Lots going on this week. Here are just a couple of highlights from the tech side.
• South Florida Technology Summit: Workshops, tutorials, keynotes and exhibits by top tech companies, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, Miami Airport Convention Center, presented by TigerDirect.com, Refresh Miami (see Demo Night below) and The LAB Miami. The summit is free but you must register: sfltechsummit.eventbrite.com
• Refresh Miami Demo Night: Eight local tech startups pitch their companies at the free monthly event of South Florida’s largest tech organization, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, Miami Airport Convention Center. Register at refreshmiami.com
• Social entrepreneurship: Ashoka and Pipeline Brickell present Miami’s first look at Puddle, a new social banking platform. The event at Pipeline Brickell at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, includes a panel discussion on social entrepreneurship that includes the founder of Puddle. RSVP: puddlemiami.eventbrite.com
• Social tech: The South Florida Technology Alliance features a panel discussion titled, “Social Technology: How the Convergence of Marketing and Technology Blazes Pathways to Business Growth,” with David Carr, InformationWeek editor, and representatives from IBM, SapientNitro, Razorfish and SocialExtract, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, The Lab Miami, in Wynwood. Entrance fees apply. https://www.southfloridatech.org/upcoming-events/may-23-2013/
Find more events (and a smart summary of the week's news) on Andrej Kostresevic's weekly Startup Digest here: http://adk.tumblr.com/. Other good sources for tech event information whenever you need it include refreshmiami.com/events/ and miamitech.org
Also, beyond tech, the Women's Success Summit returns Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22. This time the theme of the popular conference is "Shameless Self Promotion" and it will be held at The Light Box in Wynwood. 500+ women are expected and ticket packages are still for sale. Read more here on an earlier post in Starting Gate.
Looking ahead: Starting Gate also has the lowdown on two hackathons happening June 1: Hack for Change Miami: Where art and tech meet big government data at The LAB Miami in Wynwood and HackaNUI -- Hacking the Natural User Interface at Caffeine Spaces in Boca.