Xavier Gonzalez is executive director of eMerge Americas, the movement behind a technology event hosted by the Technology Foundation of the Americas, that is scheduled for May 1-5 across South Florida. Knight Foundation is a founding funder of the event. In 2012, Knight Foundation widened its work in Miami to focus on entrepreneurs. eMerge Americas, which was a budding idea from Manuel D. Medina, chairman and CEO of Medina Capital, had a similar hope: to make Miami a center for innovation and technology. In 2014 those overlapping visions assembled a thriving community of entrepreneurs and disruptors at the first eMerge Americas event in May. Now, Knight and eMerge Americas are embarking on a three-year partnership to grow this vision into a movement that draws international attention to Miami. The 2014 gathering set the bar for what a movement could accomplish: 6,000 attendees, 400 participating companies, 150 speakers, and 115 startups showcased.
eMerge Americas: Join the Movement, via YouTube. Xavier Gonzalez is executive director of eMerge Americas, the movement behind a technology event hosted by the Technology Foundation of the Americas, that is scheduled for May 1-7 across South Florida. Knight Foundation is a founding funder of the event. The momentum in the Miami technology scene was on full display last month when we celebrated the official kickoff for eMerge Americas Techweek. This event in May will bring together civic innovators, entrepreneurs, corporate titans and global thought leaders to establish a technology corridor for Latin America. Miami, long known as the gateway to the Americas, is fast becoming the technology hub of the region. On Feb. 12, more than 250 community leaders and international dignitaries celebrated with custom artwork, robots, and even an appearance by Mr. 305, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull. It was an electrifying evening filled with discussions of “what’s new,” “what’s hot” and “what’s possible” for this incredibly significant movement happening in Miami. What started out as a dream from technology entrepreneur Manuel D. Medina has quickly drawn strong interest from large enterprises, startups and investors. Initial plans called for two days of activities, but the event has now grown into a weeklong celebration of innovation throughout the Americas hosted in Miami in collaboration with Techweek.