eMerge Americas Announces Initial Slate of Speakers, Opens 2016 Registration

Innovative Thought-Leaders including General Colin Powell, Monica
Tony Hawk, and Marc Randolph to Share their Inspiring
Stories at Anticipated Third Year Event

, a global event which serves as a platform for the
advancement of technology, a forum for idea exchange and a Launchpad for
innovation connecting Latin America, North America and Europe, hosted
its annual kick-off party last night at The Moore Building in Miami’s
Design District. The event celebrated the launch of eMerge’s third
annual conference set to take place on April 18 and 19, 2016. To
jump-start 2016, the eMerge leadership team officially opened
registration and made a series of announcements for the highly
anticipated Spring event.

Following a second year of impressive growth, eMerge Americas is working
to continue raising the bar with plans for 2016. The event will once
again deliver distinct and comprehensive content, bringing together the
world’s most disruptive thinkers across from an array of industries
under one roof. Most notably during yesterday’s kick-off party, eMerge
revealed the initial roster of world-class speakers confirmed to

  • General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Former Secretary of State,
    United States
  • Monica Lewinsky, Activist & Writer
  • Tony Hawk, Legendary Skateboarder & Entrepreneur; Founder, The
    Tony Hawk Foundation
  • Tim Storey, World-Renowned Motivational Speaker
  • Marc Randolph, Co-founder, Netflix
  • Scott Wise, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Susan Lyne, President & Founder, BBG Ventures
  • Naveen Jain, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Moon Express
  • Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, Coordinating Founder & Partner, Blue
    Star Strategies
  • Miriam Lopez, President & Chief Lending Officer, Marquis Bank
  • Andrés Freire, Co-Founder, Officenet
  • Doug Dietz, Innovation Architect, GE Healthcare
  • Michael Samway, Adjunct Professor, Master of Science in Foreign
    Service, Georgetown University
  • Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Chief Legal and Business Officer, Mozilla
  • Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy &
  • Alessandro Prest, Co-Founder & CTO, LogoGrab
  • Joan Cwaik, Latin America Marketing & Communication Manager,
  • Will Perego, Founder & CEO, 24-hour Solar Roof
  • Ernesto Rodriguez Leal, Associate Professor in Robotics; CEO,
    Tecnologico de Monterrey; WeaRobot
  • Patricia Smith, Strategic Information Technology Consultant
  • Fran Allegra, President, the SEED School of Miami

“The global tech community is growing fast, and our own rapid growth is
testament to that. As the community continues to evolve, eMerge Americas
will too, working to inspire and address the needs of this innovative
community,” added Manuel D. Medina, founder of eMerge Americas.

In 2016, eMerge Americas 2016 will bring back its renowned Start-Up
, where up-and-coming startups have the opportunity to
showcase their proposed business concepts and connect with top-level
investors from around the region. In addition, the wildly successful WIT
(Women, Innovation & Technology)
summit that captivated the
interest of 2015 attendees will return once again, providing a platform
to discuss how women are disrupting their respective industries through
technology and innovation. Meanwhile, the eGov
summit enters into its third year, gathering public and private sector
forces to stimulate conversation on how innovation and technology are
influencing policy and fostering citizenship on a global level.

“We are thrilled to officially kick-off our campaign for eMerge Americas
2016 and offer a sneak peek at the latest developments in our planning,”
said Mike Rodriguez, CEO of eMerge Americas. “As we approach year three
with a solid foundation, we want to give our attendees what they crave
and have come to expect from eMerge year after year—content that informs
and inspires and experiences that fuel connections and disruption.”

Registration for eMerge Americas 2016 is now open. For more information
or to register for eMerge Americas 2016, visit www.emergeamericas.org.
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About eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas serves as the preeminent innovative thought exchange
transforming Miami into the technological hub of the Americas. By
connecting global industry leaders and investors with the America’s top
business executives, IT decision-makers, and innovative entrepreneurs,
new partnerships will be forged that will spur visionary innovation and
technological advancements in the Americas for the betterment of
business and society. Summits focused on healthcare, entertainment and
media, finance, cities, and education will address the most pressing
issues of today and provide solutions and resources to continue the
rapid advances of the 21st century. For more information about eMerge
Americas, please visit: www.emergeamericas.org.


eMerge Americas
Joan Ronstadt, +1-305-230-4212
for eMerge Americas
Krysten de Quesada, +1-305-615-1111 ext. 102