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: $99.00-$499.00

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
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.


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.


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 –

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.

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Learn more and join the ongoing conversation on SMCSF’s Facebook Group at 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
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

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.