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It’s no surprise to most of us to hear or read that South Florida and the Miami area rank behind many other cities and states when it comes to high-tech talents, payrolls or jobs. The image of Miami as being an attractive place for party goers and tourists looking for year-long sun is a sticky one, however many high-tech graduates, start-up entrepreneurs and capital venture companies are becoming aware that South Florida is working hard to change this. A few innovation centers, educational programs and real estate projects are aiming to help Miami become one of the high-tech communities of the United States, forging a bridge between North and South America. The Emerge Americas Miami trade show launched its first successful edition in May 2014 and just ended its second edition in Miami Beach. The five day Emerge Americas conference is an exchange forum about innovation and technology and shows that high-tech drastically changes every single industry such as healthcare, banking, travel, entertainment, community and civic engagement etc…

The Lab Miami, which received grants from the honorable Knight Foundation, is a 10,000 sf warehouse in Wynwood which was turned into a meeting and working place for creative entrepreneurs and start-up leaders. It offers subscription-based working space as well as a vast series of educational programs on topics such crowdfunding for real estate, how to build a successful app and workshops on design or coding.

Downtown Miami Venture Hive incubator an location of the Miami Microsoft Innovation Center

Downtown Miami Venture Hive incubator an location of the Miami Microsoft Innovation Center

The first US-based Microsoft Innovation Center opened last year in Miami and is hosted at Venture Hive, a start-up incubator located in Downtown Miami.

The Downtown Miami and Wynwood areas are actually gathering a few places and initiatives focusing on building-up Miami’s high-tech community. The Miami-based Simkins family, which made most of its financial success in the paper manufacturing business, has recently presented plans to the City of Miami to design the Miami Innovation District, an ambitious mixed-use real estate project that would be located near Downtown Miami and would offer thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, small residential units for start-up creators and software engineers and approximately 4 million sf of office space targeting entrepreneur incubators and large technology multinationals such as Google or Yahoo. The project for the Miami Innovation District has not been approved yet, however, Miami is more economically vibrant then ever and will, at some point, become one of the US technology hubs we will be counting on.

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Emerge Americas Techweek Miami

Emerge Americas Techweek Miami

The first Emerge Americas Techweek Miami fair, expo, events, series of presentations and start-up competition Hackathon took place a few days ago at the Miami Beach Convention Center and looked like it was a successful launch. The fair aims at positioning Miami as the tech hub for the Americas,local start-ups meet potential investors to fund their venture…just like Art Basel Miami Beach helped Miami become one of the most vivid stages in the art world. I was there at the beginning of the week and got to attend a few interesting presentations on various topics such as the boom of crowdfunding, the importance of qualified data to predict behavioral trends, where online and mobile device advertising and social networks are heading to etc… There were some high-caliber speakers who spoke about the impact of the high-tech trends on our cities, health, work, finances, media and entertainment. The reason why I am commenting on this trade show is to show that Miami is clearly diversifying itself and maturing as a community. Some of its shakers and movers are realizing that it is important to help local creative minds and start-ups grow by getting access to logistics, educational and financial resources and retain talent in Miami. By helping the high-tech industry flourish in South Florida, we are nurturing a growing need for high-level education, jobs, housing, working  and storage spaces and helping our local economy expand. Pitbull was the guest speaker for the closing presentation of Emerge Americas Techweek Miami. As a person who grew-up in Miami and saw the city become an international metropolis, it was refreshing to listen to his comments about his own path and his pride to be from and in Miami.

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