With more than 100 speakers and about a dozen events, contests, expos and parties, next month’s eMerge Americas Techweek will bring together executives and entrepreneurs from large technology companies and emerging ventures throughout South Florida and Latin America. Together with leaders from Miami’s key industries, such as healthcare and entertainment, they will explore technological advances and trends and shine a spotlight on the region’s emerging tech community.
eMerge Americas Techweek, May 2-7, will be the inaugural conference produced by the Technology Foundation of the Americas, an organization founded by tech entrepreneur and Terremark founder Manny Medina. It’s not just a conference, it’s the kickoff of a movement, said Diane Sanchez, CEO of the Technology Foundation of the Americas.
“The foundation’s objective is to ignite a vision of Miami as the technology hub of the Americas. We will do this by leveraging the unique features of the Miami region to build a new model for technology centers and be the catalyst that combines the South Florida technology community of today with Miami's Latin American connections and cultural assets to achieve that vision,” she said.
At the heart of Techweek will be the summits, Sanchez said. More than 100 experts will talk about the latest developments in technology, their application to their fields and the implications for the future. A few of the speakers include Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal; Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures; Dave Thomas, managing director of Intel Capital; Peter Diamandis, CEO of XPrize; and Armando Christian Pérez, better known as Pitbull.
Surrounding the summits will be activities and events involving South Florida’s entrepreneurship community. For instance, more than 100 startups from South Florida and Latin America will be chosen to exhibit in Startup Village, and some of them will take part in the Launch Competition, with $200,000 in prizes. There will also be a hackathon in which hackers will solve problems for the social good in emerging markets, with $30,000 in prizes. STEM Tech Olympiad will involve students of all ages in robotics, coding, the maker movement and green design, and students from Miami-Dade and Broward County schools will be bussed in for the events. Looking to hire? There will also be a job fair.
“But eMerge Americas Techweek will not be all serious work,” Sanchez said. “The Celebrate Innovation Party will rock the New World Center with world-class entertainment. A Techweek Fashion Show, a Food Truck Face-off, Techweek Bars for networking and a Lincoln Road Street Party will all add to the fun.”