7-15 JUNE 2017

Welcome to the creative capital of the world

About Symposium

Created in 2015 by Ash Pournouri, Founder of At Night Management and Spotify’s Founder Daniel Ek, Symposium Stockholm is a week-long festival for creative individuals with powerful ideas to come together and experience a creative home, at the intersection of tech, music, fashion and innovation. We’re building a movement to challenge the present and innovate the future by using technology to connect the next generation of leaders.



Brilliant Minds June 8-9 is the intimate flagship event of Symposium Stockholm that gathers the world’s edgiest creators and purposeful leaders. Brilliant Minds is a collaborative platform for innovating the future by relentlessly challenging the present. The theme for Brilliant Minds in 2017 is “Numanity”. The marriage between humanity and technology is the great test of modern times. Soon everything will be connected to the Internet. Politics, personal identity and tech will need to speak a more unified language and build a common story of the next wave of human evolution. At Brilliant Minds 2017 we co-write the narrative of “Numanity”, the story and values that will drive the future of how humans will relate to technology and how technology will change the definition of humanity.

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Office Hours hosted by Accel is a forum for entrepreneurs to meet investors and discuss a topic of their choosing - pitch practice, Board advice, product feedback - anything goes! The event will be held on Wednesday, June 7th from 1PM to 5PM at Norrsken House in Stockholm. If you're interested in speaking with investors from Accel, Creadnum, EQT Ventures, Northzone, and others, please complete the Typeform below. You will then receive a link to book a time slot on a first come, first serve basis. Hope you can make it! Read More


The fast-paced technological evolution is changing and improving how we look at, shop for, and wear fashion. During the first edition of Stockholm Fashion Tech Talks, designers, scientists and business leaders will gather to present their visions of the future of fashion. The event will be open to the public, and followed by an exhibition. Stockholm Fashion Tech Talks is initiated by Patriksson Communication and Association of Swedish Fashion Brands (ASFB). Curated by Linda Leopold.


Brilliant Minds Interactive will accelerate the conversation between technology and humanity - when everything becomes digital, what happens to our humanity? Looking at the intersection between different technologies and creative industries, we will unveil the business, cultural and social movements that will shape our tomorrow. Imagine a community where new creative talent and founders come together to inspire professionals and business leaders, where renowned brands showcase their best innovations and collaboratively craft products that will heavily impact our society in the near future. Brilliant Minds Interactive is an experiential morning with prominent speakers, activities and innovative experiences. The three hours of programming will include talks, demonstrations and performances, including guests and speakers from Brilliant Minds, the flagship event of Symposium Stockholm. These interactions will include ‘surprise’ elements, which will be interactive and experiential moments for the audience and speakers. Brilliant Minds Interactive is a new type of event, expanding the very definition of community and collaborative creativity.


Run by Stureplansgruppen, Summerburst is Scandinavia’s premier contemporary music event. The two day music extravaganza held in Gothenburg and Stockholm welcomes music lovers from all over the world. 2017 is the seventh year for Summerburst in Stockholm with world class artists including Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Justin Bieber, Tiësto and Eric Prydz. Read More


EAT gathers the brightest minds from the fields of science, politics, business and civil society, offering a truly unique arena for interdisciplinary dialogue and action. Topics will range from Innovation and Biotechnology to the economics of food systems. Speakers include Caleb Harper from MIT Media Lab, who will share the exciting and innovative ways that biotech is revolutionizing the urban food system. Yolanda Kakabadse, WWFs International President and former Ecuadorian Minister of Environment will share tips on production patterns related to food. The EAT Foundation is co-founded by the Stordalen Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and Stockholm Resilience Centre. Read More


Polar Talks, presented by The Polar Music Prize, is an international series of inspiring talks and lectures on cutting edge topics. Artists, scientists, creatives and opinion makers coalesce around the central theme of ”The Power of Music”. The not-to-be-missed talks focus on some of the myriad ways that music can produce powerful outcomes across a range of social, artistic and scientific disciplines. Music has the power to change the world and the Polar Talks inspires all who attend, to do just that. Polar Talks are organized by the Polar Music Prize with support from Postkodlotteriet, Stockholm Stad and Dagens Industri. Read More


The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, one of the true greats in the history of popular music. As the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA, he played a key role in their enormous success. The Polar Music Prize is one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements. The board of the Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation includes representatives from the Stig Anderson family, SKAP (The Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers) and STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society). The task of scrutinizing nominations and selecting the final Laureates is undertaken by an Award Committee comprised of experienced members of the music industry, representatives from the Anderson family, musicians, and previous Laureates. Read More


The Denniz Pop Awards is an initiative founded and run by former Cheiron Studios members, co-workers, friends and family with the goal of helping new songwriters, producers and artists continue the legacy Denniz Pop once started. Through the MVP and Grand Prize Awards, they aim to recognize both the unsung heroes and those who have made an outstanding contribution to promote Swedish music internationally. Read More

Symposium 2016

Symposium Stockholm 2016 was a week-long festival, challenging conventional thinking is business and society and identifying new drivers, incentives and components of modern creativity. At Brilliant Minds we In 2016 we welcomed a truly global audience, from Uber to Harper’s Bazaar, YouTube to Sony Music, AOL to Alphabet, Harvard University to Basel Art Fair phenomena, Maker’s Studio to Charity: Water. Leaders across tech, art, music, politics and fashion flooded Stockholm, the world’s creative capital and helped form what former Swedish Prime Minister and prolific foreign policy social media personality dubbed “the new installation to the magical Swedish Summer”.

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Brilliant Minds

In 2016, Brilliant Minds achieved a new level: it was “emotional architecture”, said Guest of Honor Quincy Jones. It went beyond the evolution of pure technology and provoked guests to challenge their own identities and personal biases in an authentic, intimate forum.

Guests awakened their curiosity with talks from Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, the UK Minister for Internet Safety Baroness Joanna Shields, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, technology journalist and co-founder of Recode Kara Swisher, artists J.R., Doug Aitken and Jordan Wolfson, Skype and Atomico founder Niklas Zennstrom amongst many other international luminaries. All this was set amidst the fresh underground sounds of Icona Pop, Lykke Li, Miriam Bryant and breaking new music acts like The Royal Concept, Alias and Albin Lee Minau, who are shaking the streaming scene. Brilliant Minds revealed the next generation of Northern European startups disrupting everything from health to music to our sexuality. Watch 2016 recap video

The Brilliant Minds After Party

The Brilliant Minds after party was hosted by Symposium Stockholm at Nosh and Chow on 9 June.

The Polar Music Prize and Polar Talks 2016

The Polar Music Prize is one of the most prestigious and unique prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements. Laureates from a wide range of countries, cultures and continents have received the Prize in Stockholm from His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf. In 2016 the Polar Prize Laureates were Max Martin and Cecilia Bartoli. Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Elton John, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Ennio Morricone, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Renée Fleming, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Stern, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Gilberto Gil, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, Yo-Yo Ma, Patti Smith, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Dizzy Gillespie, Youssou N'Dour and Bruce Springsteen.The Polar Music Prize is held annually in Stockholm, Sweden.

Polar Talks, presented by The Polar Music Prize, is an international series of inspiring talks and lectures on cutting edge topics. In 2016, artists, scientists, creatives and opinion makers coalesced around the central theme of ‘The Power of Music’, followed by Masterclasses with Max Martin and Jan Gradvall.

The Denniz Pop Awards 2016

The Denniz Pop Awards were created by former producers at the legendary Cherion Studios, together with colleagues, friends and family of the late Denniz Pop. The goal is to help new songwriters, producers and artists continue the legacy Denniz Pop once started. The jury consists of Denniz Pop’s producer and songwriter colleagues Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, Jorgen Elofsson, Andreas Carlsson, Jacob Schulz, John Amatiello, Kristian Lundin, David Krueger and Per Magnusson.

Winners of the 2016 awards were Linnea, Emanuel & Iman (Songwriter and Producer), Alessandra Günthardt (Artist / Band), Marie Dimberg (The MVP), Mattman and Robin (The Grand Prize). Previous winners include Avicii, Ash Pournouri, Tove Lo and Swedish House Mafia.

Summerburst 2016

Run by Stureplansgruppen, Summerburst is Scandinavia’s premier contemporary music event. Since 2011 the annual music extravaganza has grown from 13,000 visitors during one day in Stockholm to 120,000 visitors during two days in both Gothenburg and Stockholm. Artists in 2016 included Alesso, Kygo, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and David Guetta.