Are You Ready for 2018?

Are You Ready for 2018?

We’re steadily approaching another #SparkMe conference and it’s gonna be legendary! 🙂 As always, our conference is going to bring stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging branding strategies, and world-changing initiatives. Prepare yourself for Spark.ME – the best and most wonderful time of the year; the time we all get together to share, brainstorm, and develop amazing new ideas on the beautiful Montenegro coast.

What can you expect at 2018?

First of all – lots of fun! brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks. And trust me, these people know how to party! 🙂 Last year, we had an amazing time at and it left us wanting for more. But it seems that 2018 will bring the game to the next level! How so?

 Dr. Max Mckeown

At 2017, we hosted a legend when it comes to marketing – the great Rory Sutherland. We decided to keep up with the “trend of legends”, so one of this year’s keynote speakers is Mark Schaefer, a globally-recognized speaker, author of multiple bestsellers, and business consultant who blogs at {grow} – one of the top five marketing blogs of the world. His clients include both start-ups and global brands such as Adidas, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Dell, Pfizer, and the UK government. If all this didn’t blow you away, there’s more! 😊 Mark has written six best-selling books and he is the seventh-most mentioned person by CMO’s on Twitter, and is among the Top 10 most re-tweeted marketing authorities in the world! Excited enough? brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks.

That’s not all! Another #SparkMe 2018 speaker is Boyd Multerer, the man who founded Xbox Live and XNA. On the Xbox team, he started Xbox Live in 2000, an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service, and ran engineering for it for four years. Since leaving Microsoft in 2014, Boyd has been independently researching (and building) the future of operating systems for IoT (Internet of things) style connected devices. He has filed roughly 50 patents with at least 26 final approved. How awesome is that? 😮

When it comes to the brand leadership, who is better to talk about it than 2018 keynote speaker, Denise Lee Yohn? She is the expert on brand leadership, an in-demand consultant, and a bestselling author. News media including FOX Business TV, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR call on Denise when they want an expert point-of-view on hot business issues. Earlier in her career, Denise the vice president/general manager of Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she garnered major corporate awards. Consulting clients have included Target, Oakley, Dunkin’ Donuts, and other leading companies.

Denise Lee Yohn

As you can see, our list of 2018 speakers is already mind-blowing! If you’re expecting for someone to say: “Bazinga!”, it’s not gonna happen. Oh, wait… One of our keynote speakers has appeared on CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory six times! Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut, professor at Columbia University, TV personality, Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and a bestselling author! 😮 He served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996-2014, flying in space twice and walking in space four times for the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. Mike was the first person to tweet from space, and the last to work inside Hubble. Massimino appears regularly on talk shows, news programs and documentaries, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk, and NatGeo’s new television series One Strange Rock!

Mike Massimino
Photo credit: NASA
This year, has prepared something brand new – an additional day of hands-on marketing and startup workshops on May 25, which are completely free to everyone with a conference ticket!

If you didn’t buy a ticket for 2018, you should do it now! You don’t wanna miss Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, a lawyer, podcaster, speaker, and writer. By day, she designs training programs for marketing professionals in her role as Director of Product Strategy, Training at MarketingProfs, and hosts the Marketing Smarts podcast. By night (and on weekends) Kerry writes for some of the most authoritative sites in the marketing and PR industry, including Mark Schaefer’s {grow} blog, Social Media Explorer, Entrepreneur, Spin Sucks, and, and also contributes to Huffington Post. In addition to being a licensed attorney (graduating first in her law school class), she is also one of the most respected podcasters in the marketing industry.

And make sure to catch Dhiraj Mukherjee, co-founder of Shazam, which was acquired by Apple in 2017 for a reported $400 million! Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs in 2015, Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing and implementing disruptive new digital banking products, propositions and partner. He is also an active angel investor, mentor to emerging technology start ups, and advisor to venture capital firms. hugs

See You on May 26-27 in Budva, Montenegro!

On a scale from 1 to 100, how amazing is the list of speakers so far? Have in mind that we have more aces up our sleeves and we’ll share them with you soon! 🙂
Don’t miss your chance to meet some great people, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Montenegro, and learn from some of the world’s greatest minds! 2018, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, will be held on May 26-27, in Hotel Mediteran, in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro. This year, has prepared something brand new – an additional day of hands-on marketing and startup workshops on May 25, which are completely free to everyone with a conference ticket. Find out more about the conference at’s official website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram account. May the Spark be with you! 😊

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Anja Drobnjak

Anja is a Content Manager at <a href="">Alicorn</a>. Systematically approaching everything, from blog editorial to favorite sci-fi novel discussions. Passionate about her job, books, and dragons. Google Analytics enthusiast.

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