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NBCUniversal programming plans for eMerge Americas unveiled

eMerge Americas founder Manny Medina and Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, speak at the closing of the inaugural eMerge Americas. Pitbull will return as a speaker at this year’s event.
eMerge Americas founder Manny Medina and Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, speak at the closing of the inaugural eMerge Americas. Pitbull will return as a speaker at this year’s event.

The upcoming Miami technology conference eMerge Americas will be covered live on popular programs such as CNBC’s Fast Money, MSNBC’s The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart and Telemundo’s Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart, Un Nuevo Dia and Al Rojo Vivo.

CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News and Telemundo announced the news Friday morning, and Manny Medina, Miami technology pioneer and founder of eMerge Americas, and Telemundo and MSNBC anchor José Diaz-Balart highlighted some of the plans, including for his shows, at a gathering in Miami Beach Thursday night. eMerge Americas takes place May 1-5, with the main conference May 4-5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Now heading into its second year, the conference is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees. It will include a Government Innovation Summit, a Startup Showcase, Country Pavilions and a Women, Innovation & Technology summit, as well as speakers, panel discussions, contests, an expo and networking opportunities. Keynote speakers include author Deepak Chopra; Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square and LaunchCode; and Armando Christian Perez, also known as Pitbull.

Medina told the crowd he founded eMerge Americas because he believed there was a need for a tech hub of the Americas, and the partnership with NBCUniversal will accelerate the effort to build it in Miami. “If we come together as a community, Miami can have tech,” he said.

As part of the three-year media partnership between eMerge Americas and the NBCUniversal News Group announced in January, coverage plans include:

▪ CNBC’s Fast Money (airs at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday), anchored by Melissa Lee, will broadcast live from the event. In addition, CNBC’s Chief International Correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will report live from eMerge Americas for CNBC’s Business Day programming.

▪ MSNBC’s The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart (9 a.m. weekdays) will broadcast live Monday, May 4, and MSNBC reporters will cover eMerge Americas live for msnbc.com/shift.

▪ Miami-based Telemundo plans coverage on multiple programs. Telemundo’s Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart (noon Sunday) will air a segment about eMerge on May 3. Telemundo’s Diego Schoening will report live May 4 and May 5 for Un Nuevo Día (7 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday). Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo (4 p.m. Monday-Friday), hosted by María Celeste Arrarás, will feature stories about fashion and technology.

In addition, NBCUniversal network websites will live-stream portions of eMerge Americas, and NBC News’ Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, MSNBC, Díaz-Balart and CNBC’s Melissa Lee will moderate panels at the event, NBCUniversal said. The NBCUniversal News Group of on-air and digital news properties in the world reaches more than 147 million people each month.

For more information about eMerge Americas and tickets: emergeamericas.org.

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