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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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
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 – 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!