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At a Glance: Miami Tech Month 2022

Filled with conferences and events, Miami Tech Month has something for all including the annual eMerge Americas conference, a huge Miami Tech Hiring Fair, the 4-day Bitcoin 2022, a Crypto Gala, and several new-to-Miami conferences. Miami Tech Month was kicked off by the inaugural NFT Week founded by Gianni D’Alerta, Ted Lucas, and Erik LaPaglia, drawing in diverse crowds from the worlds of art, music, gaming, sports, and travel, fashion, real estate, tech, and more. Founded with the mission of making the conference/festival a welcoming place to learn about NFTs for locals as well as visitors, the event drew in 4,000 in-person and 3,000 virtually at Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Organizers say Miami NFT Week will return in 2023, and the team plans on holding smaller event activations over the next year leading up to the big event.

Following NTF Week April 1-3rd, Bitcoin 2022 kicked off the next week, marking the world’s largest bitcoin conference. A total of 30,000 came out to the Miami Beach Convention Center to take in keynotes by Founders Fund Partner Peter Thiel, psychologist and YouTube personality Jordan Peterson, tech investor Cathie Wood, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor along with a music festival.

If you weren’t able to attend the Miami Tech week events thus far, there are still many opportunities to connect, network, and learn at any of the below events.

BITE-Con, April 11-12, Florida Memorial University: Founded by Miami entrepreneur Temante Leary, the all-new Black Innovation Technology & Entertainment (BITE) Conference will work to connect Black students and entrepreneurs with the latest trends in emerging technologies. Speakers include Tiffany Norwood, founder of Tribetan and SimWin Sports, Saif Ishoof of Lab22c, Jacky Wright of Microsoft, Ted Lucas of Slip-n-Slide Records, and Isaiah Jackson, author, and founder of Miami Bitcoin Academy, and many others. BITE-CON also will announce the first-ever E-sports scholarship and fund for students at an HBCU, as well as networking and live entertainment. Learn more

Venture Miami Tech Hiring Fair, April 14, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus: More than 75 companies hiring for at least 2,000 positions will post up at the latest tech hiring fair produced by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s Venture Miami team. Attendees should come and be prepared for on-site interviews and on-the-spot hiring. Learn more

Emerge Americas, April 18-19, Miami Beach Convention Center: After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, eMerge Americas returns, with Blockchain.com as presenting sponsor. Keynote speakers include tennis superstar and investor Serena Williams, Reddit co-founder and 776 Ventures CEO Alexis Ohanian (and her husband), Blockchain.com CEO Peter Smith, Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, OKcoin CEO Hong Fang, and others. In addition to a Women Innovation and Technology Summit and an Investors Summit, eMerge will host a U.S. Conference of Mayors summit aimed at cryptocurrency adoption, and as always the conference will end with the Startup Showcase winner announcement. Learn more

React Miami Conference,  April 18-19, Miami Beach Convention Center: Organized by Michelle Bakels, React will draw in more than 400 developers for networking and educational events.

Miami Tech Summit, April 20, Perez Art Museum Miami: Sayfie Review, a nonpartisan Florida politics website, will convene tech and policy leaders and the Inter-American Development Bank will open the Summit with key tech insights from its work in the Hemisphere.  

CoMotion Miami, April 20-21, Mana Wynwood Convention Center: CoMotion Miami amplifies tech and urban mobility with two days of talks, workshops, and demos on charting a path forward for cities.

Future Founder Summit, April 21, Wynwood: This invitation-only event will be presented by startup studio Atomic and will include talks by Atomic Managing Partner Jack Abraham; Cameo co-founder and CEO Steven Galanis; and eMerge Americas co-founder and President Melissa Medina. 

Miami Tech Week, April 16-24, Miami Beach: Led by Founders Fund, Miami Tech Week will bring conferences, community events, parties, happy hours, and more to the 305. The invitation-only Summit will include keynotes by Keith Rabois, general partner at Founders Fund; Jack Abraham, founder, CEO of Atomic; David Sacks, general partner at Craft Ventures; Katherine Boyle, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz; and Maria Derchi Russo, executive director of Refresh Miami.

Definitely Nothing Web3 Equity x Developer DAO, April 21, Miami Beach:  Learn more about NFTs, DAOs, and  Web3. 

Incubate Pitch Night, April 25, NSU’s Levan Center: This competition at the NSU Levan Center for Innovation in Davie will include five startup pitches in front of a live audience of investors, supporters, and community members. 

FIU-Venture Miami Demo Day, Apil 27, Ampersand Studios: The inaugural cohort is ready to pitch their ventures to Miami’s venture community. Initiated by FIU’s Office of Engagement in collaboration with Mayor Francis Suarez’s Venture Miami team, and supported by a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Venture Miami Opportunity Program aims to close the inclusion gap for female business owners by serving as a bridge to venture capitalists, angel investors, and other sources of capital.

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