4 things to know in #MiamiTech, including a need-to-know-now MDC student

1 Look out world: Aimee Reyes is a Miami Dade College student to watch in cybersecurity

Meet Aimee Reyes. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more about her in #MiamiTech.
She’s a student of Miami Dade College’s  School of Engineering and Technology (EnTec) and has been awarded a Women in Cybersecurity Security Training scholarship sponsored by Women in CyberSecurity, SANS Institute and Google. She also placed in the top 3% at this year’s National Cyber League competition.  
Reyes was among 16 candidates selected from nearly 1,000 applicants globally to receive the coveted Women in Cybersecurity scholarship, designed to create a reliable pathway to launch and advance careers of women in cybersecurity through skills development.
Reyes will be joining the inaugural class of MDC’s new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program, which kicks off this spring.
“Being Dominican, I’ve often heard the phrase, ‘No inventes tanto.’ This roughly translates to ‘don’t innovate’ because it is associated with disruption. I’ve ignored that advice,” Reyes said in an MDC announcement. “I am the first in my family to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.”  
Reyes is the founding vice president of the student chapter of the Women in Cybersecurity, a global nonprofit. She is also the captain of the MDC Cybersecurity Club, which recently ranked in the top 6% out of 957 teams at the National Cyber League cybersecurity competition. Reyes’ scores at the competition placed her in the top 3% of all students participating.
Reyes founded Cafecito + Cyber, an ongoing event series designed to connect students to the IT industry focused on cybersecurity. She has also been awarded the National Science Foundation Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing Initiative scholarship and is an MDC Comcast Cloud Computing Academic Proficiency Awardees scholar. 
Congratulations to Aimee Reyes and Miami Dade College. #MiamiTech is stronger because of amazing young talent coming up. Let’s support.
To learn more about MDC’s new cybersecurity degree programs, including its new Bachelor’s degree, as well as the college’s CyberSecurity Center of the Americas, visit www.mdc.edu/cybersecurity.   

2 Cheer on Chile’s most innovative startups 

Remember when we told you about the 9 Chilean startups that spent months in Miami setting the groundwork for launching in the U.S.? Here’s your chance to hear more about their companies and plans for U.S. expansion.
GoGlobal 2020, Chile’s Government Program that brings their most innovative Startups to Miami, is coming to end but not without an exciting wrap-up. The 9 selected companies will be getting together one more time to be a part of a Pitch Competition and Networking event organized by Base Miami and held during Venture Cafe’s virtual gathering this Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Come watch these startups pitch live at the Go Global Pitch Competition to a panel of judges and see who comes out as the winner of the night. Register here.

3 Introducing a nurse-led innovation program

The Nursing Innovation Hub (NIHUB) is a nurse-led healthcare innovation collaborative and includes cutting-edge startups, hospitals and health systems, universities, industry-leading companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors from around the world. It’s led by Aliya Aaron. Its planned programming includes bootcamps, incubators, accelerators and internships. NIHUB supports healthcare technology startups that can positively impact clinical care delivery, improve patient outcomes, improve satisfaction, streamline inefficiencies for nurses, providers and staff, and improve the business side of care delivery, its website says.
NIHUB is launching its first virtual Nurse Innovator Startup Bootcamp in February 2021, Aaron announced. The Bootcamp will support nurse founders and nurse-led tech startups looking to develop products and solutions to improve healthcare.
Find out more about NIHUB here: www.innovatenursehub.com

4 Endeavor Miami invites you to Innovation Day 

Join Endeavor Miami’s Innovation Day Powered By Dell.  Innovation Day is a half-day bootcamp at 2 pm Dec. 8 focused on design thinking and innovation. During this fast-paced, hands-on bootcamp, you’ll learn about design thinking methodology — problem definition, ideation, prototyping and testing — and hear from experts on how they’ve applied this to real-life situations. This bootcamp has been designed for entrepreneurs, founders and C-level executives and managers involved in strategy, product and innovation at high-growth startups.
The bootcamp is free; apply here.
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