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eGov Stage
eMerge Main Stage
7:30am - 9:00am
Registration
9:00am - 5:30pm
Expo Floor Opens
9:00am - 9:30am

Manuel D. Medina , CEO, Cyxtera Technologies & Founder, eMerge Americas

Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County

Juan Pablo Swett, President of ASELA

Jose Ramon Valente , Minister of Economy, Chile

9:30am - 10:00am
Investing: From Emerging Cities to Emerging Markets
10:00am -10:15am
Break
10:15am -10:45am
eGOV Session

Darren Soto, U.S. Congressman (FL-09) +

Dr. Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, George Washington University

The Future of IoT
From understanding how IoT will create more data driven digital experiences for companies to how companies can prepare for the changes IoT brings to their business. Our expert speakers come together to discuss how IoT technology will continue to shape the business landscape over the next 5 years.

Scott Kelly, COO & CTO, Hitachi Vantara +

Ray O'Farrell, EVP & CTO, VMware +

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Miami, moderator

Mike Zeto, VP, IoT Solutions & General Manager Smart Cities, AT&T (moderator)

10:45am -11:15am
Aikido to Future
How to respond effectively to the exponential change in the world of technology and make the culture and mindset shifts that will be required to succeed in this new era

Andres Freire, Serial Entrepreneur & Former Minister of Innovation, Buenos Aires, Argentina +

Mike Sarasti, Director of Innovation & Technology, City of Miami

Put a Lid On Blockchain Hype, Let’s Get Real
The most overhyped technology of our time has caused a rift between dreamers and pragmatists, business and technology, and sparked controversy all around the globe. Have blockchains been quietly making headway or has speculation reigned supreme? Are the first signs of this controversial cocktail of technologies that make up blockchains enough to sustain long term growth? Join a panel of amazing professionals who have come to talk about the realities of blockchain in the business and enterprise world.

Alex Nascimento, Co-Founder, UCLA Blockchain Lab +

Ana Arisawa, Business Development, TradeLens +

Dr. Karlene Cousins, Chair, Department of Information Systems & Business Analytics, FIU Business +

Antonio Manueco, Managing Partner, blubeta Group & CTO of BetaBlocks, (moderator)

11:15am -11:30am
Break
11:30am - 11:45pm
Odense: The Transformation of a Traditional Industrial Town to the Global Cobot Capital
The city of Odense is the Global Cobot Capital and home to the internationally acclaimed robotics cluster Odense Robotics. But less than a decade ago, the city was gridlocked in a severe crisis. Local industrial giants closed and left thousands of citizens unemployed. How did Odense rise from its financial and social nadir to the zenith in international robotics? The answer: disruption of the traditional thinking of the industrial age, especially in the understanding of the roles of local authorities and private enterprises, and bridging the distrust between public and private sectors.

Peter Rahbæk Juel, Mayor of Odense, Denmark

MIT Innovators 35 Under 35
From MIT's list of 35 Innovators under the age of 35. Join our distinguished panel as they share their experience, inspiration and lessons learned on what it takes to be an innovator.

Niki Bayat, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer AesculaTech +

Jonas Cleveland, Co-Founder & CEO, COSY +

Mimi Yen, Co-Founder & CEO, PhagePro +

Will Mclean, Co-Founder & VP of Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Frequency Therapeutics +

James Dahlman, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department Georgia Institute of Technology, The Dahlman Lab

Mercedes Balcells-Camps, Principal Research Scientist, MIT (moderator)

11:45am - 12:45pm
A Comprehensive Approach: Building Education Systems for Innovation in the Americas
The panel discussion will bring together a distinguished set of speakers from academia, government, venture capital firms, philanthropists, private sector institutions, and international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the issues surrounding the building of education systems to promote and advance innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.


Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami +

Lucia Acurio, CEO Grupo Edutec +

Miguel Brechner, President Ceibal Center +

Rhonda Lenton, President, York University, Canada +

Omar Arias, Manager of Global Engagement & Knowledge in the Education Global Practice, World Bank +

Ariel Fisfbein, Director of the Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue +

Luciano Braverman, Senior Director for Education, Microsoft

How Corporations Engage with Startups & Scaleups: Lessons Learned
Think of the possibilities for innovative solutions when corporations and startups merge their unique skills. Join our panelists as they discuss the importance of collaboration, lessons learned and their view on the future of entrepreneurship.

Sebastian Ruales, Corporate Revenue & Commercial Director, Rappi +

Elias Torres, Founder of Drift +

Arnoldo Reyes, VP, Digital Partnerships, Finech & Ventures, VISA Inc. Latin America & the Caribbean Region +

Joe Avila, Manager, Community Development, U.S. & Latin America, Ford Motor Company Fund +

Susan Amat, Founder, Venture Hive (moderator)

Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution
A futuristic view of how artificial intelligence (AI) will reshape businesses and communities — Anthony DeLima will take a provocative journey into the future showcasing how AI will reshape every aspect of our lives, the way we work, interact with one another but more importantly the trajectory of humanity’s evolution. He will provide a compelling case for how AI will become a high-dimensional platform for solving complex problems that today seem impossible. Tomorrow has arrived.


Anthony DeLima, CTO & Head of Digital Transformation, NEORIS

1:00pm -2:00pm
Lunch
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Reimagining Cities
Join our distinguished panel, as they discuss the convergence of tech, talent, capital and leadership in future ready Cities.

Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County +

Peter Rahbæk Juel, Mayor, Odense, Denmark +

Francis Suarez, Mayor, City of Miami +

Alice Bravo, Director of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade County +

Juan Carlos Bermudez, Mayor, City of Doral +

Susan Reinhold, Senior Director of Sales Engineering, Hotwire Communications

Innovation for the Digital Age
Javier Polit, CIO, Procter & Gamble

Jay Schneider, SVP of Digital, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Governing Innovation: Promoting Technology, Efficiency & Sustainability

A roundtable discussion about innovation and technology in government and how this is driving real estate and infrastructure development, including transit-oriented development, sustainability, blockchain security, smart and geo technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and green infrastructure and building.

Corey Clive, Founder & CEO Venergy Group +

Francisco Garcia, Director, Planning & Zoning, City of Miami +

David Martin, President Terra +

Andrej Micovic, Associate, Public-Private Partnerships, Bilzin Sumberg +

Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan, Managing Director, Smart Cities, Jacobs +

Philip Stoddard, Mayor, South Miami +

Javier Avino, Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader, Bilzin Sumberg (moderator)

Achieving Growth & Development in the Experience Economy

Irene Arias, CEO, IDB Labs

User Privacy in the Surveillance Economy
Cambridge Analytica, GDPR, politics, data dependent business models, and advances in machine learning converged to create a perfect storm for tech companies in 2018. Users and regulators are questioning the extent to which privacy is granted online and how businesses handle personal data. In response, tech companies have renewed their commitments to user and data privacy through both policy and platform change. In this ever-changing environment, can startups succeed at earning and maintaining the trust of new customers - technically, legally and ethically - while still using and benefiting from the data and tools their business rely on? This panel explores how brands and organizations can strategically meet global data privacy challenges of the future while earning and improving their relationship with consumers.

Elaine Lammert, Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management Program Director, George Washington University +

Kate Black, Former Global Privacy Officer, 23andMe & Shareholder Greenberg Traurig +

Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Miami Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig (moderator)

AI, IoT & other Technologies Transforming Healthcare Today

Join our healthcare experts as they discuss examples from around the world, including both developed and emerging markets, of how AI, IoT and other technologies are helping to transform healthcare today.

Jennifer Esposito, Vice President, Health, Magic Leap +

Xavier Urtubey, Co-Founder & CEO of Accuhealth +

Mauricio Ferrazza, Chairperson, Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, Miami Dade College (moderator)

4:45pm -5:00pm
Break
5:15pm - 5:45pm

Sculpting Music with Technology


Imogen Heap, Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter & Audio Engineer

Launchpad Stage
Texpert Stage
10:05am -10:35am
Cannabis Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Florida

Join a lively discussion with a panel of legal leaders from Greenspoon Marder LLP. Here, we’ll discuss the latest cannabis trends and what’s around the corner for marijuana and hemp based businesses in Florida. With an investment overview, regulatory landscape highlights, and intellectual property innovations, you’ll get a feel for the opportunities and challenges for Florida to become a leading cannabis hub.

Rebecca Bratter, Deputy Managing Partner, Greenspoon Marder +

Sander Zagzebski, Corporate & Business Partner, Greenspoon Marder +

Anton Handal, Intellectual Property & Litigation Practice Groups Partner, Greenspoon Marder +

Matthew Ginder, Senior Council, Cannabis Law Practice Group, Greenspoon Marder

Never Buy Enterprise Storage Again(10:15AM-10:45AM)

Break free from the cycle of storage purchase, upgrade, and management. Come learn how you can implement simple, secure, scalable enterprise storage services.

Howard Young, Senior Solutions Architect, Zadara Storage

10:35am -10:40am
Break
10:40am - 11:10am
From Startups to ScaleUps: A Conversation with Endeavor Entrepreneurs

A conversation with Endeavor Entrepreneurs from LATAM, US and Europe on how they’re disrupting their industries and growing their businesses.

Noemi Valencia , Chief Learning & Inspiration Officer Knotion

Veronica Pascual , CEO ASTI

Matteo Cera , CEO Hogaru

Laura Maydon , Director, Endeavor Miami (moderator)

Non-Technological Innovation. The real challenge behind what matters most (10:50-11:20)

In this talk, Pablo Turletti posits that technological innovation, as we know it, no longer exists. Or, at a minimum, it no longer requires micro-managing, since technology innovation widely became standard evolution and continuous disruption. Of course, companies can and must continue to make new products, services, distribution and communication channels to stay ahead in the market. According to Pablo, however, here’s what they’re missing: a coherent purpose for innovation and efficient tools for managing it.

Pablo Turtelli , Founder & CEO, ROI Marketing Institute

11:10am -11:15am
Break
11:15am - 11:45am
Global Lessons for Building Innovation Ecosystems from the World’s Largest Technology Accelerator: NSF I-Corps and GW’s Lean Startup Collaborations in Latin America

Jim Chung, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, George Washington University

FIU Session(11:25AM-11:55AM)

Robert Sackstein, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

11:45am -11:50am
Break
11:50am - 12:20pm
The Secrets to Funding

Join this fantastic panel of Venture Capitalists as they share insights about funding, pitching, scaling and more.

Vanessa Larco, Partner, NEA +

Katherine Boyle, Principal, General Catalyst +

Tom Wallace, Managing Partner, Florida Funders

Daniel Herrera, Director of Investments, Miami Angels (moderator)

The Future of Sales(12:00PM-12:30PM)

Changing technology and changing behavior mean businesses need to rethink how they go to market.

Mark Cofton, Global VP, SAP SE

12:20pm -12:25pm
Break
12:25pm - 12:55pm
How the U is Powering Innovation in the Startup Ecosystem

Jon Vilma, ESPN Analyst, Former NFL player, Entrepreneur, & Angel Investor

Norma Kenyon, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Miami

Brian Breslin, Director, The Launch Pad, University of Miami

Creating Cybersecurity Experts with Hyper-Realistic Simulation Training (12:35PM-1:05PM)

As cyber threats continue to evolve and increase in complexity, cybersecurity personnel must have the critical hands-on skills needed to detect, neutralize, and remediate security incidents in record time. Once an organization is under attack, any time lost can severely increase the scale of the damage. Join the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas to learn how hyper-realistic training via the state-of-the-art Cyber Range is changing the way cybersecurity experts prepare for today's threat landscape.

Jorge Ortega, Director, Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, Miami Dade College +

Antonio Delgado, Dean of Engineering, Technology & Design, Miami Dade College

12:55pm -1:00pm
Break
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Launching & Scaling Premier Innovative Ventures: crossing the $100MM sales barrier with Wanderu

Polina Raygorodskaya ’08, Co-Founder and CEO of Wanderu, a popular travel platform that helps consumers find and book the best deals on inter-city bus and train travel. Founded in 2012, Wanderu has raised $8.5 million in venture funding and has crossed the $100 million revenue barrier. In recent years, Polina has been honored by Entrepreneur.com as one of the “25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40 Who Are Creating the Next Big Thing,” by Forbes in the annual “30 Under 30” list, and by TechCrunch as one of the “30 Women Who Have Revolutionized a Male Dominated Industry.

Phillip H. Kim, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Faculty Director of BL MBA Program, Babson College

Gustavo Trindade, Director, Babson College

Polina Raygorodskaya, Co-founder & CEO, Wanderu

Inclusion in Technology: A Fresh Conversation (Beyond the Obvious)(1:10PM-1:40PM)

Curated by the Miami Dade Beacon Council, join us for a deeper dive into inclusion in South Florida’s technology and innovation landscape.

Monica Simo Black, Partner, TheVentureCity

Carlos Vazquez, CEO , MiamiEdTech

Nancy Dahlberg, Business & Entrepreneurship Writer, (moderator)

1:30pm -1:35pm
Break
1:35pm - 2:05pm
Changemakers Ignite Showcase

At Miami Dade College, The Idea Center’s vision is to cultivate entrepreneurial and innovation skills in students from diverse backgrounds to meet America’s most pressing economic and social challenges. Through the use of design thinking approach, students and community members alike develop creative and problem-solving skills imperative to excel in the digital economy.

This 30-minute session will feature Lightning Talks from iC entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers making a positive impact in their communities in South Florida. This Changemaker Ignite Showcase will demonstrate that talent is indeed universal and that innovation flourishes with equity and diversity, with the Idea Center committed to leveling the playing field.

Romi Bhatia, Executive Director, The Idea Center, Miami Dade College +

Pamela Santos, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs, Miami Dade College +

Gustavo Grande, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Miami Dade College

Delivering Scalability in a Modern Digital Workplace (1:45PM-2:15PM)

GE Digital’s team will discuss how they are able to deliver scalable and high-quality products in today’s Digital Workplace.

Alejandro Roman, Software Engineer Specialist, GE

Jose Mugaburu , Senior Software Engineer, GE

Martin Di Diego, Senior Software Engineer, GE

2:05pm -2:50pm
Lunch Break
2:50pm - 3:20pm
Public Policy in the Age of Rapid Technological Change

The rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, internet of things, augmented reality, blockchain, quantum computing, and other emerging technologies is shifting domestic and international policy landscapes in profound ways and is outpacing governments capacity to enact policies and regulations. Public and private sectors need to find effective ways to work together and build policies that more quickly embraces technologies into the fabric societies around the globe. Policies and regulations must capitalize on the benefits of these technologies while reducing uncertainty and mitigating the wide-ranging impacts emerging technologies will have on populations—from evolving labor markets and alleviating political and socioeconomic pressures to protecting citizens’ privacies and ensuring ethical development.

Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy & Executive Director of Cybersecurity

Innovations at the U (2:20PM-2:50PM)

Olivia Ramos, Founder & CEO Deepblocks

Yenvy Truong , Co-founder & CEO, HealthSnap

3:25pm - 3:55pm
To Build Startup Ecosystems, Let’s Grow Community

The last decade has seen an unprecedented wave of global startup activity emerge in cities big and small. It’s what AOL Founder Steve Case calls the “Rise of the Rest” and what is transforming communities across the world. How these startup communities take root and find success varies, there are many paths. There is however one common thread to which startup ecosystems are the most productive. It’s not how much VC funding there is, though that’s important. It’s not how many accelerators there are in town, though that too helps. What really seems to drive success? Community. Specifically, how founders connect, support and inspire one another. To build strong startup ecosystems, we should focus on growing tight knit communities.

Raul Moas, Miami Program Director, The Knight Foundation

Promise and Peril of Digital Technology (2:55PM-3:25PM)

A focus on the advantages and disadvantages of digital technologies and networks.

Steve Livingston, Media, Public & International Affairs Professor, George Washington University +

Elvira-Maria Restrepo, Associate Professor of International Studies, George Washington University +

David Broniatowski, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Assisant Professor, George Washington University +

Frank Sesno, Director, Media, Public & International Affairs Professor, George Washington University

3:55pm -4:00pm
Break
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Workforce Solutions for Miami’s New Tech Economy: Developing Talent to Meet Today’s Demand

Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida +

Andra Cornelius, Senior VP Business & Workforce Development, CareerSource Florida

Six Imperatives to Help Drive Security Risk Management Programs in 2019 (3:30PM-4:00PM)

Courtney Adante, COO and Jonathan Wackrow, Managing Director of Teneo Risk Advisory discuss key imperatives to managing the security and cyber risk landscape in 2019

Courtney Adante, COO Risk Advisory

Jonathan Wackrow, Managing Director, Risk Advisory

4:30pm -4:35pm
Break
4:35pm - 5:05pm

Broward College

Scaling: your Tech & your Team (4:05PM-4:35PM)

Navigating the pitfalls of growing a business can be a challenge particularly when it comes to the technology you use and the team you need to build. Learn from industry experts on where they succeeded and where they failed but learned. Some of the questions this panel will address are: How to build a technical team? How to build trust and cohesion between non technical and technical teams? How to handle growing pains? What challenges did you face? What advice would you give a company that is scaling? Scaling through the cloud versus in-house?

Kip True, VP, Wyntalent

WIT Stage
eMerge Main Stage
7:30am - 9:00am
Registration + Expo Floor Opens
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Remarks by Felice Gorordo, CEO, eMerge Americas & Melissa Medina, President, eMerge Americas
9:15am - 10:00am
eMerge Opening Keynote
10:00am -10:15am
Break
10:15am -10:45am

Digitally Undivided

Kathryn Finney, Founder & Managing Director, digitalundivided

How to Scale Your Start-Up to Deliver Enterprise Value
Being an entrepreneur is no easy task. Join our panelists as they share what they've learned on their journey, and how to take your startup to the next level.

Mariano Amartino, Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups +

Elias Torres, Founder of Drift +

Alessandro Annoscia, Chief Disruption Officer, Parabolt +

Greg Larkin, Best-selling Author,This Might Get Me Fired & Founder, Bowery315 (moderator)

10:45am -11:15am
How Technology is Transforming the Practice of Mindfulness

Cyd Crouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Muse® & Co-Founder of Meditation Studio +

Nichol Bradford, CEO & Founder of the Willow Group and the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Transformative Technology Lab and Conference in California +

Paul Silitsky, Chief Chill Officer, Innergy Meditation (moderator)

Digital Security Solutions

Justin Acquaro, SVP, Cybersecurity &Threat Management, General Electric

Kiki Del Valle, SVP, Digital Partnerships, Latin America & the Caribbean, Mastercard

Maria Pinelli, Partner, Consumer Products & Retail Specialist, EY (moderator)

11:15am -11:30am
Break
11:30am - 12:00pm
WIT Signature Panel
Join these powerhouse leaders in an intimate conversation about the lessons they have learned in their career, the impact they are making in their Industry and what they are doing for future generations of female leaders.

Ann Rosenberg, SVP & Global Head, SAP Next-Gen +

Arlene, DeMita, Advisory Partner, PwC +

Jess Keeney, VP of Engineering, Ultimate Software

Elena C. Romero, CFO, Visa, Inc. Latin America & the Caribbean Region +

Dr. Lenore P. Rodicio, Executive Vice President & Provost, Miami Dade College (moderator)

Google Has its Eye on LATAM

Wilmer Caripe, Head of Search, Assistant, and Web Product Partnerships, LATAM, Google

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Reimagining Your Digital Marketing Channels

With 25 years of digital marketing under our belts, brands and professionals have built perceptions of what works best for what. The truth is, digital keeps evolving and we have to constantly rethink what is possible and what might even be overlooked. Backed by his latest research and great examples, long-time creative executive and digital strategist Mat Zucker will share how evolved enterprises can use various marketing strategies and touchpoints (web, social, search, PR, thought leadership, chat) in new ways for uncommon growth.

Mat Zucker, Digital Partner Prophet

30 Minute Session
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Be Fearless

Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation & author of Be Fearless +

Maria Elena Lagomasimo, CEO & Managing Partner of WE Family Offices

‘Sequence Me!’ How Genomics Changes Everything for Cancer Patients

When Bryce Olson was battling advanced cancer and relying only on the ‘one size fits all’ standard of care treatments everyone received, he felt powerless, unengaged and began to lose hope. Then his life changed. He used DNA sequencing data to break into a perfect-fit drug trial, and together with researchers engineered an ‘exceptional response’ and shut down his cancer for over 2 years. As a patient pioneer in an era of ‘Personalized Medicine 2.0’ who continues to fight late stage cancer differently with tremendous success, Bryce will explain how cancer patients become highly engaged and empowered like never before once they tap into the power of ‘omics data to find new life-saving insights. Bryce will also share what the healthcare industry must do to achieve better outcomes and maximize patient engagement for their organizations, or risk being disrupted by innovators who are not afraid to use advances in science and technology to step over those who are stuck in the status quo.

Bryce Olsen, Global Marketing Director, Intel

1:00pm -2:00pm
Lunch
2:15pm - 3:00pm
Disrupting Venture Capital: Funding Women Entrepreneurs

Women receive less than 3% of venture capital and the time has come to build a new paradigm. Hear from leading researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs on how what it takes to get women funded. See the practical advice executed in two live pitch sessions from successful women founders in the session that follows. You will leave this session with new skills on how to master the pitch and a fresh perspective on accessing growth capital.

Susan Duffy, Executive Director, Babson's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kathy Korman Frey, Founder, CEO, The Hot Mommas Project, Instructor of Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, GWU, School of Business

Education, a Bridge to Possible: How Digital Transformation Begins with Learning

Hear how Cisco’s Networking Academy is a bridge to opportunity for students, job-seekers, and entrepreneurs around the Americas, including an on-stage interview of someone making a difference at all levels

Lucia Acurio, CEO Grupo Edutec +

Rebeca De La Vega, Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Latin America Corporate Affairs, CISCO Systems +

Darren Ware, Senior Manager, Public Sector Latin America, Cisco Systems (moderator)

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Women Founders In Action: Live Pitches

See the insights and tactics mentioned in the Disrupting Venture Capital panel put to the test! See live pitches from two female entrepreneurs seeking growth capital.

Innovations, Delivering for Our Customers

Alex Ceballos, VP, Worldwide Corporate Development, Amazon

3:30pm - 4:00pm
The Real Deal: What it Takes to Scale Without Venture Capital

Hear front-line conversations from successful women entrepreneurs that have scaled their companies without venture capital.

30 Minute Session

4:00pm -4:15pm
Break
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Design Your Future

Join two renowned and successful businessmen, as they share their expert advice and tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur.



Jeff Hoffman, Global Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Priceline.com, uBid.com

Armando "Pitbull" Christian Perez, Grammy Award-winning Artist & Entrepreneur

4:45pm - 5:30pm
Shark Tank: eMerge America's Startup Grand Finale

Jack Selby, Managing Director at Clarium Capital Management LLC +

Alex Estevez, Venture Partner, Accel +

Armando "Pitbull" Christian Perez, Grammy Award-winning Artist & Entrepreneur

Launchpad Stage
Texpert Stage
9:00am -10:30am
NFTE
Digital Realty Session (10:15AM-10:45AM)

Howard Young, Senior Solutions Architect, Zadara Storage

10:35am -10:45am
(Announcement of 25 startup finalists)
10:45am -12:10am
Top 10 Late Stage Startup Pitches

Kevin Levy, Shareholder Chair, Technology Transactions, Gray Robinson

Myrel Iturrey, Investor, Insight Partners

Sam Sayegh, CEO, Spark Neuro

Daniel Herrera, Director of Investments, Miami Angels

Learn How the IT Sector Can Benefit from State Level Funding: Maintain Your Company’s Competitive Edge by Upskilling your Workforce(10:50AM-11:20AM)

Andra Cornelius, Senior VP Business & Workforce Development at CareerSource Florida

12:10pm -12:20pm
Break
12:20pm -1:50pm
Top 10 Early Stage Startup Pitches

Katherine Boyle, Principal, General Catalyst

Will Koffel, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Americas, Google Cloud

Tyler Quinn, CPA, CISA, Principal, Kauffman Rossin

Arnoldo Reyes, VP, Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures, VISA

VR/AR: The Ultimate Communications Tool or The "WHY" Behind Virtual Reality (11:25AM-11:55AM)

When multi-billion dollar industries such as entertainment and the US Military are investing in virtual and augmented reality, we start to wonder what all the buzz is about. In this session, Tyler Gates of the VR/AR Association and Managing Principal of immersive technology company, Brightline Interactive, will take a deep dive into why this emerging technology is quickly becoming one of the most meaningful technological breakthroughs of our lifetime. Join Gates as he explores why VR/AR should be considered a new medium for communication, the current state and future possibilities with the technology, and how to get involved in this exponentially growing industry.

Tyler Gates, Brightline President of the VR/AR Association, DC Chapter and Managing Principal at Brightline Interactive

1:50pm -2:00pm
Break
2:00pm -2:40pm
Top 5 University Stage Startup Pitches

Christopher DiSchino, Founder, DiSchino & Schamy, PLLC

Omar Arab, Head, Parabolt US

Chris Nieto, Partner, Cherry Cherry Bekaert

Leah Zions, Senior Manager, SendGrid

How Ready Are You? Building Digital Trust and Improving Digital Resilience(12:00PM-12:30PM)

If the lifeblood of the digital economy is data, its heart is digital trust—the level of confidence in people, processes, and technology to build a secure digital world. Companies, regulators, and consumers need fresh mechanisms to build confidence as they address emerging challenges in business, risk management, and compliance. Don Freese, a senior executive with more than 25 years’ leadership experience (most recently with the FBI), will discuss insights on improvements around people, processes and technology to advance your organization's digital trust agenda. He'll also explore how you can help each part of your organization better understand their role in achieving and maintaining overall cyber readiness and digital resilience.

Don Freese, Advisory Cybersecurity & Privacy Principal

2:40am -2:50am
Break
2:50pm -3:50pm
Startupbootcamp Digital Health Demo Hour
Constant Tech Session(12:35-1:05pm)
No Electricity? No IoT. Why Big Tech Needs Reliable and Resilient Power (1:10PM-1:40PM)

A discussion on how data that informs power consumption, efficiency, demand, and production at the facility-level will ensure none of us get left in the dark. Informed by current and future developments in technology, the IoT and smart grids will better enable energy companies to meet rising demand, increase the reliability and quality of power supplies, improve energy efficiency, and integrate low-carbon energy sources into power networks – ultimately it will change the way they service their customers’ needs.

Fazil Shaikh, Director NRG Advisory Services

Cyxtera Session (1:45PM - 2:15PM)
Layer 1 Automation (2:20PM-2:50PM)

When network professions think of a network, the first thing that comes to mind is seldom the network cable. The exception is the professional that manages the cables. Other than this group of people, most people think of routers, switches, load balancers, software defined networks. Etc. Like the physical road in a transit system, physical cables in a network is not sexy. Even though nothing in a network will work without it, the physical cable has received the least amount of technology upgrade in the last 40+ years. In this session we’re going to change that. We’re going to look at how the physical layer get its ‘sexy’ back with automation.

Asang Cooc, Fiber Mountain, Sr. Member Technical Staff"

Vertiv Session (2:55PM - 3:25PM)
3:50pm -4:00pm
Break
4:00pm
Announcement of the Top 5 Startup Finalists

Alex Estevez, Venture Partner, Accel Partners

Jack Selby, Managing Director, Thiel Capital

The Hackett Group (3:30-4:00pm)
Nutanix Session (4:05-4:35pm)
4:15pm -5:30pm
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