Spark.me is one of the most carefully curated business/internet conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually in the seaside resort of Budva, in the European country of Montenegro since 2013, as a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Domain.ME, a private company which is in charge of Montenegro’s national internet domain – .ME.

Spark.me is one of the most carefully curated business/internet conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually in the seaside resort of Budva, in the European country of Montenegro since 2013, as a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Domain.ME, a private company which is in charge of Montenegro’s national internet domain – .ME.

Spark.me has come a long way from a meeting point for a couple of dozen of tech enthusiasts and geeks to a must-visit tech and marketing event for the Balkan region and beyond. The mission of Spark.me from the very beginning was to improve the quality of life for people in Southeast Europe by raising awareness about the possibilities Internet and new technologies offer, through education, competition and networking opportunities. Spark.me 2017 attracted 550 attendees from 20+ countries.

Spark.me brings stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging marketing strategies, and world-changing initiatives, presented by some of the world’s most influential thinkers and brands. We are NOT the biggest conference when it comes to the sheer number of attendees, speakers, or startups – and we are NOT trying to be. We are an intimate conference, with a thoroughly curated agenda, where every speaker is hand-picked. We pay special attention to every detail, and we try to make Spark.me an unforgettable conference experience. Our goal is not to be the biggest conference in the region, but to be the conference that makes the biggest positive change.

Spark.me stage, in previous years, welcomed some of the world’s most renowned speakers:

  • Pankaj Ghemawat (one of the world’s leading authorities on global strategy; ranked among Top 20 of management thinkers in the world; TED speaker),
  • Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK; TED speaker),
  • Christopher Fabian (co-founder and co-lead of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit; one of 2013 TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people),
  • Brian Solis (a principal analyst at research firm Altimeter Group; a bestselling author),
  • Alf Rehn (internationally recognized business thinker, an author and a speaker),
  • Dr. Max Mckeown (multiple best-selling author; strategic coach; behavioural psychologist),
  • Scott Berkun (the bestselling author, and a speaker),
  • David Armano (Global Strategy Director: Key Accounts at Edelman Digital),
  • Tony Conrad (co-founder and CEO of about.me, and Founding Venture Partner at True Ventures),
  • Aza Raskin (one of the most influential interface designers in the world; serial entrepreneur; TED speaker),
  • Sara Rosso (Director of Marketing at Automattic, provider of online services such as WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, and many more),
  • Heather B. Armstrong (the most popular “mommy blogger” in the world; The New York Times bestselling author)
  • Veronica Belmont (an online media personality, a startup advisor, speaker, and podcaster),
  • Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (hacker/artist who deals with questions of intellectual property rights, best known for being a co-founder of The Pirate Bay).

Additional Spark.me speakers came from companies like Microsoft, Facebook, LEGO, Edelman Digital, Microsoft Ventures, Automattic, UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, Skype, Serviceplan Group, TechCrunch, DropBox, Altimeter Group, about.me, Prezi, Rushmore.fm, 500 Startups, Seedcamp, hub:raum, Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund, LAUNCHub, Tech.Co, Bellabeat…

An integral part of the conference is Spark.me Startup Competition, which brings together successful startups from all over Europe to Montenegro. The competition is focused on innovation, the power of ideas, the startup’s potential to grow and team diversity. Participating in the competition enables startup founders to have access to advisers, mentors, workshops, and a network of investors, industry experts, and serial entrepreneurs.

Spark.me conference is designed to inspire you, to ignite your imagination, and to let you find YOUR spark – the one thing that makes you special, that one idea that will make you stand out from the crowd, along with the people you need to know to make that happen.

 

Join us for the conference on May 26-27, 2018 in Budva, Montenegro, with an additional day of hands-on workshops on May 25!

What They Said About Spark.me

Spark.me is like a ‘Who’s Who’ event! After I presented, I spent the day visiting sites up and down the coast of Montenegro with good friends. It was breathtaking! I originally said "no" to the organizers. I'm glad they changed my mind.
Brian Solis

Principal analyst at Altimeter Group, and a bestselling author

Spark.me is not just a top Montenegrin conference, or even a top European conference, it’s without a doubt a world-class event with some of the coolest speakers and the most amazing audience I’ve come across.
Alf Rehn

Management professor and business thinker

Spark.me is the SXSW of Southern Europe!
Danica Kombol

CEO of the Everywhere Agency; Founder of the 'Everywhere Society' blogger network

Spark.me was brilliantly organized. Big 'thanks' to everyone involved. And, if you, professional speaker-friends, ever get invited to Spark.me - do go, it's worth it!
Timo Vuorensola

A filmmaker, musician and an Internet (ab)user hailing from Finland

I wasn't paid to speak at Spark.me, but I came home considerably richer. From the conference content; from the wonderful people I met - and from having discovered the hidden treasure that is Montenegro.
Rory Sutherland

Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, and co-founder of #ogilvychange

If events were an oasis, than Spark.me would fit the bill perfectly - it's a wonderful off the beaten path gathering of bright and curious minds mixed with fantastic networking complete with the gorgeous backdrop that is Montenegro.
David Armano

Global Strategy Director at Edelman

Spark.me is the centre of gravity for the startup ecosystem in Central and Eastern Europe. The quality of content, startups and attendees was impressive as it was informative.
David Raskino

Former Director of Microsoft Ventures

Loved every minute of my time in Montenegro. Thanks to the Spark.me team for making me feel so welcome.
Scott Morrison

Former Marketing Director of Diesel, Levi's, and Activision

It was a great pleasure delivering a keynote on 'Globalizing Montenegro' at Spark.me.
Pankaj Ghemawat

Global Professor of Management and Strategy, Stern School of Business, New York University, and the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy, IESE Barcelona; one of the world's leading authorities on global strategy

Best conference of its kind in Europe. A pleasure to speak here, to be among the best in the industry and to connect with so many of our future business leaders.
Gloria Roheim McRae

Amazon.ca bestselling author, and a co-founder of Wedge15

I had an amazing time at Spark.me! Montenegro is a beautiful place with awesome folks.
Marvin Liao

Partner at global Seed VC Firm & Startup Accelerator '500 Startups' based in Silicon Valley

Please have me back, please have me back, please have me back!
Dave Birss

Former Creative Director at OgilvyOne, Poke, and McCann Worldgroup

Thanks so much to the Spark.me team for inviting me and showing me their beautiful country. I had amazing time speaking at the conference and meeting everyone involved.
Veronica Belmont

Product Manager at Disco, board member at about.me, startup advisor, and an online media personality

Loved being with the beautiful peeps at the Spark.me conference! We hugged our way to paradise.
Dr. Max McKeown

Multiple best-selling author; strategic coach with Fortune 100 companies; behavioural psychologist; a fellow of the RSA

Spark.me is an intimate conference curated and hosted with love and craft. Go for the seaside beauty, stay for the people.
Aza Raskin

One of the most influential interface designers in the world; serial entrepreneur

I was so excited to speak to entrepreneurs and startups at Spark.me. Great crowd, great energy.
Amy Guttman

Journalist and Contributor, Forbes Entrepreneurs