The organizing team of Spark.me, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, which is set for May 29-30, in the seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro, has just announced the new Spark.me 2017 speaker – Aza Raskin, serial entrepreneur and one of the most influential interface designers in the world.
Named the „Master of Design“ and one of the Top 40 influential designers by Fast Company, Aza is currently a founder at a tech company called Other Inc. Previously he worked as VP at Jawbone, which acquired Massive Health, a consumer health company he cofounded in 2011 with the goal of helping people take control of their health through good information design.
His entrepreneurial path started with Humanized, known for its innovative work on creating more intuitive user interfaces. The five-person startup was soon acquired by Mozilla, and Aza started helping to build the web as we know it.
He worked as Head of User Experience at Mozilla Labs and Creative Lead for the Firefox browser. He also founded two other companies, a music meta-search tool Songza.com (acquired by Google) and Bloxes, company that sells furniture made out of cardboard which are used everywhere from Google to Twitter. Aza is considered „the guy behind a lot of the coolest stuff on the internet, from our browsers to our music, to our health tech toys“ (Business Insider).
He was named to Inc 30 Under 30 in 2011, and to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012. Aza gave his first talk on user interface at age 10 at the local San Francisco chapter of SIGCHI and got hooked. Today he is a TED speaker and a sought-after keynote speaker. In another life, Aza has done Dark Matter research at both Tokyo University and the University of Chicago, where he graduated in math and physics.
Spark.me organizers have previously announced seven Spark.me 2017 speakers – Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, a global advertising and marketing agency based in London), Heather B. Armstrong (the most popular “mommy blogger” in the world with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, and a New York Times bestselling author), Jason Romeyko (former Worldwide Executive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and multiple winner of the highest-profile awards in advertising and marketing industry), Virginia Salas Kastilio (CEO of consulting company Ginicanbreathe, and #1 rated female Snapchat business influencer in the world), Sharad Sagar (an Indian social entrepreneur included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” global list), Rob Fitzpatrick (a tech entrepreneur, and the author of internationally acclaimed book, „The Mom Test“), and Jon Burkhart (an award-winning keynote speaker, content strategist and copywriter based in London). More speakers will be announced in the weeks to come.
Spark.me tickets are available at the conference official website, at www.spark.me. The full price of the ticket is 300€. However, all interested parties can take advantage of the Late Rate ticket sale and get their ticket for 250€, before May 14. High school, undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students who are 27 years old or younger can get their ticket for a special price of 50€.
Spark.me conference ticket includes: pass for all the conference sessions, workshops, and the start-up competition, buffet lunch on both conference days, all coffee breaks on both conference days, and a cocktail reception on the evening of Day 1 of the conference. A ticket does not include accommodation and transport. All bought tickets can later be transferred to another person (“name change”), but cannot be refunded.
Spark.me, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, will be held on May 29-30, 2017, in Hotel Mediteran, in the seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro.
The conference has been organized annually since 2013, by Domain.ME, a private company in charge of operating Montenegro’s national Internet domain – .ME. Spark.me brings stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging branding strategies, and world-changing initiatives, and brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks.