09 Sep 4 Local and Regional Tech Conferences In 2016 To Get Ready For Now!

ConferencesIn the last few weeks, we’ve covered topics catering to the aspiring tech entrepreneur. From our favorite co-working spaces in Miami and around South Florida that we think will help you and your business thrive, to our favorite startups and startup innovators in South Florida and the Caribbean to inspire you, to a few fundamentals all entrepreneurs new to startup life should know. Today, we advise on some of the best tech conferences right in your own community designed to help you keep learning and growing your business.

Black Tech Week

Aiming to add more impactful programming around Black History Month, Black Tech Week, a week long event series held the last week of February, celebrates innovators of color and diversity among Miami’s burgeoning tech community, and the tech industry as a whole. Created in 2014 by Code Fever, Black Tech Weeks kicked off its first week of events in February of 2015. Many organizations, startups and tech companies were involved in the week’s festivities. Some of those festivities throughout the week included 2 pitch competitions offering the chance to win cash prizes, a panel discussion on creativity with a focus on monetization and distribution of indie content with David Banner, and a women’s innovation brunch. Catch the next ‘Black Tech Week’ February 22-28, 2016 in Miami, FL.

eMerge Americas

Based in Miami, FL, but making an impact worldwide as not just a local tech hub, but a tech hub for the world, ‘eMerge Americas’ is where people and ideas come together connecting tech leaders and innovators in North America, Europe and Latin America. Its core roles: “a platform for the advancement of technology; a forum for idea exchange; and a launchpad for innovation.” The 2015 event met 10,000 attendees from 50 countries, 500 companies, 125 startups and 200 speakers. If you were unable to attend this year’s event, or are just learning of it, you can watch the 2015 keynotes on their website, but be sure to prep for eMerge Americas 2016 conference happening April 18-19.  Currently, applications are being accepted for their Startup Showcase.

Kingston Beta 

A pioneering tech event since 2007, Kingston Beta is an event series bringing together aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech leaders and those simply wild about all things tech and innovation in Jamaica and around the Caribbean. At Kingston Beta, you can expect to learn, inspire, be inspired and connect with others in the Caribbean tech community while picking up new skills and learning about new resources to grow your business. Kingston Beta is produced by ConnectiMass, a Jamaican-based nonprofit promoting tech entrepreneurship throughout the Caribbean, especially among young people and women.

MC2 Regional Tech Summit 

Our goal here at Miami Caribbean Code (MC2) is to connect the Miami-Caribbean tech community with the Caribbean tech community, becoming cross-regional partners in the process, and bringing the Caribbean up to code through education and empowerment. Established in 2014, MC2 held its first Regional Tech Summit in June of 2015. Tech leaders and innovators from South Florida, the Caribbean and beyond converged for a day on Miami’s Design District to converse about issues relevant to the Caribbean tech sector and come up with solutions together. The day ended with the Caribbean Tech & Innovation Awards where tech innovators were recognized and rewarded for their hard work. Save the date! Our 2nd Regional Tech Summit is set for June 23, 2016.