The panelists, many of whom are new entrants into the local ecosystem, will share their projects and their visions around how their individual initiatives can help to continue to evolve Miami's tech community so that we will have a more diverse and innovative ecosystem.
Eduardo Costantini Jr. will share details on his new cultural project, Kabinett. Born out of his Buenos Aires concept shop of the same name, Kabinett rejects Instagram’s “ocean of information” model and instead allows users to post images from categories including art, film, music, and fashion, so they can write about them along with tastemakers dedicated to specific channels.
Dror Benshetrit, Studio Dror
Questioning the assumed, rethinking the impossible, and dreaming naively are each practices that, in tandem, lead futurist designer Dror Benshetrit to his inventive creations. In this unscripted presentation, Dror will expand on his approach to innovation—one that's landed his work in museums around the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and most recently, caught the eye of NASA.
Bedy Yang and Stonly Baptiste will share their perspective as venture capitalists for the benefit of entrepreneurs that are developing hardware-driven startups. These “atom” centric companies require a very different fundraising approach than those utilized by startups building software-based solutions or digital services.
Joanna Berzowska, Concordia University
Joanna Berzowska will detail her research and experience in developing intelligent wearables and smart fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with "soft computation", including electronic textiles, responsive clothing as wearable technology, reactive materials and squishy interfaces.
Evan Kodra, riskQ
Evan Kodra will share his work and expertise in applying Big Data techniques to understand extreme weather conditions and expand the possibilities of climate research. Evan’s cumulative industry work since 2011 has contributed substantially and directly toward successful partnerships, millions in revenue, and multiple patents.
Natasha Tsakos, NTiD
During this audio-visual performance, Natasha Tsakos aptly describes our modern sense of reality when she states, “It’s as though we’ve zoomed out of our time-space continuum and are experiencing life on cosmic proportions.” Natasha proceeds to take us on a journey of technological and human advancement that may, in fact, manifest in the coming years and decades, a period which she describes as ‘the magic age’, with one simple request, “Let’s imagine the future that no one can predict.”
Ariel Garten will share her story behind the development of one of the world’s most recognizable devices to measure brain activity. She will discuss how her passion for mindfulness has allowed her to understand how to successfully develop and idea into a product and company that helps people every day to connect with their minds and body and improve their lives in the process.
Diego Saez-Gill and Michael Burtov will share their experience in executing successful, multi-million dollar financing campaigns across different crowdfunding platforms. Their incredible experiences have allowed them to pre-sell their product globally before and turn an idea into a global enterprise.
Diego Saez Gil, Bluesmart
Diego Saez Gil will share the amazing story of the Bluesmart smart carry-on suitcase that he developed with his partners, less than two years ago and has since evolved into a global company that is revolutionizing the luggage industry.
Franco Lodato and Andrew Schwartz will share details around their collaboration in the development cameras that will be used by Hollywood studios to film next-generation virtual reality films. Radiant Images’ cameras have been used in blockbuster films, such as the newly released Suicide Squad.
Franco Lodato and Walter Bender, Co-Founders of the IAM Foundation will provide a glimpse behind the Miami College of Design, opening in 2017. The Miami College of Design will be a state-of-the-art educational facility and Florida’s first fully accredited college focused solely on industrial design.