Miami Tech Summit in April aims for South Florida version of Silicon Valley

by | Mar 2, 2022

 

Some of South Florida’s most influential leaders – in both politics and technology – will convene in mid-April when the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will host the inaugural Miami Tech Summit during Miami Tech Week.

The event, an invitation-only forum, is slated for Wednesday, April 20, 2022, and will be hosted by Sayfie Review, one of the state’s leading nonpartisan news websites covering Florida politics.

“The stars have aligned to create this once-a-century opportunity for Miami. The 2020’s will be to Miami what the 1990’s were to Silicon Valley,” said Justin Sayfie, founder of Sayfie Review. “Working with our partners and sponsors, the Miami Tech Summit will convene a unique gathering of public and private sector leaders to provide the thought leadership necessary for the successful growth of the tech industry in our hemisphere.”

The event aims to attract tech leaders not just from the Southeast United States, but from across the Americas – including Latin America and the Caribbean. To that end, organizers say they have partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank to play a significant role in the Summit program. The Bank will open the Summit with a presentation and panel discussion that will share key tech insights from its work in the hemisphere, according to a press release.

“The tech sector is booming in Latin America and the Caribbean. We have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate its growth by creating a stronger digital ecosystem and connecting it in new ways,” said Mauricio Claver-Carone, President of the Inter-American Development Bank. “The Inter-American Development Bank is thrilled to participate in this year’s Miami Tech Summit and excited to be working on efforts to streamline higher engagement in this area.”

The summit will follow the kick off event of Miami Tech Week, which starts with the eMerge Americas mega-conference set for April 18th and 19th. Organizers expect thousands of tech enthusiasts from around the hemisphere to convene in Miami. The Miami Tech Summit will immediately follow eMerge on Wednesday, April 20th.

“As Miami becomes the capital of capital and fulfills its responsibility as ‘the most important city in America,’ our community will continue to welcome big thinkers, dreamers, risk-takers, founders and builders to our Magic City,” said Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez. “The Miami Tech Summit is another important segment of the mosaic that we are all building together to create increased opportunities and a better life for our city, our state and our hemisphere.”

Former State Legislator Jose Felix Diaz is the Co-Founder of the Miami Tech Summit. Diaz served in the Florida Legislature from 2010 to 2017, including service as Chair of the House Regulatory Affairs Committee.

“Miami is the hottest city on Earth right now and that momentum is not going to dissipate,” said Diaz. “The Summit will become a must-attend event every year during Miami Tech Week, and provide an engaging forum for public and private leaders to collaborate on the most important topics in the tech industry.”

Google is a major sponsor for the Miami Tech Summit, and is sponsoring the after-party at the PAMM at the conclusion of the Summit program on Wednesday, April 20. By special arrangement with the Pérez Museum, Summit attendees will be offered a guided viewing of “Marisol and Warhol Take New York,” an exhibit chronicling the artists’ rise to success in 1960’s New York.

 

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