eMerge Americas, the technology conference that connects revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, global industry leaders and investors, rounded out its first day of programming with an impressive display of keynotes, presentations and innovative companies leaving a lasting impression on thousands of attendees. The conference opened with keynote, Steve Wozniak, while many startup companies showed off their new technology and applications to potential investors.
The Tom Cruise (aka Mission)
The purpose of this conference is to bring together global industry investors and leaders with local startups and the Miami community to help transform Miami into the technological hub of the Americas. As Miami Beach Mayor, Phillip Levine stated in his opening remarks, Miami is “truly becoming a high-tech innovation capital.”
“Our first day of eMerge Americas was an enormous success, with unforgettable keynotes and presentations, and out-of-this world technologies that are disrupting all industries around the world,” said Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas. “The buzz around eMerge, and Miami, was very high, as everyone was excited to learn from influencers and startup companies about what kind of innovative ideas they have to shape the future of their industry.”
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and well-known tech entrepreneur opened the keynote sessions with the story of how he got to where he is and where he believes the tech industry is going. When speaking on artificial intelligence, Wozniak added, “Let humans participate as much as we can and the machines just enhance what we know. There are places where it (artificial intelligence) will cut jobs, but society works itself towards an equilibrium where most people will end up with jobs.”
A Kendrick Lamar Moment (Be Humble)
In addition, Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint and co-founder of Brightstar Corp, talked about eMerge Americas being a staple of the Miami tech industry. And as Francesca de Quesada Covey, Head of Platform Partnerships, Facebook LATAM stated, “Miami is that bridge city, it is the city that brings the region (Latin America) together. When we think of innovation in Miami, we think about the opportunity to bridge the entrepreneurial mindset with the needs of the community.”
International recording artist and entrepreneur Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull) and Suze Orman, two-time Emmy Award-winning television host and personal finance expert, sat down for a conversation to discuss their professional journey and perspective on technology.
While the speakers exemplified how eMerge brings together the world’s top thought leaders, this conference gave the opportunity for startup companies to show off their product. Riding off the success of the first day of the conference, day two of eMerge Americas is shaping up to be a great opportunity to hear celebrated speakers Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, Alex Rodriguez, former MLB baseball player, and more.
Day two of eMerge Americas will continue tomorrow, Thursday, June 13.