December 02, 2016

StartUP FIU helps Miami software startup Addigy scale


Jason Dettbarn with part of his Addigy team.

By Jason Dettbarn

Addigy,  a local Miami software company that helps corporations manage their Apple Mac fleet, is preparing to expand its global reach with the help of Florida International University’s StartUP FIU.  Addigy is a quintessential Miami startup with deep roots within FIU.  As founder and CEO, I hold a Masters in Computer Science from Florida International University and cut my teeth in the industry managing worldwide sales operations at Kaseya, a major Miami tech company.  Three years ago, I left Kaseya in order to devote my full energy on creating and building the first full-stack IT management platform for managing Apple Mac computers.

Addigy is a self-funded company based on the sweat labor of extremely talented local Miami talent.  The engineering team consists fully of FIU computer science graduates who have immigrated from Cuba over the past 10 years.  Addigy was recently honored as one of the Top Ten late-stage Miami startups selected for eMerge Americas two years running and is one of the fastest growing companies in StartUP FIU's program.  Building upon Addigy’s 100-plus customers globally that use Addigy to manage their company's world-wide Mac networks, the company’s growth is expected to increase significantly in 2017. Addigy continues to expand at a record pace helping customers not only secure and manage the ever vulnerable Macs in their enterprise, but also helping them attract the top millennial talent, some of whom have never used a PC.

StartUP FIU is an intensive 14-week accelerator program that rapidly guides entrepreneurs through the paces needed to develop their new business ideas into successful growth companies. The accelerator program is open to FIU students, faculty and early-stage startup entrepreneurs in South Florida. All types of companies are welcome including traditional companies, high-tech ventures and social enterprises.

StartUP FIU has been integral to helping Addigy prepare for the next stage in funding and scaling our growth. StartUP FIU has provided us with an abundance of resources at FIU and very deep networks of talent throughout Miami.  Our mentor Mario Cruz (director of Watsco Ventures), for example, has been integral in guiding us through critical areas of the Addigy business.  There is nothing else like StartUP FIU in South Florida, period.

Keep an eye on Addigy as it breaks new ground in Miami and globally in the coming years, as well as the many other great companies being groomed for success in the StartUP FIU Accelerator program in Miami.

Jason Dettbarn is founder and CEO of Addigy, a Miami-based tech startup.

You’re invited to FIU Pitch Day on Dec. 6

Pitch Day is an important milestone for the inaugural Empower Accelerator Program cohort. By this day, StartUP FIU teams will have successfully completed the 14-week Empower Accelerator program. They would have participated in nearly 30 presentations and workshops, taken part in critical mentoring and business advice, and presented their required weekly deliverables in preparation for this one day. It will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Graham Center Ballrooms on the Modesto Maidique campus.

To RSVP, click here.

Read more about the StartUP FIU teams here. 


December 01, 2016

Startupbootcamp's Demo Day shines spotlight on startups and healthcare ecosystem


 Mediconecta, a telehealth company serving Latin America, makes a Demo Day pitch at Startupbootcamp Miami.

By Startupbootcamp Miami

Miami is home to a robust health industry and is considered one of the largest health districts in all of the United States. From Miami, Startupbootcamp and Mana Wynwood are partnering to create a unique space that capitalizes on Miami’s competitive advantage - from demographic diversity, geographic endowment bridging populations between the Americas together, and Miami’s art scene - to create a distinct and defendable ecosystem for innovation.

“Startupbootcamp has brought new talent and energy to Miami’s expanding innovation ecosystem. Building on this momentum, Demo Day is a chance for this first class of entrepreneurs to put their potential on display and show how they can contribute to the growth and success of our city,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami.

“Miami is a perfect market for entrepreneurs working at the intersection of healthcare and technology with its highly successful clinical facilities, booming tech scene, and emerging startup ecosystem,” said Jaret L. Davis, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig Miami, who is leading the team of attorneys working with Startupbootcamp and serves as Vice Chairman of Miami Children’s Hospital. “Our firm is thrilled to play a key role in Startupbootcamp and serve as the connector with many of the key players in the market. In light of the work we were already doing with Miami Children’s Health Systems in this field, it made sense to introduce the two, and we are beyond pleased to see how this relationship has blossomed. We look forward to being a catalyst for future growth and remain confident that the success of Startupbootcamp Miami will encourage more accelerators to make their home here.”

Startupbootcamp Demo Day on Thursday  combined  innovations in healthcare technology with Miami’s Art Basel. On Demo Day, Startupbootcamp’s portfolio of digital health companies shared the insights they’ve garnered working in Miami over the past several months to a room of investors, healthcare customers and providers, press, and other esteemed guests.

“Startupbootcamp has really brought to life the technology startup scene in Miami,” said Dr. Narendra Kini CEO at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, an early supporter in Startupbootcamp. “By focusing on health it is really building out the ecosystem for innovation. We hope to see the next major healthcare players originate in Miami.”

In addition, the Startupbootcamp Demo Day was also paired with Miami’s Art Week, harnessing the influx of general cultural activity into an instrument for broader good. Recognizing that the worlds of Art, Health and Technology traditionally exist independently of one another, Startupbootcamp, in partnership with Mana Common, are forging an unprecedented platform for innovation.

Art is continuously playing a significant role in this development by using creativity to address healthcare and patient livelihood, and to broaden access to wellness resources. Artful thinking is increasingly becoming a meaningful and serious strategy towards better healing, as demonstrated through the partnership of Startupbootcamp and Mana Common.

The goal is to look at Miami’s competitive advantages in terms of industry – Health, Technology, and Art – to create a defensible value chain.

Here are  highlights of some of the major accomplishments that our companies have achieved over the last three months.

Aces Health:

Aces Health’s a 5 global finalists for the Mayo "Think Big" entrepreneurship challenge, has signed a LOI and is looking to close it’s pre-seed funding round led by Miami Children's Health System.


Partnered with Aurora Healthcare to build the first technology enabled Medicaid care plan that makes necessary pregnancy care available to any patient from the comfort of their own home. The product went live last week.

Additionally, Dr. Narendra Kini and the Miami Children's Health System have served as a pivotal strategic mentor and partner in the South Florida market. They are currently working together on a comprehensive Go-To-Market as well as new exciting product developments.


CareAngel as awarded 1st Place in the AARP Foundation’s $50K Innovation Challenge for its partnership with the Philadelphia Local Association of Areas on Aging to support enhanced remote care for low income and underserved populations. As part of the SBC program, CareAngel is now piloting with the University of Miami Health System around med adherence for it’s mammogram patients.

Keep Livin:

KL has closed several revenue generating deals in the past 90 days with substantial partners such as Univision and Florida Blue. Keep Livin will be Florida Blue’s community engagement partner, entail enrolling those in Broward County during the current enrollment period.

Mediconecta (pictured above):

Mediconecta has signed an agreement with Miami Children's Health System to support their outreach for children and their families in Miami, throughout the nation and in Latin America.

Additionally, Mediconecta is contracting with University of Miami Health System to deliver a one of a kind model that will extend their providers' reach into new care settings throughout their markets.

QoC Health:

QoC Health as signed 6 new project contracts (including Canada's largest hospital network, Canada's largest home health organization, 2 internationally recognized universities, and 1 global health organization). The projects cover a variety of content areas, including mental health, population health data collection, and chronic disease management.

With the help SBC, has pivoted their resources and technologies to a single product around patient intake.  Since then, the company has experienced more meetings and follow throughs with the investors, new strategic partnerships,  and more customer opportunities.


TruClinic has added 5 new customers since the beginning of our journey with Startup Bootcamp. The Company also won an RFP with a Florida Children's Hospital. TruClinic has been recognized by the Journal of Health as one of the most innovative digital health companies in the world as an honoree of the 2016 Global Digital Health 100 List.


In South Florida, VoiceITT will collaborate with specialty clinicians, disabilities advocates, and therapists, including testing and research toward clinical validation of its signature product, which will be commercially available in 2017. It is in discussions with the University of Miami UHealth System, which will be the site of its first hospital pilot implementation as well as its first enterprise sale.


A panel of community experts in healthcare discuss the ecosystem at Startupbootcamp's Demo Day.

November 18, 2016

Employers: Salaries are going up. Tech professionals: Not fast enough.


ITPalooza, coming up Dec. 8, is a place for employers and tech professionals to network as well as learn. Photo by Nancy Dahlberg


By Nancy Dahlberg /

About half of employers said IT salaries are going up in South Florida but nearly half of professionals believed they would have to pursue new career opportunities in Silicon Valley and cities including Boston, New York and Austin to gain higher earnings, according to a local survey released Friday.

The annual online survey, conducted as part of the upcoming ITPalooza tech event on Dec. 8, isn’t scientific but provides an interesting gauge of local tech sentiment from both employers and employees; 125 South Florida tech professionals and 37 employers responded to the survey.

Of the tech professionals responding this year, 75 percent were full-time employees. Half said they would “very likely” consider new career opportunities, while 34 percent said, “maybe.” About 32 percent felt that job opportunities in the area were increasing, but 18 percent said they were decreasing, with the remaining 50 percent indicating the market was “flat.”

“The job market for software developers and system engineers is becoming increasingly internationalized,” said Alex Funkhouser, ITPalooza co-founder and CEO of SherlockTalent, a Miami IT and marketing staffing firm. “Many local IT professionals are earning above-market rates by working remotely for out-of-state companies.”

Employers’ outlooks were more sunny. Seventy-four percent of the responding employers said they will be hiring IT positions in 2017, mainly software developers or systems and network engineers. Mobile application developers, security engineers, project managers, IT managers, business analysts and sales and marketing were also on their hiring lists. Five companies said they would be looking for a CIO or CTO in 2017.

Funkhouser said he has found that starting salaries in South Florida have recently typically ranged from: $80,000 to $195,000 for software developers; $65,000 to $120,000 for mobile application developers; $62,000 to $110,000 for systems or network engineers; $77,000 to $140,000 for security engineers; and $140,000 to $300,000 for CIO or CTO.

In the survey, 52 percent of employers said IT salaries are going up (less than 10 percent a year), while the remaining respondents said they stayed unchanged. The majority (74 percent) said local universities were producing quality IT candidates, but just 8 percent of employers who responded to the survey said they were offering apprentice programs.

However, 52 percent of employers said they were considering outsourcing some of their operations, and when employers were asked if South Florida had an “ample pool” of IT candidates, 59 percent said “no” while 41 percent felt the supply was “adequate.”

Employers and potential tech talent can find one another at the 5th annual ITPalooza, which will be Dec. 8 at Signature Grand in Davie and is hosted by the South Florida Technology Alliance. ITPalooza, which attracted about 1,500 people last year, is an annual gathering of South Florida's technology professionals, CIOs and CTOs, user groups, educators and companies with an expo, keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, a hiring fair and an evening party. Tickets ($60 for general admission; $15 for students; free if you will bring two unwrapped toys for charity) can be registered for at or on Eventbrite.

November 10, 2016

Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs complete Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative in Miami


The 14 YLAI fellows with Mark Sanna and Lillian Roberts of EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) South Florida.


By Maria de los Angeles

On Friday, November 4, young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean pitched their business plans to a panel of local judges at Florida International University’s Brickell campus. The pitch session was the final event in the month-long Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), a fellowship program initiated by President Obama and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program matched 250 emerging social and business leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean with local mentors in 21 city hubs across the U.S.; 14 of them did their residency in Miami with the help of Global Ties Miami, a non-profit that has been facilitating citizen diplomacy through cultural, educational and professional exchange tours since the 1950s.

YLAI set out to establish networks between young leaders and business mentors across the hemisphere. While in Miami, the fellows worked with their mentors for take-aways they could apply to their existing startup ventures back home.

The mentors and hosts were as diverse as Miami’s international business community. Fellows ranged from a cacao farmer in Belize to an Augmented Reality app developer from Trinidad and Tobago, to an environmentally conscious shoe manufacturer from Peru and a bespoke seamstress from Costa Rica, among others.

Some of the hosts were themselves Miami startups that have moved beyond the alpha phase: a biscuit manufacturer from Guyana worked with Lemon City Tea; the owner of a brand management company in Paraguay received mentorship from The New Tropic; and an e-commerce businessman from Nicaragua learned about tech business models from Tesser Health.

All of the fellows have founded businesses that are poised for next-level growth. They came to the U.S. to learn best practices from their mentors and to explore ways of developing their homegrown ideas within an international network.

“We were thrilled to host this group of inspiring young entrepreneurs in Miami,” said Emilie Baird, Director of Programs for Global Ties Miami. “The YLAI program contributed to deeper community connections and collaborations, both internationally and locally.

Nomad Tribe Shop and Lemon City Tea, who were both hosts and have since partnered, or the partnership that has developed between David Medina, founder of Qubo (Queer Bogotá, a non-profit that works to build self-esteem in the LGBT community through sports) and his host organization, the World Out Games, a major olympics-like event that will be coming to Miami in 2017.”

During the pitch session on November 4, each fellow had four minutes to present their business models to a panel of judges for the opportunity to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C. with other fellows chosen from the 21 host cities. The final winner is set to win a cash prize to use for business development at home.

The judges included Carlos A. Huerta, President and Founder of PLC International, Emma Wing, Business Advisor ITMS Group, a company she co-founded with her husband, Robert Wing, and Christopher McKenney, media entrepreneur and CEO of Mango Media.

The third place winner, Guillermo Jimenez worked with mentor Humberto Lee of Tesser Health and is the founder of Eleganza Boutique, an e-commerce platform in Nicaragua. E-commerce giants E Bay and Amazon don’t sell products in the country of six million where most people are wary of online shopping -- only 20% are active, according to Jimenez. The entrepreneur seeks to build trust and to “become the Amazon for Central America.” He currently sells imported merchandise via the Facebook marketplace but the business will grow with a proprietary website.

Second place went to Bahamian entrepreneur Ashleigh Rolle, who saw room for improvement in travel options to connect the 700 islands that make up the nation. “It’s Uber for boat travel,” she said as she explained Skipper, an online platform that connects local commuters and travelers to boat captains operating in the Bahamas. Rolle’s mentor was Nicholas Scherb of 26 North Yachts, a brokerage based in Fort Lauderdale.

Kadeem Pet-Grave of Jamaica won first place for Educatours JA, a company that plans and executes gamified tours and team building activities for schools. “Learning shouldn’t be boring,” said Pet-Grave as he explained how schools can request customized mobile technology gamification for field trips featuring fun activities such as treasure hunts with score keeping and prizes. Pet-Grave’s mentors were Charles Kropke and Alison Klapper-León of Coral Gables-based tour company Dragonfly Expeditions.

The current YLAI program will continue into Spring of 2017, when some of the mentors will travel to their fellows’ countries for continued professional learning exchanges.

Maria de los Angeles is an independent journalist who writes for Global Ties Miami.


Nicaragua fellow Guillermo Jimenez working with host mentor Humberto Alexander Lee of Tesser Health.

October 21, 2016

It's showtime: MDC hosts MIA Animation Conference & Festival today and Saturday

The popular annual event includes panel discussions, master classes, a pitching contest and Game Jam

Miami Dade College  is hosting the MIA Animation Conference & Festival on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The renowned event features world-renowned speakers, technology influencers from the nation’s top animation studios, universities, and the best talent in the industry. It has become one of the most exciting and cutting edge events in Miami, alongside a community of advanced technology-explorers, decision-makers, trend-setters, software developers, and creative industry professionals.

The industry conference focuses on Computer Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Film, Web Design and Visual Arts.  It draws some of the world’s top leaders in animation and education, and features exhibitions, workshops and master classes.  It has been designed to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange with strong commitment and emphasis in education while developing and nourishing new talent. 

Featured speakers at this year’s MIA Animation Festival include Bill Buckley, a senior animator on blockbuster games such as Call of Duty, NBA and Guitar Hero; Mark Anthony Austin, a supervising animator for films including Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D, The Avengers and Casper; David Steinberg, senior VP production for Nick Animation Studios; and Aaron Parry, CCO and executive vice president of Deluxe 3D.

Some of the highlights include a Breakfast on Arts & Technology, the Pitching Contest and the MIA Game Jam.

A Breakfast on Arts & Technology will kick off the festival at 8 a.m., Oct. 21, where it will be explored the ways in which the arts and tech industries can work together to build a connected creative ecosystem.  The panel discussion will include: Eldredge Bermingham, Frost Science CSO); Howard Herring, New World Symphony CEO; and Juan “JC” Acosta, Viacom International EVP and COO. The keynote speaker will be Aaron Parry, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at DELUXE 3D LLC.

Participants can also compete in the Pitching Contest where all creators are encouraged to submit their projects for consideration in the animation for television and web series for adults or children. The top pitch overall will be set up with three meetings with relevant buyers and/or talent representatives, providing a great start to getting a pitch sold.  

Attendees can also take part in MIA Game Jam, a 24-hour game development event on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The event is organized by students from the MAGIC Club mentored by MLH (Major League Hacking). Within 24 hours, the attendees will form teams to create a video game, either a playable prototype, or formalized technical or artistic concept. Attendees will be given a theme they must follow, but can use it to make a video game of any kind on their own laptop.

The conference is free for MDC students and faculty; $135 for students and $250 for professionals.

For more information, visit

- Submitted by Miami Dade College

October 18, 2016

Inaugural Masters of Tomorrow Summit during Art Week to merge tech, design and music

MOTsigMIA Collective, a Miami-based producer of events for professionals in the technology and creative industries, announced the launch of the Masters of Tomorrow (MOT) Summit.  The MOT Summit combines a design-focused conference and a music festival that will converge local and international entrepreneurs, investors and artists on Nov. 30, during Miami Art Week and Art Basel.

"Over the last four years, our events have undergone a significant evolution in terms of depth and quality, which has been consistent with the progress that Miami itself has experienced in the art, tech and entrepreneurial sectors," said Demian Bellumio, co-founder of MIA Collective.  "Masters of Tomorrow is meant to serve as a celebration of both local and global entrepreneurs, makers and visionaries that are building tomorrow, today. MOT Summit will be an inspiring and entertaining event, showcasing Miami's multi-cultural personality across a variety of experiences."

During MOT Summit 2016, attendees will be able to learn, network and get inspired by today's leading designers and innovators at the Masters of Design conference, and discover groundbreaking musical artists at Masters of Sound, a live music festival. 

Masters of Design is a one-day, by-invitation only conference exploring the latest trends and breakthroughs in design. Masters of Design was curated in partnership with the Industrial Arts and Method (IAM) Foundation, which promotes innovation in industrial design education by providing scholarships to gifted students and is led by industry veterans Franco Lodato and Walter Bender.

Confirmed conference speakers include:

Ariel Garten - Co-founder of InteraXon (makers of Muse), Toronto    
Christopher Sopher - Co-founder and CEO of WhereBy.Us, Miami    
Diego Saez-Gil – CEO of Bluesmart, San Francisco    
Dror Benshetrit – Founder of Studio Dror, New York     
Joanna Berzowska - Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University, Montreal     
Lilia Luciano – Journalist and Documentary Producer, Sacramento    
Michael Burtov – Founder of GeoOrbital, Cambridge     
Michael Mansouri – Co-founder of Radiant Images, Los Angeles     
Natasha Tsakos – Conceptual Director and President of NTiD, Miami     
Ola Alhvarsson – Founder of Result, Stockholm     
Walter Bender – Founder of IAM Foundation, Miami    

Masters of Sound will immediately follow the Masters of Design conference and will bring together local and international artists that will deliver high-energy performances in Wynwood, Miami's emerging cultural and artistic center.

Masters of Tomorrow is committed to working closely with the Miami technology and creative communities. It counts with funding support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as, with the strategic support from a wide array of community leaders, such as AGP Miami, CIC Miami, Endeavor Miami, The LAB Miami, The New Tropic, Refresh Miami, The Idea Center and VentureCafe. It has also partnered with award winning Miami-based design studio Nativo as its  creative partner for MOT Summit. 

To learn more about Masters of Tomorrow, visit or follow it across social media at and  

- Submitted by MIA Collective

October 15, 2016

Join #NBCUinnovation hackathon Oct. 22-23 and compete for more than $10K in cash and prizes

Comcast NBCUniversal announced its sixth public hackathon to be held in Miami on October 22-23 and themed “Creative Viewer Engagement Driven by Emerging Technology.”

Hackathon participants will be challenged to use software and video content to explore new technology innovations, with a focus on delivering richer, more personalized, interactive viewer engagement for NBC News and Telemundo viewers and driving awareness of innovative services like Golf Channel’s GolfNow, the leading provider of online tee times. Participants will have access to NBCUniversal content as well as platforms, APIs, and SDKs from leading edge technology firms in rapidly emerging fields like Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Interaction

Over a 24-hour period, hackathon participants will work on innovative cross-platform solutions while vying for more than $10,000 in in prizes, plus the opportunity to pitch their idea to NBCUniversal Media Labs. Comcast NBCUniversal executives will be on site to assist participants throughout the two-day event.

 "Miami’s fast growing tech scene makes this the perfect place for a forward thinking media company to challenge next-gen developers who know how to engage today’s hyper connected consumers," says Media Labs Chief Technology Officer, Altaf Rupani.

 Hackathon technology partners include: Google’s API.AI, IVA and WIREWAX interactive video technology, as well as support from Amazon Alexa.

 Judges – including tech influencers, as well as NBCUniversal executives – will select winners in each of the challenge categories, as well as an overall Grand Prize winner.

Additional information and a chance to participate can be found at

-Submitted by NBCUniversal

October 02, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

Tech egg#WaffleWednesday: Connect with Miami’s startup and tech community at weekly networking event hosted by LiveNinja, 9 a.m. to 10:30 am, Wednesday, Oct. 5, LiveNinja 120 Northwest 25th Street, Loft #301, Miami, FL 33127. More info here.

#WaffleWednesday Broward: Come for the waffles or the tech networking, or both. Broward: The breakfast gathering has expanded to Broward County, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Mad Studios, 101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1920, Fort Lauderdale. More info here.

Code for Fort Lauderdale: Join OpenHackNight  to hack on a project, learn something new, and meet fellow citizens interested in open, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5,  Ultimate Software Phase 10, Intersteller Room, 2250 N Commerce Pkwy, Weston. More info here.

Let’s Fly with Drone Tech: Hear from Silicon Valley and industry experts about drone technology, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave,,Building 8, 5th Floor, Miami. More info here.

Venture Café: A lineup of programs, office hours and networking time awaits the community every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1951 NW 7th Ave. Miami. Find out more here.

Have an event you would like considered for Entrepreneurship Datebook? Email it to Want to see a more comprehensive listing? Check out the Community Events section of the revamped

September 28, 2016

Popular ITPalooza to return Dec. 8 at new location


The South Florida Technology Alliance announced its 5th annual ITPalooza will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, at a new venue, the Signature Grand, located at 6900 W State Road 84 in Davie.

ITPalooza is an annual gathering of South Florida's technology professionals, CIOs and CTOs, user groups, educators and companies. Anticipating more than 2,000 registrants, 30 speakers, 100 sponsors and 30 tech groups from across South Florida, it is primed to deliver unbelievable value to the South Florida Tech community.

This event is one of South Florida’s largest tech conferences and  includes educational speaker tracks, a hiring fair, hackathon, Agile Group, CIO track, IT Expo, charity toy drive and after-party. ITPalooza will feature a dedicated Management Track in conjunction with the iCoast CIO Council and will focus on the unique needs of CIOs and other top-level IT executives. Last year, about 1,500 attended ITPalooza, then held at Nova Southeastern University (pictured above).  

“ITPalooza 2016 is a celebration of technologists in South Florida,” said SFTA President and ITPalooza event chairman Rick Sebaly.  “Connie Cabrera and her ITP Planning Committee have done a great job making this year’s event the best it can be.”

Registrations start at 8 AM and there will be a 9 AM keynote speech from Centrify. The event will also feature a second keynote at 5:00 PM featuring an executive from Amazon Web Services. The evening party and social event will commence at 6 PM.

Since its inception, ITPalooza has raised more than $125,000 in cash and toys for various South Florida non-profits including Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ STEM Advisory Board, The Stockdale Foundation and US Marine’s Toys for Tots.   

The event culminates in a networking holiday party with food and drink available for sale.

Admission is $60, granting individuals access to all activities taking place throughout the day. Unwrapped toys  for the “Toys for Tots” charity are welcome.

Online registration can be accessed at or on Eventbrite at VIP and Student tickets are also available for purchase. Student admission is $15 with the presentation of a valid student ID. Information on sponsorship opportunities is also available on the site.

 - Submitted by ITPalooza

Read 2015 coverage of ITPalooza here.

September 27, 2016

MDC's Idea Center, Tel Aviv University hosting daylong CyberMiami tech conference

 The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with Tel Aviv University, will host CyberMiami, a one-day technology conference featuring cybersecurity experts from business, education, and intelligence fields on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. at MDC's Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The conference will connect the business ecosystem of the Latin American market with top entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Israel, where there are currently more than 400 cybersecurity companies in operation.

“We live in an increasingly risky world, from private information, personal banking and government infrastructure,” said Leandro Finol, executive director of the Idea Center.  “Cyber risk should be at the top of the agenda of both executives and the general public.  CyberMiami is a forum where we are bringing top cybersecurity leaders to discuss the most relevant issues of today and tomorrow.”

Attendees at CyberMiami will learn from cybersecurity industry leaders about defending and protecting their organization against imminent cyber-attacks in order to prevent data breaches. The conference will include discussions about cyber threats as well as an exhibition of cybersecurity technologies.

The lineup of guest speakers at CyberMiami includes: Hadar Blutrich, CEO of Source Defence; Inon Elroy, Economic Minister of North America; Sam Friedman, director of sales of Cyberbit; David Gladshtein, director of business at Minerva Labs; Avital Grushcovski, V.P Product of Source Defence; Yasmin Hami, business development manager of Votiro; Greg Lenox director of sales of Secdo; Derek Schwartz, CEO North America of Safe-T; and Shay Zandani, CEO of Cytegic.

To register or for more information, please visit

 WHAT:            The Idea Center @MDC to Host CyberMiami

WHEN:            Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE:         The Idea Center @MDC, Building 8, 1st Floor, 315 N.E. Second Ave.

COST: $150

- Submitted by Miami Dade College