance

Collaborating with Technology to Evolve Humanity  

22 April

09.00 Ola’s mad voyage into possible futures and mind-bending technology trends

Ola Ahlvarsson, serial entrepreneur co-creator of SIME and Epicenter

Key takeaways:

  • The latest technology
  • Visions and hallucinations
  • What leaders must understand

09.30 War and peace and what it means to business

James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber at NATO

Key takeaways:

  • Yippie, we’re in NATO, now what?
  • Investing in defense and security - a multi-billon opportunity that keeps us safe

10.00 Collaborating to win – next-level AI 

Ingrid af Sandeberg, chair Stockholm AI,

Jeff Abbot, author Blitzscaling, founder AI Salon and Blitzscale Ventures

Key takeaways:

  • Exploring how to cooperate with AI
  • Rules and risks with exponential AI
  • Leading together

10.20 Cyberspies and what to do about them

Hanna Linderstål, Senior security advisor and founder

Earhart Business Protection Agency

Key takeaways:

  • A crash course in cyber espionage and how to avoid it
  • Geopolitics makes cyber security deadly

10.40 Inner Development Goals – inside a global leader movement

Erik Fernholm, co-creator of 29k and IDG

Key takeaways:

  • Why leadership needs to change
  • How does leadership based on inner development lead to the right o external impact
  • IDG global update

10.50 Breakout sessions and summits

  • Longevity
  • Fintech
  • Marketing and Technology

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Summary of Breakout Sessions

13.10 A music industry transformed

Ulf Ekberg, pop star and founder Ace of Base

Key takeaways:

  • From the global stages to a TikTok near you
  • Entertainment and AI, disruption or democratization
  • The first preview of the new movie about Ace Of Base

13.40 Dancing with Chaos – how to manage success, family and purpose

Up close with author Carly Abramowitz, Author of best-selling Dancing with Chaos 

Key takeaways:

  • How to break free from complexity, 
  • Move toward your goals faster 
  • Closing the gap between how you want to live and how you live 

14.00 The world 2040 according to Alexander Bard

Alexander Bard, musician, philosopher, and generally badass

14.30 Breakout Sessions and Summits

  • Product Design
  • Intraprenourship
  • Ai
  • Scale Up's & Entreprenours

15.30 Summary of Breakout Sessions

15.45 A view on climate -the road to sustainable cities

Einar Bodström, founder and CEO, ClimateView

Key takeaways:

  • Data driven sustainability
  • The challenge all cities must overcome
  • Sustainability as a business opportunity

16.05 Mindchange – book release Ola Ahlvarsson’s book about the art and science of thinking (and as a bonus living a harmonious life)

Ola Ahlvarsson, author of Mindchange

Key takeaways:

  • How you can train your thoughts and feelings to make you happier and more successful
  • The brain is plastic and develops your whole life if you know how to train your thinking
  • The world needs a new narrative

Be the first to get Ola’s new book!

16.45 Book release cocktail and press conference at Elements

16.30-18.00 AiSalon Stockholm

Join us for the AiSalon Stockholm chapter launch during the SIME conference! Register here >>

23 April

09.00 Introduction and recap of yesterday

Ola Ahlvarsson

09.10 Let's teleport to 2040 - Futurist journey with visions and hallucinations 

Erik Rosales and Charlie Caper

Key takeaways:

  • How we will work live and play 2040
  • Our complicated relationship to robots
  • Really weird things that will probably become true

09.30 Scaleups making us go WOW!

Presentation by Jonas Kjellberg, CEO and founder, of Nornorm the fast-growing office as a service company powering Epicenter and making interior design a competitive edge.

Presentation by PJ, founder of Vaimo, the leading e-commerce and content agency hailing from the Sápmi land and conquering the world.

10.00  Mindplay - Parenting in an Exponential World

Erik Rosales, TV host of children's programs, theater performer and innovator

Imad Elabdala, a serial entrepreneur in treating children's trauma, intrapreneur, previous war correspondent and author of children's books

Different perspectives on the increased complexity of being a parent or growing up

10.20 From drug dealing to spying in North Korea – the unlikely story behind the movie The Mole and the man who changed himself and then took on the North Korean dictator

Jim Latrache, spy, ex drug lord, psychologist and moviestar

A quest for belonging and adrenaline from the French foreign legion to the top of the drug business and via love to be an activist and spy

  • A unique story of human transformation
  • Love as the answer
  • From anger to purpose
  • Behind the scenes from his role in the new version of Bron (the Bridge)

10.40 Upgrade your decisions

A fireside chat with Caissie Kozyrko, ex Chief decision scientist at Google, leading tech blogger, speaker and author

Key takeaways:

  • Must know data-driven decision-making skills for modern leaders in a complex environment
  • The discipline of turning information into better actions, in any setting and at any scale
  • Key learnings from  Google and beyond

11.00 Breakout Sessions and Summits

  • Talent
  • Foodtech
  • Real Estate and Prop-tech
  • Sustainability

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Summary of Breakout sessions

13.15 Knowledge-packed Asia tour

Cecilie Chen, serial intrapreneur and former chines journalist

Mahesh Kumar, serial entrepreneur and co-creator of Epicenter

Key takeaways:

  • Touch down India, China and South East Asia, what can we learn and what are the opportunities

13.35 Restoring the truth - Making truth fact-based again

Daniel Dubno is an Emmy Award-winning television news producer, technologist, curator, futurist, and inventor. a TED- and World Economic Forum speaker, advisor to DARPA and other world-leading organizations and a master in interpreting the signs of our time.

Key takeaways:

  • The need to reclaim the truth in public discourse
  • AI risk and opportunities in journalism
  • How to make money on accuracy, integrity, and truthful content. 
  • The US Election, where the truth can be the first victim

13.55 Elements - where the magic happens

Tove Törneman, Project leader Elements, AMFFastigheter

Celeste Fierro, CEO Elements, Stockholms new Sustainability innovation house and campfire for tomorrow's most important questions

Charlie Caper, Chief Magic Officer, Elements

Stockholms new innovation house for a sustainable future and campfire for tomorrow's most important questions

14.15 Breakout Sessions & New this year - Campfire and Oasis Sessions - Group sessions where the collective intelligence helps solve participant challenges

  • Cyber Security
  • Product Design
  • Intraprenourship
  • Retail

15.15 Summary of collaboration sessions

15.30 Political commentary on US elections and the future of journalism

Mike Oreskes, former editor in chief International Herald Tribute/New Your Times. Co-Author, The Genius of America, How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again.

15.45 A Queer Bird in the Middle East – homo romantic movies in Arabic and beyond

Up close with film director and gay icon Naures Sager

Key takeaways:

  • LGBTQ+ hate and love in the Middle East
  • How to make a great love story
  • Standing up and seeing the opportunity in diversity 

16.05 To Light the Flame of Reason
– Clear Thinking for the Twenty-first Century

Christer Sturmark, founder and publisher Fri Tanke, author of Flame of Reason – Clear Thinking for the Twenty-first Century

16.30 After Sime mingel at Elements

19.00 SMILE Gala at Epicenter in cooperation with Operation Smile where every ticket pays for a child with cleft palate surgery. 

On the last evening day, April 23rd we have added a grand finale with the SMILE Gala where the Sime audience together with Operations Smile helps kids with face deformities get surgery and be able to smile and thrive supported by top artists and wonderful food experiences. Read more here >>

Exploring how digital opportunities can convert into new business, valuable relationships and a better world.




Speakers & contributers


Sessions & Summits

Renowned as Northern Europe's leadership  conference, Sime is celebrated for setting the stage where the digital future unfolds. Recognized for its impactful gatherings, we convene the brightest minds — from policymakers to tech giants and dynamic startups — to navigate the question: What's next in the digital frontier?


Decision Makers &
C-Level Executives


Customer Satisfaction


Stages & Zones

Hall of Fame

For 28 years SIME has had the privilege to host some of the world's most interesting and inspirational speakers.
Explore a few of them bellow.

Max Tegmark
Professor at the physics department at MIT. Co-founder, Future of Life Institute. Expert on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
Allison Johnson
Former VP of Worldwide Marketing Communications, Apple Inc.
Daniel Ek
Co-founder and CEO, Spotify
Esther Dyson
Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
Hans Rosling
Late Global Health Expert and Statistician
Katarina Gospic
Neuroscientist and Author
Fredrik Skavlan
Talk Show Host and Journalist
James Appathurai
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
Jimmy Wales
Co-founder of Wikipedia
Vikram Gandhi
Vikram Gandhi is an Indian American documentary filmmaker, producer, actor, and journalist.
Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm
Artist and Founder, FRANK
David Roberts
Disruptive Innovation Expert and Singularity University Faculty Member


Sime Stockholm is Northern Europe’s leading event on tech driven business and digital opportunities. Since 1996 we’ve been gathering world leading speakers, thought leaders and experts, C level executives, Unicorn founders, techies and marketeers for two yearly events, spring and authum, with mind-blowing days, where we explore the frontiers of tech, business and humanity together.

Sime is about how digital opportunities can convert into new business, valuable relationships and a better world. Our passion is to spread knowledge, engagement and hope.

The event is held at our co-owned innovation house Epicenter, home of start ups, scale ups and large industry innovation labs where great ideas come alive every day.


We provide our audience with amazing high level inspiration on our Inspiration stage pared with deep dives into the most relevant topics in our Summits and Masterclasses.

We facilitate top level business meetings, unique experience sharing and to make it even better; we make sure we all have a lot of fun!

As a partner you get access to a powerful platform to engage with your most important customers and prospects in a customized way that suits your needs in terms of meetings, branding and framing. We have plenty of formats (e.g. Co-host, Knowledge Partner, Expert Partner, Demo Partner) and senior expertise to amplify your message – and, most important to ensure that it will be relevant to your customers.

The Sime Experience

Sime was created because we believe that knowledge about digital opportunities is key to future prosperity, better business and an important force to make the future a fantastic place. And because we believe in human meetings to make it happen.

We don ́t believe in silos. Like no other event Sime attracts a diverse crowd of decision makers, C-level executives and smart people with impact.

The Sime vibe inspires, challenges and touches regardless if you are one of the 1100+ participants, our partner or speaker.

At Sime you will smile a lot, learn a lot and meet people that will impact your business as well as become your friends for life!

More About SIME

Learn more about some of the events most important features

Main Stage

The Main Stage at the SIME Conference is where the heart of inspiration beats, featuring an impressive lineup of international speakers, captivating entertainment, and expert discussions. Here, industry leaders and visionaries converge to share their insights on emerging trends and opportunities, offering a glimpse into the future of technology, business, and innovation.

With a vibrant mix of engaging talks and dynamic presentations, the Main Stage sets the scene for a journey of discovery and enlightenment, designed to empower and excite every attendee about what lies ahead.

Summits and Masterclasses

Our Summits are 14-16 breakout tracks or masterclasses focusing on industries, technologies or questions for a targeted audience.

Summits and masterclasses are held in our in one of our 5 event venues. Typically 2 fast paced hours of presentations and conversations, 20 minutes each.

Topics can be AI, Real Estate, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Sustainability, Healthtech, Retail, Leadership etc.

Expo and Magic

In our Expo Zone, next to the restaurant, companies that have an interesting, tangible product or solution, have the opportunity to showcase it to the 900+ SIME audience.

Great expos and demos are an important part of the "magic" Sime’s experience.

Expo Zone is open to all participants passing by.

Meetings and the Smile gala

The essence of a remarkable conference lies in its participants, and at SIME, our greatest treasure is our vibrant community of over 900 decision-makers from diverse industries and roles.

We break down barriers and foster unity. SIME is where diverse minds meet in a dynamic atmosphere, sparking conversations, fostering collaborations, and creating smiles.

Our celebration culminates in the much-anticipated "Smile Gala" on the evening of the second day, a heartfelt afterparty supporting Operation Smile's noble mission to aid children affected by cleft conditions. Join us in making a difference, one smile at a time.



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