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Miami Caribbean Code event seeks to build bridges in Caribbean region, local tech

   This is a guest post by Miami Caribbean Code (MC2)

Technology is moving our world quickly, but not everyone is up to speed, or has equal access to the communities that are creating and innovating in tech where resources and mentorship are available. It is for this reason that Miami Caribbean Code (MC2) exists. MC2 is a new initiative aiming to build a bridge between the Miami-Caribbean and Caribbean region in an effort to become cross-regional partners in technology. The team at MC2 is moving their mission forward through event series, and will be holding its first Regional Tech Summit Thursday, June 25, 2015 at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

The tech summit will bring together technology leaders and innovators from all over to connect and converse on important topics surrounding education, economies, entrepreneurship, and more,  as it relates to the Miami-Caribbean and Caribbean communities in tech. MC2 co-founders Eveline Pierre and Serge Rodriguez along with Matt Haggman, Program Director of the Knight Foundation, will deliver our opening remarks. Keynote Speaker, Brian Fonseca, Florida International University Director of Operations in AppliedResearchCenter, will talk about how Miami and the Caribbean can become cross-regional partners, which is at the core of MC2’s goals. To further this discussion, Jason Ibarra, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Miami, will later talk about how tech and innovation can help connect Cuba to the rest of the Caribbean region.

Also, moderated by Dr. Irma Becerra, Provost of St. Thomas University, Class Wallet’s founder & CEO, Jamie Rosenberg, will engage in a discussion about the face of education as it relates to the Caribbean with Maia Sharpley, VP of Strategy & Innovation at Kaplan, Inc., and Perside Foster, Oracle Principal Consultant. The summit will also bring about others working within technology education, but also entrepreneurship, including Angelica Medina, Miami program manager of Girls Who Code. Medina will specifically engage in a conversation on women succeeding in the tech sphere with Sandra Florvella-Pierre, Founder of Haitian Businesses, and Tia Dubuisson, President of Belle Fleur Technologies. Later in the day, there will be more important conversations continuing around tech in the Miami-Caribbean and Caribbean communities, from leveling the playing field to leveraging technology for social impact throughout the Caribbean region.

In addition to The Regional Tech Summit, Miami Caribbean Code will host the Caribbean Tech & Innovation Awards and cocktail the evening of June 25th starting at 6:30 pm, also held at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The ceremony will recognize and reward those in the Caribbean who have positively impacted their communities through technology and raise funds for the HaitianHeritageMuseum in Miami, the first in the world outside of Haiti.    

For more information about the Regional Tech Summit, Caribbean Tech & Innovation Awards ceremony, and ticket purchases, visit miamicaribbeancode.com.