Get Your Wit On

WIT is a one-day summit, complete with experiential programming, networking opportunities, and much more. Top professionals from different industries will discuss how they are transforming the business landscape through technology and innovation. The WIT platform is designed to highlight the power of creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive thinking.

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WIT Stage

Top professionals and thought leaders will take the stage on Tuesday as part of the Women, Innovation and Technology programming.

Tuesday, Tuesday 24 2018

9:00 am - 9:00 am ( eMerge Stage )
9:00 am - 9:10 am ( eMerge Stage )
Welcome Remarks
9:10 am - 9:50 am ( eMerge Stage )
Sophia the Robot
9:50 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:30 am
WIT KEYNOTE: The Need for More Opportunity for Women in Technology
Kristin Johnson Karp, President & CEO, Hotwire Communications

Women make up less than one quarter of those employed in STEM occupations. The statistics are appalling, only 18- 20% of all engineering students are Women and only 5% of all tech startups are owned by women. It is time to make a change and encourage women to pursue professions in tech industries.

10:30 am - 10:50 am
Innovation & Creative Entrepreneurship for Social Good in Latin America

The landscape of economic, social and environmental issues in the world calls for new, creative and innovative approaches. Increasingly constrained governments alone cannot solve these challenges, nor can traditional profit-maximizing businesses. Our recent research for the Latin American and Caribbean regions suggests that there is a shift in the way a new generation of creative entrepreneurs approach creativity in business for innovation, positive social outcomes and a more sustainable and prosperous future.

10:50 am - 11:25 am
Creating Innovation from within & Embracing Diversity
11:25 am - 11:35 am
11:35 am - 12:05 pm
WIT’s Leading Ladies

Join these powerhouse leaders in an intimate conversation about the lessons they have learned in their career, the impact they are making in their Industry and what they are doing for future generations of female leaders.

12:05 pm - 12:25 pm
The Essence of Time

It is never too early to be an entrepreneur. Carolina Baigorri, Susana Cappello, and Victoria Roca will speak about their early experience entering the business world as high school students at Gulliver Preparatory. Their journey of their business venture of the Smart Straws began in a classroom and has faced many obstacles, yet with current events and their persistent beliefs in their product has allowed them to move forward with their product development. They are three young women who will all be studying at college next fall and are encouraged to change the social scenes and empower women’s safety with their product, the Smart Straws.

12:25 pm - 12:45 pm
Red Flags, Risks, and Resilience – Why Ethical Decision-Making is Key

Everyone will make mistakes, it is how you recover from them that is key. This is a tale of early successes, ethical misses, and personal redemption that truly speaks to industry practitioners. Rashmi Airan will leave you renewed with a refreshing take on ethics. You will learn to protect your business from deception by creating a foundation of ethical decision-making and she will inspire you to pay attention to your inner voice. Based on her personal experiences, Rashmi embodies and evangelizes ethical vigilance.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Marcos Galperin, CEO & Co-Founder, MercadoLibre
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Capital Raising Continues

Is this a new ecosystem within Financials that could be future driver of datacenter and interconnection demand as well as increased cybersecurity? 2017 saw a 15x increase in ICOs over 2016 to over $4 billion raised and over 230 ICOs for the year. With Bitcoin futures trading commencing on the CME, the SEC and other federal regulatory agencies are watching the ICO space very closely, and gradually increasingly enforcement along with a multitude of class action suits. As a result of these regulatory developments, 2018 will likely be the year to push ICO issuers towards security tokens, not utility tokens, and onto exchanges that are licensed to trade securities. And what is the potential of this subsector within Financials to become a future driver of datacenter and interconnection demand. Given recent security concerns the cryptocurrency participants are facing, is there an opportunity from a cybersecurity perspective?

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm ( eMerge Stage )
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Digital Society
4:30 pm - 4:40 pm ( eMerge Stage )
4:40 pm - 5:30 pm ( eMerge Stage )
KEYNOTE : Startup Showcase Grand Finale
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