April 19, 2024

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Integration of the Americas |  Wired

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Florida's largest technology event Integration of the Americas, is preparing for its tenth edition. It will happen, once again, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, on April 18 and 19, during the height of Miami Tech Week (it's fair to say that, despite technically being called a week, it covers the entire month of April).

New for this special anniversary will be a field dedicated to artificial intelligence and quantum computing, two fields that were already linked and are now even more closely linked. They will allocate a special space to Start-ups They focused on this topic, as well as an entire pavilion for health technology innovation, as they call the intersection of health and technology.

The organization hopes to have 110 Start-ups Invited to compete, not just dedicated to health. They also have verticality Financial technology (finance), edtech (Education), Climate and Cybersecurity.

Melissa Medina, from a local pioneer to a reference in this sector

Melissa Medina is CEO and co-founder of eMerge. This will be her first year as CEO. “I'm excited to celebrate this milestone for the South Florida ecosystem. Seeing how the community has expanded its range of partners and collaborators over time has been an honor. We want to celebrate what has been achieved and, above all, what the future holds for eMerge Americas.”

Melissa Medina, CEO of eMerge Americas, with her father Manny Medina, a Miami telecommunications pioneer.

Courtesy eMerge

Big stars from Miami and beyond

From the beginning, eMerge has made disclosure its hallmark. Bringing technology to the entire community is one of its strengths, and is a pillar for creating an ecosystem. And then they had some stars usually outside of tech, but they were well known for their popularity. This is the case with singer Pitbull, tennis player Serena Williams (married to Reddit co-founder and venture capital investor Alexis Ohanian), or American football star Tom Brady.

The rise of AI is reflected in the keynote speaker: Peter Diamandis, founder and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, founder of Singularity University and author of numerous books. best seller. His presence is particularly important because 10 years ago it was precisely him who opened this conference for the first time. During his talk, he will review the changes and technologies that have become a reality in fields such as biology, cloud computing, robotics, and creativity.

Outside the United States

eMerge's international influence is becoming increasingly noticeable. If it is already common to have space for country delegations (Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Spain usually have a prominent place), this year it goes even further. From ICEX (Institute of Foreign Trade), the official Spanish state body dedicated to promoting the business of Spanish companies abroad, they report that there are already more than 70 companies registered to join a special mission to visit Miami during eMerge, while they are in Miami. For the 2023 edition there were 54 Start-ups The Spanish woman who attended the event. Europe and Asia will also have their own distinct space.

VC Latam Summit

Meanwhile, more than 500 venture capital investors from Latin America will gather at a satellite event, the VC Latam Summit, and several developers will join during REACT Miami.

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