eMerge Main Stage

The eMerge Americas Main Stage, at the heart of the EXPO floor, is the setting for summit talks and inspiring keynotes.

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Monday, June 12 2017

9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome from Manuel D. Medina, Founder of eMerge Americas & Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Steve Wozniak, Chief Scientist, Primary Data & Co-Founder, Apple
Moderated by: Melissa Lee, CNBC
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint
Moderated by: Melissa Lee, CNBC
10:30 am - 10:40 am
Networking Break
10:40 am - 11:00 am
Bringing Silicon Valley to the LatAm Market: Investment and Ecosystem Insights from Dave McClure, Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Join Founder of 500StartUps Dave McClure Dave as he walks us through his personal and business experience in Latin America.

11:00 am - 11:20 am
How Ride Sharing and Autonomous Cars are Improving / will Improve Cities
11:20 am - 11:40 am
Talent Gaps, Mismatches and Universities: Addressing 21st Century Education Options

President Mark Rosenberg will present on the role of universities in preparing students to be entrepreneurial and find solutions to the challenges of the 21st century economy.

11:40 am - 11:50 am
Networking Break
11:50 am - 12:10 pm
Collaborating to Create the Future of Payments

How is Visa developing an open collaboration ecosystem? How can banks, merchants, fintechs and other tech startups participate in the co-creation process? Visa´s Head of Global Product shares his insights on the evolution of the payments industry.

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
The Case for Continued Engagement

Soledad O'Brien moderates a discussion with a panel of key players in the U.S.-Cuba opening and in the development of the island's small business sector.

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom
Moderated by: Jackie Nespral, NBC
Mauricio Ramos CEO, Millicom
2:30 pm - 3:10 pm
Entrepreneurship, Vision, Strategy and Growth in Latin America.
Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman of Cisneros
Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros
Moderator: Aryeh Bourkoff, Founding Partner, LionTree

Adriana & Gustavo Cisneros discuss with Aryeh Bourkoff, founder of LionTree, their remarkable track record launching and growing businesses in the region.

With over 90 years of history, Cisneros is one of the strongest and longest standing conglomerates in the region. Characterized by making early and meaningful bets, launching Pepsi-Cola, DirectTV, and AOL in Latin America, to name a few, and pioneering in the TV broadcast business throughout the region. Cisneros continues to evolve, making big inroads in Media, the Internet, and Real Estate.

Gustavo and Adriana Cisneros, the Group's Chairman and CEO, respectively will discuss new trends, lessons learned and share key insights into running family businesses, moderated by Aryeh Bourkoff, founder and CEO of LionTree, a leading independent merchant bank with a focus on Telecoms-Media-Technology. Mr. Bourkoff's LionTree is widely known for being trusted M&A advisors to Liberty Global, Charter Communications and Verizon Communications, among many others.

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm
Networking Break
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
How the Mexican Unicorn Went Global – Fireside Chat with Blanca Treviño, Softtek CEO

Blanca will describe the firm’s growth and emergence as a key global player in the IT services market, and share her experiences as a Latina executive. She will also examine the attributes of Miami as a hub of innovation and technology, and discuss the city’s critical role in Softtek’s operations.

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
What IoT Means to Tech Leaders

The Internet of Things (IoT), and its impact on the world, is the latest revolution driving new outcomes for organizations across industries . IoT can transform businesses, but it is important to know how to maximize the opportunities presented by an IoT-enabled world. This panel of expert Tech Leaders will discuss the hype, the opportunities and the challenges of what IOT means for them and their industries.

4:45 pm - 4:55 pm
Networking Break
4:55 pm - 5:15 pm
Unlocking Innovation:
Facebook’s Plan to Build Community

Facebook's Head of Platform Partnerships for LATAM will share Facebook's 10 year vision, its latest advancements and how the company approaches innovation. Francesca de Quesada Covey will illustrate the key role Miami and Latin American startups play in building a more connected world and how they continue to inform the products Facebook builds.

5:15 pm - 5:50 pm
Virtual Reality:
The Emergence of a New Content Ecosystem

This panel looks at one of the most exciting developments in digital media and technology: the growth of a new medium on virtual reality platforms. The panel includes a mix of leading virtual reality content networks as well as content producers for the newest generation of VR / AR programming, all of whom are trying to get arms around a new “immersive" medium.

5:50 pm - 6:30 pm
Pitbull & Suze Orman
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Networking Event/Happy Hour on Expo Floor

Tuesday, June 13 2017

9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome from Xavier Gonzalez, CEO eMerge Americas
9:10 am - 10:00 am
Uri Levine, Co-Founder of Waze,
Moderated by: Melissa Lee, CNBC
Uri Levine Co-Founder, Waze
10:00 am - 10:10 am
Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:30 am
KEYNOTE: Startup Advantage: Transforming Digital into Exponential Value

As new digital transformation winds sweep across the business landscape in Latin America, enterprises and organizations have more opportunities to innovate further. Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP Latin America and Caribbean, will share his insights on how new technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence are more than just buzz words. With the ability to intelligently connect people, things, and businesses, these technologies not only provide productivity and efficiency gains, but also transform how the business world runs.

10:30 am - 10:50 am
John Carlin, Chairman of the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity and Technology Program, CNBC Moderator: Eamon Javers
John Carlin Chairman, Aspen Institute Cybersecurity and Technology Program
10:50 am - 11:10 am
In the Fog of Digital Disruption: Five Beliefs that will Transform the Way Forward.

The world keeps changing at the speed of a blinking cursor. Digital empowerment is table stakes. Disruptor brands are changing all the rules. The threat of irrelevance is pounding at the door. And the traditional struggle for share of wallet has now become a fight for share of your customer’s daily life. Join this session with Joey Wilson, VP at SapientRazorfish, for five foundational beliefs that will clear the chaos and become a north star on the road to gamechanging transformation.

11:10 am - 11:20 am
Networking Break
11:20 am - 11:40 am
The Intelligence-driven Business in a VUCA World.

The pace of change in global markets is accelerating, fueled by rapid advances in technology, communications, and interconnectivity. The same forces that are driving progress, however, are also ushering in a new era of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). This future necessitates a dynamic approach to learning and decision-making, one that is analytical, precise, nimble and responsive. The intelligence discipline applied to business decisions in this increasingly VUCA world offers distinct advantages, especially for leaders to mitigate risks and maximize opportunities.

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Manny Medina, CEO of CYXTERA 
Justin Bateman, Managing Partner, BC Partners 
Moderated by: Melissa Lee, CNBC
Justin Bateman Managing Partner, BC Partners
12:50 pm - 2:15 pm
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Rony Abovitz, Magic Leap
Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation
Jean-Pierre Bardet, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Miami
2:45 pm - 2:55 pm
Networking Break
2:55 pm - 3:15 pm
Translating Ideas to Commercialization

Scientific researchers all around the globe are working tirelessly to develop the next treatments for cancer, cardiac disease and countless other health conditions. For these discoveries to benefit patients, it is essential that they make it to the marketplace, which can be an arduous and confusing process for even the brightest minds. The process of taking a discovery from the bench to the bedside is called translational research and it requires a well-funded infrastructure that supports clinical trials, marketing, legal protections and other integral steps. A physician, inventor and executive, H. Thomas Temple, M.D., will address the elements required to make a discovery profitable and beneficial to humanity.

3:15 pm - 3:55 pm
How is Media Disruption Being Played Out in Latin America

We know the general trends fueling media disruption in the U.S., but how is this affecting Latin America and what are the differences? How are consumers reacting? How are Print, Broadcast TV, and Pay TV players reacting and what are the opportunities for “traditional” and “new” Media players? These are a few of the questions our expert panelists will be answering as they walk us through the latest Latin American trends.

3:55 pm - 4:05 pm
Networking Break
4:05 pm - 4:25 pm
Magic Behind BigData?
How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Us Understand Consumers

We are listening a lot of talk about AI and how Big Data is impacting our businesses in many different ways. But can a machine really understand consumers, real human-beings, better than ourselves? Let’s see in this session how different approaches, provided by cutting edge algorithms, are changing the way advertisers and marketers observe and understand people, in order to perform innovative audience targeting strategies.

4:25 pm - 4:45 pm
Modern Storytelling:
Building Genres & Characters in a Digi-Social Age

This talk will take a look at how new platforms, screens and media environments present unique opportunities and challenges for media companies. Using data, video and case examples, Peter Blacker, EVP of Digital Media and Emerging Business at Telemundo Enterprises, will discuss how Telemundo has evolved its approach to Storytelling with a specific focus on Generation M: Millennial, Multicultural & Mobile.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Alex Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, ARODCorp
Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Mark Hoffman, Chairman CNBC
Melissa Lee, Host of CNBC’s “Fast Money” & “Options Action” CNBC
Alex Rodriguez Founder & CEO, ARODCorp
Cesar Conde Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises


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