Manny Medina updates eMerge Americas plans

Manny Medina, founder of eMerge Americas, and Ken Roberts, of WorldCity, talk about the upcoming conference Tuesday in Coral Gables.
Manny Medina, founder of eMerge Americas, and Ken Roberts, of WorldCity, talk about the upcoming conference Tuesday in Coral Gables.
Photo by Nancy Dahlberg

Peter Diamandis, chairman of XPrize Foundation, co-founder of Silicon Valley’s Singularity University and author of Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, will be one of the keynote speakers at eMerge Americas, Terremark founder Manny Medina revealed at WorldCity’s “One-on-One with Manny Medina” Tuesday morning in Coral Gables. Medina called himself one of Diamandis’ biggest fans and highly recommended the book.

Medina, a technology entrepreneur spearheading the upcoming eMerge Americas technology conference in Miami Beach, updated local business leaders about the mega-event coming May 2-6. Another prominent speaker Medina highlighted is Bernie Meyerson, an IBM fellow and vice president of innovation, whose groundbreaking work on the use of big data is used in urban development. The work of Meyerson and of Diamandis show that “there is no solution that technology can't solve,” Medina said.

Explaining that eMerge Americas will have six tracks linked to the South Florida economy — innovation, money, healthcare, cities, education and entertainment — Medina said the ultimate goal of his Technology Foundation of the Americas is to build a tech hub for the Americas in South Florida.

“The impact can be bigger than anything we’ve ever done as a community,” he said, asking the crowd for support. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend, and tickets are on sale on

As part of the “Innovate” track, Latin America's most prominent incubators and accelerators, as well as Israel and other countries, are sending their best and brightest startups to compete at eMerge Americas Innovate Challenge, which will be offering $250,000 in prizes, Medina said.

Medina’s larger vision is to help build an “Innovation Center of the Americas” with a data center, office and incubator space, living facilities and expo center with the support of the real estate community, he said. But that’s next, he said; for now he is focused on making eMerge a success and asked for the community's support.

“I'm a big believer in if you want to win a war, you have to win one battle at a time,” he said.

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