FPL Seeks Innovative Startups for Next Class of 35 Mules 3/17/23

FPL Seeks Innovative Startups for Next Class of 35 Mules
Friday, 03/17/2023-, 12:00 am-12:00 am

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Cost: Free

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is now accepting applications for its 35 Mules program, an innovation hub powered by FPL that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses to new heights.

“The 35 Mules program has consistently demonstrated its ability to develop and grow startup companies, supporting jobs and innovation in the state,” said Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of external affairs and economic development. “FPL is excited to select our next class of innovative startups for the program, and I look forward to helping grow a new generation of leaders and continuing to move our state’s business ecosystem forward.”

Benefits of the 35 Mules program include:
• Access to Fortune 200 subject-matter experts across the company
• Leadership and entrepreneurial coaching
• Tailored business curriculum, customer discovery and more
• A non-dilutive $100,000 cash grant, no equity taken
• Dedicated, rent-free workspace with access to world-class facilities

Current cohort startup Digital Twin Marine joined 35 Mules to grow its customer discovery efforts. Digital Twin Marine creates customized 3D virtual replicas of ships, similar to Google Street View, for the maritime industry. These models allow maritime companies to manage projects and market and train crews from anywhere in the world. About their time in the 35 Mules program, company founders Nicole Bruger, CEO, and Tom Bruger, CTO, said, “We had a significantly improved experience because of the time spent on customer discovery and refining our business model using 35 Mules’ tailored curriculum.”

The innovation hub is one of the ways FPL continues to demonstrate its commitment to grow businesses, both new and existing. The program offers startups the opportunity to reach their potential as they partner with an innovative Fortune 200 company, creating the next generation of great innovators.

Apply to the program today at 35Mules.com and stay up to date on all things 35 Mules on LinkedIn.

How to Hire for Success™ – Business Workshop 1/31/23

How to Hire for Success™ – Business Workshop
Tuesday, 01/31/2023-, 05:00 pm-07:00 pm

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Cost: $0

Learn the top 3 methods to hiring better, faster and cheaper from Silicon Valleys’ top people, hiring, success coach and team performance coach.

NOTE: This is NOT FOR RECRUITERS (They don’t build your culture or make your hiring decisions, you do!)

THIS IS FOR: HIRING DECISION MAKERS: Founders, C-level Execs, Hiring Managers, & Solopreneurs

COMPANIES: (Is this you?)
– Between 1 – 650 PEOPLE
– Currently hiring, or going to hire, in 2023
– Hiring between 1 – 450 people in 2023
– Hiring W2, 1099, Full or Part-Time people
– Any location around the world
– Any industry

On January 31, 2023, Alana Fulvio, Silicon Valley’s #1 Hiring & Culture Success Coach, Team Performance Trainer & 13x World Record-holding Athlete, who scaled fast growing Startups like, LINKEDIN and GOPRO, is HOSTING A LIVE (FREE) HIRING FOR SUCCESS™ ZOOM EVENT to reveal the Top 2023 winning strategies (they are simpler than you would expect and any company can use them).

Is this going to be the year your company hires your BEST HIRES, is known for having a GREAT CULTURE, becomes a MAGNET FOR TOP TALENT and spends the LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME & MONEY to do it?

Some of the Rare Methods & Strategies you will learn:
Alana has recruited 1000’s, coached 100’s just like you and built some of the world’s winning talent processes. She will set you apart from the 98% of companies who hire with unoptimized methods and look back on the year and wish they had done it differently.

  • How to create a work culture that people love and is a magnet for top candidates

  • The 3 Keys to a successful interview process candidates tell their network about after

  • The top 2023 Search Strategies that cost less and yield more

  • The Top 3 Ways Hiring Leaders overspend on staffing agencies and how to cut that cost

  • AND SO MUCH MORE! (You’ll want to be there the entire time because Alana always saves a BONUS to give away to a few participants who played full out and she has a surprise for all of you.)

2023 can be THE YEAR YOUR COMPANY WINS BIGGER than you imagined, but you cannot using the same strategies, methods expecting different results. If you want to be a part of the 2% who succeeds, come learn from Alana’s 20+ years and late nights creating winning game plans for leaders just like you.

Don’t Become a Part of The Statistics: This year, 98% of companies, of all sizes, in all markets and locations, will unknowingly hire with the same unmodernized tactics, methods and costly staffing support a wonder why they’re not getting the optimized results they need.

SAVE YOUR SPOT HERE FOR FREE, then, share this with 3 leaders who you believe could use this knowledge too (when your network wins, it comes back to you 10x!)

You are the leader who can win this year, you just have to believe it, step up and have the skills and knowledge to win. Let’s make 2023 the year your pipeline was full of top candidates, your people talked about what a great culture they work in and candidate walks out of their interview in awe of what they just experienced.

Alana is also an intuitive so she can read what is happening at the core of your business and give you the solutions.

Join Alana and her team.

The Art of an Athlete: Presented by Maxwell Pearce 12/2/23

The Art of an Athlete: Presented by Maxwell Pearce
Sunday, 12/02/2022-, 06:00 am-10:00 pm

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Cost: Free

Harlem Globetrotter Guard Maxwell “Hops” Pearce will show his inaugural exhibition, The Art of an Athlete, a vibrant fine art, mixed media and athletic material collection that highlights sports figures who have used their platforms to fight for social justice throughout history by examining the different forms of protest from one generation to the next. The exhibition will feature Increasingly popular art pieces such as “42,” “Sports and Politics Don’t Mix,” and “Wilma” pay homage to legendary Black athletes and civil rights activists such as Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Honoree Jackie Robinson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, former National Football League Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and three-time track and field Olympic Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph. “The Art of an Athlete” also honors powerful Black women athletes through pieces such as “Naomi” and “I See Me,” which are inspired by top-ranking professional tennis players Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

NoMi Business Summit 10/23/22

NoMi Business Summit
Sunday, 10/23/2022-10/25/2022, 09:00 am-05:00 pm
Scott Galvin Community Center (formerly Wildcat Center)
1600 Northeast 126th Street,
North Miami, Florida, 33181
Cost: Free

City of North Miami Councilwoman Kassandra Timothe, MPA – who represents District 2 – will host the first annual Teach to Fish NoMi Business Summit October 23-25 at the Scott Galvin Community Center in North Miami. 
The event welcomes all small businesses to attend and network, meet with on-site advisors, learn about upcoming grants and funding programs in the North Miami community, and hear from various speakers and community leaders about their experience in marketing, communications, sponsorships, and business development – among other key topics. 
“We want to empower entrepreneurs and business owners with the knowledge, resources, and tools they need for their small businesses to succeed. The most important thing we can do is equip our community, so when someone hatches an idea or starts up a new company, it can flourish in our small business paradise.” – Councilwoman Kassandra Timothe
Raffles, giveaways, and door prizes will be featured each day! Tickets are FREE for North Miami businesses, and $10 a day for non-North Miami businesses. 

JLA Open House 10/30/22

JLA Open House
Sunday, 10/30/2022-, 02:00 pm-
FIU Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st St,
North Miami, Florida, 33181

We are delighted that you will be joining us at our first-ever Open House! This event is designed for prospective parents and prospective students. It is an opportunity for you to meet some of our staff members, learn more about our program and our unique admission process.

Veterans in Residence Showcase 6/1/22

Veterans in Residence Showcase
Wednesday, 06/01/2022-06/01/2022, 06:00 pm-08:00 pm
WeWork Office Space & Coworking
2222 Ponce de Leon,
Miami, Florida, 33134
Cost: Free

Requiring social distancing? NO
Requiring masks? NO
Providing hand sanitizer? NO

Bunker Labs is excited to launch in Miami thanks to our sponsoring partner, Goldman Sachs Gives! Join us in celebration as we also welcome our inaugural Veterans in Residence Cohort.

Bunker Labs’ Veterans in Residence Showcase is a nationwide event spanning across 23 cities and 3 virtual cohorts, celebrating over 400 veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs launching their startups and businesses from our recent cohort. It gives you a chance to network with local participants. Become part of your local business community and learn how you can get involved by patronizing, investing in, or partnering up with our veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs.

Locust Projects LegalARTLink Office Hours 2/3/22

Locust Projects LegalARTLink Office Hours
Thursday, 02/03/2022-, 02:00 pm-04:00 pm

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Cost: Free

Requiring social distancing?
Requiring masks?
Providing hand sanitizer?

Do you have a new legal issue or want to learn more about how to empower your career with pro bono legal support from LegalARTLink? Book a 30-minute call with Allyn Ginns Ayers, practicing attorney and dancer. Open to all artistic disciplines.

Asili Beauty & Wellness Grand Opening 11/19/21

Asili Beauty & Wellness Grand Opening
Friday, 11/19/2021-11/20/2021, 05:00 pm-09:00 pm
Asili Beauty & Wellness
2014-2016 Harrison Street,
Hollywood, Florida, 33020
Cost: FREE

Requiring social distancing? YES
Requiring masks? OPTIONAL
Providing hand sanitizer? YES

Asili Beauty & Wellness Grand Opening! 2-day event: November 19- Ribbon Cutting at 5pm, November 20 – Multiple events, in Hollywood, Florida

Free entry. First 30 guests will receive a special gift. RSVP required
Event Details:
Asili Beauty & Wellness Grand Opening Celebration!
Event Dates: November 19th and October 20th

November 19th
5PM – 9PM – Ribbon Cutting and Private Reception
November 20
9AM – 11AM – Asili Wellness Fun Run Powered by Nike Miami and Nike Pacers (8AM – Registration)
Beginning at 12PM – Skincando Demonstrations and Consultations
Beginning at 3PM – Beloved Box Store Launch and Demonstrations
Beginning at 4PM – Asili B&W Custom Unit Demonstrations
Beginning at 6PM – Makeup by Rory Demonstrations and Consultations featuring Asili Skin Care.

Maris Raff Art Basel Experience 11/30/21

Maris Raff Art Basel Experience
Tuesday, 11/30/2021-11/01/2021, 07:00 pm-12:00 am
New World Symphony
500 17th ST,
Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
Cost: $150

Requiring social distancing? YES
Requiring masks? OPTIONAL
Providing hand sanitizer? YES

Maris Raff Art Basel Experience will be a revolutionary conversation from the best entrepreneurs from around world. With an exclusive art exhibit by the famous street artist Eduardo Kobra known for his massive brightly colored murals with dramatic lines.

During the event, the audience will have the chance to hear from five well established entrepreneurs: star athlete turned star entrepreneur Joel Moraes, creator of Mentoria “Me Treina” Carol Cantelli, Judge on Shark Tank Brazil Cris Arcangelli, best-selling author Chistian Barbosa and financial educator and Youtuber Thiago Nigro. The speakers will discuss a variety of business pro tips and stories of their successes that will inspire future business owners. The event will wrap up with a rooftop afterparty, perfect for networking with inspiring friends.

Popular Outdoor Farmers Market Returns to Surfside, Florida 8/22/21

Popular Outdoor Farmers Market Returns to Surfside, Florida
Sunday, 08/22/2021-11/21/2021, 09:00 am-03:00 pm
Surfside Farmers Market
9500 Collins Avenue,
Surfside, Florida, 33154
Cost: Free

Requiring social distancing? YES
Requiring masks? NO REPLY
Providing hand sanitizer? YES

For a fresh way to spend Sundays and support local businesses, the Town of Surfside invites the public to its outdoor Farmers Market. The popular market returns to the area after a brief hiatus and is helmed by Surfside resident Javier Valmana, who is also the creator of Wavey Acai Bowls.

With COVID-19 guidelines enforced, visitors can safely shop for home decor, artisan items, apparel, handmade jewelry and baked goods, or fuel up on delicious fare from a plant-based vendor, healthy acai bowls and Peruvian-style cuisine. The Surfside Farmers Market is conveniently located across the street from the beach. It is a must-visit during a trip to Miami’s charming beach town. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, starting August 22, 2021

9500 Collins Avenue in Surfside

Free to attend

Looking to be a vendor?

New vendors are welcome to participate in the Surfside Farmers Market and can fill out an application online at https://form.jotform.com/210245312434139. For questions, contact Javier Valmana at 305-923-2518 or email surfsidefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

COVID: Identifying Community Needs and Response Styles Associated with Mental Health, Vaccinations and Suicide Prevention 5/12/21

COVID: Identifying Community Needs and Response Styles Associated with Mental Health, Vaccinations and Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, 05/12/2021-, 05:00 pm-08:30 pm
Virtual Location

Albizu University Miami Campus, a leader in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, will host its 13th Annual Mental Health Awareness Expo virtually. This annual event seeks to promote community-based awareness of the many resources and services available through Albizu to the general public such as informational lectures, literature, and continuing education credits to licensed psychologists and licensed master’s level clinicians (e.g. mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers).

The event joins over 1,000 communities nationwide in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Awareness Day, which focuses on the importance of emotional and psychological well-being.

This year’s Albizu event includes three one-hour sessions, focused on identifying community needs and response styles associated with COVID-19 vaccinations and the plethora of mental health concerns attributed to the pandemic, with a special emphasis on teen suicide.

To reserve your virtual spot, please register at https://tinyurl.com/mentalhealthawareness2021 and click on “send me a copy of my responses” to receive a confirmation e-mail.

Event’s direct Link: https://tinyurl.com/13mentalhealthawareness

From Studio to Gallery: How to Market Your Art 10/27/20

From Studio to Gallery: How to Market Your Art
Tuesday, 10/27/2020-, 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
Cost: Free

Two-person panel intended to help freelance and professional fine artists learn how to market their work

Tune in for a two-person panel intended to help freelance and professional fine artists learn how to market their work, get their work into a gallery, and create a “brand” for themselves and their artwork.

Topics covered:

  • I make art, Am I an artist?

  • What’s the difference between institutional art, expression and advertising?

  • What happens when an artist finishes a work? How does it end up in a museum or gallery?

  • Why can we sell shoes easier than we can sell artwork?

Jessica Ransom manages, curates, and installs exhibitions as the Artist Services Coordinator at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. She serves as the primary contact for professional visual artists in Palm Beach County and is a member of the Council’s Artist Resource Team. Jessica has held positions throughout the art industry as an art advisor and appraiser, developing clientele for a fine art handling firm, and managing the contemporary art space Culture Lab at CityPlace. Her experience includes advising private collectors on purchases, sales, and appraisals, overseeing both private and public art installations, and managing all aspects of art loans. Jessica received her master’s in the History of Art and the Art Market from Christie’s Education in New York City. She serves on the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places committee and is a board member of Impact the Palm Beaches.

Carolina Loch is an independent art curator and researcher of contemporary art. Graduated in Social Communication – Advertising, specialist in Communication and Culture – Interfaces and Master’s student of Language and Technology – Contemporary Aesthetics, she researches Art History since 2013, has been an independent curator sin​ce 2014 and coordinates the Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art since 2015. In 2017, she won the Young Curators Awards with the exhibition “The museum is feminist ‘and other hopes for the future”. Since 2019, she teaches Contemporary Art and Art and Technology in formal and informal institutions.

AAF Creative Zen Presents Alexa Carlin 10/9/20

AAF Creative Zen Presents Alexa Carlin
Friday, 10/09/2020-, 09:00 am-10:00 am
Cost: Free

Join us online for a FREE, thought-provoking talk with founder and CEO of Women Empower X, Alexa Carlin.

Alexa Carlin is a nationally-renowned public speaker and Founder & CEO of Women Empower X. Inspired by her own entrepreneurial pursuits, Alexa founded WEX with the mission to help more women pursue their passions and get to the next level in their career and life.

Alexa founded her first business in high school becoming the sole licensee to design jewelry for an L.A. based fashion company. This entrepreneurial spirit led her to starting a blog in college, Hello Perfect, which served the purpose of helping young women gain confidence in themselves and attracted the likes of Mark Cuban, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Madden, Marc Jacobs and other influential celebrities.

In college, only months before graduation, Alexa found herself in a coma with a 1% chance of living. This near-death experience led to a number of health issues but today, Alexa sees this experience as something to be grateful for as it has been her prime motivation and inspiration to share her story authentically with audiences all over the world.
Alexa was featured on the cover of Meetings & Conventions Magazine as 1 of 15 “Young Millennial Go-Getters To Watch” and named one of the “Most Powerful Women In Fort Lauderdale” by Gold Coast’s Fort Lauderdale Daily.

She has also been featured on Cheddar TV, FOX, ABC, CBS, OWN and in Entrepreneur, Glamour Magazine, Mashable, and TEDx among others. With a following that reaches over 100,000 people on and offline, Alexa’s mission is to make a difference in at least one person’s life every day
AAF CreativeZen was born out of a desire for the local AAF Greater Fort Lauderdale & the Palm Beaches chapter of the American Advertising Federation & Choose954 to inspire and engage with our local creative community. Every Creative Zen event includes complimentary coffee and breakfast bites before a short inspiring and thought provoking talk during the second Friday morning of the month. All Creative Zen events are free of charge and open to the community, being creative or a member of the Advertising Federation is not required! #AAFCreativeZen

BlueHook Creative Hack-a-thon: A Marketing Blitz for Small Business Recovery 8/29/2020

BlueHook Creative Hack-a-thon: A Marketing Blitz for Small Business Recovery
Saturday, 08/29/2020-, 09:00 am-05:00 pm
Cost: Free

Get ready for a hack-a-thon to make a hell of a difference here in South Florida. Small businesses were hit the hardest by this quarantine and recession. Now it’s time to help ‘em bounce back. The American Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale & The Palm Beaches and RedHook School are hosting the BlueHook Creative Hack-a-thon: A Marketing Blitz for Small Business Recovery on Saturday, August 29. Aimed at serving small businesses — who were hit hardest by the COVID-19 quarantine and recession — the program will pair 10 teams of local advertising, communications and marketing professionals with 10 Broward and Palm Beach County businesses to help them recover from the pandemic’s impact. Selected businesses will receive ideas, expertise and real creative work such as marketing plans, strategy sessions and more from local advertising, communications and marketing professionals – for free. Denizens of design, sherpas of strategy and writers of words are encouraged to show off their skills for a cause that matters. Applications for marketing professionals are due Friday, August 14. Selected teams will be notified by August 21. For more information or to apply, visit www.aafsfl.org/hackathon.

COVID-19 and Your Business: Preparing for the New Normal Webinar 4/29/20

COVID-19 and Your Business: Preparing for the New Normal Webinar
Wednesday, 04/29/2020 – 02:30 pm – 03:30 pm
AXS Law Group
2121 NW 2nd Ave
Miami Florida 33127
Cost: Free

Join legal experts Ben Wolkov Jeremy Ben-David Andrew Cromer Lauren Forenza and Morgan Geller for a Roundtable Q&A Discussion to talk about the COVID-19 impact on business and how to prepare your business for the new normal. The webinar is free and open to the public.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Password: 259952

Submit your questions ahead of time: info@axslawgroup.com

VLA Legal Clinic for Creatives 9/29/15

VLA Legal Clinic for Creatives
photo_1September 29, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Miami Center For Architecture And Design
100 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132
Register Online Now

Are you an Artist, Creative or Arts Executive with a legal question? We have Attorneys ready to help!
Calling all creatives for an evening dedicated to getting you the legal advice you need. Mix and mingle with the legal & creative community.

One to One Consultations: Copyright l Trademark l Contracts l Patents Licensing Agreements l Freelance Agreements l Bylaws & Articles l Incorporation l Litigation

Who Should Attend: Artists, Cultural Organizations, Film, Writers, Playwrights, Actors, Graphic Designers, Choreographers, Dancers, Designers, Techies and All Creatives!

Northside Innovation Meetup Powered by Dell and Intel 5/4/15

Northside Innovation Meetup Powered by Dell and Intel
Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Maps Backlot
342 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Register Online

Please join us on Tuesday, May 4 at Maps Backlot, for a talk on sustainable and socially minded startups. Thanks to Dell and Intel, we’ll be talking to entrepreneurs, accelerators, and community leaders about what social change and urban living means to them.
Meet with Dell to learn more about its technology solutions and commitment to supporting and helping small business grow.

• 6:30 – 7:00 Grab a beer and mingle
• 7:00 – 8:00 Lightning talks and panel
• 8:00 – 9:30 Continue the conversation

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey / @rflipsey, Founder & CEO, Radical Partners
Michael Hall / @digigrass, Co-founder & CEO, Digital Grass
Adele Bagley / @AdeleBagley, Chief of Community Engagement for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
Stonly Baptiste / @CityStartups. Co-founder, Urban.US
Kane Sarhan / @Enstitute, Co-founder, Enstitute
Michelle Dow/ @austelli, Founder + Chief Storyteller, Social Swag

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.

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.

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

Ten9Eight Viewing – Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch 2/26/15

Ten9Eight Viewing – Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch
Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
315 NE 2nd Ave
315 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Building 8, Floor 5
Miami, FL 33132

NFTE South Florida’s Advisory Board invites you to join them for a viewing of Ten9Eight in their new co-located space at Miami Dade College’s Idea Center. The documentary shows the impact of the NFTE programming in young people’s lives as they prepare to compete in NFTE national business plan challenge. This is an opportunity to learn about NFTE, get to know staff and board members and enjoy a night out at the movies!

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

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 Million Dollar Pitch PIONEERS @ MDC: Sean Ammirati 2/19/15

The Million Dollar Pitch PIONEERS @ MDC: Sean Ammirati
Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
315 NE 2nd Avenue, Building 8th – 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33132

Sean Ammirati is a partner to Birchmere Labs, a seed and studio fund focused on community driven commerce startups. Prior to that, he had over 12 years founding, building and selling businesses in the media and software industries. Sean is currently an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. He also was a founding advisor to innovation Works’ AlphaLab accelerator

MIT@MDC: Innovation Happens Everywhere, Jose Estabil, MIT 2/18/15

MIT@MDC: Innovation Happens Everywhere, Jose Estabil, MIT
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
315 NE 2nd Ave, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33132

Pioneers@MDC: José Estabil
Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MIT Skoltech Initiative
Advisor, MIT Portugal Program
Advisory Board, The Idea Center

José Estabil is the Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at MIT Skoltech Initiative, where he brings 20 years of experience in translating technology into several dominant designs and high growth businesses. Mr. Estabil earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in physics from Brown University. He holds eight U.S patents, and has authored or co-authored over twenty publications in the fields of semiconductor materials and semiconductor metrology.

Knight Cities Challenge Miami Finalists Showcase 2/24/15

Knight Cities Challenge Miami Finalists Showcase
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Miami Center for Architecture and Design
100 NE First Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
Register Online

The first Knight Cities Challenge collected over 7,000 applications. More than 600 focused on the Miami community, and we selected 11 of the ideas as finalists in the $5 million challenge. While reviewers and Knight staff evaluate the final applications, we’d like to invite you to meet the Miami community finalists.

We’ll recap what’s happened in the Knight Cities Challenge, and talk about what’s next. The finalists will present their projects and participate in a discussion. You’ll even get a chance to talk with them about their ideas.

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.