About Spark.me

Spark.me is one of the most carefully curated business/internet conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually since 2013, in the European country of Montenegro, 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.

About Spark.me

Spark.me is one of the most carefully curated business/internet conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually since 2013, in the European country of Montenegro, 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 2019 is set for May 25-26, 2019 in Porto Montenegro in Tivat. Located in the central part of the Bay of Kotor, Tivat is at the heart of Montenegro’s coastal tourism industry. The vibrant town caters to a bustling nautical community, offering a wealth of restaurants, bars and numerous nearby coves, ideal for summer cruises of the Tivat Riviera. Previously a historic naval base, Porto Montenegro’s reincarnated as the Mediterranean’s leading luxury yacht homeport and marina village. The village attracts a vibrant year-round international crowd, with an events scene that extends to conferences, exhibitions, and cultural events.

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 2018 attracted 580 attendees from 28 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 thinkers and influencers:

  • Pankaj Ghemawat – One of the world’s leading authorities on global strategy, and a TED speaker;
  • Rory Sutherland – Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, and a TED speaker;
  • Christopher Fabian – Co-founder and co-lead of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, and one of 2013 TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people;
  • Brian Solis – A principal analyst at research firm Altimeter Group, and a bestselling author;
  • Mark W. Schaefer – One of the world’s foremost social media marketing strategists, and a business consultant who blogs at {grow} – one of the top five marketing blogs of the world);
  • Alf Rehn – Internationally recognized business thinker, an author and a speaker;
  • Mike Massimino – Former NASA astronaut, professor at Columbia University, TV personality who appeared on CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory six times, and a bestselling author;
  • Itay Talgam – The first Israeli orchestral conductor to perform with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, leadership coach, and a TED speaker;
  • Neil Harbisson – Contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognised as a cyborg by a (UK) government, and a TED speaker;
  • Dr. Max Mckeown – Multiple best-selling author, strategic coach, and behavioural psychologist;
  • Scott Berkun – The bestselling author, and a speaker;
  • Denise Lee Yohn – The expert on brand leadership, an in-demand consultant, and a bestselling author;
  • 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 – Serial entrepreneur, one of the most influential interface designers in the world, and a 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, and a 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;
  • Xenia Tchoumi – High-fashion digital influencer with 7+ million followers on social media, online entrepreneur, and 3-time TEDx speaker, and
  • Boyd Multerer – Former engineering leader for Xbox video game console, who founded Xbox Live and XNA.

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 on May 25-26, 2019 in Porto Montenegro, in Tivat, Montenegro!

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 becoming a world-known conference. In America, there’s buzz about you. People are hearing about it.

Mark Schaefer

One of the world's foremost social media marketing strategists, and a multiple bestselling author

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

I had a fantastic experience at Spark.me in beautiful Budva, Montenegro. Impeccable organisation! Great to meet many inspiring people, and discover such a fabulous place.

Dhiraj Mukherjee

Co-founder of Shazam, acquired by Apple. Now focused on exploring emerging technologies, helping corporate innovators, and supporting "tech for good" startups.

I had a great time speaking at Spark.me in Montenegro. Lots of great questions. Super impressed with all the smart people here.

Boyd Multerer

Former engineering leader for Xbox. Founded Xbox Live & XNA. Currently researching the future of connected device operating systems.

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

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of Spark.me! You get to engage with some of the most passionate, interested, and interesting participants and with a terrific speaker community. Spark.me team ensures every aspect of your experience is first class and Montenegro is the perfect backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Denise Lee Yohn

Author of ‘What Great Brands Do’ and ‘FUSION’

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

Montenegro is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the Spark.me organizers make sure all of the speakers get to experience what the area has to offer. We spent four days at an beachfront resort, swam in the Bay of Kotor, and went for dinner and drinks in Old Town. I didn't receive a speaker fee, but I met fascinating people (speakers, organizers, and attendees) in my industry, and already hope to go back. If you get the chance to speak at Spark.me, say YES! You'll be happy you did.

Kerry O’Shea Gorgone

Director of Product Strategy, Training at MarketingProfs, and the host of the Marketing Smarts podcast.

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

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

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

Former Creative Director at OgilvyOne, Poke, and McCann Worldgroup

What a great audience at a great location in Montenegro! Thanks for having me.

Mike Massimino

Former NASA astronaut. Professor at Columbia University. TV personality. Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. 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 was so excited to speak to entrepreneurs and startups at Spark.me. Great crowd, great energy.
Amy Guttman

Journalist and Contributor, Forbes Entrepreneurs