Rebrand Your Skills: Photoshop and Illustrator 101 8/29/15

Rebrand Your Skills: Photoshop and Illustrator 101
Saturday, 08/29/2015 – 09:00 am – 01:30 pm
newKrakenFilmGate Interactive
90 NW 29TH Street,
miami, Florida 33127
Website
Cost: $10-15

Do you think your work speaks for itself, so there is no need to self-promote? Hesitation to self-promote can hurt your career. But we’re all shy… So let’s use images to do the talking for us! Posters, business cards, stickers and more, create your own brand.
This workshop will help you expand the exposure and overall reach of your film project, all through the use of traditional media: print, layout, and branding. Learn the history of print in the film industries and why these techniques are still being used today. Gain knowledge on design principles using photoshop and illustrator, mastering the language and practices of designers today.

The workshop covers a brief history of print in the film industry, followed by two tutorials of illustrator and photoshop.

Key terms covered:

-CMYK
-RGB
-JPG
-PNG
-PDF
-BLEED
-Translucency
-Shapes
-Bitmap
-Vector
-Outlines
-Proofing
-Exporting

TICKETS
$10 Early Bird
$15 General Admission
$8 for Members

StoryCode Miami 8/26/15

StoryCode Miami
Wednesday, 08/26/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
sc_logo_colorsFilmGate Interactive
90 NW 29TH Street,
miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

STORYCODE MIAMI RETURNS ON AUGUST 26TH!
The third installment of 2015, StoryCode celebrates artists creating immersive media projects in Miami.
StoryCode is a platform for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers to share their work. At each event, South Florida creatives present their immersive and multi-platform projects, and discuss their interactive experiences, challenges, solutions and their future.

MAMP Labs Workshop 7/14/15

MAMP Labs Workshop
Tuesday, 07/14/2015 – 09:00 am – 12:00 pm
mamp-7-14-hiveVenture Hive
1010 NE 2 Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
None Link
Cost: $35

Art + Tech Connection: Leveraging the Power of Local Tech and Startups.

Join us for an interactive, forward thinking discussion on exploring ways in which we can connect local arts to the tech boom of Miami.

Startup Weekend Miami 5/29/15, 5/30/15, 5/31/15

Startup Weekend Miami
Friday, 05/29/2015 – 05/31/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
Adam-SWVenture Hive
1010 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $74 using discount code LIVEANSWER for $25 OFF the regular priced $99 tickets

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and wannapreneurs come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.

Cost of Tickets-$74 using discount code LIVEANSWER for $25 OFF the regular priced $99 tickets

If you have ever had the startup itch and wanted to know if that idea of yours has any real viable business potential Startup Weekend is the place to form a team and build a business plan with a minimum viable product to test market and investor interest.

We are a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and startup enthusiasts. They gather to to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch, the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

Meet your future co-founders or the opportunity to get one-on-one mentorship from VCs, Angels and some of the most recognized startup leaders in Miami.

We are seeking for Miami’s most diverse talented crowd of developers, designers, marketers, people with ideas to pitch or that just want to experience and get their feet wet into the tech scene.

Sunday Post-Party Presented By Live Answer will be held in the Key Biscayne home of Miami entrepreneur Adam Boalt, CEO of LiveAnswer where Miami Dolphin’s DJ Supersede will be performing.

Become an Irresistible Brand 5/21/15

Become an Irresistible Brand
Thursday, 05/21/2015 – 08:30 am – 03:30 pm
Irresistible-Brand-Workshop-May21The Ideal Marketing Agency
40 Island Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $495

This one day workshop hosted at The Standard, Miami Beach is going to teach you Social Media and Brand Strategy 101. If Social Media seems like a ratrace – or you’re having trouble getting through the clutter online – or whatever you’re doing isn’t working, this workshop is for you.

Who Should Attend?
Business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to see more results from their social media marketing.

What Will Be Covered?
A Social Media Strategy is having a process for reaching your ideal customer consistently, so you can generate as much business as you want. Social media is the easiest way to find new customers.

– what makes some brands incredibly successful on social media
– how to leverage your brand’s uniqueness to create a powerful connection with the people who can’t wait to buy from you
– how to make your ideal customer a fan for life and share your posts
– how to develop a signature look and feel that translates your branding to social media posts, pins, tweets, and grams
– the exact method to design a process for consistently attracting, engaging and retaining new business with social media

What else do I get?

– a light breakfast and lots of coffee and tea
– a gorgeous garden lunch, included
– a complimentary one-hour follow-up with the instructors, so we can get into all the juicy details of your business and your needs
– a course packet jam-packed with tools and resources, so you can create more beautiful & irresistible branded digital content
– the social media management system the course instructors developed to plan your content calendar and keep you on track

What is not covered?
All strategies we teach are organic (free) strategies. We do not cover Ads, SEO, or Pay per click. Those are covered in our advanced workshop series.

Where do I register?
See the event link above. When you visit our webpage, click register.

2nd Session of “A Conversation With Innovative Women”

Innovative Women Hacking The Startup Life

This was the second in the series of conversations with innovative women titled “Hacking the Startup Life”, hosted byLuminary Central, Crea7ive Interactive Advertising, and Pipeline Brickell. Its aim was to engage the panelists in a discussion regarding common obstacles women entrepreneurs face, and what methods they developed to overcome them.

The entrepreneurs involved in this session were Birame Sock from FlyScan, Dawn Sole from Pluck N’ File, and Tamar Lucien from CanUStart. The event was masterfully moderated by Luminary Central‘s own Christine Johnson.

The event kicked off with interesting facts from each of the founders that shed some light on how they now face obstacles. Dawn used to play football for an all boys team, Tamar has family gingerbread house building competitions that encourage the demolition of other’s structures, and Birame responds to an irrate note with the gift of a can opener.

The conversation was fluid and directed by Christine with various pointed questions. Some of the responses are highlighted below:

Have you ever experienced an unconcious bias as a woman in the startup world?

Birame responded with an experience she had when sitting in the office of a VC in Boston. “I was sitting in the office waiting for my appointment. The door was open while we were waiting. The guy I was meeting walks by and looks in. Walks by again, and looks in. Walks by a third time and says “You’re my meeting?”. After I said yes he said “Well I have a hard stop in 10 minutes, what’s your business plan?” Two hours later he called his assistant to cancel his lunch meeting to continue our conversation.”

Are there moments when you under estimate yourself?

Dawn replied with “We all experience it, but I’ve realized it’s all in how you talk to yourself. Now I force myself to look in the mirror and say “You’re the champ” repeatedly.”

How do you overcome fear or other inner struggles?

Tamar stated “I’ve learned you just have to call it for what it is. If you’re upset, just say you’re upset. I have to own my feelings and let them out and then move onto the next thing.”

There were many other impactful moments and lessons shared by these three great founders. The insight they shared with the audience was relatable, actionable, and inspiring. Numerous audience members stated how valuable they found the experience and the actionable advice they were going to implement immediately.

We are looking forward to the next session in the series of conversations with innovative women.

Follow Darryl on Twitter @ddoonie

For those that were not able to attend, you can watch the entire session below:

 

eMerge Americas 5/1/15 – 5/5/15

eMerge Americas
emergeamericasMay 1 – May 5, 9:00am – 10:00pm
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

eMerge Americas will once again shine a spotlight on the leading innovations impacting industries across the Americas. Over 10,000 entrepreneurs, global thought leaders, business titans and tech enthusiasts are expected to return to Miami Beach for an even bigger and better seven-day experience that is uniquely Miami.

From stimulating keynote addresses to EXPO floor experiences, there’s something exciting happening at every turn. Be sure to catch the speakers and topics that most interest you. Check out the agenda to plan your time or download the eMerge App to customize your experience even more.

INNOVATE
Brings together the best and brightest from the startup and funding ecosystems. This diverse summit features keynotes and topics that impact various industries yet all focused on innovation.

MEGA
Showcases innovators from the music, entertainment and gaming industries. A vibrant and engaging summit which will surely draw a crowd as celebrities and industry leaders discuss transforming trends.

HEALTH
Holds the promise of making us healthier, stronger, and smarter by radically transforming healthcare access and economics. Whether discussing the New Era of HealthTech, the future of Nanobiophysics, or the impact of policy, this summit dives into the latest themes surrounding health.

EDTECH
Demonstrates the latest tools and best practices in education that are revolutionizing the way we learn. This summit focuses on how technology is impacting education. What’s the future of education? How are mobility, technology and creativity changing the learning process?

FINANCE
Features thought leaders disrupting the world of finance, sharing how innovation transforms the industry. The global marketplace expansion and increased transactional demands are impacting this sector.

SMART CITIES
Addresses urban challenges and ways to employ technology to create smarter cities. This summit addresses the ever pressing issues impacting urban centers and showcases how technology is being embraced in order to find resilient solutions.

WIT
Women + Tech + Creativity = The Women, Innovation & Technology Summit. It’s a one-day summit, complete with experiential programming, networking opportunities, a Technology & Innovation Fashion Show, and much more. Top female professionals from different industries discuss how they are transforming the business landscape through technology and innovation. Monday, May 4th.

Networking Events
By day, eMerge Americas engages attendees with summit panels, keynote addresses, Startup presentations, and much more. Once the sun sets, the evening celebrations are just as thrilling, with energetic social gatherings designed to embrace the essence of Miami. Networking events are held at Miami’s most innovative venues including the New World Center and 1111 Lincoln Road. With an entertainment lineup that celebrates the diversity of the local talent, the after-hours scene at eMerge Americas is just the place for attendees to relax, mingle and be in the mix with Miami’s best.

The 2nd annual eMerge Americas Hackathon is on!
Are you passionate about your city? Are you a developer, designer, or just plain interested in making a meaningful change through technology? In partnership with Miami Dade College and Ironhack, this year’s eMerge Americas Hackathon is looking for people like you to help build Smart Cities. Wait, scratch that…GENIUS Cities. On May 2nd, you and your team will have 24 hours to work on something innovative and impactful. Compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

A Conversation with Innovative Women 4/9/15

A Conversation with Innovative Women
Thursday, 04/09/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
Innovative-Woman-Post-2_1Pipeline Brickell
1101 Brickell Ave South Tower – 8th Floor,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

We’re excited to announce the 2nd session of “A Conversation with Innovative Women” presented by Crea7ive Interactive Advertising, Luminary Central, and Pipeline Workspaces. We’ll be covering topics about diversity, overcoming obstacles, and celebrating successes.

Panelists include: Birame Sock – FlyScan, Dawn Sole – Pluck N’ File, Tamar Lucien – Can U Start

Seating is limited.

2nd Annual MIA Music Summit

The second annual MIA Music Summit took place on March 26th and delivered on its promise of “Silicon Valley and Miami Rock Together”. Industry leaders, live performances, celebrated artists, and curated startups took part for a day of discussion about the future of the music.

Demian Bellumio, from Senzari, and the MIA Collective gathered some of today’s leading digital music experts, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the globe to discuss the intersection of music and technology and the future. Primary moderators Derrick Ashong and Lilia Luciano skillfully kept the audience engaged while eliciting insightful responses from the curated panel.

Miami Music Summit 2015

The event fittingly took place at the historic Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. The experience began, and was maintained throughout the day, with DJ Guti Talavera showcasing his scratching and beat juggling skills. Live performances were quite refreshing, especially from Sony’s first digital artist Raquel Sofia, who also shared her journey as a singer using social media platforms to ignite her career.

Liv Buli

Liv Buli from Next Big Sound provided a data driven overview of the industry and touched on the creative ways they are using data to consistently predict who the next big artist will be.

Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam beamed in from Colombia via Skype to discuss his re-emergence as a relevant artist. He attributes the majority of his success to the platform Instagram and his ability to upload 15 second clips. Social platforms allowed him to build a significant and loyal following. He used this brand to strengthen his bargaining power while sitting down with Sony to negotiate a deal favourable to himself.

David Guetta

The event’s panelists were all passionate about the future of the business, the opportunities being revealed, and the changing dynamics within the industry. Advertising panelists introduced interesting trends shifting to more native type ads, with high fidelity sound, and playlist creation by brands. Robby Towns introduced the history and evolution of the EDM music industry while Jean Charles-Carre revealed the 20-year journey of David Guetta’s career.

The startup showcases revealed companies accomplishing amazing things. From UpClose‘s live communication tool that is platform indifferent to Bandhub that allows random individuals to collaborate musically together. Miami companies Muzik and SoStereo impressed the audience with their offerings. This impressive showing bodes well for the future of the industry.MIA Music Summit 2015 was an amazingly educational, inspirational, and revealing event. We can’t imagine how next year’s event can be even bigger and better, but we know it will be.

Follow Darryl on Twitter @ddoonie

Smart City Startups 4/23/15

Smart City Startups
Thursday, 04/23/2015 – 02:00 pm – 08:00 pm
SCS-LogoWynwood Warehouse Project
450 Northwest 27th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $15.00

Meet 100 of the leading founders from around the globe, who are working to make cities better.

Test ride Onewheel, Zboard and Whill at the mobility test track. Experience the smart home exhibit full of the latest in smart tech from firms like Rachio and Heatworks. And see next generation software for law enforcement like Mark43 and aerial mapping from Icarus Aerials.

The Smart City Startups Festival is a unique opportunity to see, try and ride the very best emerging technologies from 100 of todays leading startups that are re-imagining cities. You can meet their creators, too.

You can hear about the future of cities from award-winning sci-fi author and researcher, Ramez Naam, who Wired has described as “Scary Good”. And CNNMoney’s Aimee Rawlins will discuss the changing meaning of “location, location, location” in the face of massive changes in mobility technologies.

We’ll also ask for your opinion to help us select 3 startups to bring to South Florida to take on challenges in areas like mobility, economic development and climate change.
Smart City Startups is made possible with support from Knight Foundation, Direct Energy, The National League of Cities, Max Borges Agency, Cognicity and Urban.Us. With their support, we are able to invite the very best Urbantech startups to Miami.

Photographs of Rokk3r Labs 3rd Year Anniversary at The Annex on 3/20/15

Rokk3r Labs 3rd Year Anniversary at The Annex on Friday, March 20, 2015.

“Rokk3r Labs is a unique platform where entrepreneurs partner with our strategists, creatives, and engineers to cobuild and launch amazing companies.”

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Future Painting 3/14/15

Future Painting
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
posterViophilia
164, 20 Northwest 1st Court,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Future Painting, is the culmination of 4 years of research into video mapped paintings and will feature various approaches to integrating video and technology into mixed-media collage paintings. Through the use of video projections on top of physical paintings and translucent collages created directly on the face of video screens, Justin Wood transforms and twists the physical composition into a mesmerizing psychedelic experience. These works challenge the viewers perception of where the physical world ends and where the digital world begins and asks the question, Can painting and video exist at the same time? The show will also feature a site specific interactive wall painting that will respond to the depth and motion of the viewer through the use of a Kinect sensor, and allow the viewer to transform the video with their movement.

GCVCA’s 2nd Annual Expo Showcasing Entrepreneurs

We attended the 2nd annual Gold Coast Venture Capital Association (GCVCA) Expo on February 24, alongside 600+ fellow patrons. The rooms were packed wall to wall with enthusiastic entrepreneurs, investors, and other related parties all anticipating meeting the carefully curated exhibitors and listening to the two illuminating speaker panels.

GCVCA’s mission is to provide a forum to share information that is pertinent to and develop relationships among entrepreneurs, investors and service providers in Florida’s Gold Coast, roughly defined as Palm Beach to Miami. It is safe to say they overwhelmingly accomplished this mission with the Expo.

Bob Fitts, president of GCVCA, granted us access to the VIP Reception, which allowed us time to meet with him and all of the exhibiting entrepreneurs. Bob mentioned that one key to the success of this Expo was the significant consideration they gave to selecting each exhibiting entrepreneur. GCVCA wanted to ensure there were an adequate variety of pre-screened companies available for their investor members to converse with.

Bob Fitts

The GCVCA Expo afforded us the opportunity to meet very interesting companies that don’t frequent the Miami circuit.

One such company was a watchmaker named EnergyBionics that creates watches that have a mini solar panel on the face, stores energy, and then can be used to recharge your smartphone or other electronic device.

EnergyBionics

Another company was Prometheon whose slogan was “This is not for pricks”. Their patent-pending technology is a transdermal platform that allows for the delivery of large molecule drugs across the skin. Simply stated, they can deliver drugs like insulin through a patch thereby replacing tons of needles with a single patch.

Prometheon

There were many other stand-out companies, many from Miami, that were granted the opportunity to pitch to a captive audience of investors – all thanks to the GCVCA. You can see the full list of exhibitors here – http://www.gcvcaexpo.org/start-ups/

The other highlight of the evening was the panels. Great insights, strategies, and actionable suggestions were shared throughout the educational evening.

Speaking with various angel investors present we asked what they were specifically looking for in an investment. The top three were:

  1. An actual revenue model leading to a sustainable business
  2. A team with the capabilities to lead and grow a company
  3. A clear and thought out marketing and sales strategy

The 2015 GCVCA Expo was another resounding success. The buzz throughout the night was both electric and contagious, even more so than last year’s Expo. We are eagerly anticipating next year’s Expo!

SMCSF Presents the Future of Automobiles 2/18/15

SMCSF Presents the Future of Automobiles
autoFeb 18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Miami Ad School Wynwood
571 North West 28th St
Miami, Florida 33127

No more texting and driving, find out how the automotive industry is integrating the latest technologies to enhance your driving experience!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite:

Join us on February 18th as we take an in-depth look at how social media and technology is changing the automotive industry.

Our panel discussion includes General Motors, Audi of North America, DHL’s Formula racing program, and automotive historian and journalist, Myles Kornblatt.

This meetup is free thanks to our hosting venue, the incredible Miami Ad School

This is a free public event, everyone is welcome to join. The purpose of SMCSF is to promote media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.

We bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaborators for open sharing of knowledge and opinions.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/smcsf-presents-the-future-of-automobiles-tickets-15710827508

Learn more and join the ongoing conversation on SMCSF’s Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/smcsf/ or by following #SMCSF.

PechaKucha Miami: The City of the Future 2/20/15

PechaKucha Miami: The City of the Future
Friday, 02/20/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Young-Patrons-PechaKucha-Miami-City-of-the-Future-Miami-Science-MuseumFrost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33133
RSVP Link
Cost: Suggested donation $10

Travel into the future with five local and international guest speakers for The City of the Future PechaKucha presented by the Frost Science Young Patrons as part of the Frost Science’s multi-day Innovation and Engineering Weekend: Building the City of the Future. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy beverages while making their very own pottery through a special Maker’s activity. The evening will conclude by the “rake” kiln fire while the pottery is cured for guests to take home. Music by Dani Nicole and complimentary libations courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, Mandarine Napoleon, ZIOBAFFA, Lucky Buddha and Lemon City Tea. Also featured will be the Miami Cityscapes artworks, where ten local artists shared their vision for the city of the future, and a special light installation in the Planetarium. This event is part of the global PechaKucha Night worldwide.

Black Tech Week 2/23/15 – 2/28/15

Black Tech Week
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Miami Dade College – North Campus
11380 Northwest 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167
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Black Tech Week is a week long series of events celebrating innovators of color during the last week of Black History Month. The Black Tech Week steering committe has invited top technologist, startup founders, venture capitalist, world leaders, grassroots activists and thought leaders to present at our 2 day summit, VC/Mentor mixer, Hour of Tech at Miami Dade County Schools, and a community hackathon as well as two pitch competetion.

MIA Music Summit 3/26/15

MIA Music Summit
March 26, 8:00am – 6:00pm
miamusicsummitColony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
mms.co

MIA Music Summit will gather some of today’s leading digital music experts, startups and investors from around the globe in order to discuss the latest trends that are at the intersection of music and technology.

The MIA Music Summit is designed to inform and entertain all those passionate about music and its future. If you love music and are curious about its digital future, you can’t miss this event.

Speakers:
Bora Celik, Jukely
David Jimison, F#
Dean Chandler, Wahwah Networks
Gabriel “GABE Mac” Mcintyre, College Of Arts In Utrecht
Jonathan Barnes, 8tracks
Katerina Markov, Atom Factory
Liv Buli, Next Big Sound
Mary Redondo, Havas Sports & Entertainment
Robby Towns, Nestamusic / Edmtcc / Music Business Association
Chris Boos, Arago / Senzari
Dean Bolte, Omnifone
Derrick Ashong, Amp.It
Gary Brotman, Qualcomm Allplay
Justin Golshiir, Justgo.Com
Lilia Luciano, Coinspire
Martin Varsavsky, Fon
Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie
Steve Martocci, Splice

Brainfood @ The LAB w/ Jim McKelvey 2/26/15

Brainfood @ The LAB w/ Jim McKelvey
Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The LAB Miami
400 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Eventbrite

Solving the Tech Talent Shortage
Join us as Mr. McKelvey discusses innovative solutions to the tech talent shortage.

Schedule
6:30-7:00pm – Registration & Networking
7:00-7:30pm – Keynote Interview moderated by Marco Giberti
7:30-8:00pm – Audience Q&A
8:00-8:30pm – Wrap-up & Networking

Jim McKelvey (Guest Speaker)
Jim McKelvey is a successful entrepreneur, artist, author and inventor. Co-founder of the groundbreaking mobile payments company Square, Mr. McKelvey helped set the stage for a major e-commerce disruption. His latest project, LaunchCode, is aiming to solve the tech talent shortage and create pathways to economic opportunity through apprenticeships and job placements. In addition to his business ventures, Jim is a best-selling author and glassblowing artist.

Marco Giberti (Moderator)
Mr. Giberti is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 20 years of intensive experience in marketing and communications with focus on the media, internet and events industry. After several years in a successful career as a corporate executive at Apple computers, Mr. Giberti decided to give free rein to his entrepreneurial spirit and became:

• Co-founder and Board Member of Mind Opener, a leading publishing group in Latin America that was later sold to British Pearson Media Group, and
• Co-founder and Board Member of e-mind, an internet and media communications company that was sold to Liberty Media.
• President, CEO and co-founder of Mind Trainer, a firm specialized in the organization of major regional trade-shows and events.

After a very successful growth, regional expansion and partnerships, including a long term relationship with E.J.Krause, Reed Elsevier bought a controlling position in the business in the year 2005, and Mr. Giberti became its president and regional partner for the events and trade show division in Latin America.Over the course of his business career, Mr. Giberti has been awarded a number of distinctions in his field, including, among others, Entrepreneur of the year Award and was named one of the top 100 most influential people on the global convention and exhibition business by the Trade Show Week magazine. Mr. Giberti is a Harvard Business School OPM Graduate, and member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization.

Brainfood @ The LAB is a monthly, hands-on discussion with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and CEOs from around the world. These monthly gatherings will help local startups and entrepreneurs understand the opportunities and challenges of launching and growing a business. Every participant will leave with a wealth of new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career.

CodeAcross 2015 2/21/15

CodeAcross 2015
Saturday, February 21, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Miami Ad School
571 NW 28 Street
Miami, FL
http://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/events/219794137/

Would you like to see Miami evolve? Join us for CodeAcross 2015.

CodeAcross is a weekend of civic hacking events hosted by the nodes of the Code for America network around the world. CodeAcross is timed to coincide with both the last weekend of the Code for America Fellows residency and International Open Data Day. The theme for CodeAcross 2015 is Principles for 21st Century Government.

This will not be your typical HackAThon! Join us to hack, write and collaborate on four projects:
Miami Answers: Create, organize and help answer some of the Miami community’s most commonly asked questions about their government and local neighborhood.
Open 211: Creating an open-source platform that will serve as a directory for all of Miami-Dade County’s health, human and social services.
Open 311: Use Miami-Dade’s new 311 API to create new visualizations or apps about civic services.
Civic Tech Issues Finder: Solve unresolved civic tech Github issues for Miami and cities around the world.

Who should get involved? Urbanists, writers, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, and anyone with the passion to make their city better.

Breakfast + Lunch will be provided.

The LAB Turns Two 2/20/15

The LAB Turns Two
labturns2flierf28129Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Idea Garden @ The LAB Miami
400 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Register

You are invited to celebrate The LAB Turning two!

On February 20th at 6pm the aptly named Idea Garden will be the place for cake & drinks.

The Idea Garden is one of Wynwood’s few green spaces crowdfunded by RokkerLabs & wonderful people in the community.

In order to show our deep appreciation for all the people that made The LAB Miami a platform for innovation, education, and meaningful connections throughout these two years, we willl provide you with groovy tunes & yummy treats.

Hope to see you there!

Innovation and Engineering Weekend: Building the City of the Future 2/19/15 – 2/22/15

Innovation and Engineering Weekend: Building the City of the Future
Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Info

Come out to the Museum with your family for Innovation & Engineering Weekend, two days of clean tech, green solutions, and lots of hands-on activities themed towards building the city of the future. Help artists and designers build furniture out of recycled materials and participate in other Maker’s activities. Explore the world of tomorrow with new research on immersive 3D environments. See the future of fashion with a special fashion show in the Planetarium, which includes wearable technologies and recycled materials. Meet engineers from around the community and compete in building challenges. Program your own robot, learn about urban gardening and hydroponics, plant your own seedling to take home to your community, participate in tech workshops, explore transportation options of the future from better bicycles (and bike paths) to electric cars, and much more.

Thursday, February 19 (Science Up Close)
Friday, February 20 (City of the Future PechaKucha Night 20×20)
Saturday, February 21 & Sunday, February 22 (Innovation & Engineering Weekend)

Weekend event partners include Best Buy; BYO-Lab; Critical Craft Forum; DesignLab Miami; Moonlighter Miami; Earth Friendly Products; EcoTech Visions; Everglades Foundation; FIU School of Architecture; FIU’s Society of Women Engineers; Gehl Studio; Health in the Hood; FIA Formula E Championship Miami ePrix; Miami Industrial Arts; REM Learning Center; Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School Environmental Club; Starbot; 3D StuffMaker USA; The Green Group; The Underline; Urban Impact; WB Engineering; UM’s American Society of Civil Engineers and more.

Guests will also be able to exclusively view the Spark-Renault SRT_01E racecar on behalf of the FIA Formula E Championship Miami ePrix, the fifth stop on the world’s first fully electric racing series’ 2014-15 calendar.

Children 12 years old and younger are free with paid adult admission.

Food will be available for purchase by Cheeseburger Baby and Box of Chacos food trucks.

SMCSF Presents the Future of Automobiles 2/18/15

SMCSF Presents the Future of Automobiles
Wednesday, February 18, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Miami Ad School
571 NW 28th Street
Miami, FL 33127

No more texting and driving — find out how the automotive industry is using technology to enhance your driving experience.

Join us on February 18th as we take an in-depth look at how social media is changing the automotive industry.

Our panel discussion includes General Motors, Audi of North America, DHL’s Formula racing program, and automotive historian and journalist, Myles Kornblatt.

This meetup is free thanks to our hosting venue, the incredible Miami Ad School

This is a free public event, everyone is welcome to join. The purpose of SMCSF is to promote media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.

We bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaborators for open sharing of knowledge and opinions.

Learn more and join the ongoing conversation on SMCSF’s Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/smcsf/ or by following #SMCSF

Filmgate Interactive, Learn. Do. Share. – An Open Space For Collaboration, Design Fiction & Social Innovation 2/7/15

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Filmgate Interactive, Learn. Do. Share. – An Open Space For Collaboration, Design Fiction & Social Innovation
Sunday, 02/07/2015 – 02/08/2015 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
lds-image-3The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
More Info Link
Cost: (305) 531-1001

Filmgate Interactive presents “Learn Do Share,” a roving event that mobilizes social innovation initiatives from around the world. Produced in collaboration with Reboot Stories, this workshop will welcome high-school teens, ages 14 to 19, to prototype, design and storyboard their wish for the future. Each event will take place over a three-day period that’s structured as a think tank, and is geared towards bringing together a tangible and realistic framework for resolution. Topics will range from DIY Urbanism and Youth Unemployment, to The Future of Education and The Sharing Economy. The Learn. Do. Share. at Filmgate will be led by Weiler and Megalis Martinez, Impact Designer of Reboot Stories and Board Member on LA Makerspace.

Pioneers at MDC: Jim McKelvey 1/14/15

Pioneers at MDC: Jim McKelvey
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
mckelveyThe Idea Center
315 NE 2nd Ave
Building 8, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33132

PIONEERS @ MDC is a monthly series at The Idea Center that will bring game-changers from all industries to share the trials and triumphs of building their ideas. Our next pioneer is Jim McKelvey: Co-Founder & Founder, Company: Square & LaunchCode

Engage in conversation with Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square, a $6 billion company that revolutionized the mobile payment industry.

Jim is also the founder of, LaunchCode, a non-profit organization that creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. Have you ever been turned down based on a lack of experience or degree? Thanks to LaunchCode, you can land your dream job without worrying about experience.

Jacqueries Part 1: Second Performance 2/8/15

Jacqueries Part 1: Second Performance
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0113The Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance 2/8/15

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0112Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance 2/7/15

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0110Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling: When World Becomes Fiction with Patric Jean 2/7/15

Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling: When World Becomes Fiction with Patric Jean
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-019Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

It Is now possible to tell stories using non-linear storytelling.

The wall between a fiction and the real world doesn’t exist anymore. The world becomes a total platform. Are we characters? Are we discovering an old situation with new eyes? What are the consequences of this new situation? Who are the puppet masters of our lives ? Should we feel responsible as authors and as citizens? Is it just an evolution?

Or just a new world?

ABOUT THE HOST

Patric Jean was born in Belgium in 1968. He studied theatre, litterature and cinema at Brussels University (ULB), Royal Brussels Conservatoire and at INSAS (cinema school). He directed severals documentary films for theater and television. He also worked on non-linear experiences like “Lazarus Mirages”.

He’s a pro-feminist and anti-prostitution activist. He published a first book about prostitution abolition in 2014. His next book (2015) is about men’s engagement for equality. He’s preparing a feature film about prisons (2015).

Digital VFX Lab with Wally Rodriguez 2/7/15

Digital VFX Lab with Wally Rodriguez
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 11:00 am – 01:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-018Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

This post-production workshop will consist of a showing of “before and after” visual effects sequences and breakdowns demonstrating the creation of various types visual effects. Attendees will be shown examples of many forms of visual effects commonly used by leaders in the industry, including:

common cleanup and scene enhancements,
set extensions,
virtual environments,
beautification
scene re-lighting.
The ways in which modern color correction tools are used as a visual effect to improve most scenes will also be presented. The workshop will close with a short discussion about digital cameras and their role in production and visual effect, as well as a question and answer session.

ABOUT THE HOST

Wally Rodriguez a master of Flame, the premiere digital manipulation device in the visual effects industry. He was the second client worldwide to take delivery of the innovative system and continues to be instrumental in it’s development.

With over twenty years of experience, Wally’s hard work and perseverance has been recognized along the way. He has been the recipient of an Emmy award and various Telly, Addy and PROMAX awards.

Interactive Tech Playground 2/7/15

Interactive Tech Playground
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-017Loews Hotel South Beach
1601 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

The TECH PLAYGROUND is over 7000 square feet of exhibitor space, including an EXHIBITOR CENTER STAGE for seminars & product presentations and an interactive set with live actors. The TECH PLAYGROUND is the perfect opportunity to inform and educate your audience. The curated exhibitor floor is limited to only 20 companies.

We currently have our staff seeking out new technology companies that add to our mantra as a creative festival and inviting them to FilmGate Interactive. In the upcoming weeks we will featuring them throughout our website & social media platforms. Stay tuned in.

FilmGate Interactive Presents: {The And} Game 2/6/15

FilmGate Interactive Presents: {The And} Game
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-016Bass Museum
2100 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Webpage Link
Cost:

The { } And: http://theand.us/

Interactive Tech Playground 2/6/15

Interactive Tech Playground
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-015Loews Hotel South Beach
1601 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

The TECH PLAYGROUND is over 7000 square feet of exhibitor space, including an EXHIBITOR CENTER STAGE for seminars & product presentations and an interactive set with live actors. The TECH PLAYGROUND is the perfect opportunity to inform and educate your audience. The curated exhibitor floor is limited to only 20 companies.

We currently have our staff seeking out new technology companies that add to our mantra as a creative festival and inviting them to FilmGate Interactive. In the upcoming weeks we will featuring them throughout our website & social media platforms. Stay tuned in.

Creating Immersive Media Projects: A Hands-On Workshop 2/6/15

Creating Immersive Media Projects: A Hands-On Workshop
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-014Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

There are a ton of amazing immersive media projects being created these days, but rarely do people discuss the process for how these types of projects actually get made.

The form is still so new that it can feel like a bit of a mystery. This workshop will answer questions like:

What are the key steps in conceiving and creating immersive media projects?
What are the phases and what activities happen in each of them?
What tools do you use in each phase?
What are the types of team members you need and how do you find them?
The workshop will commence with a hands-on paper prototyping exercise where we put what we’ve discussed to use.

This workshop is limited to 20 attendees. Creators should come with a project that they are working on (as well as a laptop/tablet if they wish).

ABOUT THE HOST

A digital veteran of 20 years, Mike Knowlton has always pushed the boundaries of storytelling and technology. He is a recognized leader in the global Transmedia community and is the Co-Founder of the non-profit, immersive storytelling community StoryCode. His work at StoryCode has created a vibrant cross-discipline community of innovative creators. StoryCode programs immersive media case study presentations, Transmedia education workshops, and Story Hackathons. He led in the production of the first-ever Story Hackathon, an event that was covered by Forbes, The Washington Post, and PBS. Mike’s background spans design, programming, advertising, sales/fund-raising, production, and filmmaking.

Futurestates 2/4/15

Futurestates
Wednesday, 02/04/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-013O Cinema
90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost:

What will America look like in 10, 15, even 20 years? Futurestates, the revolutionary series produced by ITVS, has been proposing answers to these questions since 2010. For its fifth and final season, Futurestates is presented as an immersive online video experience featuring short films that imagine robots with feelings, what education looks like in a wired world, and the future of prisons and our penal system. The central question at the heart of Futurestates is how technologies we may take for granted have a profound effect on our capacity to feel, create, live… and be human.

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage 2/3/15

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage
Tuesday, 02/03/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-012Miami Light Project Inc.
404 Northwest 26th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost:

MELANCHOLALALAND

It’s the 21st century, and time to re-invent opera, but in a way that’s more fun, less pretentious, and a little messed up.

MelanchoLalaland™—with music by composer and Florida Atlantic University professor Joey Bargsten and libretto by writer Thea Zimmer—accomplishes this by fusing traditional elements of opera, theater, and dance with new and experimental visual media forms, all set to an electronic music score. MelanchoLalaland™ tells the dark tragi-comic story of three artist/engineers who design mind-altering experiences, enhanced by self-pleasuring technologies and a variety of brain chemicals. They deal with disgruntled employees, corporate takeovers, dissatisfied girlfriends, and cheesy space-aliens.

A PROPER MARRIAGE

Concept / Choreography: Pioneer Winter

A Proper Marriage is a speculative piece that comments on the perceived co-dependence of music and movement, especially live music with dance–underlying properties of a dancer’s dependence on composition, and the musician’s own foresight to create action from sound. Sheet music is attached to the backs of dancers, and the musicians follow the dancer in order to read the music and maintain the melody. Irony rests in the notion that if the dancer moves too quickly and the musician cannot keep up, the music will falter and the dancer’s own rhythm will stop.

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker of Pioneer Winter / Collective. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive Media Conference. Winter also directs Project LEAP (Living Equality through Arts and Performance), a free dance and creative communication program for LGBTQ teens that focuses on teaching how to use the arts for activism and social change. He was recently awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship, and is on faculty of the FIU Honors College. His project Grass Stains was also recently awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA 2/2/15

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA
Monday, 02/02/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-011O Cinema
90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost:

I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. (or NOLA, as we like to call it) is a monthly event hosted by Indie Film Club Miami that gives local musicians, comedians, and filmmakers a platform to show their work. Each month the audience votes for their favorite film by hurling stuffed animals at the director, and the winner is named. At FilmGate Interactive, all of the winning films of the year will screen in one final round, and the winner of I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. 2014 will once again be determined by the audience votes.

Don’t miss the best of the best of South Florida talent at this fun-filled event! And remember, #stayMIA

FilmGate Kickoff Party 1/31/15

FilmGate Kickoff Party
Saturday, 01/31/2015 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-01Miami Light Project Inc.
404 Northwest 26th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost:

FilmGate Interactive is an annual film festival that takes place across multiple venues in Miami. We invite you to join us for the kickoff party where there will be dancing, live music, film and more!

The B.I.G. Summit Technology Conference 1/20/15

The B.I.G. Summit – Technology Conference
Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00am – 6:00pm
bigsummitNew World Center
500 17th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $299 Standard
Use code ROIM99 to save $200 off Standard Tickets.
$499 VIP (includes preferred seating, VIP lunch with speakers & special guests, and special gifts)
$99 Student (with ID)
All tickets include, breakfast, lunch, and access to the After Party. Access to all sessions and post summit presentation materials also included.
Register Online

Each year the B.I.G. (Business, Innovation and Growth) Summit welcomes audiences of visionaries, business titans, entrepreneurs, media, business, and community leaders to a day of game-changing BIG ideas and disruptive technologies for propelling business forward.

This year’s Summit will feature keynote speaker Randi Zuckerberg (Facebook early executive), as well as Peter Rubin (Wired Magazine Senior Editor), Elizabeth Baron (Ford), and other noteworthy technology experts outlined in our Speakers section.

The outstanding lineup of global business leaders will discuss some of the most challenging and important issues of business, education, and entertainment in today’s ever-changing environment. Attendees will gain insight into how best to utilize the rapidly advancing world of technology to gain a competitive edge.

The B.I.G Summit is about fostering the culture of innovation, cutting-edge technology, intellectual support, and helping attendees identify and access resources that will fuel each stage of their business and the engine for economic vitality.

Brainfood Speaker Series presents Martin Varsavsky 1/15/15

Brainfood Speaker Series presents Martin Varsavsky
Thursday, January 15, 2015m 6:30PM, 8:30PM
Martin Varsavsky - 14The LAB Miami
400 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Get Your Tickets

Join us as Mr. Varsavsky leads a discussion about entrepreneurship worldwide.
NOTE: The date has been changed from January 14th to January 15th, 2015

6:30-7:00pm – Registration & Networking
7:00-7:30pm – Keynote Interview moderated by Marco Giberti
7:30-8:00pm – Audience Q&A
8:00-8:30pm – Wrap-up & Networking

More about the Speakers
Martin Varsavsky (Guest Speaker)
Founder & CEO of Fon, Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur who lives between Madrid, NYC and Miami, and has founded seven companies over the course of his career. In 1984, while still in college, Varsavsky started his first business, Urban Capital Corporation, one of the early leaders of the loft movement in downtown Manhattan. His current venture, Fon, is the largest WiFi network in the world. Its investors include Atomico, British Telecom, Coral Group, Skype, Google, and Index Ventures. Since 2012 he has taught entrepreneurship at Columbia University and New York University.

Marco Giberti (Moderator)
Mr. Giberti is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 20 years of intensive experience in marketing and communications with focus on the media, internet and events industry. Over the course of his business career, Mr. Giberti has been awarded a number of distinctions in his field, including, among others, Entrepreneur of the year Award and was named one of the top 100 most influential people on the global convention and exhibition business by the Trade Show Week magazine.

Brainfood @ The LAB is a monthly, hands-on discussion with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and CEOs from around the world. These monthly gatherings will help local startups and entrepreneurs understand the opportunities and challenges of launching and growing a business. Every participant will leave with a wealth of new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career.

January Meet-up: The Future of Journalism 1/20/15

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January Meet-up: The Future of Journalism
journalismTuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00pm
The Stage Miami
170 NE 38th St
Miami Design District
Miami, Florida 33137
This event is free thanks to our sponsor, Verizon Wireless.
RSVP on Facebook
The first 50 guests to arrive will receive a free drink ticket.

The rise of instant information and digital first has left journalism in a state of change. Has self-preservation led to innovation? At our January meet-up, Social Media Club South Florida teams up with PRSA Miami to present an expert panel to discuss the future of journalism. How technology and instantaneous information are reshaping news – not only how it’s discovered and consumed, but also how it’s reported and distributed.

Our esteemed panel will address key issues such as:
• Mobile and media
• Speed vs accuracy
• The new journalist? Part investigator / writer, part sales person
• How integral is SEO
• Independent bloggers and freelancers vs traditional reporters
• The role of citizen journalism
• The profitability forecast

The purpose of SMCSF is to promote media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices. We bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaborators for open sharing of knowledge and opinions. Learn more and join the ongoing conversation on SMCSF’s Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/smcsf/ or by following #SMCSF.

PSRSA Miami is an organization of public relations professionals representing many sectors and industries. It offers a variety of professional development programs and great networking opportunities. More info at http://www.prsamiami.org/

Sime MIA 2014 12/1/14-12/3/14

Sime MIA 2014
December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 8:00am – 6:00pm
simemiaNew World Center
500 17th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Purchase Tickets Online

Sime MIA brings together global thought-leaders from technology, media and the arts to Miami during December 1st, 2nd and 3rd to network and exchange their vision for the future.

Based on Europe ́s first and most vibrant digital business event, Sime – www.sime.nu, est. 1995 in Stockholm, Sweden – in partnership with local tech event producer MIA Collective, we are proud to present Sime MIA, a unique two-day “invitation-only” event that brings together in Miami a fantastic mix of entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, artists, government leaders, technologists and media executives. Past speakers to our events included leaders from globally recognized media and technology companies, such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Viacom, as well as, a wide array of executives from disruptive start-ups in the fast-growing social media, enterprise software, Internet video, gaming, digital music and online advertising sectors, among others. Sime MIA 2014 will take place on Dec. 1st and 2nd, preceding the world-famous Art Basel week, so that guests can be further inspired by the electricity and creativity that overtakes Miami during this special

EcoTech Launch 11/20/14

EcoTech Launch
Thursday, 11/20/2014 – 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Screen-Shot-2014-10-30-at-11.03.46-AM667 Northwest 90th Street
667 Northwest 90th Street,
Miami, Florida 33150
Webpage Link
Cost:

On November 20th 2014, EcoTech Visions opens its doors to the public. The new business incubator and accelerator is designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating, planning, and launching innovative and “green” manufacturing businesses in South Florida.

In collaboration with Give Miami Day, EcoTech Visions is hosting its first benefit for green advocates, the public, city officials, and philanthropist alike. This event features live music by Inner City Youth and Preforming Arts (ICYPA), high school violinists, light fare, auctions, and showcases EcoTech Visions’ facilities.

EcoTech’s mission is to address systemic poverty and climate change through manufacturing and environmentally-conscious ideas.

Garage Manufacturing, How You Can Make Awesome Products 10/2/14

Garage Manufacturing, How You Can Make Awesome Products
Thursday, 10/02/2014 – 10/02/2014 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
eventVenture Hive
1010 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $35

Register today for the next MITEF of South Florida event, “Garage Manufacturing: How You Can Make Awesome Products!” Join our panel of experts in an interactive discussion about the newest tools and techniques empowering entrepreneurs to launch products at breakneck speed. Participants will also have the opportunity to see product demonstrations and parts being made on additive and subtractive machines.

If you have a product idea or are simply curious about the latest technology driving the new product economy, you won’t want to miss this event!

Free Legal Panel: Top 10 IP Issues for Startups – Trademark, Copyright & Patents 8/12/14

Free Legal Panel: Top 10 IP Issues for Startups – Trademark, Copyright & Patents
Tuesday, 08/12/2014 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Venture-Law-ProjectThe LAB Miami
400 NW 26th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Free

What protections can a Trademark, Copyright or Patent offer a starting business? What are the differences and benefits of each?

Hear from prominent Intellectual Property attorneys – Jaime Rich Vining and Mark Stein – about how to tell a Copyright from a Patent or a Trademark and how each of these can help protect your startup business! They will also cover trade secrets and employment agreements.

Also learn how to stay out others’ space and avoid potential infringement claims!

SMW Miami MeetUp at Haven Lounge Miami Beach 7/10/14

image004SMW Miami MeetUp
Thursday, 7/10/14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Haven South Beach
1237 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
RSVP is required to [email protected]
#SMWMiami #LifeLessOrdinary

Eventcrowd and CREATIVAS Group Public Relations invite you to have a taste of the upcoming event that will rock the City of Miami in September.

Meet and network with Miami’s hyper-connected, social influencers, while enjoying cocktails compliments of Finlandia Vodka.

Social Media Day Miami 2014 #SMDayMIA 6/29/14

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Social Media Day Miami 2014 – #SMDayMIA
smdaymia2014Sunday, June 29, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
Register Online to secure your seat.
Website

For Social Media Day 2014, many of Miami’s top social media influencers will come together to produce a one day conference. If you were present last year you have an idea of what an amazing day it was!

This will be the 5th anniversary since Mashable started the event to recognize social media in all its forms. In Miami we have been building a strong social media community and it’s represented when it comes together for this one-day conference / networking opportunity.

Be Social With Us:
+ Hashtag: #smdaymia
+ Facebook
+ Twitter
+ Instagram
+ Google
+ Meetup

Third Annual Tiger Tech Bash at Marlins Park 11/7/14

Third Annual Tiger Tech Bash
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7-11pm
tigerdirectMarlins Park
501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125
www.tigertechbash.com

If you think 10,000 techies is a whole lot of geek power, how about 20,000? This year, TigerDirect has signed with the iconic Marlins Park in Miami to host an even bigger evening of innovation, emerging technology and interactive entertainment for its third annual TigerDirect Tech Bash this fall. Along with the expected bonanza of technology exhibits, demonstrations and large-scale activities, TigerDirect promises several new features, including on-site purchasing and even bigger names in tech.

³We are thrilled to double the size of last year’s Tech Bash and to expose our customers to the latest technology products and innovations,² says Steven Leeds, Director of Corporate Marketing at TigerDirect. ³We are equally excited about our partnerships with local companies and organizations as this is our effort to further propel South Florida into the international tech spotlight.”

With so many groundbreaking changes occurring regularly in the tech world, it is only fitting that the internationally covered Tech Bash would need to expand its offerings to keep up with the current state of affairs. At the 2013 Tech Bash, over 10,000 attendees immersed themselves in a stadium takeover event where 115 exhibitors- including Intel, HP, Lenovo, Dell and others- wowed crowds with activations, product launches and presentations of the latest tablets, laptops, big screens, cloud storage tech and other emerging technologies.

Attendees of this year¹s TigerDirect Tech Bash can expect live media coverage, interactive brand activations and exclusive deals. Additionally, TigerDirect will be letting the kids in on the fun- entry age to open up to 13+. Most notable of the current plethora of updates is allowing consumers to make on-site purchases, allowing attendees a chance to not only test new products, but to also take home exclusive products before the rest of the world has a chance.

Bike.Hack.Make.Drank Launching Republic Bikes at The Lab Miami 6/14/14

Bike.Hack.Make.Drank Launching Republic Bikes at The Lab Miami
Saturday, June 14, 9am-9pm
Republic-Bike-Hack-2014LAB Miami
400 Northwest 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127
RSVP for the HACK portion of the launch.

9am-5pm: HACK: A Bike Sharing System Hackathon
3-6pm: MAKE: A Bike Accessory Make-a-thon
6-9pm: DRANK: A Celebration & Bike Fleet Reveal

Bike on over, hack out a bike share program, make bike accessories with a 3D printer and then finish it all off with a drink! Sound like an obscure itinerary for a Saturday? Not to the folks at The LAB Miami and Republic Bike. Wynwood tech hub, The LAB Miami, will host BIKE / HACK / MAKE / DRANK, a three-part launch event for its new, shared Republic Bike fleet. The custom bikes, branded for program sponsors TigerDirect and MIAMade, will be made available as an added amenity to the entrepreneurial members of The LAB Miami.

As Miami’s most talked about breeding place for innovation and progressive startups, The LAB Miami is centrally-located in Miami’s budding Wynwood neighborhood, an up-and-coming area that still lacks a sense of pedestrian permeability. The area’s hot spots are still significantly spread out; therefore, Miami-based tech retail giant TigerDirect and local maker organization MIAMade came together to provide a sustainable transportation solution for the members of The LAB, the burgeoning creative campus that continues to propel Miami into the international tech spotlight. Republic Bike lent their expertise in developing innovative bike sharing solutions to put together a unique program for The Lab.

To launch The Labs bike program, Republic Bike decided to host the event BIKE / HACK / MAKE / DRANK, at The LAB Miami in an effort to raise awareness for the new program and to spread the word about the importance, convenience and joy of transportation alternatives.

Guests and participants are invited to bike on over at 12pm in time for the festivities to begin! The first part of the event will consist of a Hackathon where teams of two will compete to create a modified mechanism for the functionality of The LAB’s bike sharing system. The team with the most logical, innovative and easy-to-use modification will win a prize provided by TigerDirect and Republic Bike.

The MAKE part of the event will consist of a two-hour Make-a-thon with a bicycle twist, led by MIAMade. This special maker event will bring Miami’s maker community together to create and showcase a plethora of eclectic bicycle accessories with electronics, robotics, 3D printers and other popular maker apparatuses.

To wrap up the three-part launch, the DRANK portion will coincide with Second Saturday’s Art Walk. Stolen Spiced Rum cocktails and Duvel beer will be served to the public, as the official Republic Bike fleet of The LAB Miami will be revealed. All locals are invited to stop by and test out the new LAB bikes!

GeekTank 2 6/19/14

GeekTank 2
Thursday, 06/19/2014 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Home-page-logoCitrix Operational Headquarters
851 West Cypress Creek Road,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
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Cost: General Admission: $15; Tech Startups/Students: Free

Startup? Interested in Winning $50k to Fund Your Dream? The MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida & Miami Innovation Fund (MIF) have teamed up to offer a lucky winner or winners the opportunity to compete for a $50,000 term sheet from MIF in front of the GeekTank panel for one night only. Register to attend “GeekTank 2” on Thursday, June 19th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Citrix Operational Headquarters.

From Mic To Mix 5/29/14

From Mic To Mix
Thursday, 05/29/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
from-mic-to-mixNoisematch Recording Studios
169 NW 23rd Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing®
in partnership with Harman Professional present

FROM MIC TO MIX
with Eric Schilling & Carlos Alvarez

Join the P&E Wing and GRAMMY® / Latin GRAMMY® winning engineers Eric Schilling and Carlos Alvarez for a unique in-studio recording demonstration at one of Miami’s most beautiful studios. Enjoy live performances by the versatile and highly-respected Cuban artist Aymee Nuviola, and hear the latest recording products and technologies from AKG, JBL and Lexicon.

THURSDAY MAY 29, 2014 / 7PM – 10PM

Noisematch Studios / 169 NW 23rd Street / Miami, FL 33127

Space is LIMITED – RSVP no later than Wednesday MAY 28, 2014

One (1) guest permitted per member (with RSVP)

COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAILS & HORS D’OEUVRES TO BE SERVED. THIS INVITATION IS NON-TRANSFERABLE / 21 AND OVER – PHOTO IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED

Thanks to our sponsors: Harman, AKG, JBL, Lexicon Pro, GC Pro, and Noisematch Recording Studios.