October 01, 2015

Knight Cities Challenge opens for entries; last year's winner, Miami Science Barge, is moving full-steam ahead

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Have an innovative idea to improve Miami as a place to live and work? The Knight Cities Challenge opens Thursday.

Now in its second year, the national challenge is an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to attract and fund ideas that will help Miami or one of the 25 other communities where Knight invests, including Palm Beach County. Ideas should focus on one or all of these three areas: attracting and keeping talent; expanding economic opportunity; and creating a culture of civic engagement. Winners will receive a share of $5 million to help build their concept; funding will be granted at all levels from small to large amounts. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 27 at knightcities.org.

Among last year’s winners was the Miami Science Barge. The concept for a floating, urban marine innovation lab and education center for science and sustainable living was proposed by CappSci, a science nonprofit; it won nearly $300,000 in Knight funding. Work on the barge (shown in rendering above), which will be powered by renewable energy, is moving full-steam ahead.

The team at CappSci closed on the purchase of the barge on Monday, moved it to the Miami River and began build-out Wednesday, said Nathalie Manzano-Smith, director of Innovation at CappSci, who proposed and is leading the project. The full-time barge staff, which also has been bolstered by help from students, businesses and community volunteers, received approval to locate the barge at Miami’s Museum Park and hopes to be launching it in early 2016, she said. One of the goals is to become a focal point for Miami’s climate issues.

“We have received tremendous community support and look forward to bringing sustainable programming to Miami’s burgeoning downtown core,” Manzano-Smith said.

For this year’s Knight Cities Challenge, Knight Foundation’s Miami Program Director Matt Haggman will host an information session Oct. 14 at the Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE Second Ave., Miami, Building 8, fifth floor.

Community members and entrepreneurs, as well as experts in urban planning, design, academia and government, will help Knight review entries. Knight will announce finalists and winners in early 2016. In March, Knight announced 32 winners of the first Knight Cities Challenge, including a pop-up pool project in Philadelphia.

“Through the challenge we want to find new voices and new ideas that capture the three key ingredients of city success — talent, opportunity and engagement. We see these as essential to the challenge and to building stronger futures for all of our cities,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives.

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Refresh Miami Demo Night: And the winner is ...


Apparently, many models and others in the talent industry, such as photographers, makeup artists and wardrobe stylists,  want to manage their own careers, and the winner of Refresh Miami's Demo Night  gives them the tools to do just that.

"There was no solution for talent or clients to be able to do business seamlessly in one safe place, so we built that," says Mario Aguayo, who co-founded My Style Blox with  Sandy Kacura, a professional model.  With peer reviews, an availability system, a booking platform -- and a way for e talent to be paid within 48 hours, not months -- My Style Blox provides a marketplace for talent and their clients to discover, book and manage their projects.

What clearly impressed the judges: My Style Blox picked up 950 users and several thousand in revenue in its first couple months of beta testing, which started in July. Agents? "They don't like us much," Aguayo says.

Although it was the co-founders' first pitch of My Style Blox, they won first place and the people's choice vote at  the 2015 Demo Night for Refresh Miami, South Florida's largest and oldest tech and entrepreneurship meetup group. Aguayo said the company plans to have version 1 ready in early November, when the Funkshion fashion shows start. Agauyo, who has been a talent manager and also worked in retailing,  learned to code at Miami bootcamp Wyncode earlier this year (a graduate of Cohort 4) before launching My Style Blox's beta -- proving once again entrepreneurs come from everywhere.

Also winning Thursday night at Refresh: Yodel, formerly named Tracks, which makes messaging more like face-to-face, capturing reactions, took 2nd place; that company has also been making tracks with investors;  and Tesser Health, a platform that lets employees compare prescription drug pricing and is marketed to big employers, took 3rd.

SoftLayer, an IBM company, provided the generous prize pool, giving the winner a premium Catalyst membership worth $10,000 per month in hosting credits as well as business and technical mentorship. The runners up received $1,000 per month in SoftLayer credits. All of the several hundred people attending Demo Night got free admission (and pizza) from HelloDotMiami. The judges were: Brian Brackeen, Kairos; Ivan Rapin-Smith, Watsco Ventures; Adam Boalt, Live Answer; and Julian Balderas, SoftLayer. 

Everyone gave five-minute pitches with two minutes of judge questioning. The other finalists were: Birdie Fantasy Golf, Flow KPI, Record Gram, Room2Care and Woolton (see more pictures on my tweet stream, @ndahlberg). I have now been to a few of these annual Refresh Demo Nights, and the pitches get better and better every year.


September 16, 2015

Wyncode, Knight name Future Leaders of Tech scholarship winners


The Knight Foundation’s Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship Program today announced two of nine Wyncode students who will receive a full scholarship to attend Wyncode’s Web Immersive coding program. The recipients are: Arielle Dickey and Henry Arbolaez.

Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Future Leaders of Tech aims to provide financial assistance for residents of low income neighborhoods in Miami- Dade County that are entrepreneurially minded and looking to enter the city’s growing local tech scene. The scholarship fully covers the cost of WyncodeAcademy’s intensive nine week Immersive Web Development program gives anyone the skills necessary to begin a career in coding, said Wyncode co-founder Juha Mikkola.

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges composed of three leaders from the Miami tech scene:Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos, a company specializing in facial recognition software; Kiesha Moodie, the Director of Alumni Engagement for Teach For America; and Widny St. Louis, a Wyncode alumni. The panelists conducted interviews and chose the winners based on their motivation, ambition and future goals.

“The future growth of Miami’s innovation ecosystem relies on the ability to build a community of entrepreneurs that reflects the diversity of our city. Wyncode is giving South Florida residents the skills they need to not only learn how to code, but to engage in their community and contribute to the success of their city,” said Miami program director for The Knight Foundation Matt Haggman.

As Wyncode students, the winners of the scholarship will have the opportunity to meet with hiring partners (which include Watsco Ventures, MDLIVE, Kipu Systems, and Cloud Logistics) upon completion of the Web Immersive Program.

The scholarship application window for next cohort’s scholarships opens today.

- submitted by Wyncode

August 28, 2015

Celebrity in the house: Daymond John shares his advice at Thrive Seminar



By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Daymond John started his $6 billion clothing empire FUBU in his mother's basement with just $40. Thursday, the celebrity Shark Tank host and author came to Miami to share some of his secrets of success.

To the highly fashionable audience of 450 people who packed the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road for the first Thrive Seminar, presented by The Nelson Foundation, John shared advice on authentic branding, extremely important in the age of social media. “You are the brand before anything else, you have to be able to put yourself in two to five words,” said John, author of The Brand Within. “If you don’t know what you stand for, you leave it to us to interpret who you are.”

What characteristics separate successful entrepreneurs from the pack> “The successful ones don’t call failure failure; they know it is part of the process,” he said. “And the successful ones absolutely love what they do. They would do whatever they are doing for free if they could.”

The Shark’s advice for getting started: “Take affordable next steps. Don’t mortgage the farm just because you have this idea. ... you have to try to sell, then sell more and then sell more.”

Saying that he was challenged to find like-minded people and mentors when he was getting started with FUBU, he advised the audience to build a mastermind group of people around them with the same objectives to pull one another through the tough times. And, he said, be brutally honest with yourself on why you are starting a company. “If you are doing it for fame, for money, you are not going to make it.”

Visualize your goal and build a strategy to get there, and finally, do your homework, said John, who has spoken in Miami several times, including in conjunction with Miller Lite’s Tap the Future contest and at an Entrepreneurs’ Organization global conference. “You will never create something new in this world again. You may have a new angle or a new delivery system, but it won’t be new, so you have to find out what other people did that made mistakes and what other people did that were successful.”

Giving a shout-out to his mother in the audience, he even had some advice for parents: “Follow @sharkmommajohn, she’ll give you information on how to raise a Shark.”

John said he will be continuing to work with the entrepreneurs he invests in through Shark Tank for years to come; Aventura-based AquaVault is one of his most recent Shark Tank investments. As to what’s next, he said, he’ll be involved in educating people about dyslexia, a condition he has too. “Twenty percent of the world is dyslexic, four out of six the Sharks are dyslexic, ... 85 percent of professional chefs and 40 percent of entrepreneurs are dyslexic,” he said. Testing and early diagnosis is key because there are no drugs you can take. “As a kid, the only thing to do is to learn more and read more and do more work.”

Finally, he said he also wants to work to take illegal guns off the street. “I am going after as many corporations as I can and all the rappers to get involved; I’d like to see five anti-gun drives happening every single weekend in our cities.”

The 50-minute-talk and audience Q&A, which ended with a group selfie, was just one part of Thursday’s Thrive Seminar, which was designed to expose participants to successful and put on by The Nelson Foundation with support from community partners. The Nelson Foundation’s mission is to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of under-represented communities through investment, mentoring and education.

Leading up to the Thrive Seminar, The Nelson Foundation selected three entrepreneurs to pitch their emerging business concepts in front of a panel of judges – Brett David, owner of Lamborghini Miami; Bernard Stewart, music entrepreneur and vice president of ESPN; Nabyl Charania, CEO of Rokk3r Labs; Will Stute, lawyer and private euqity investor; and Dawn Dickson, CEO of Flat Out Heels – and the audience.

After the pitches, the judges chose Smpfly, pitched by Lester Mapp and Teon Prudent, a concept that will use proprietary algorithyms to match the right social media influencers with branding campaigns. The judges independently decided to add to the pot: Rokk3r Labs, which helps build high-growth companies, will take Smpfly through its “Think Phase” to develop a solid plan to take to market and then Stute will allow Smpfly to pitch to his private equity firm for a serious investment. The other two finalists were Chris Filsaime of Rain Up, a product for automobiles that detects rainfall and automatically closes windows and sunroofs, and Michael Hall of Kurator, a platform to make art as accessible as music.

Al Nelson, chairman of The Nelson Foundation, said he asked John to kick off the inaugural Thrive Seminar because John gave him his first big opportunity. Nelson pitched on Shark Tank three years ago and John and Mark Cuban invested in his company, EzVip.com.

“From there I knew that anything was possible and I was able to scale and create other companies but it started with them believing in me,” Nelson said. “I always thought when I am in position to help someone else I would ... so we created The Nelson Foundation, and we want to grow with every entrepreneur.”

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Lester Mapp, right, and Teon Prudent pitch Smpfly, which won $10,000 and other prizes at Thursday's Thrive Seminar. Photos by Nancy Dahlberg.


August 27, 2015

Help send Miami-based Tio Gazpacho to national contest finals

Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur announced that Tío Gazpacho is a finalist for the Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition hosted on Entrepreneur.com.  The virtual competition invited food and beverage small business owners from across the country to upload a two-minute video of their best sales pitch, which was then evaluated by a panel of experts from Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur.

Based in Miami, Tío Gazpacho makes three varieties of gazpacho that are USDA certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan, and redefines the way Americans consume soup by offering it in a convenient drinkable format,

Tío Gazpacho’s video has been posted on Entrepreneur.com, as well as submissions from five other finalists, and the general public is now invited to vote for their favorite through September 7th. The small business owner who receives the most votes for his/her sales pitch will be named the Wild Card winner and receive a trip to participate in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals this December in New York City where they will compete for a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams.

August 19, 2015

Thrive Seminar to bring Daymond John to Miami Beach next week

Daymond+13+Two+PABThe Thrive Seminar series is designed to expose participants to entrepreneurs who have gained international notoriety and success to learn the keys to launching a successful business. The first Thrive Seminar on August 27, 2015, will feature a Q&A LIVE session with Daymond John, celebrity entrepreneur, angel investor and host of ABC's “Shark Tank”. Mr. John will address attendees, speaking on his personal and life-changing journey as an entrepreneur as well as share practical advice and tips that contributed to his success in business.

“When I first got into business I made a lot of bad decisions. If I miss 10% to 20% of opportunities because they're a timely matter, then it is what it is, " said John in a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine. “The Nelson Foundation is giving budding entrepreneurs access to valuable, real experiences from business moguls with proven formulas.”

The audience will also hear three live pitches from selected, budding entrepreneurs before a high profile panel of judges, to help one young leader take a step towards fulfilling their dream. The Nelson Foundation will present the winner with $10,000 to assist with startup costs. The distinguished panel of judges consists of Brett David, Owner of Lamborghini Miami, Bernard Stewart, GM and Vice President of ESPN, Nabyl Charania, CEO of Rokk3r Labs, Will Stute, Angel Investor and Dawn Dickson, CEO of Flat Out Heels. The Thrive Seminar is supported by its generous community partners including; The Knight Foundation, Aifos Agency, The Idea Center at MDCC, The Lab Miami, Digital Grass, EZ VIP, Chef Teach Creates, Miami.com, NBC 6, Pinnacle Agency, Bobby Blaire, and The Under 40 Group. Buy tickets here.

The Nelson Foundation’s mission is to ignite and fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of under-represented communities through investment, mentoring and education. For more information or contact Al Nelson, Founder & CEO at (786) 543-9917 and al@thenelson.foundation or visit http://www.thenelson.foundation.

- Submitted by the Nelson Foundation.

August 15, 2015

The winners of Wyncode Pitch Day VI? Our community

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Kito.co pitches, and later wins, at Wyncode Academy's Pitch Day 6, in front of a record crowd at The Lab Miami. Photos provided by Wyncode.

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Juha MikkolaBy Juha Mikkola

As a truly global city, Miami needs an economy that is as strong and diverse as its people. This requires that its workforce is equipped with the skills of the 21st century to attract and retain companies that create the jobs and opportunities that help build a robust middle class. In 2015, this increasingly means knowing how to write code — the language behind the technologies that fuel our daily lives. At Wyncode we’re doing our part to build a workforce that is helping transform South Florida from a tourist destination to a leader in global innovation, commerce, and entrepreneurship.

Our nine-week coding bootcamp equips students from all walks of life (most of whom had little to no prior programming experience) with the computer programming needed to launch their careers as web developers with long-term growth potential or their own start up companies from scratch. Miami was just named the country’s second leading startup city and the 28 graduates of our most recent cohort embody the spirit of South Florida’s new economy behind this accolade.

At Thursday’s Pitch Day VI, the newest class of Wyncoders presented the web applications they built with their teammates—after learning Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS and JavaScript over the last three months—to a panel of judges who selected a winner, as well as a standing room-only crowd of nearly 300 members of Miami’s tech community. The exciting web apps that were presented last night are paving the way for a more vibrant and innovative community. Among the apps presented were:

  • * Cluborate.co: A social network for activist groups and social causes
  • * TheBulk.co: A crowdsourcing tool for shoppers to purchase in bulk
  • * Wynning.co: An online life coach and project management tool
  • * Cookio.co: An Uber for personal chefs
  • * Libro-Club.co: A social network-based book club
  • * Parlayvous.co: Online raffles to help non-profits fundraise
  • * Tailorup.co: One of our WynTank submissions, our program to connect Wyncoders with local entrepreneurs, made by Wynwood jeans maker Caveat, is a personalized tailoring service right in your mobile phone.
  • * Kito.co: Kito helps landlords better manage their properties and tenants
  • * MDCPE.co: Another WynTank submission, MDCPE.co integrates with Miami-Dade County’s API to help users procure estimates for building permits
  • * Delight.co: An online dating app integrated with Yelp to help you plan your next date created by graduates of Wyncode’s part-time iOS program

At the end of the evening, the panel of judges, which included Jeff Fudge – VP of Technology at Sato Global Solutions; Cristina Solana – Sr. Web Developer and User Interface Engineer at Enspire Commerce; David McVicar – Independent Ruby on Rails Consultant at Living Social, Metro Star Systems, and Mobikaze; Josh Perez – Software Engineer at AirBnB; and Chris Alper – Director of PDIS Training and Employee Development at Ultimate Software, selected Kito.co, which was created by Sean Selleck, Ariel Peralta, and Angelica Rodriguez, as the best presentation of the night.

 A highly educated workforce is the backbone of a strong society and economy. This is precisely what we work toward everyday at Wyncode as we seek to achieve Miami’s true potential. This is why the true winners of Pitch Day VI weren’t just the students; it was our entire community.

Juha Mikkola is co-founder of Wyncode Academy.

Read an earlier post about Wyntank here. 


August 08, 2015

Endeavor taps South Florida entrepreneur Marcell Haywood for global network

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

MarcellHaywoodWith $300, Marcell Haywood started a maintenance company as a side business while in college. Today, Encompass Onsite, formerly called Dirt Pros, is a multifaceted service business with hundreds of employees that has been lauded for its fast growth and socially responsible actions. And this week, Endeavor Miami announced that Haywood was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur.

Haywood joins Endeavor Miami's growing portfolio of high-impact entrepreneurs -- now 16 entrepreneurs from 10 companies in industries such as technology, restaurants and food, and education. Endeavor is a nonprofit organization that supports and accelerates entrepreneurs around the globe, and Miami was Endeavor's first U.S. city to join the network. Endeavor Entrepreneurs receive targeted services including mentorship and access to capital, markets and talent, as they become part of the global network of the organization.

Encompass Onsite was selected late Friday by panelists with global expertise at the conclusion of Endeavor Global’s three-day International Selection Panel, which was held in San Francisco. Haywood joins a total of 35 high-impact entrepreneurs representing 24 companies from 16 countries selected at this panel.

"Marcell is an inspiring entrepreneur who has the potential to innovate in a traditional industry with a huge impact on job creation," said Annette Franqui, partner at Forrestal Capital and an Endeavor Miami mentor who reviewed Haywood during the local selection process.

Encompass Onsite, based in Fort Lauderdale and with additional offices in Miami and West Palm Beach, provides facilities maintenance and management services throughout Florida to businesses in the healthcare, education and hospitality sectors. Through environmentally friendly practices, the company offers service and products in five divisions: integrated facilities maintenance, housekeeping, engineering and maintenance/repair operations, specialty maintenance and corporate services. The company as Dirt Pros landed on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies two years in a row. Haywood said the company has a couple hundred clients but would not disclose the number of employees or its revenues.

"We provide institutional real estate owners with scalable solutions to better manage their facilities," said Haywood, CEO. “Our BHAG, our Big Hairy Audacious Goal, is to create 1,000 better jobs for maintenance professionals throughout the state, ... jobs with upward mobility. We'll be there in the next 18 months, without a doubt."

Conceived while Haywood was a computer science student at Florida State University and launched in 2004, Dirt Pros outgrew its name. The company recently rebranded as Encompass Onsite, and the new website, encompassonsite.com, went live Friday. "The name was suggestive, and the business had evolved so much since I initially named it on a whim during college," said Haywood, who is 35. "Over the years we became more and more aware it just didn's fit. It is really all about aligning our brand with the world-class brand that we support across the state."

Innovating a traditional industry has been challenging, and Haywood said bringing energy management and green solutions to its customers as well as leveraging technology to bring transparency to the business have been innovations, as well the company's focus on developing career development programs with local universities.

He wants Endeavor's help to prepare the company to scale beyond Florida and eventually the U.S. "And I'd love at some juncture to switch hats and be able to mentor younger entrepreneurs and share my experience with scaling a company in a very challenging industry," said Haywood, who is on the boards of Entrepreneurs' Organization South Florida, with more than 160 members, and FAU Tech Runway, an entrepreneurship center and accelerator for FAU students and the community.

"I''m thrilled that Marcell was selected because he truly represents an Endeavor high-impact entrepreneur who is committed to building a scalable businesses while having an impact in the community through job creation," said Laura Maydon, managing director of Endeavor Miami.

Endeavor's International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous selection process, where panels composed of six top global business leaders interview candidates about their businesses, high-impact leadership potential and timing. In order for an entrepreneur to be selected, he or she had to receive a unanimous vote. Endeavor looks for entrepreneurs who will in turn give back to the entrepreneurial community as mentors and investors.

Endeavor Miami launched its operations in September 2013 with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an active local board of business leaders. Knight's $2 million grant to bring Endeavor to Miami, a drive spearheaded by Knight's Miami Program Director Matt Haggman, was one of the foundation's largest investments to date in the area of accelerating entrepreneurship.

Since 1997, Endeavor Global has selected, mentored and accelerated more than 1,000 high-impact entrepreneurs from over 700 companies across 23 countries; Endeavor Entrepreneurs have generated nearly 500,000 jobs and over $7.5 billion in revenues in 2014. For more information on Endeavor Miami or to nominate entrepreneurs, visit www.endeavormiami.org.

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Hear a podcast with Marcell Haywood on EntrepreneurRadio.org.


August 05, 2015

National Urban League hackathon: 'We're going to do this every year. We're going to make it bigger and better'



By Michael Hall

Hosted by the National Urban League in partnership with Digital Grass, the two-day “TechConnect: Hack-A-Thon for Social Justice,” presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, was held on July 30-31, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale. On Day 1, team formation and concept introductions were made following motivational words from Stonly Baptiste of Urban.us and CodeFever's Felecia Hatcher.   Following a full day of coaching, brainstorming and designing, Day 2 ended with 7 young, energetic and tech-savvy teams taking the stage to the to share their tech solutions to improve civic innovation and quality of life for the core urban community.

The winner of the $2,500 cash and $25,000 in prizes was MyVillage presented by members of the Jacksonville National Urban League Young Professionals (pictured here).


MyVillage is a platform that gives political snaphots about political incumbents and candidates.  The main objective of MyVillage is to provide "quality education" allowing voters to know exactly who they are voting for. The application provides voters with a centralized location for viewing Candidate’s agendas, platforms and fundraising totals. “We’re not going to just tell you to vote, we’re going to create a platform to educate you & let you know what you should be voting for,” said Ronnie King of My Village. The application has already been implemented in Jacksonville and plans for expansion in Gainesville are underway. 

Although this was the National Urban League's inaugural Hackathon, it will not be the last.  

“I am amazed at the power of technology...the ability some of you have to create it; to envision how it’ll change lives... We’re going to do this every year. We’re going to make it bigger and better.” says Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League.

Expressing his satisfaction with the event, David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast NBC Universal, said, "I think we’ve created a new tradition for our annual conference.”

 “History was made today. This was a major step for the National Urban League and positions them to be a voice and conduit to introduce people within the African American community to the power of technology and how it can be used to address social issues. It's time to focus on being not only consumers of tech, but producers," said LaToya Stirrup, President of Digital Grass Innovation & Technology.

Digital Grass worked directly with the Urban League to facilitate and organize the inaugural event. 

Michael Hall is the founder of Digital Grass, which is dedicated to establishing a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida.

July 21, 2015

National Urban League 'hacking' a path to social justice in Fort Lauderdale

Some of the nation’s brightest minds in tech will be working around the clock at the National Urban League 2015 Conference, designing original applications to alleviate the most pressing social issues of our day.

“More and more, the fight for social justice is being waged online,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “The new face of civil rights is young, educated and tech-savvy. And these 21st-Century civil rights defenders are developing the 21st-Century tools they need.”

Hosted by the National Urban League in partnership with Digital Grass, the two-day “TechConnect: Hack-A-Thon for Social Justice,” presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, will take place from 5 pm Thursday, July 30, to 6:30 pm Friday, July 31.

 "Digital Grass is honored to help with civic hacking in our community" Digital Grass Founder and CEO Michael Hall said.  "It's important to not just develop social apps but software and applications that can help with civic innovation and improve the quality of life for our core urban community. This event is the right step in that direction."

TechConnect provides a space for innovators to design original social justice applications, specifically those in tune with this year's Conference theme, “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs, and Justice.” At least one of the top resulting application/software will be implemented by the Urban League to enhance civic engagement, voting, education equity, housing, health, justice and job creation in urban communities

Developers, designers, civic leaders and creative thinkers are all invited to be among the first to create solutions to Save Our Cities and compete for $2,500 in cash and $25,000 in prizes.

WHAT: “TechConnect: Hack-A-Thon for Social Justice,” to develop innovative and impactful tech solutions to address some of the nation's biggest problems in the areas of public safety, voting, education, jobs, housing or health. 

WHERE: Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. • Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

WHEN: Intro and Information will take place July 30; the Hackathon will take place July 31.

COST: Free Entry Fee for Competitors

TO REGISTER:  nultechconnect.digigrass.com

Press release supplied by Digital Grass