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eGov Stage
eMerge Main Stage
7:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 5:30pm
Expo Floor Opens
9:00am - 9:20am

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

Carlos Gimenez Mayor of Miami-Dade County

Juan Pablo Swett , President of ASELA Jose Ramon

Jose Ramon Valente , Minister of Economy, Chile

9:30am - 10:00am
Investing: From Emerging Cities to Emerging Markets

More and more, investors are on the lookout for opportunities to invest in technology-driven startups outside of Silicon Valley. Softbank recently announced a $5 billion fund that will invest in startups across Latin America. Meanwhile Revolution Growth continues its mission to bring venture capital to fledgling startup communities across the United States, this year setting its sights on Florida and Puerto Rico. Hear what investors are looking for and why they see promise in entrepreneurs everywhere.

Paulo Passoni , Managing Partner, Softbank Innovation Fund

Steve Murray, Managing Partner, Revolution Growth

Dierdre Bosa, CNBC Technology Reporter (moderator)

10:00am -10:15am
10:15am -10:45am
Capital Connections: How Higher Ed & Government Can Influence Tech Policy

President Thomas LeBlanc of The George Washington University and U.S. Congressman Darren Soto, from Florida’s 9th District discuss the role of higher education and government in understanding and leveraging technology to solve problems on an individual, community, and global level. While government examines the role of policy to tackle emerging issues surrounding technology, higher education institutions promote understanding and discovery through research and data analytics while teaching the next generation of technology experts.

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

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

Frank Sesno, GW Director, The School of Media & Public Affairs, Former CNN White House Correspondent & Anchor

The Future of IoT

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

Scott Kelly, COO & CTO, Hitachi Vantara +

Ray O'Farrell, EVP & CTO, VMware +

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex Nascimento, Co-Founder, UCLA Blockchain Lab +

Ana Arisawa, Business Development, TradeLens +

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

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

11:15am -11:30am
11:30pm - 11:45pm
Odense: The Transformation of a Traditional Industrial Town to the Global Cobot Capital

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

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

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

Jonas Cleveland, Co-Founder & CEO, COSY +

Mimi Yen, Co-Founder & CEO, PhagePro +

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

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

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

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

Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami +

Lucia Acurio, CEO Grupo Edutec +

Miguel Brechner, President Ceibal Center +

Rhonda Lenton, President, York University, Canada +

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

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

Luciano Braverman, Senior Director for Education, Microsoft

How Corporations Engage with Startups & Scaleups: Lessons Learned (12pm-12:30pm)
Think of the possibilities for innovative solutions when corporations and startups merge their unique skills. Join our panelists as they discuss the importance of collaboration, lessons learned and their view on the future of entrepreneurship.

Sebastian Ruales, Corporate Revenue & Commercial Director, Rappi +

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

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

Susan Amat, Founder, Venture Hive (moderator)

Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution (12:30pm – 1pm)
A futuristic view of how artificial intelligence (AI) will reshape businesses and communities — Anthony DeLima will take a provocative journey into the future showcasing how AI will reshape every aspect of our lives, the way we work, interact with one another but more importantly the trajectory of humanity’s evolution. He will provide a compelling case for how AI will become a high-dimensional platform for solving complex problems that today seem impossible. Tomorrow has arrived.

Anthony DeLima, CTO & Head of Digital Transformation, NEORIS

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

Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County +

Peter Rahbæk Juel, Mayor, Odense, Denmark +

Francis Suarez, Mayor, City of Miami +

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

Juan Carlos Bermudez, Mayor, City of Doral

Susan Reinhold, Senior Director of Sales Engineering, Hotwire Communications

Helvetia Longoria, Chief Information Security Officer, Florida International University

Saif Ishoof, VP for Engagement, Florida International University

Innovation for the Digital Age

Javier Polit, CIO, Procter & Gamble

Jay Schneider, SVP of Digital, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Dierdre Bosa, CNBC Technology Reporter (moderator)

The Digital Telco & Staying Ahead of the Disruptors

New technologies, changing consumer preferences and continually evolving business models pose a disruptive challenge to all industries. For telecom firms, the competitive imperative lies in moving beyond the provision of commodity data and connectivity services. To survive and thrive in today’s environment, the “Digital Telco” must emerge as a strategic business partner that delivers value-added business outcomes. This discussion will examine trends in the telecom industry and their impact on customers.

Mark Popolano, SVP, CTO and Managing Director of Business Development at Claro Enterprise Solutions + Telemundo (moderator)

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

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

Corey Clive, Founder & CEO Venergy Group +

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

David Martin, President Terra +

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

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

Philip Stoddard, Mayor, South Miami +

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

Achieving Growth & Development in the Experience Economy

Claudio Murazabal, President, SAP Latin America & Caribbean +

Irene Arias, CEO, IDB Labs

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

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

Paul Wilson, Product Management, Total Fraud Protection, Cyxtera Technologies

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

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

AI, IoT & other Technologies Transforming Healthcare Today

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

Jennifer Esposito, Vice President, Health, Magic Leap +

Xavier Urtubey, Co-Founder & CEO of Accuhealth +

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

4:45pm -5:00pm
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Sculpting Music with Technology

A four-time Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist who began writing music by her 13th birthday, Imogen Heap has been described as an innovative singer-songwriter with a quirky and inspirational character a tech savvy musician with an eccentric sense of style and uniquely graceful music.

Imogen Heap, Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter & Audio Engineer

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

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

Sander Zagzebski, Corporate & Business Partner, Greenspoon Marder +

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

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

Katya Fisher, Partner Greenspoon Marder (moderator)

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

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

Howard Young, Senior Solutions Architect, Zadara Storage

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

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

Jorge Prado , Founder & CEO Fastmind

Veronica Pascual , CEO ASTI

Matteo Cera , CEO Hogaru

Laura Maydon , Director, Endeavor Miami (moderator)

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

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

Pablo Turtelli , Founder & CEO, ROI Marketing Institute

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

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

Michael Keider, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University

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

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

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

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

Vanessa Larco, Partner, NEA +

Katherine Boyle, Principal, General Catalyst +

Tom Wallace, Managing Partner, Florida Funders

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

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

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

Mark Cofton, Global VP, SAP SE

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

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

Norma Kenyon, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Miami

Daniel Ravicher, Director, Larry Hoffman/Greenberg Traurig Startup Practicum, University of Miami

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gustavo Trindade, Director, Babson College

Polina Raygorodskaya, Co-founder & CEO, Wanderu

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

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

Monica Simo Black, Partner, TheVentureCity

Carlos Vazquez, CEO , MiamiEdTech

Nancy Dahlberg, Business & Entrepreneurship Writer, (moderator)

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

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

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

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

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

Gustavo Grande, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Miami Dade College

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

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

Alejandro Roman, Software Engineer Specialist, GE

Jose Mugaburu , Senior Software Engineer, GE

Martin Di Diego, Senior Software Engineer, GE

2:05pm -2:50pm
Lunch Break
2:50pm - 3:20pm
The Threats and Opportunities with Emerging Technologies

This discussion will examine how advancements in artificial intelligence, deep learning, the internet of things, augmented reality, block chain, and other emerging technologies will challenge the public and private sectors, while also presenting opportunities to utilize these technologies for the greater good. Subject matter experts will posit recommendations on how governments can develop policies and strategies to best position themselves for the increasingly connected world.

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

Saif Ishoof, Vice President of Engagement, FIU

Ed Cabrera, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Trend Micro

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

Olivia Ramos, Founder & CEO Deepblocks

Yenvy Truong , Co-founder & CEO, HealthSnap

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

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

Raul Moas, Miami Program Director, The Knight Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida

Saif Y. Ishoof, VP, Engagement, FIU

Hugo Perez, Managing Director, Merge IT

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

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

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

Courtney Adante, COO Risk Advisory

Jonathan Wackrow, Managing Director, Risk Advisory

4:30pm -4:35pm
4:35pm - 5:05pm
How Broward College Mapped a Strategy to Drive Economic Empowerment through Collaboration, Education, & Entrepreneurship

Starting with the launch of the Innovation Hub in 2015, Broward College planted the seed for what would become a main driver of the Broward County ecosystem and self-reliance through education and entrepreneurship. Through close collaboration with partners such as CareerSource Broward and other entities that promote economic development, over the past four years, Broward College has taken well thought-out steps and incorporated new components, to expand our reach and impact. Among the components of our strategy are Start-Up NOW, a premier accelerator and entrepreneur training program; BCEx, the Broward College Entrepreneurship Experience; the J. David Armstrong Student Venture Fund for our early stage entrepreneurs and most importantly Broward UP, a community collaborative movement to realize Broward County’s Unlimited Potential.

Gregory Adam Haile, President, Broward College

Mildred Coyne, Executive Director & Workforce Education & Economic Development, Broward College

Mason C. Jackson, President & CEO, CareerSource Broward

Steven Gross, Executive Director, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives, Broward College

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

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

Carlos Penzini, SVP, Magic Leap

Charlie Ward, VP Product Technologies, Ultimate Software

Tom Packert, CTO, Wyncode Consultant

Kip True, VP, Wyntalent

WIT Stage
eMerge Main Stage
7:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 5:30pm
Expo Floor Opens
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Remarks by Felice Gorordo, CEO, eMerge Americas & Melissa Medina, President, eMerge Americas
Special Announcement regarding Venezuela
9:15am - 10:00am
Opening Keynote: A Conversation with Bill McDermott
As the CEO of SAP for the last 8 years, Bill McDermott has more than tripled the market value of Europe’s largest technology company. His tenure at SAP has been the latest adventure for McDermott in his long career as a technology executive. On the eMerge stage, he’ll share his keys to career success and address the challenges ahead for SAP, which include building a cloud business that can grow margins to compete with big American rivals like Microsoft and Oracle, and attracting and retaining top talent.

Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP

10:00am -10:15am
10:15am -10:45am

Digitally Undivided

Kathryn Finney, Founder & Managing Director, digitalundivided

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

Mariano Amartino, Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups +

Elias Torres, Founder of Drift +

Alessandro Annoscia, Chief Disruption Officer, Parabolt +

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

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

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

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

Paul Silitsky, Chief Chill Officer, Innergy Meditation moderator

Demistifying Security in the Digital Age

What does security meant to you and to your business? What does it mean to protect your assets? Join our panel of experts as they share their insight on how they protect their customers, their best practices and the threats you may not be thinking about.

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

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

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

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

Noemie Heuland, Chief Financial Officer, SAP Latin America & Caribbean

Arlene, DeMita, Advisory Partner, PwC +

Jess Keeney, VP of Engineering, Ultimate Software

Luciana Resende Lotze, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Visa, Inc. Latin America & the Caribbean Region

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

Voice Assistance: Insights & Lessons Learned

AI is powering the next paradigm shift in Human-Machine Interaction - shifting from an era where humans had to learn how to interact with machines, to a new era where machines adapt to humans. As we move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world, it is not longer just about applying machine learning in our products; it’s also radically re-thinking how computing should work. Join to hear Google's Wilmer Caripe discuss this unique moment in time where we can bring a unique combination of AI, software and hardware together to bring a different perspective to solving problems for users.

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

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

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

Mat Zucker, Digital Partner Prophet

The ABC’s of Emerging Data Centers, Services, Security and the Edge

More and more traffic is moving through our data centers making them more complex than ever before. Emerging trends have uncovered a need for new architectures in colocation and edge data centers, new types of security and software, and new applications. This session delivers perspectives from a leading global data center services provider (Cyxtera) and an emerging leader in data center systems (Fiber Mountain). Learn and get a jump start on how some of the new applications such as IoT, 5G, and edge data centers deliver innovative, secure and reliable solutions with advanced technology to increase efficiency, lower costs and drive growth.

Boby Joseph, CTO, FiberMountai

Jonathan Martone, Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Engineering, Cyxtera

Jansen Pennock, Director of Business Development, Centrix (moderator)

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Be Fearless

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

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

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

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

Bryce Olsen, Global Marketing Director, Intel

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

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

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

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

Kimberly Strong, Investor, Pipeline Angels

Debbie Swartzberg, Founder & Executive Chairman, DialogEdu

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

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

Lucia Acurio, CEO Grupo Edutec +

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

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

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

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

Nathalie Cadet-James, Founder and CEO, Luxe Fete Social

Rachel Pardue, CEO, Founder, lookout

Innovations, Delivering for Our Customers

Alex Ceballos, VP, Worldwide Corporate Development, Amazon

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

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

Melissa Withers, Managing Partner, RevUp Capital

Aryan Rashed, Co-Owner JETSET MIAMI

Michelle Abbs, Director, Babson WIN Lab Miami (moderator)

Upstart 100 (3:00-3:30pm)

The Upstart 100 is CNBC's exclusive list of promising young start-ups that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names. Healthcare startups were featured prominently on the 2018 Upstart 100, which showcased companies reimagining patient care across many different and diverse medical fields, from contraception, to diabetes, to orthodontics.

Sindhu Rajan, CEO HabitNu

Andrew Le, CEO Buoy Health

Bobby Ghoshal, Founder and Chief Design Officer, Candid

Dierdre Bosa, Technology Reporter, CNBC (moderator)

4:00pm -4:10pm
Laughing Meditation

Karmen Plascencia , Innergy Meditation Teacherss

4:10pm -4:15pm
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Design Your Future

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

Jeff Hoffman, Global Entrepreneur,,

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

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

Jack Selby, Managing Director at Clarium Capital Management LLC +

Alex Estevez, Venture Partner, Accel

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

Launchpad Stage
Texpert Stage
9:00am -10:30am
Building Hyperscale Data Centers in Emerging Markets (10:15AM-10:45AM)

Howard Young, Senior Solutions Architect, Zadara Storage

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

Kevin Levy, Shareholder Chair, Technology Transactions, Gray Robinson

Myrel Iturrey, Investor, Insight Partners

Sam Sayegh, CEO, Spark Neuro

Daniel Herrera, Director of Investments, Miami Angels

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

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

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

Katherine Boyle, Principal, General Catalyst

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

Tyler Quinn, CPA, CISA, Principal, Kauffman Rossin

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

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

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

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

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

Christopher DiSchino, Founder, DiSchino & Schamy, PLLC

Omar Arab, Head, Parabolt US

Chris Nieto, Partner, Cherry Cherry Bekaert

Leah Zions, Senior Manager, SendGrid

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

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

Don Freese, Advisory Cybersecurity & Privacy Principal

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

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

Fazil Shaikh, Director NRG Advisory Services

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

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

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

Turning On 5G Revenue Using Edge Archetypes (2:55PM - 3:25PM)

As the cloud/colo industry enters the 5G era, a key challenge is to identify where early deployment can lead to rapid benefits. Vertiv identified four edge archetypes where the increased bandwidth and reduced latency that 5G delivers can be translated into compelling business propositions. Discover how telecom operators, retailers, transportation planners, healthcare providers and others will be able to deliver better experiences, more personalized services, and faster response times by implementing the IT infrastructure required for these edge computing archetypes.

Fernando Garcia, Vice President & General Manager of Latin America, Vertiv

3:50pm -4:00pm
Announcement of the Top 5 Startup Finalists

Alex Estevez, Venture Partner, Accel Partners

Jack Selby, Managing Director, Thiel Capital

Where 5G meets the Edge (2:55-3:25 pm)

As the cloud/colo industry enters the 5G era, a key challenge is to identify where early deployment can lead to rapid benefits. Vertiv identified four edge archetypes where the increased bandwidth and reduced latency that 5G delivers can be translated into compelling business propositions. Discover how telecom operators, retailers, transportation planners, healthcare providers and others will be able to deliver better experiences, more personalized services, and faster response times by implementing the IT infrastructure required for these edge computing archetypes.

Fernando Garcia, Vice President & General Manager of Latin America, Vertiv

4:15pm -5:30pm
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