October 30, 2017

The Idea Center at MDC launches $50K Innovation Prize competition

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College announces a $50K Innovation Prize from the Veronica and Gaston Taratuta Foundation. It is an exciting entrepreneurship competition open to all MDC students and recent alumni, within last three years, who have innovative business solutions.

The winners will share in the $50,000 in prize money with a potential for up to $250,000 in follow-on investment. In addition to the funds, the Idea Center will support entrepreneurs to develop their ideas through educational workshops and mentorship.

The Idea Center is looking for entrepreneurs and innovators who can bring fresh ideas forward to solve critical problems affecting lives in our community. Their business should have a direct positive impact on the community while demonstrating the potential for business growth and sustainability. Some areas of focus can include tackling climate change, income inequality and poverty, public transportation, housing or healthcare. There are no restrictions to the type of problem being addressed, however, applicants should demonstrate their business solutions to be repeatable and scalable.  

Four prizes will be awarded in two categories: start-up and existing business. One first place award for $25,000 and a runner-up $15,000 prize will be awarded for existing businesses and two for $5,000 each for startups. Winners will receive a complimentary branding strategy session with an industry expert, a featured page on The Idea Center website to profile the problems they are tackling and their proposed solution and enrollment at no cost into any Idea Center workshops and program for 2018. Winners will also be featured in The Idea Center newsletter and the Refresh Miami blog. 

To apply, those interested must complete a registration form at http://theideacenter.co/solutions/, which also consists of a video submission. The form must answer the following two questions: What is the problem that you are trying to solve or need that you would like to satisfy? Why is your approach innovative? The one-minute video should include a detailed explanation of your solution and highlight its three key benefits, and examples, stats, or facts that support its impact and uniqueness.  The deadline to apply is December 15.

-Submitted by Miami Dade College

 

October 27, 2017

Innovation festival unbound lands in Miami Nov. 1-2

 

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By Daniel Seal 

Daniel SealFive years ago, I saw there was a need for a forum that could connect brands and corporations with grassroots startups and the cutting-edge technology that they offer. With so much innovation and ingenuity on the start-up stage, I saw an opportunity to bridge that gap between growing and established brands and the new ideas that will inevitably shape how we live and how we do business. That is how unbound was born. For startups, festivals are the opportunity to meet individuals crucial to their future success: investors, clients and partners, and for organizations, unbound festivals are where they can build their own platforms, connect with key audience members, and deliver but also look beyond their strategic objectives.

Anchored by annual festivals in London and Singapore, we wanted to add a third festival to the roster, and Miami was the best destination for us. As the gateway to the Americas, Miami and its thriving entrepreneurial community – connecting the US and Latin America – is the perfect backdrop as it’s now on everyone’s radar, from venture capitalist firms, to funds and angel investors from across the globe.

Next week, Mana Wynwood will host the first unbound Miami festival. The two-day event kicks off on Wednesday, November 1, and will gather 100+ future-focused speakers from the worlds of fintech, adtech, AI, healthtech, eCommerce, robotics and more, as well as feature immersive brand experiences, pitch sessions and startup battles. We have assembled a prestigious lineup of speakers (from VICE Media, Twitter and Slack to Marriott, VISA and Johnson & Johnson), sessions, and partners that set this event apart from any other taking place in South Florida.

ProColombia will be using unbound Miami as a platform for its annual Colombia Bring IT On campaign, bringing together 120 Latin American startups to meet brand and corporate decision makers in Miami with experience in mobile applications, digital animation, video games, digital marketing and IT solutions.

In addition, unbound Miami will present the Female Founders Startup Challenge, which will see eight female founders battle for access to a place on the Babson College Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab program. Claro Americas will also be hosting a startup battle to showcase the best innovations in the areas of Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and ecommerce, among others. The winner will have the chance to visit the company’s facilities in Guatemala.

We hope you can join us and participate in what is sure to be a memorable event. Please follow this link to register and use discount code sgate50.

 

When: November 1 & 2, 2017- 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Who: 3,000 attendees – made up of 35% corporate and brand executives, 35% founders and entrepreneurs, 15% digital and media agencies, 5% government and trade agencies, 5% investors, 5% journalists.

 

Daniel Seal is the Founder & CEO of unbound.

October 10, 2017

Miami Dade College hosting MIA Animation Conference & Festival this weekend

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Miami Dade College  will again host the renowned MIA Animation Conference & Festival on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, 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, Virtual and Augmented Reality.  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 Matt Shumway, animation supervisor at ILM and 2016 Oscar Nominee for “The Revenant”; Aliki Theophiloupolos, supervising producer at Dreamworks; Leah Hoyer, vice president of creative at Telltale Games; and Kat Thorson Good, director at the Walt Disney Company.

Some of this year’s highlights include the Arts & Technology Breakfast, which will explore the ways in which the arts and tech industries can work together to build a connected creative ecosystem.   Also, exploring the power that creativity can bring to everything it touches, specifically to amplify technology as a true connector and catalyst for innovation. This year’s breakfast topic will focus on virtual reality storytelling for areas like gaming, journalism, broadcasting and animation.

Another highlight is Game On, the third annual indie game competition, which is sponsored by MIA Animation and the Idea Center @ MDC.  The competition was created to encourage independent game development and fresh voices in the video game industry. The winner will receive a consulting meeting at the IDEA Center. The finalists will be showcased at the MIA Animation Festival where attendees will be able to play the prototype. 

The MIA Animation Festival will also hold a Pitching Contest for applicants to submit animation projects for a TV animated series.  The top submissions in both categories will be invited to pitch their idea in person to a panel of animation industry experts and professionals. The top pitch overall will be set up with interviews with major animation studio execs in Los Angeles.

Another highlight of the MIA Animation Festival is the Students and Young Directors competitions, which are currently taking submissions for animated films to be judged for conceptual, technical, and aesthetic innovation and excellence. 

The conference is free for MDC students and faculty; $65 for students and $195 for professionals.

For more information: visit miaanimation.com or contact (305) 521-3429

 - Submitted by Miami Dade College

September 01, 2017

Inaugural ITWomen Leadership Summit coming to FAU Tech Runway

 

 

ITWomen, in partnership with FAU Tech Runway, will host the inaugural ITWomen Leadership Summit on Friday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at FAU Tech Runway, 901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton.

The ITWomen Leadership Summit is designed to provide women across the fields of technology with a rich development opportunity and will include influential keynote speakers and multiple sessions with more than 18 local leaders across different industries. Keynote speakers include Heather Cabot, an angel investor and author of “Geek Girl Rising,” and Angela Sebaly, an entrepreneur and author of “The Courageous Leader.” Sessions will feature CXO leadership insights, developing a culture of innovation and a startup showcase on FAU Tech Runway female founders.

ITWomen is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 by senior-level women across technology industries. Through their partnerships with nonprofits, universities, corporate sponsors and professional organizations, they work to narrow the gender gap in technology and increase the potential for innovation and economic growth through gender equity. ITWomen is a multi-generational organization, which began in South Florida and has expanded with a presence in the greater Orlando and Tampa metro areas.

All net proceeds from the event will fund camps and STEM programs for under-served girls in the community.

To purchase tickets to attend the event, click here. For more information on the ITWomen Leadership Summit, visit https://leadersummit.itwomen.org.

- Submitted by ITWomen

August 28, 2017

Facebook teams up with Wyncode, TheVentureCity and WM.Digital to launch Dev Circles in Miami

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By Juha Mikkola

Last week, Facebook teamed up with Wyncode Academy, TheVentureCity and WM.Digital to launch the first Developer Circles in North America.

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Facebook’s Dev Circles empower a diverse range of technical talent to improve their skills and access the information they need.

The sold-out event at Wynbase brought together over 100 developers of varying levels to learn about React. React is a JavaScript library created by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook. Wyncode teaches React as part of its 10 week immersive course and in its new part-time Front End Web Development course.

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The speakers included:

Chris Stegner of MadDev, who was selected Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and has hired a Wyncoder Developer, spoke about why his firm uses Reac

Adrian Martin of CareCloud, who have hired 13 Wyncode Developers, presented React JS basics

* Wyncode’s own Ed Toro live coded how to add React into an existing software stack using Rails as an example

 Missed the event? Watch the Facebook Live feed here and make sure to join Developer Circles from Facebook to sign up for the next event.

Do you or someone you know want to learn to code? Join Wyncode’s next full-time cohort starting September 11th or part-time cohort starting October 16th.

Thank you to our partners who made this event possible:  Facebook  Wyncode Academy  TheVentureCity  Digital

 Juha Mikkola is co-founder of Wyncode.

August 24, 2017

Friday is deadline to apply to pitch at Refresh Miami Demo Day

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Join  Refresh Miami's annual pitch competition featuring South Florida’s top startups. Refresh's largest event of the year invites entrepreneurs to give their best 5-minute pitch in front of an audience of their peers and a panel of judges. Winners walk away with a host of amazing prizes to help propel their business forward.

Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Miami Dade Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center (Room 3210)

300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

Tickets: FREE

Register here!

Interested in pitching? Apply here by end of day Friday, Aug. 25.

August 17, 2017

Apply now to present at VentureTech Showcase of South Florida with $25,000 cash award

Join the Florida Venture Forum/Venture Education Foundation in partnership with Space Florida for the 2017 VentureTech Showcase. The VentureTech Showcase of South Florida will be hosted in Boca Raton on Nov. 16 from 1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. 

The showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event featuring presentations by some of Florida’s most promising early stage companies.  Presenters will compete for the Space Florida Accelerating Innovation Award, which amounts to a $25,000 cash award to the winning company. 

Presenters will be chosen by a selection committee comprised exclusively of active equity investors, who will be evaluating early stage companies from throughout the state of Florida. Selection preference will be given to early stage companies with business focuses in information technology and health technology, knowledge-based services, space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, International Space Station and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security & robotics, adventure tourism, clean /alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products. See Company Criteria on the Florida Venture Forum’s website for additional details. 

The Final Presenter’s Application Deadline Is Oct. 16. Here is the registration link  as well as the presenter’s application link for the South Florida event.

- Submitted by Florida Venture Forum

 

August 15, 2017

The Bakehouse Art Complex announces ART+HACK+DATA Sept. 8-10

The Bakehouse Art Complex kicks off the fall art season with ART+HACK+DATA Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th, 2017.  A signature Social Artistry event featuring local and international new media creators and tech-enthusiasts, ART+HACK+DATA provides a forum that brings together a wide-range of artists and internet specialists discuss significant issues in the digital environment, and to create artworks.

Morning presentations and panel discussions at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), will explore topics such as Internet principles, infrastructure, big data, surveillance, and virtual reality, and their intersection with creative expression.  Afternoon workshops will be held at the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), where participants will be provided with raw material from anonymous data on Internet usage for use in artistic collaborations. The data was collected by Guerrilla Hotspot, a project implemented in Miami this summer.

The event concludes on Sunday September 10th with an exciting evening of live performances and music featuring a guest DJ, video mappings, video projections of real-time data streaming, and the opening reception for the interactive exhibition, “Media Under Dystopia. The show will include artworks produced during the workshops, and will be open to the public through Monday, October 2 2017 at BAC’s Audrey Love Gallery.

Panel participants include artist Vuk Ćosić and Professor Vladan Joler. Mr. Ćosić is a pioneer of Internet art who has led advanced discussions on digital media art. He is the co-founder of Nettime, Syndicate, 7-11, and the Ljubliana Digital Media Lab.

Professor Joler is the Share Foundation Director and Chair of the New Media Department at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.  Professor Jolar also leads SHARE Lab, a research group dedicated to the investigation and exploration of the interplay between technology and society.

“The BAC artist community and Board of Directors are honored to host internationally-recognized new media artists and creative technology thought leaders,” Bibi Baloyra, Executive Director at BAC, said.  “We are also thrilled to celebrate one of our own, local artist Rodolfo Peraza.”

 “The workshops are an important addition to BAC’s broad range of program offerings to continue the development of local artistic talent,” Baloyra added.

 Attendance is limited to the workshops, allowing for an immersive, hands-on experience.  Interested participants can register for the panel discussions and workshops at  https://arthackdata.net

 “This is only the first edition of the project,” Rodolfo Peraza, Director and Founder of the project said. “As Internet issues are a global phenomenon, we envision Art+Hack+Data happening every year in different parts of the world. Our goal is to help solidify the local scene for creators, to connect with each other, and together establish values and standards that help prevent oppression, censorship, and surveillance of future generations.”

 Peraza, a new media art pioneer from Cuba, is now based in Miami, Florida. His multimedia work has been widely shown and collected internationally. He is currently part of the exhibition, Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes at PAMM, and SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles.

 Art+Hack+Data is a collaboration between the MUD Foundation and the Bakehouse Art Complex. Generous support is provided by The Knight Foundation, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Print Big. Additional partners are The Share Foundation, eyesontherise.org, and VirtualEYES.

 -Submitted by The Bakehouse Art Complex

August 08, 2017

World's largest nonprofit devoted to drones launches chapter in Miami

AUVSI Miami Email Signature LogoAUVSI, devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned and robotics community, will hold local kickoff event Aug. 14 for Miami chapter.

Highlighting the proliferation of South Florida’s flourishing tech scene, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is launching a new Miami Satellite Chapter focused on showcasing drones, robotics, and other unmanned systems throughout South Florida.

“Miami is quickly emerging as the innovation epicenter for Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI.  “We are excited to join the South Florida community as drones, unmanned vehicles, and other autonomous systems spearhead the next great technology revolution.”

The Miami Satellite Chapter, a subsidiary of AUVSI’s Florida Peninsula Chapter, will focus on building awareness and dialogue among South Florida’s defense, civil, commercial, academic, and government sectors.

“Our expansion into South Florida will allow AUVSI to establish direct communication with key stakeholders at the local level,” said Brent Klavon, president of AUVSI’s Florida Peninsula Chapter and a member of AUVSI’s board of directors. “We expect to replicate this model in other parts of Florida in the very near future.”

Christopher Todd Director AUVSI Miami Chapter -South FloridaAUVSI has tapped local unmanned systems entrepreneur Christopher Todd to spearhead the launch of the new Miami Satellite Chapter.  Todd, who will serve as the interim chapter director, will look to capitalize upon the momentum already building throughout South Florida’s emerging technology corridor spanning throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

“We are on the cusp of witnessing a total evolution in air-, land-, and sea-based autonomous systems,” according to Todd. “South Florida is uniquely positioned to play a key role in this transformation for a major portion of the Western Hemisphere.  This is a journey we are extremely excited about.”

The AUVSI Miami Satellite Chapter kickoff event is scheduled for Monday, Aug.14 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant, located next to Miami International Airport.  All persons interested in unmanned systems and technology are welcome to attend.  For more information and to RSVP, visit kickoff.auvsimiami.org

- Submitted by AUVSI

 

August 03, 2017

Want to pitch at the Florida Venture Capital Conference? Here’s how to apply

The Florida Venture Forum is calling for growth stage companies to apply to present at the 2018 Florida Venture Capital Conference, being held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale on January 30-31, 2018.

The conference, now in its 27th year, is one of the largest gatherings of venture capitalists and investors in the Southeast, and features panel discussions, speakers, and presentations by some of Florida’s fastest growing private companies.

In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers a cash prize totaling $100,000 to eligible Florida companies, and companies seeking to relocate or establish presence in Florida.

Presenter applications will be reviewed and companies chosen by a selection committee made up of active venture capitalists and investors. Presenter and AI Award eligibility criteria, and full conference details, may be found on the Forum’s website (www.flventure.org).

THE FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 20, 2017. Early submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

- submitted by Florida Venture Forum