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Launchpad Stage

Follow the latest technologies to the Launchpad Stage, where innovators share their groundbreaking ideas.

Monday, April 23 2018

9:00 am - 9:10 am ( eMerge Stage )
Welcome Remarks by Manuel D. Medina, CEO, Cyxtera Technologies & Founder, eMerge Americas
9:50 am - 10:00 am ( eMerge Stage )
9:10 am - 9:50 am ( eMerge Stage )
Let’s Move On: Beyond Fear & False Prophets
Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico

The future of governments in the world are at risk. There is an urgent call for unity, collaboration and innovation in order to take a stand for freedom and human rights. Join former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox as he shares his experience and thoughts about the future of politics.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Scale-Up Globally: A Conversation with Endeavor Entrepreneurs

The discussion will center around how Endeavor Entrepreneurs are scaling global tech businesses. From bitcoin to AI to energy tech, these entrepreneurs will share their stories of how they found global success from starting local.

11:30 am - 11:35 am
11:35 am - 12:05 pm
The Tipping Point

Join us for an interactive panel on what it takes for an entrepreneurship ecosystem not only for ideas and companies to live, but for them to thrive?

12:05 pm - 12:35 pm
Digital Banking Latin America

Digital transformation is a priority for banks now but there are no references in terms of data to really understand at what stage the banks are now. For the third time, Technisys worked in partnership with GMIX Stanford in investigating the state of the banking market in Latin America.

12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
How to Make Sure Miami is Prepared for the Future of Work

Attendees of this fireside chat will not only understand the trends and issues related to how automation will affect their city, but will also walk away with tactical advice on how to prepare for it. Ride the wave, don't get hit by it.

1:05 pm - 1:25 pm
What It Takes to Go From Startup to Global Growth

Join CFO of Eikon Digital, a thriving pan-regional media buying company, to learn more about investors with multinational considerations and how a start-up evolved into a company with a presence in 10 countries and more than 120 employees. Learn about the importance of profitability to a start-up, growth strategies that do not always involve funding, the investor landscape, emerging markets, the Latin American business ecosystem, and other factors impacting the corporate environment.

1:25 pm - 1:55 pm
CareerSource South Florida (The Workforce Engine for Developing New Tech Talent in South Florida)

As the largest workforce board in the State of Florida, CareerSource South Florida and its community partners continue to use innovative approaches to address the talent needs of South Florida Tech businesses. Attendees of this panel discussion will learn how CareerSource South Florida leverages existing partnerships to identify, develop, and address talent workforce needs of the business community through: Grant-based Training/Education, On-the-job Learning Opportunities , Apprenticeships/Internships and more

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Tech in the Palm Beaches

Learn about successful companies who have chosen to be #MadeInPBC Palm Beach Tech Association

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Innovation and Diversity in the Cybersecurity Workforce

Good technology relies on the work of skilled employees, and the rapidly increasing number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs speaks volumes about how critically the industry needs human capital. Meanwhile, surveys show that employers in cybersecurity do not feel that recent graduates have the skills they need when they enter the workplace; however, very few employers reach out to educators to articulate the skills they seek. The vital need for both trained talent and a new way of teaching workplace-relevant skills creates an opportunity for higher education to engage with stakeholders across the industry to develop truly innovative models for learning. This panel will feature voices from FIU, New America, and industry partners to discuss the challenges and potential of policy tools to foster better alignment between workplace needs and educational pathways.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain technology invites us to re-imagine how we manage the provenance of an art work, the copyright of a photograph, a medical company's records, a citizen's identity, a vehicle's title and escrow contracts, and even the way we run our organizations, from funding to collective decision making. In this panel we'll be discussing some of these less conventional applications, as well as the new models that result from these decentralized and tokenized ecosystems. We'll explore how entrepreneurs could utilize blockchain technology for their own benefit.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MDC Fostering Innovation in our Community

At Miami Dade College, we believe that in order for our students to thrive in today’s uncertain and disruptive world, they need 21st century skills and competencies. The Idea Center is the embodiment of MDC’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. The IC serves the needs of Miami’s entrepreneurial community while laying the foundation for a cadre of home-grown entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers. This 30-minute showcase will demonstrate that talent is indeed universal and that innovation depends on equity and diversity, with the Idea Center committed to leveling the playing field.

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm
The Rise of Real Estate Tech & the Next Housing Crisis

Real estate tech raised a record $3.4B. in 2017 to disrupt the biggest market in the world. Startups are attacking the market in all directions from residential real estate, to title companies, to commercial real estate, to lending and much more. However, with the new rise of subprime mortgages and the economy showing signs of overheating a new housing crisis is in the works. What will happen to all this tech investment and to the real estate market when the bubble bursts? Come discover the future of real estate with Olivier Grinda, CEO of Home61.

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm ( eMerge Stage )
Cybercrime, Cyberwarfare, and Increased Security Threats: Protecting Our Nation and the Globe From Emerging Risks

Security and risk mitigation are increasingly important in a world where long-term alliances are shifting, cyber threats are rising, trade agreements are being revamped, and uncertainty is approaching an all-time high. Few factors affect this more than our ever-deepening reliance on interconnected system and devices, and the efficiencies and vulnerabilities they create. When a cybercriminal in Minsk steals data from a corporation in Miami, Buenos Aires, or Bogota, how can victims seek redress? When nation-states attack critical assets and infrastructure, how should organizations respond and proactively protect themselves? Do nation-state sponsored cyberattacks constitute an act of war?

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ( eMerge Stage )
eMerge Americas Happy Hour at the Loews Miami Beach

Tuesday, April 24 2018

9:00 am - 9:10 am ( eMerge Stage )
Welcome Remarks Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas
9:10 am - 9:50 am ( eMerge Stage )
Do Robots Need to Look Like Humans?

Dr. Hong, an internationally renowned roboticist who leads the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, known as RoMeLa, and professor at UCLA, will be joined on the eMerge Main stage by several of his robots.

9:10 am - 10:30 am
NFTE Pitches
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:00 am
#LiveLikeBella “Tragedy to Triumph: How a Hashtag Sparked a Movement”
11:00 am - 11:05 am
11:05 am - 12:45 pm
Late Stage Pitches
12:45 pm - 12:55 pm
12:55 pm - 2:25 pm
Early Stage Pitches
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm ( eMerge Stage )
A Ride On The Block(chain): Investing in a Crypto World

It’s the latest investment craze, but should you go all-in on Crypto? Two leading investors, Jason Calacanis ( and Gil Beyda (Comcast Ventures), share their thoughts on how Bitcoin’s tumultuous rise and unknown future has shaped their investment strategies. Moderated by CNBC’s Seema Mody.

2:25 pm - 2:35 pm
2:35 pm - 3:25 pm
University Pitches
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Immigration as a Business Issue
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Visa Hackathon Competition
4:40 pm - 5:30 pm ( eMerge Stage )
KEYNOTE : Startup Showcase Grand Finale
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm ( eMerge Stage )


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