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Knight News Challenge IdeaJam, LAB Miami's grand opening Saturday

The following is from The Knight Foundation about an event this Saturday:

We are holding an idea jam this Saturday, March 2nd, at 3pm, focused on one question: how might we make Miami more awesome through information and technology?

We're currently running a contest on open government, looking for innovative ideas to improve the way citizens and governments interact (www.newschallenge.org). Winners will get a share of $5 million and support to make their project happen. For the past few weeks, we've been hosting events around the country talking about opportunities and brainstorming ideas. They've been great, but we’re most excited about this one here at home.

Please join us Saturday, March 2 at 3 pm at The LAB Miami in Wynwood to eat, drink, and talk ideas. Everyone is invited and welcome — all that's required is an interest in making Miami more open and awesome.

To RSVP, please sign up here (for the free "Knight News Challenge IdeaJam" ticket).  We’ll have
food and drink on offer, along with other cool stuff going on at LAB Miami that day—it’s their official launch party from 2pm-8pm.

-- Matt Haggman, Chris Barr,  Chris Sopher and Ben Wirz

And this is from The LAB Miami about its Grand Opening:

The LAB Miami will host a carnival-style grand opening on Saturday, March 2nd from 2:00-8:00pm in Wynwood. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors in a “shark tank” format. The winner will take home $500 in cash, LAB Miami workspace and bragging rights.

This work-learn campus offering an in-house community of mentors and investors providing guidance, support and counsel for up to 300 members, will be transformed for the day into a Startup Carnival. The event will showcase the diverse programs The LAB Miami offers such as their technology hackathons, Gutter Film series featuring B-movies and Cult Classic movies, a series of continuing
education programs, art exhibits from local artists and various community events.

New York’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator will also be participating in the Startup Carnival at LAB Miami to meet with local startups and entrepreneurs. Murat Aktihanoglu, Founder and Managing Director, will be on hand to provide feedback and advice to participating startups. “We are excited to be part of this event and, even more so, to see the growth of Miami’s entrepreneurial community,”  said Aktihanoglu.

More info and to register for the event: http://cirqueducowork.eventbrite.com/

For more information on The LAB Miami, its list of upcoming events and how to become a member or mentor visit www.thelabmiami.com.

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