Miami in Push to be Tech Hub Through eMerge Americas

Miami, people, tech, networking, a possibility? When Manny Medina and Pitbull virtually rang the Nasdaq closing bell in the center of eMerge Americas with a crowd of people cheering them on, it seemed to symbolize that it is Miami’s time to shine

“It’s kind of ironic, as the CEO of a Nasdaq company (Terremark), I never got to ring the bell,” quipped Medina, the founder of the technology conference eMerge Americas, which opened Monday and continues Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Tech pioneer Medina, who founded and sold Terremark in 2011, has a big mission for eMerge Americas: to help build South Florida into a tech hub of the Americas. But he said he never expected as much momentum toward the goal in Year 2. He credited much of that extra buzz to eMerge’s partnership with NBCUniversal and its 147-million viewer reach. Indeed, many of the network’s programs were filming from eMerge, including MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart and CNBC’s Fast Money.

Medina said attendance will be well over the expected 10,000 people, and more people were streaming in Monday afternoon. More than 500 companies — from start-ups to giants — are participating this year, representing more than 50 countries. For Year 2, “we have been overwhelmed by the interest and excitement — I couldn’t be more proud of the progress,” Medina said.

Read Nancy Dahlberg’s, Chabeli Herrera’s, and Jane Woodbridge’s Miami Herald article here:

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