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Sunday, April 17


1111 Networking Party
Sunday April 17, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
1111 Party 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Monday, April 18


Registration (Expo Floor Opens at 9 AM)
Monday April 18, 2016 7:30am - 9:00am


Welcome Remarks - Manuel D. Medina eMerge
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Manuel D. Medina

Founder & Chairman, eMerge Americas
Manuel D. Medina is Chairman and CEO of Medina Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on funding technology companies with innovative products that serve the private and public sectors. He has more than 30 years of experience as a highly successful businessman with expertise... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 9:00am - 9:05am
The eMerge Stage


KEYNOTE: Leadership: Taking Charge
One of the most admired men in America, General Colin Powell has been a leader for most of his life, having led troops as a military leader, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. But Powell believes a leader is more than just his or her title. Drawing on examples garnered from experience as both a leader on the world stage and as eyewitness to leadership in action, Powell illustrates for audiences precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and great crises. Powell demonstrates how to remain focused, take responsibility and work towards improving processes, organizations and people.

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Melissa Lee

Host, "Fast Money" & "Options Action", CNBC
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Former Secretary of State, United States
Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)For over fifty years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
The eMerge Stage


Opening Remarks
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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Carlos A. Gimenez continues his lifelong commitment to public service, being re-elected as Miami-Dade County's Mayor on August 14, 2012.  He was first elected to the position after a special election in June 2011.    As the County’s top elected official and chief administrator... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:20am - 10:35am
eGOV Stage


Entrepreneurship – The Key to Solving the World’s Greatest Challenges

Hear serial entrepreneur Naveen Jain explain why he believes that innovation and entrepreneurship are the key to solving the world’s biggest challenges. He will illustrate his point by sharing the story of how and why he founded Moon Express. This privately funded commercial space company was created “to develop the resources of the moon for the benefit of life on Earth and humanity's future in space.” His ultimate goal for this company and partnership with NASA is to eliminate the challenge of scarcity on Earth.  The story not only proves that creative, audacious thinking, but the right partnerships – can make any dream a reality.  

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Naveen Jain

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Moon Express
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world's biggest challenges through innovation. He is a founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, WSJ, Huffington Post... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am
The eMerge Stage


Entrepreneurship in Cuba: New Challenges, New Opportunities
Learn how U.S. based companies are connecting with Cuba to build new opportunities and the challenges that can arise. Entrepreneurs from Cuba will join the conversation and share their unique perspective and hopes for the future.

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Felice Gorordo

Co-Founder, Roots of Hope
L. Felice Gorordo is President & CEO of Clearpath, a venture-backed tech company revolutionizing the confusing, costly and paper-based immigration filing process – just as TurboTax transformed tax filing. At Clearpath, Felice is leveraging technology to empower immigrants and democratize... Read More →

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Marta Deus

Founder, Dues Expertos Contables
Marta Elisa Deus Rodriguez is a young Cuban entrepreneur, founder of Deus Expertos Contables. After spending 13 years in Spain, where she earned her MBA, she sensed there was a need for accounting, tax and financial services in the emerging private sector of her native Havana. Since... Read More →
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Robin Pedraja

Creative Director, Vistar Magazine
Robin Pedraja is the cofounder of Vistar, a music magazine created in March 2014. Robin and six friends created Vistar for a particular audience they have described as “Cuban and young.” Vistar, which is produced in Havana, gets about 5 million page views a month from readers... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
The Launchpad


Unlocking Information: The Power of Data Visualization for Journalists, Scientists and the Rest of Us


 Never before has so much data been available to the public. From crime statistics to public school test scores, citizens have the ability to access mountains of data on issues that impact their lives locally and globally. But having information isn’t the same as being informed. How can citizens use data to identify trends or pinpoint new solutions? In the past two decades, visualization—the graphical display of information— has become a skill as important as literacy or numeracy, as it is arguably the most powerful tool to help us derive meaning from the enormous amounts of data produced daily. Until recently the tools of data visualization were available only to scientists, statisticians, and designers. But now, thanks to easier and cheaper tools, data visualization is becoming a language available to everyone. Join international expert Professor Alberto Cairo to see these tools at work and see how you can apply them.

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Alberto Cairo

Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication; Director, Visualization Program at Center for Computational Science, University of Miami
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and also directs the Visualization Program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. He teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is interested in the convergence between visual communication, journalism, cognitive science, maps, and statistics. He is author of several books about information visualization including The Functional Art: An Introduction... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Texpert Stage


Transforming Transportation at the Speed of Sound
To quote Tomorrowland, "Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest and most creative people in the world decided to actually change it?…But Where?…A secret place where they can build what they are crazy enough to build…” The Hyperloop is a revolutionary form of transportation that will transport humans and goods in tubes at close to supersonic speeds. With over 500 engineers and professionals working together across 42 countries, we truly have assembled some of the greatest minds of the 21st Century.

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Bibop Gresta

COO & Deputy Chair, Hyperloop
With major successes in start-ups, transportation, media, and finance, Bibop G. Gresta is a world renowned speaker, and internationally regarded as one of the foremost experts on Advanced Media and Transportation Technologies. He has been in charge of International mergers and acquisitions... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:35am - 11:20am
eGOV Stage


Where Do Ideas Come From: Learn How Silicon Valley’s Most Exciting Startups Come Up With Their Ideas & How They Turn Those Ideas Into Reality

Anyone who has taken a shower has had an idea.  But how do you turn those ideas into reality?  Netflix Founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share dozens of tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you more easily come up with innovative ideas, validate them, and get your new venture off the ground.  Equal parts inspiration, start up stories, and practical tips, it’s a message that resonates equally well with students, early stage entrepreneurs, and any businessperson looking to bring innovation to their business.

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Marc Randolph

Co-Founder, Netflix
Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Most recently, Marc was co-founder of the online movie and television streaming service Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their web site, and as a member of their board... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 10:50am - 11:20am
The eMerge Stage


New Technology Creates Disruption in Real Estate


The Real Estate Industry is seeing several companies disrupted by new technology focused on the sector. Everyone is embracing technology from the long established brokerage firms CBRE, JLL, Cushman & Wakefield to innovative upstarts Compass, VTS and Wework. The traditional real estate business is changed for the better. Hear from some of the leaders and entrepreneurs as to what’s next! 

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Jay Massirman

Founder & Managing Principal, Rivergate Companies
Jay Massirman serves as Founder and Managing Principal of Rivergate Companies, an entrepreneurial real estate development, management & investment firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. Jay has 30 years' experience in the real estate industry across asset classes and has participated... Read More →

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Andrea Cross

Americas Head of Office Research, CBRE
As Americas Head of Office Research, Andrea Cross identifies market trends impacting the office sector and interprets the economic and property markets for CBRE’s clients in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  She works closely with the Head of Americas Research and CBRE’s Agency... Read More →
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Olivier Grinda

CEO & Co-Founder, Home61
Olivier Grinda is a seasoned angel investor and CEO and cofounder of Home61, a Miami­based real estate tech company bringing efficiency and transparency to real estate. He has raised $1M in funding since launching in October of 2014 with 20 agents and $30 MM in gross revenue. Olivier... Read More →
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Richard Swerdlow

CEO, eRealEstate Holdings
Richard Swerdlow, Chief Executive Officer, is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of web development and Internet marketing experience. He is responsible for the Company's strategic direction and operations. Swerdlow is a pioneer in the online real estate space and founded Condo.com... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:05am - 11:35am
The Launchpad


Innovation in IT: What You Can Do Now & What's Coming

Learn how IT can drive innovation in the Workplace, increase productivity and even pay for itself. New technologies including IoT, WebRTC, wearables, augmented reality, and mobile tech will complement virtualization and the cloud to provide exciting new experiences in the workplace or wherever work gets done. Devices like the Raspberry Pi will disrupt the traditional PC market and open up new use cases and enable new solutions. If your looking for what is on the horizon and ways to innovate for your organization, plan to attend this session. 

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Christopher Fleck

Vice President of Emerging Solutions, Citrix Systems
Chris Fleck is Vice President of Emerging Solutions at Citrix Systems. Chris started his career at IBM working across multiple engineering and product organizations leading to Business Unit Exec of the IBM Industrial Computer Group. As a pioneer of new technologies, Chris founded... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:05am - 11:35am
Texpert Stage


From Smart Cities to Digitized Countries
Digitization will be key to how cities and countries maintain global competitiveness, improve citizen services, foster innovation and create new jobs. As governments everywhere confront global competition, constrained resources, and hyper-connected citizens, they need to modernize and efficiently utilize technology and infrastructure. This session will explore the evolution of smart cities, while using the example of Curacao to discuss the future of digitized countries.

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The Honorable Eugene P. Rhuggenaath

Minister of Economic Development, Government of Curaçao
Executive with proven experience in leading diverse teams of professionals to heightened levels of success in both public and private sector, with keen ability in identifying synergies and building strategic alliances and developing collaborative networks; capable of working in high... Read More →
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Darren Ware

LATAM Bus Dev Mgr Public Sector, Cisco Systems Inc.
Darren Ware leads Cisco's Smart Cities efforts in Latin America and engages with cities across the region. With 20+ years experience in Latin America and 10+ years in Cisco, he focuses on working with governments, public services agencies and Cisco partners to seek to increase... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:35am - 12:05pm
eGOV Stage


Entrepreneurs Love Mobile, Here's Why

 We all love mobile that is a fact. But lately a great numbers of entrepreneurs are using mobile to disrupt several industries. From transportation, logistics, banking to hospitality, social relationships and more. Mobile omnipresence when we talk about innovation, marketing and startups is king. Talking with these leaders and rising starts entrepreneurs from Latin America will summarize the reason why.

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Eduardo L'Hotellier

CEO, GetNinjas
Eduardo L'Hotellier is the founder and CEO of GetNinjas, a plataform that links customers service professionals in Brazil. The platform has more than 120 thousand professionals offering services from home renovation to party planning all over Brazil. GetNinjas is backed by Monashees... Read More →
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Fabiano Destri Lobo

Managing Director, Latam, Mobile Marketing Association
Born entrepreneur focused in delivering results with international track record of overachievement and inspirational leadership. Proven experience in working with global and regional markets both within products and services segments. Deep and keen knowledge of digital interactive... Read More →
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Tallis Gomes

CEO & Founder; Founder, Singu; Easy Taxi
Tallis Gomes is the founder of Easy Taxi, biggest taxi company in the world. Tallis led the company through his expansion in 35 countries and 420 cities around 4 continentes. Gomes was listed by Forbes, as one of the 30 youngest innovators in Brazil and elected by MIT the most innovator... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:35am - 12:05pm
The eMerge Stage


A Recipe For Success
How I used tech, passion and risk to build the largest fresh meal program in the country 

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Zalmi Duchman

Founder & CEO, Fresh Diet
Zalmi Duchman is an angel investor, entrepreneur and food-tech pioneer as the founder and CEO of Fresh Diet. He began operations on January 1, 2006 with three clients. While Duchman "shopped and dropped," his wife "cooked and packed." Today, he has grown his business to become the... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm
The Launchpad


Unlocking Innovation with SAP’s Digital Enterprise Platform
The digital economy is here. Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet. This convergence of the Internet of Things, Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data has created a climate of technological opportunity where innovation will be the differentiating factor between businesses that fail and those that succeed. As organizations transition to becoming digital businesses, they must address fundamental changes and simplify their core technology operating infrastructure (e.g. database and data management) and front office tools (e.g. analytics) in order to fund innovation investments and produce new, more compelling outcomes for their customers. Come hear Alison Biggan, Global Head of Platform Product Marketing, share real world examples and case studies on how SAP’s platform solutions will come together to play a crucial role in enabling organizations to go digital.

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Alison Biggan

Global Head, Product Marketing, Digital Enterprise Platform Group, SAP
Alison Biggan is the global head of SAP Product Marketing for the Digital Enterprise Platform Group at SAP responsible for product and solution marketing across all technology topics including Analytics, Database & Data Management (SAP HANA), Mobile, Internet of Things, and HANA Cloud... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm
Texpert Stage


Cities Made Smarter

New technology alliances are delivering integrated solutions to create the connected cities of the future. Learn how the Internet of Things is creating innovations that are changing the way citizens live, work and play.

Presented by TD Bank

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Larry Williams

President & CEO, The Beacon Council
Larry K. Williams is a recognized leader in economic development, bringing more than 20 years of experience in global branding, international trade and finance, public and industrial policy, and administration and management to his role as President & CEO of The Beacon Council. Williams... Read More →

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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Carlos A. Gimenez continues his lifelong commitment to public service, being re-elected as Miami-Dade County's Mayor on August 14, 2012.  He was first elected to the position after a special election in June 2011.    As the County’s top elected official and chief administrator... Read More →
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Beverly Rider

Vice President of Smart Cities and IoT, Ericsson
Beverly Rider joined Ericsson in 2015 in an effort to broaden her work in IoT and Smart Cities.  She is currently Vice President IoT, Cloud and Smart Cities within Ericsson’s Global Customer Unit supporting AT&T’s worldwide efforts. Ericsson’s corporate vision is everything... Read More →
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Michael Zeto

General Manager, Executive Director of Smart Cities, AT&T Business Solutions
Michael Zeto is General Manager and Executive Director of Smart Cities, a business unit inside of AT&T Business Solutions. Michael is responsible for the teams that drive the product development, business development and go-to-market strategy for AT&T’s Smart Cities initiatives.  Michael... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 11:55am - 12:15pm
eGOV Stage


Robotics & AI: Unlocking Latin America's Huge Potential

Robotics & AI are a multidisciplinary convergent field of study bringing huge business opportunities. Right now they endure an exponential transformation point regarding its performance in different applications. Our generation will witness the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence as it becomes an exponential technology. In this panel, three international well-recognized speakers and entrepreneurs, will cover the potential of this topic in the fields of disruptive applications: healthcare, space and residential use. They will explore from exoskeletons, robotics prosthetics, remote surgery, domestic robots, nano satellites and the cultural and business implications that it become with.

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Emiliano Kargieman

Founder & CEO, Satellogic
Emiliano Kargieman, known to his friends as “EK”, has spent the last 25 years building technology and technology companies.  As a founder of Core Security Technologies, EK developed the first automated penetration testing software, earning the loyalty of clients such as Apple... Read More →
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Ernesto Rodriguez Leal

Associate Professor in Robotics; CEO, Tecnologico de Monterrey; WeaRobot
Ernesto Rodriguez Leal got his BSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Monterrey Tech with honors, and MSc degrees in Mechatronics and Global Technology Management at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg and the Northern Institute of Technology Management in Germany... Read More →
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Joan Cwaik

Latin America Marketing & Communication Manager, Maytronics
Joan Cwaik is a 25 years old entrepreneur, speaker, technologist, researcher, professor and author which principal interests are disruptive technologies, new media, robotics trends, artificial intelligence applications and social innovation.At his 16, he started to help his father... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 12:05pm - 12:35pm
The eMerge Stage


Miami-Dade County: Path to Becoming a County in the Cognitive Era

Angel Petisco, CIO for Miami-Dade County and Emily Loos, IBM Public Sector Leader, will talk about how Miami-Dade County is moving towards utilizing cognitive capabilities to gain insights and make strategic decisions from structured and unstructured data in areas such as transportation, water and sewer, communications, public safety, public housing and community development.  They will discuss how governments are implementing & applying analytics & cognitive technologies to improve internal processes while providing enhanced services to citizens.

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Emily Loos

Public Sector Manager, IBM
Emily Loos is a Client Executive in South Florida for IBM’s Public Sector industry organization including state & local government, K-12 education, higher education and healthcare.  In this role, she is responsible for partnering with clients’ leadership teams to implement solutions... Read More →
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Angel Petisco

Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County
Director Angel Petisco serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO)/ Director of the Information Technology Department of Miami-Dade County, a diversified data processing and communications organization serving one of the largest metropolitan county governments in the nation. Mr... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 12:15pm - 12:35pm
eGOV Stage


Miami's Promise: An Epicenter for Healthcare Innovation
Startupbootcamp Miami will interview three healthcare entrepreneurs who successfully started, grew and sold healthcare companies in South Florida. 
The panel's discussion will center around Miami’s future as a top market for the best healthcare entrepreneurs globally and discuss why innovators in healthcare should consider Miami as the location from which to build and scale their business. 

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Christian Seale

Founder & Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Miami
Christian Seale is the Founder and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Miami, the first digital health accelerator and seed fund focused on diverse and underserved communities.   He has been on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and early stage investor and loves supporting ambitious and extraordinary founders navigate the high and lows of the... Read More →
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Dr. Abhinav Gautam

Co-Founder, Carevoyance
Prior to Carevoyance he helped start and scale a cloud based electronic health records company that was ultimately acquired.   He also is an active member of Miami’s startup ecosystem, having served on eMerge America’s advisory board and now is Startupbootcamp Miami’s first... Read More →
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Maurice R. Ferré

CEO & Chairman, Insightec
Maurice R. Ferré MD is a serial entrepreneur that focuses on exponential changes in themedical technology sector. Dr. Ferre is currently the CEO and Executive Chairman of Insightec. The Company is currentlydeveloping breakthrough technology that in essence allows treatment without... Read More →
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Stewart Davis

CEO & President, Dermasensor
Dr. Davis is a M.D. by training but has been a full-time medical device entrepreneur for the last 13 years. He has founded or held an executive position in seven medical device companies. Until late 2010, he served as Chief Operating Officer of SafeStitch Medical Inc. At SafeStitch... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm
The Launchpad


Network as a Platform – Solving City Problems Through Technology
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Deepak Michael

Snr. Smart Cities Architect, Cisco Systems Inc.
Deepak Michael is a solutions architect within Cisco’s Smart and Connected Communities practice addressing network platforms to grow Internet of Things. He has over 16 years of experience working with international and domestic services providers & is a expert in LTE packet cor... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Texpert Stage


Monday April 18, 2016 12:35pm - 2:00pm


KEYNOTE: Disrupt or Expect to be Disrupted
We are living in a new industrial revolution and disruption is the name of the game. The convergence of mobile broadband, advanced software platforms and the cloud is creating and ushering in the connected life. At the same time, the internet of things is creating the opportunity for businesses to disrupt their own industries with highly secure, cloud-based services that customers never thought possible. Best advice in this new economy: Disrupt of be disrupted.

Presented by Juniper 

Keynote Speakers
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Ralph de la Vega

Vice Chairman; Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Inc.; AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International, LLC.
Mr. de la Vega was appointed Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International on Feb. 1, 2016. He has overall responsibility for the company’s integrated Business Solutions group which serves more than 3.5 million business customers in nearly 200 countries... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The eMerge Stage


KEYNOTE: The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

Steve Case, the legendary entrepreneur and co-founder of America Online, will discuss his book The Third Wave which argues that we are entering a period when entrepreneurs will leverage new technologies to transform major, “real world” sectors like health, education, transportation, energy, and food – and in the process change the way we live our daily lives.  By looking back at his decision-making during some of the most consequential moments in business history in order to explain the current landscape, Case will discuss how we need to rethink relationships with customers, competitors and governments alike, and will offer a forward-thinking roadmap for achieving success in this new era.

Presented by Juniper

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Alberto Ibargüen

President & CEO, The Knight Foundation
Alberto is president & ceo of Knight Foundation. The foundation promotes informed and engaged communities by funding quality journalism, media innovation, community engagement and the arts.   He was a newspaper executive in Hartford and New York City before serving as publisher... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Steve Case

Chairman & CEO; Co-Founder; Chairman, Revolution LLC; America Online; The Case Foundation
Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.    As Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ businesses. Revolution invests in and actively helps build companies leveraging technology to disrupt existing markets. Thi... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
The eMerge Stage


Bringing Cleantech from Lab to Market: the mPower Solar Generator Case

The story of a startup's three-year journey. From licensing clean technologies from Florida universities to bringing their mPower Solar Generator to market. And to empowering the lives of millions of people without electricity in developing countries through social entrepreneurship. The obstacles and challenges to overcome, and the opportunities ahead. As told by the entrepreneur and one of the universities. Their two sides of the story.

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Meital Stavinsky

Attorney, Greenberg Traurig
Meital Stavinsky’s law practice focuses on government relations with a primary emphasis on advising advanced technologies companies providing beneficial social and environmental impact in the areas of innovative Agtech, Cleantech and transportation. Other areas of concentration... Read More →

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Marco G. Monroy

Founder & CEO, MGM Innova Capital
FOUNDER AND CEO Marco Monroy is Founder and CEO of MGM Innova Capital and serves as the Chairman of the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF), providing strategic guidance to the MSEF while overseeing deal origination and managing key relationships with local partners, investors and... Read More →
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Robert Hacker

Advisor, Professor
  Robert Hacker works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship and complexity as a consultant, advisor, professor and writer.   He worked in Asia for twenty years, including seven years in Indonesia where he built a billion dollar publicly traded company. Bob returned... Read More →
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Will Perego

Founder & CEO, 24-hour Solar Roof
Will was born to be an entrepreneur. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1966, he dabbled in a variety of small neighborhood businesses throughout his early school years. At the age of 17, he invested his entire savings of $500 to co-found and launch his first enterprise: Neuspiller... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
The Launchpad


A Hemispheric Innovation Strategy
University of Miami President Julio Frenk will focus his remarks on creating a groundbreaking concept of the Hemispheric Innovation Lifecycle, which will include the Hemispheric Innovation and Technology Initiative (HIT) and Hemispheric University Consortium at UM.

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Dr. Julio Frenk

President, University of Miami
Dr. Julio Frenk, a noted leader in global health and a renowned scholar, became the sixth president of the University of Miami on August 16, 2015. He also holds an academic appointment there as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Hi... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm
eGOV Stage


Innovation and the Value of Data

Companies large and small can only stay competitive if they create new business processes that assess the economic value of data. This presentation will reveal the results of a multi-year data value research initiative and share the specific and concrete innovation frameworks that all companies should be establishing to fully understand and leverage the value of their own data (and industry data sets as well).

Keynote Speakers
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Steve Todd

EMC Fellow, VP of Strategy & Innovation, EMC
Steve Todd is an EMC Fellow working for EMC’s Office of the CTO. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.   Steve is a prolific inventor in the high-tech industry, having filed over 200 patent applications... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm
The eMerge Stage


Cracking the code on Digital Payment Adoption
Consumer behavior is changing in today’s digital age. In order for new payment tech to become ubiquitous, we need to “crack the code” in order to effectively engage the consumer in the digital space, especially when it comes to the adoption of new payment methods.

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Daniel Cohen

Senior Vice President, Digital Payments and Labs, MasterCard, Latin America and Caribbean
Daniel Cohen is Senior Vice President, Digital Payments and Labs for MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile... Read More →
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David Goldschmidt

Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, GeoCentral, MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean
David Goldschmidt serves as the digital payments and labs lead for the GeoCentral region in MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of digital payment and MasterCard Labs product platforms and solutions... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Texpert Stage


Solving Society's Wicked Problems Using Technology
The lack of innovation and technological resources in social welfare systems have led to missed opportunities in protecting and caring for our most vulnerable citizens. Fundamental innovations that are scalable will provide real ways to bring the social safety net into the 21st century and create accountability. The economic health of our cities depends upon the safety, health and productivity of its employees; through the power of public-private partnerships we can achieve this.

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Dr. Monica Chiarini Tremblay

Chair and Associate Professor of Information Systems & Business Analytics, Florida International University
Monica Chiarini Tremblay is the Department Chair of the Information Systems and Business Analytics Department and an Associate Professor at Florida International University College of Business. Dr. Tremblay’s research has focused on data science and barriers to technology adoption... Read More →
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Fran Allegra

President, The SEED School of Miami
Frances P. Allegra is The SEED School of Miami's founding President. She comes to SEED from Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, where she served as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Allegra is a champion of children’s rights, a pioneer in the successful transformation of the State of Florida’s... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:30pm - 3:55pm
The Launchpad


The Skills Gap in Latin America:How to Solve It
Our expert panelists will explore the challenges that face the Latin American labor market. From available education to in-demand skills, they’ll tell us how the public and private sectors are ensuring the population is ready.

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Antonio Caparrós

Fund Manager, INICIA Educación
Antonio is the fund manager at INICIA Educación, a private social investment fund focused on Education, that aims to strengthen education in the Dominican Republic and Invest in business opportunities in the Education Sector in LATAM.  Antonio is an Industrial Engineer from PUCMM... Read More →
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Diego Meiriño

General Director, Carvajal Soluciones Educativas-Editorial Norma
Diego Meiriño is currently the General Manager of the Grupo Editorial Norma (a Carvajal company), one of the most important Publishers in Latin America. Previously he was in charge of the operations of the southern region (Argentina, Chile and Peru). Within his responsibilities... Read More →
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Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Executive Director, INET
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny is the founder and President of Kuepa.com , that provides continuing education for adults in Latin America. He is also the author of Educacion 3.0. The Struggle for Talent in Latin America, and a columnist at Huffington Post and other publications in Latin... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
eGOV Stage


Privacy, Technology and Innovation in the Modern World


In this fireside chat, our moderator will lead a discussion with three technology sector champions of civil liberties and human rights, covering views from leading Silicon Valley companies and from the non-profit sector.  The group will discuss online security, privacy, encryption, censorship, free expression and countering violent extremism online.  Our guests will also touch on the key issues at stake in the Apple v. FBI matter and what these issues mean for start-up and Fortune 500 technology companies. Learn about our guests' careers in the private sector, civil society, government and academia and ask questions about the hottest topics in technology, innovation and privacy.

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Michael Samway

Adjunct Professor, Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, Georgetown University
Michael Samway is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Master ofScience in Foreign Service Program where he also leads an initiative on business, humanrights and technology. He's also a former visiting scholar at NYU business school wherehe focused on digital surveillance... Read More →

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Denelle Dixon-Thayer

Chief Legal and Business Officer, Mozilla
As Chief Legal and Business Officer, Denelle Dixon-Thayer leads Mozilla’s global business development, public policy and legal teams. In this role Denelle manages Mozilla’s strategic partnerships, focuses on sustainability for the organization and creates and supports Mozilla’s... Read More →
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Laura Juanes Micas

Assistant General Counsel, International Privacy & Human Rights, Yahoo! Inc
  Laura Juanes serves as AGC, International Privacy & Human Rights, in Yahoo’s Public Policy Group. She is specialized in online privacy matters for the company’s international properties. Her interest in privacy and data protection has grown in step with the increased focus... Read More →
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Nuala O'Connor

President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy &Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet andtechnology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and informationgovernance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
The eMerge Stage


High-Impact Entrepreneurs Who Innovate & Disrupt
These Endeavor Entrepreneurs are revolutionizing and democratizing access in biotech, social media and medical apparel. Learn how they're able to stay ahead of the curve, compete and scale in this ever changing world.

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Laura Maydon

Managing Director, Endeavor Miami
Laura is the Managing Director of Endeavor Miami, a non-profit organization that launched in September 2013 in the U.S., which searches and selects high-impact entrepreneurs to help them scale with the objective of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community. Laura joined... Read More →

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Gabriel Baños

CEO & Founder, Flowics
Gabriel is the CEO & Founder of Flowics, a social media amplification platform for brands and media to capitalize on user-generated content and better connect with their target audiences. He was elected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. Before founding Flowics, he was CEO & Founder... Read More →
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Gabriel Manjarrez

Co-Founder & CEO, Mimoni
Gabriel Manjarrez is co-founder and CEO of Mimoni, a company focused on instant credit approval targeting the unbanked middle-of-the-pyramid majority in developing countries via proprietary scoring algorithms and processes.  The Mimoni online lending platform, launched in August... Read More →
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Trina Spear

President & Co-Founder, FIGS
Trina Spear is the President and Co-Founder of FIGS.  FIGS is revolutionizing the antiquated $10 billion medical apparel industry while making an enormous impact on the world through its Threads for Threads initiative.  Trina has spent the majority of her career on Wall Street... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:05pm - 4:35pm
The Launchpad


Cybersecurity: The Imminent Threat
Data, how do we protect sensitive information? No longer do we need to worry about people in black masks; now it’s Anonymous behind a screen. Learn how companies and governments can stay ahead of the curve and keep information safe and secure.

Presented by ClearSky 

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Leo Taddeo

Chief Security Officer, Cryptzone
Mr. Taddeo, former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office, is responsible for analyzing the cybersecurity market to help shape Cryptzone’s vision for security solutions. Taddeo provides deep domain insight into the techniques... Read More →

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Eduardo E. Cabrera

Vice President Cybersecurity Strategy, Trend Micro
 Eduardo Cabrera is responsible for analyzing emerging cyber threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran and former CISO of the United States... Read More →
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Kevin Flanagan

Area Vice President of Security Consulting for North America, RSA
Kevin Flanagan, CISSP, CISA, is the Area Vice President of Security Consulting for North America at RSA. He has more than 20 years of security experience in building programs, building teams, and designing security architectures. At RSA, Kevin leads a team of over 100 security experts... Read More →
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Erez Kreiner

CEO, Cyber Rider Ltd.
Erez Kreiner is a leader, cyber entrepreneur, senior manager and holds a unique record in the cyber field. Until recent times  he was the Director of Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority, defending critical and classified infrastructures and assets, and responsible to build... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:10pm - 4:40pm
eGOV Stage


How To Find the Next Big Thing

This diverse group will discuss their mindset in identifying and helping startups grow into successful companies. Join our panel of expert investors as they share what they look for in their next big opportunity. 

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Melissa Lee

Host, "Fast Money" & "Options Action", CNBC
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling... Read More →

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Matt Haggman

Miami Program Director, The Knight Foundation.
Matt Haggman is the Miami Program Director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In this role, Haggman leads Knight’s communities program in South Florida. He joined Knight in September 2011. Haggman is an award-winning journalist who previously worked for nearly a decade... Read More →
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Susan Lyne

President, BBG Ventures
Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, a new venture fund for women-led tech start-ups. The fund is focused on consumer internet businesses – services, content, commerce – based on the belief that there is a huge opportunity in backing smart entrepreneurs who reflect and understand... Read More →
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William Crowder

Lead Investor, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
blog:  williamcrowder.vc twitter: @williamcrowder   William Crowder is an active early stage investor, enthusiastic startup advisor, and spearheads efforts to create new opportunities for talented tech entrepreneurs across the country.  He leads the investing activities of the... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:10pm - 4:40pm
The eMerge Stage


Challenges of Digitalization on Business
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Josep Valor

Professor of Information Systems, IESE
Josep Valor-Sabatier is professor of information systems and information technology and holder of the Indra Chair of Digital Strategy.   He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT, and his Sc.D. in Medical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:10pm - 4:40pm
Texpert Stage


Miami's Full Potential

Hear some of Miami’s top community leaders share their insight on how Miami is growing and advancing as a city, what efforts their respective organizations are making and get their expert opinion on how we can keep the momentum going. 

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Sheli Muniz

Co-Anchor, NBC6 South Florida Today
Sheli Muniz is back home in South Florida, where she says she is "blessed to tell my community's stories."  Sheli co-anchors NBC 6 South Florida Today weekdays from 4:30-7 a.m. and 11 a.m. alongside Eric Harryman, meteorologist Ryan Phillips and traffic reporter, Kelly Blanco. Her... Read More →

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Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg

President, Florida International University
Mark B. Rosenberg is president of Florida International University. A public institution of higher education, FIU is the face of the country’s future in higher education demographics: it is a majority-minority institution that leads the country in the production of minority degrees... Read More →
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Jaret Davis

Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig, P.A.
Jaret L. Davis is the Co-Managing Shareholder for the Miami office of the international law firm of Greenberg, Traurig, P.A.  As Co-Managing Shareholder, he oversees approximately 170 attorneys and 200 business staff based in the firm’s founding office. Mr. Davis has represented... Read More →
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Jorge Plasencia

Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO, República
  With an expansive career of more than 20 years in media, entertainment, sports, marketing and entrepreneurship, Jorge A. Plasencia is a shining example of leadership in both business and community. Jorge currently serves as co-founder, chairman & CEO of República, one of America’s... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:40pm - 5:10pm
The Launchpad


Cuba: The eMerging Market

We will explore Cuba, one year later. What is left in the thawing of relations and how will the Island affect commerce and diplomacy in the region now that relations are formalized

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Alejandra Molina

News Anchor, Telemundo51

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Ted Piccone

Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy & Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings
Ted Piccone is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. His research is focused on global democracy and human rights policies; U.S.-Latin American relations, including Cuba; emerging powers; and multilateral affairs. Previously, he served as the acting vice president and director from 2013 to 2014 and deputy director from... Read More →
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Jason Poblete

PobleteTamargo LLP, Attorney
Mr. Poblete represents individuals and corporations on both domestic and international matters in his regulatory litigation and transactional practice. He helps clients navigate the complex legal, and at times political, federal interagency regulatory and legislative processes primarily... Read More →
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Dave Seleski

President & CEO, Stonegate Bank
Mr. Seleski is the founder and the current President and CEO of Stonegate Bank.  Stonegate Bank was founded 2005 and is a 2.2 billion Bank headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida.  The bank has 22 offices located in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Lee and Hillsborough Counties... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
eGOV Stage


Accelerating Entrepreneurs

You’re an entrepreneur, now what? It’s time to reach the next level with the help of all the available resources out there. Our panel of experts will tell you about how they are supporting entrepreneurs like you take that next big step. 

Presented by Open English

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Greg Kress

President & COO, Open English
Greg is responsible for business operations including sales, student engagement, live instruction, customer service, collections, and process excellence. Greg joined Open English after holding multiple engineering, operations, and commercial leadership roles at both General Electric... Read More →

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Heatherjean MacNeil

Global Director, WIN Lab
Heatherjean MacNeil is the Global Director and Co-Founder of Babson’s WIN Lab, where she is focused on accelerating women entrepreneurs and building a gender-balanced, entrepreneurial ecosystem. The first of its kind, the WIN Lab is an eight-month accelerator program that supports... Read More →
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Nacho de Pinedo

Founder & CEO, ISDI and IMPACT
Nacho is a Digital Optimist, Entrepreneur and Business Angel, leading a digital transformation ecosystem in Europe and LatAm. ISDI (Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet- High Institute for Internet Development) is a comprehensive and vertical educational institution focused... Read More →
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Rachel Spekman

Director of Programming, MassChallenge
Rachel loves community building, startups, and the thriving scene for both in Boston. As the Director of Programming, she is committed to helping entrepreneurs win by developing relationships across MassChallenge constituents. She collaborates with mentors, investors, speakers, judges... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
The eMerge Stage


University Entrepreneurship Programs: Student Perspectives
Universities help build and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in many ways-through traditional courses, short classes, competitions, mentoring programs, incubators and many other efforts. Hear from a panel of young entrepreneurs about their experiences in and outside the classroom at four major Universities in South Florida. 

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Lenny Chesal

Chief Evangelist, Host.net
Lenny Chesal has been with Host.net since January 2004.  Host.net a multinational provider of managed infrastructure and network services based in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is a fixture in the South Florida technology sector and is the godfather of the South Florida Technology Alliance... Read More →

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Adam Roth

CEO, Honorlock
Adam Roth is a software developer and entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience building web-based technologies. In 2008, Adam co-founded a small-batch screen printing company under the custom label ‘LOU Clothing’. He went on to manage technology as the Director of Systems... Read More →
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Connor Masterson

Founder, Royal
Mr. Masterson spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Growing up with a family of entrepreneurs, Connor has always been interested in technology and starting his own tech company. In high school, Connor had the honor of working in The United States House of Representatives... Read More →
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Joe Gehr

CEO, Technon LLC
Joe Gehr, CEO of Technon LLC, is an entrepreneur with experience in the fields of security, intelligence and technology. Mr. Gehr's 20+ years experience in these fields include 10 years of security work in Israel – where he is a veteran of the Israeli security establishment and... Read More →
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Stephanie Castano

Guest Speaker, Nova
Stephanie Castano is an American businesswoman with a passion for business, fitness and the technology industry. Stephanie completed her MBA degree in Marketing at Nova Southeastern University with a GPA over 3.85 after attending Florida Gulf Coast University where she received a... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 5:15pm - 5:45pm
The Launchpad


The Future of the United States & Observations for Latin America
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Richard Sear

Partner and SVP, Frost & Sullivan
As Partner & Senior Vice President of Visionary Innovation of Frost & Sullivan Richard Sear oversees our practice focused on mid to long term growth strategies. Richard works with a team of global innovation consultants that are focused on understanding how future transformative developments... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 5:25pm - 5:55pm
eGOV Stage


Building Mobile

Digital users are spending less time at their desktops and more on their mobile devices. Learn how to shift your business model to accommodate this evolution and get the most out of your strategy. 

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Laura González-Estéfani

Director of Partnerships, LATAM, Facebook
Laura González-Estéfani at Facebook 7 years ago, moved to Silicon valley for 4 years and just joined our community Silicon Beach, Miami, 6 months ago. She is passionate about connecting everyone and everything to the internet as connectivity brings opportunities to all the society... Read More →

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Borja Perez

SVP Digital and Social Media, NBCUniversal Telemun, Telemundo
Borja Perez is Senior Vice President of Digital and Social Media for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. In this role, Perez is responsible for the evolution of the digital programming team from a website portal-focus into a content creation unit for multiple digital platforms... Read More →
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Daniel Ghelman

VP of Mobile Digital Solutions, Brightstar
Daniel Ghelman is the Global Head of Mobile Digital Solutions for Miami-based Brightstar, one of the largest private companies based in South Florida, and the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and leading provider of diversified services for the wireless industry... Read More →
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David Gilarranz

Global Head of Digital & Value Added Services, Millicom International
David comes to us from Millicom International (Tigo), where he has been the company’s Gobal Head of Digital & Value Added Services for the last four years. Under his leadership Tigo, a Luxemburg based Mobile and Cable Operator with over 60 million subscribers in more than 14 Latin... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 5:25pm - 5:55pm
The eMerge Stage


KEYNOTE: Finding Success Through Passion & Reinventing Your Brand Along the Way

With modesty and humor, Tony tells the story behind his unprecedented success from skateboarder to CEO, and the secrets behind his lasting appeal. Tony explains how he continued to grow his audience via new media and as an early adopter of social media as a way to communicate to his technology savvy followers. Authenticity has served him well in all his achievements and his journey has shaped many of his fundamental values, including his huge desire to win, his strong sense of realism and ultimately, giving back.

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Jon Fortt

Co-Anchor, Squawk Alley, CNBC
Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC’s  "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Tony Hawk

Legendary Skateboarder & Entrepreneur, Founder, The Tony Hawk Foundation
Legendary Skateboarder & 
EntrepreneurFounder, The Tony Hawk Foundation Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard. By fourteen he’d turned pro, and by sixteen he was widely considered the best skateboarder... Read More →

Monday April 18, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
The eMerge Stage


Networking Party
Monday April 18, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Paris Theatre 550 Washington Ave (5th St), Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
Tuesday, April 19


Registration + Expo Floor Opens
Tuesday April 19, 2016 7:30am - 9:00am


Welcome Remarks - Manuel D. Medina eMerge
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Manuel D. Medina

Founder & Chairman, eMerge Americas
Manuel D. Medina is Chairman and CEO of Medina Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on funding technology companies with innovative products that serve the private and public sectors. He has more than 30 years of experience as a highly successful businessman with expertise... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:05am
The eMerge Stage


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
The Launchpad


KEYNOTE: Science, Technology & Invention: Strategies to Create the Future

The democratization of innovation is a turbulent process with rapid creation, violent destruction, many winners and many losers. Despite the apparent chaos, we can discern predictable patterns. The pace of innovation itself is doubling every decade.  The rate of change is now so rapid that even three to five year business plans need to consider that every level of an industry will undergo major changes during that period. Even energy will be transformed as we apply nanotechnology to the design of solar panels and energey storage devices. The means to change the world are in everyone's hands.

Keynote Speakers
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Ray Kurzweil

Author, Futurist, Inventor
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
The eMerge Stage


The Price of Shame

I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” In 1998, at age 24, Monica Lewinsky found herself at the center of the biggest controversy of the nascent digital age. The harassment she endured—fueled by the explosive growth of the Internet—was orders of magnitude greater than anything that had preceded it. Nearly 20 years later, Lewinsky has found the courage to speak in public about her experiences. Her story of the pain and humiliation suffered at the hands of cyberbullies still resonates with us today

Keynote Speakers
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Monica Lewinsky

Activist & Writer
Monica Lewinsky Social activist, writer, public speaker Monica Lewinsky is a public speaker, writer, contributor to Vanity Fair magazine and social activist in the battle against online harassment -- advocating for a safer social media environment.   She addresses such topics... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am
WIT Stage


Design Thinking's Most Important Phase...Empathy
Co-collaborating with customers using the design thinking methodology. Helping families traverse the scary healthcare land mines.

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Doug Dietz

Innovation Architect, GE Healthcare
  Doug graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design and the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design/ Human Factors.   Doug began his career at Texas Instruments as part of their Corporate Innovation Team. While... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am
The eMerge Stage


Lynn University + Wyncode Academy

Join Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross and Wyncode Co-Founder Johanna Mikkola for a big announcement about an innovative new partnership that grew out of the “Disruption of Education” panel at eMERGE AMERICAS 2015. Then hear from startups Bid.Aero, MyStyleBlox, AlphaTechBlocks and DVLPER, all of which came to life in Wyncode’s immersive web development program. This is college reimagined. 

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Johanna Mikkola

Co-Founder, Wyncode Academy
Johanna Mikkola is co-founder of Wyncode Academy, a leading accelerated learning program in Florida and the first coding school to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education. Before launching Wyncode, Johanna spent a decade in corporate... Read More →
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Kevin Ross

President, Lynn University
Kevin M. Ross is president of Lynn University, an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida. The university was recently named to U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural list of the top 25 “most innovative” schools in the country and has been recognized twice as an Apple... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Texpert Stage



Architectural Disruption: How the future of our built environment is being shaped by technology and you
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Marc Kushner

Co-Founder, Architizer & HWKN
MARC KUSHNER, AIAPRINCIPAL, HWKNCO-FOUNDER OF ARCHITIZERMarc Kushner, AIA is an architect with just one agenda - he wantsyou to love architecture. As partner at progressive New Yorkarchitecture firm HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) and co-founder andCEO of Architizer, Marc is a celebrated... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:40am - 11:00am
WIT Stage


Hackathon Award Presentation
Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am
The Launchpad


Fireside Chat with Bob Greifeld

In this fireside chat, our moderator will lead an informative discussion with Mr. Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq, regarding a variety of challenges, trends and opportunities currently affecting the financial markets and their impact on public and private markets.  Specifically, they will discuss the unique needs and considerations private companies and the differences between those of public companies.  Key to this will be a discussion about the current IPO environment, continued market volatility and its effect on private and public markets.  During these uncertain economic times, we will explore what companies are doing to attract and retain talent, secure funding and drive their business forward.  They will also explore global vs regional differences in the IPO and broader equities markets.  They will also explore some of the most cutting edge technologies that are poised to transform the Capital Markets like Blockchain.  This is a must attend event to hear directly from Mr. Greifeld, leader of the world's largest and most innovative exchange.

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Melissa Lee

Host, "Fast Money" & "Options Action", CNBC
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling... Read More →

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Bob Greifeld

Bob Greifeld assumed leadership of Nasdaq in 2003, when the company's primary business was operating one equity market in the U.S. Today, Nasdaq is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector, delivering trading, listing, intelligence, and public company services... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:50am - 11:20am
The eMerge Stage


FinTech for Financial Empowerment: Leveraging Disruption in Financial Services to Create Innovation Solutions for Financial Inclusion
Ramona Ortega will discuss how Fintech is disrupting traditional financial services and creating opportunities for social innovators to tackle long standing social problems like poverty, wealth inequality and financial inclusion.  The talk will focus on the importance of diversity in tech for financial innovation and how mobile technology and Blockchain are changing the way we develop policy solutions for social impact.

Presented by BBVA


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Ramona Ortega

Founder & CEO, My Money My Future
  Ramona Ortega is the Founder & CEO of My Money My Future, a mission-driven financial tech company that combines tailored content and simple to use tools to help Millennials, particularly young women and minorities, manage their money with confidence.  MMMF’s personal financial management platform... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
WIT Stage


The Miami HEAT Mobile App Fan Engagement Platform
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Joey Wilson

VP, Regional Business Lead, SapientNitro
 As Vice President and Regional Business Lead at SapientNitro, Joey is responsible for helping clients drive value with their advertising and marketing by utilizing technology and data. He leads SapientNitro’s Miami and Atlanta business and is responsible for the work done by 600... Read More →
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Michael McCullough

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, The Miami Heat
Michael McCullough’s role with the Miami HEAT could best be described as the “brand architect” for the club. Viewed as an extremely versatile and well-respected senior NBA business executive, he sports a 28-year track record of establishing new benchmarks and best practices... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:05am - 11:35am
Texpert Stage


University stage Startup competition
Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:05am - 12:05pm
The Launchpad


Could the Most Frightening Cyber Trend be Numbness Leading to Complacency?

From cyber hacks to infrastructure attacks, encryption battles to government-led action plans, trusted third-party vulnerabilities to business email compromises, the rapidly changing cyber threat landscape continues to dominate the news on a near daily basis.  And the size, severity, and complexity of cybersecurity threats, already an issue for companies of all shapes and sizes, shows no signs of slowing.  Regardless of your industry or geography, protection of what is most important to you remains crucial.  Join K2 Intelligence’s Jeremy Kroll and Austin Berglas as they discuss this year’s emerging trends and how to keep your infrastructure safe, minimizing business downtime.    

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Jon Fortt

Co-Anchor, Squawk Alley, CNBC
Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC’s  "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working... Read More →

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Austin Berglas

Senior Managing Director, K2Intelligence
Austin P. Berglas is Senior Managing Director and head of the U.S. Cyber Investigations and Incident Response practice at K2 Intelligence. He brings deep investigative experience in counter intelligence, national security, criminal cyber investigations and incident response to K2... Read More →
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Jeremy Kroll

Co-Founder & CEO, K2Intelligence
Jeremy M. Kroll is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of K2 Intelligence and he is the Co-Founder of Kroll Bond Ratings. Based out of K2’s headquarters in New York City, Jeremy is responsible for charting the firm’s growth strategy, including market development, strategic partnerships... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:35am - 11:55am
The eMerge Stage


Trust - The Space Between Bits and Atoms


Technology has reshaped the traditional boundaries between people and information – between bits and atoms. As people share their cars, homes, personal space, and daily lives in everchanging ways, what does it take for companies that facilitate this sharing to build trust? What does it take to keep it? And how does new technology not only disrupt but also safeguard exchange within these marketplaces? Amanda will share an age-old concept – the notion of trust – through the radical lens of the 21st century sharing economy. 

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Amanda DeSantis

Regional Manager of Trust and Safety, East Coast, Uber
Amanda recently joined Uber to focus on ways to use technology to help people safely and reliably go from point A to B.  Before Uber, she was the founder of a machine learning tech startup and the Global Leader of Sustainability Initiatives at DuPont.  She has developed numerous... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:35am - 11:55am
WIT Stage


Empowering Citizen Engagement with a Smart City Strategy


The City of Doral Empowering Citizen Engagement with a Smart City Strategy provides a “Citizen First” eServices platform for citizen access, business intelligence, service delivery, transparency and efficiency. The use of information and communication technology to enhance the city’s livability, workability and sustainability by integrating smart computing technologies to make our critical infrastructure and services more intelligent, interconnected and efficient. The city’s Smart City Strategy offers the ability to transform city operations and infrastructure, engage citizens and accelerate innovation and opportunity to prepare youth to become the next generation of highly skilled workers, nurture technology incubators’ bold ideas, attract new businesses, and deliver educational excellence.

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Gladys Gonzalez

IT Director, City of Doral
  Gladys Gonzalez is a technology and business professional with 25 years of experience in Information Technology. Her areas of strength are leadership, analyzing and automating business processes in a large scale enterprise environment. Ms. Gonzalez has a strong aptitude across... Read More →
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John Daniels

Director, Creative Solutions, Aeon Nexus, Microsoft CityNext Partner
John is the Director of Creative Solutions at Aeon Nexus Corporation located in Albany, New York and Miami, Florida. John previously held the position of CEO at L&P Media/Light & Power Communications, a 38 year old integrated communications firm. John’s client portfolio of successful... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm
Texpert Stage


Access and Efficiency: How Digital Health is Starting a Transformation of Healthcare
Healthcare is the only industry we measure in terms of percent of GDP (17.5% in 2014). But for all the spending, it is still plagued by ineffeciencies and misdiagnoses. Digital health is helping provide patients with better access to care at home, engaging them in their own health, and providing clinicians with better data. Eko is providing patients and physicians with non-invasice tools to monitor their hearts to help solve the cardiovascular disease crisis.

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Connor Landgraf

CEO, Eko Devices
Connor is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the co-founder and CEO of Eko. He wrote and sold his first software when he was 15 years old, and founded Eko Devices while an undergraduate studying Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, where he also served as the Student President. Eko recently... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:55am - 12:15pm
The eMerge Stage


What’s Missing? A Lesson from Entrepreneurs

One of the biggest challenges startups face is finding the adequate resources they need to bolster their business. Learn from our panel the different facets needed to succeed. 

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Jackie Nespral

Anchor, WTVJ News
  Emmy Award-winning journalist Jackie Nespral became the first Hispanic ever to anchor a network news program when she was tapped for NBC's Weekend Today show in 1992. After commuting between Miami and New York for three years, she chose to continue her career in South Florida... Read More →

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Bedy Yang

Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Bedy Yang is Managing Partner at 500 Startups, a seed and incubator fund in Silicon Valley with investments in over 50 countries. At 500 Startups, she is responsible for Brazil and Spanish-speaking investments and the investor training program (www.500.vc). She is also founder of +INNOVATORS, an organization that became the epicenter and resource for Brazilian tech founders with a network of over 10.000 people. Bedy was featured on Forbes Brazil and America's Quarterly as innovator and she is member of Kauffman Fellowship Program. Prior... Read More →
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Bo Powell

Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC
Bo is a Senior Managing Director at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC and focuses on providing financing and M&A services. Bo has nineteen years of experience in capital raising, investment management, and investment banking, including leveraged finance, special situations finance... Read More →
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Dawn Dickson

CEO, Flat Out of Heels
Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched three successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, more recently she founded Flat Out of Heels, LLC, the creator of the innovative Flat Out rollable... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:55am - 12:15pm
WIT Stage


Early stage Startup Competition
Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:10pm - 1:30pm
The Launchpad


From Cave Paintings to Emojis: Human Visual Expression & How AI Can Measure It

Humans are the only species to utilize symbols as a form of communication. The recent transition from textual to visual expression however presents a challenge to text-based search engines and limits our ability to index human generated content. Through evolving Artificial Intelligence we may begin to sift and better comprehend how we interact and express ourselves.


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Alessandro Prest

Co-Founder & CTO, LogoGrab
Alessandro Prest is co-founder and CTO of LogoGrab, an Artificial Intelligence platform that tracks the presence of brands on billions of online pictures. Alessandro has covered several research positions in international institutions and industries delivering A.I. solutions that... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:15pm - 12:35pm
WIT Stage


Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy
Technology and innovation are crucial for companies of all sizes and missions to evolve and succeed in the Digital Economy. Join Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP Latin America and Caribbean as he shares the stage with social entrepreneurs from the Latin America region who are generating deep social impact and turning challenges into opportunities through their innovative use of technology. Learn how these social enterprises have established new transformative business models to better serve and meet the needs of their communities.

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Claudio Muruzábal

President of Latin American & the Caribbean, SAP
Claudio Muruzábal assumes leadership of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean at a critical time when the business world faces the opportunities and challenges created by the new digital economy. As part of his mission, his purpose is to understand the challenges of customers in the... Read More →

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Marcius Victorio da Costa

Founder, Fumajet
Marcius Costa is the founder of Fumajet, a company he established in 2009 specialized in technological solutions development and industrialization of innovative products, systems and services for Environmental Health Management in the control of epidemics, agricultural pests and public... Read More →
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Morgan Guerra

Co-Founder, Previta
Morgan Guerra is co-founder of Previta along with his brother Christian. Their company makes preventive healthcare services, including remote patient monitoring, diagnostic tests, and health-monitoring programs, affordable and convenient thanks to a strong arm in technology and a nationwide network of retail clinics and mobile u... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm
The eMerge Stage


Visa Developer Program
Visa continues to open its network to foster collaboration and innovation in the payment industry. Visa Developer Program is a key milestone for that goal, designed to help the industry to build better and more secure commerce experiences more quickly, through ready access to Visa’s most innovative products and services.

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Brayan Peralta

VP Ecommerce & Personal Payments, Visa, Inc. Latin America and the Caribbean
Brayan Peralta is VP for e-commerce and Visa Checkout for Visa Inc. in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. In this position, he is responsible for business development and implementation of e-commerce initiatives, including Visa Checkout, a service that helps consumers pay and... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm


Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm


KEYNOTE: The Changing Worlds of Media and Music


 Top NBCUniversal executives and one of the world’s most iconic recording artists discuss the changing trends in the music and media industries and the power of the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. these industry leaders will shine a light on how innovation is changing the way brands interact with audiences, how consumers are interacting with media and what’s next in the world of entertainment.

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Melissa Lee

Host, "Fast Money" & "Options Action", CNBC
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Cesar Conde

Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Cesar Conde is Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Conde serves on the Executive Committee of NBCUniversal and reports to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. NBCUniversal International Group is responsible for the operations and international... Read More →
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Mark Hoffman

Chairman, CNBC
An award-winning broadcast veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Mark Hoffman was named Chairman of CNBC in April 2015. He reports directly to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal.   Hoffman, who was named CNBC President in 2005, has spent the past decade... Read More →
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Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull

Musician, Entrepreneur
Armando Christian Perez, known around the world as Pitbull, is an internationally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor. His career sales have exceeded 5 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has scored #1 hits in more than... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The eMerge Stage


Innovative Technologies Disrupting Digital Music

Join our two industry experts as they discuss the advancements in new technologies that are changing economic landscape in the music industry. Learn how artists and songwriters are leveraging the efficiencies delivered by these new innovations.

Presented by  Greenspoon Marder Law

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Leslie Zigel

Shareholder & Chairman, Greenspoon Marder Law’s Entertainment Practice
Leslie José Zigel is a shareholder and Chairman of Greenspoon Marder Law’s Entertainment Practice. Mr. Zigel focuses on both the creative and business sides of the entertainment industries in the music, television, film and new technology sectors. The practice includes counseling... Read More →
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Willard Ahdritz

Founder & CEO, Kobalt
Willard Ahdritz founded Kobalt in 2001, focused on developing technology that provides artists, songwriters and copyright owners with the most transparent and accurate service globally. Kobalt is now the largest independent music services company providing global licensing management... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
The eMerge Stage


Mad Girl
What a psychologist can learn from the Geek Mindset

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Mariana Hernandez

Head of Strategic Planning Latam, Google
Psychologist, strategic planner, speaker, writer and lecturer, Mariana has a multicultural experience having worked in several countries. With more than 15 year in global advertising agencies, her main focus of specialization has been consumer and business strategy. Besides her advertising... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
WIT Stage


Late stage Startup competiton
Tuesday April 19, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
The Launchpad


Women, Innovation & Technology

Women in leadership are making lasting impacts by changing the game. These determined industry icons will share what motivates them to be successful, help others and how they are leaving their mark. 

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Pamela Silva Conde

Co-Anchor, Primer Impacto
Six-time Emmy award winning journalist Pamela Silva Conde is co-anchor of the Univision Network’s weekday newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), one of the highest-rated programs in the United States and in 12 Latin American countries. Since she joined the show in 2011... Read More →

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Aminda Marqués

Executive Editor & Vice President, The Miami Herald
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez is Executive Editor and Vice President for news at the Miami Herald.   Born in New York to Cuban immigrant parents, Marqués began her career as an intern at the Miami Herald and rose through the ranks to become the paper’s first Hispanic editor... Read More →
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Denise Evans

Vice President, IBM
Denise Evans is Vice President, Women & Diversity B2B Marketing for the IBM Corporation.  She leads an organization responsible for marketing the portfolio of IBM solutions and services to businesses owned by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans in North America and women... Read More →
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Miriam Lopez

President & Chief Lending Officer, Marquis Bank
A pioneer and highly-respected leader in the Banking industry, Miriam Lopez serves as President and Chief Lending Officer at Marquis Bank, a position she has held since August 2010. Her career in the banking industry has spanned over three decades and she continues to prove herself... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 3:15pm - 3:45pm
WIT Stage


The Coming Media Frontier or Something Entirely Different?

This panel takes an engaging look at the emerging virtual reality sector, with a focus on emerging content interests for media companies, major new producers and developers in the space, and the broader goals towards making virtual reality a business. We'll take a close look at whether the "VR/AR" business will penetrate consumer or business markets, what are the most promising business developments in the space, and consider some initial accomplishments from our panelists. 

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Seth Schachner

Managing Director, Strat Americas
Seth Schachner is a digital business executive, with experience in technology, digital media and international business.   Schachner is Managing Director of Strat Americas, a business development enterprise that provides strategic guidance and helps global clients connect for partnerships... Read More →

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Ambarish Mitra

CEO & Co-Founder, Blippar
Ambarish Mitra is a leading innovator in machine learning and computer vision and one of the pioneers of augmented reality. Mitra is the CEO and Co-founder of Blippar, a leading augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and computer vision technology company.  Under his direction... Read More →
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Bobby Patrick

Chief Marketing Officer, HPE Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bobby Patrick is Chief Marketing Officer for HPE Cloud. Bobby is responsible for strategic messaging, awareness and demand generation, and worldwide community adoption and customer growth for HPE Helion, HPE’s portfolio of cloud products and services, in addition to accelerating... Read More →
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Rob Holzer

Founder & CEO, Matter Unlimited
Rob founded Matter Unlimited in order to harness the power of brands through advertising, digital marketing and branding to drive positive, lasting change in the world. Rob and his team launched Inside Impact, a virtual reality film series featuring global stories of social change... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
The eMerge Stage


Wonder Over Worry

In the midst of her own creative path, Amber Rae recognized that there was a voice in her head — Worry — holding her back from her boldest ideas and ambitions. When she paused to get curious about her own life, and the world around her, she noticed a trend: We come out of the womb filled with infinite curiosity for the world around us, and then slowly, over time, we are conditioned out of it. This brought up the question: Why can’t curiosity drive every aspect of our lives? Combining research with personal investigation into the fields of psychotherapy, neuroscience, wellness, and creativity, Amber will shine a light on a path to our greatest work and lives. That path is Wonder. 

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Amber Rae

Creator, The World We Want
Artivist and Storyteller Amber Rae is changing the conversation on what it means to bring our greatest visions to life and come alive along the way. She’s spent the past decade investigating and experimenting around how to create beyond fear, and shift worry into wonder. She's the creator of The World We Want... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
WIT Stage


KEYNOTE:Don’t Get Stuck in an Almost Life
There are three levels of living: almost, most and utmost. Too many people start their lives or businesses with momentum and then get stuck in problems, difficulties and situations.  Tim Storey and John Paul DeJoria will share secrets on how to have a Comeback. 

Keynote Speakers
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John Paul Dejoria

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, John Paul Mitchell Systems
John Paul DeJoria’s inspirational rags-to-riches success story exemplifies the American Dream. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others. After high school and service with honors in the U.S. Navy, John Paul did whatever... Read More →
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Tim Storey

World-Renowned Motivational Speaker
Tim Storey is an acclaimed author, speaker, and life advisor. He iswell-known for inspiring and motivating people of all walks of life,from executives, actors, and athletes, to adults and children in somethe most deprived neighborhoods in the country. Tim has visitedseventy countries... Read More →

Tuesday April 19, 2016 4:20pm - 5:20pm
The eMerge Stage