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Who needs sleep? Miami Tech Month is off and running. Catch up!

Who needs sleep? Miami Tech Month is off and running. Catch up!

Miami Tech Month is jam-packed with events, conferences and parties, and will have something for everyone, including the annual eMerge Americas conference, a huge Miami Tech Hiring Fair, the 4-day Bitcoin 2022, a Crypto Gala and several new-to-Miami conferences. It’s a chance to show off to visitors as well as celebrate what Miami Mayor Francis Suarez calls “The Miami Miracle.”

Miami Tech Month is already off and running, kicked off by the inaugural 3-day Miami NFT Week founded by Gianni D’Alerta, Ted Lucas and Erik LaPaglia. The event, held April 1-3, ended up attracting 4,000 in person, and 3,000 more virtually. If you missed our coverage of the conference and Miami NFT Week’s origin story, find it here and here. Organizers say Miami NFT Week will return in 2023, and the team plans some smaller event activations over the next year leading up to the big event.

Ready for more? Here are some events you may want to attend. Find more events on MiamiTechMonth.com or Refresh Miami’s events calendar.

Bitcoin 2021 in Miami. The event returns April 6-9.

Miami Tech Happy Hour, April 6, Freehold: This recurring happy hour at the Freehold in Wynwood will celebrate the Bitcoin Miami conference with free drinks, plus each attendee will get $10 worth of Bitcoin for their Exodus Lightning digital wallets. It’s one of dozens of happy hours, after-parties and other social events this month to welcome our visitors, Learn more here.

Crypto Gala, April 8, Le Rouge, Wynwood:  Presented by TokenSociety, Crypto Gala promises an NFT auction, a panel with top speakers as Sean Kelly (Chibi Dinos NFT founder), Michael Terpin, Rarible founders, and Jeremy Gardner, as well as a party with a famous performer. . In addition, famous NFT artists like Ale Glatt (“Fruit guy”) and DoWhatYouLove agreed to donate their NFTs to charity. All of the profits from the NFT auction will go to the Miami-based female-led nonprofit Code/Art. Learn more here.

eMerge Americas + Ironhack Hackathon, April 9, Miami Dade College: Over 100 elite developers will be tasked to deploy Web3 Tech to create an innovative and unique solution that creates significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge. The winning team will be awarded $10,000 cash in prize money. In addition to the cash prize, the winners will receive a prize from Ironhack. To increase inclusivity in tech there will also be a special prize from Meta for a junior team. Learn more here.

Park and Bay Cleanup, April 10, Coconut Grove:  Presented by Algorand, the cleanup at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove will benefit the Blue Scholars Initiative, an organization that connects students with hands-on marine science education opportunities. Learn more here.

BITE-Con, April 11-12, Florida Memorial University: Founded by Miami entrepreneur Temante Leary, the all-new Black Innovation Technology & Entertainment (BITE) Conference will work to connect Black students and entrepreneurs with the latest trends in emerging technologies. Speakers include Tiffany Norwood, founder of Tribetan and SimWin Sports, Saif Ishoof of Lab22c, Jacky Wright of Microsoft, Ted Lucas of Slip-n-Slide Records, Isaiah Jackson, author and founder of Miami Bitcoin Academy, and many others. BITE-CON also will announce the first-ever E-sports scholarship and fund for students at an HBCU. Networking and live entertainment will also be featured. Learn more here.

Venture Miami Tech Hiring Fair, 4 pm to 7 pm April 14, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus: More than 75 companies hiring for at least 2,000 positions will post up at the latest tech hiring fair produced by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s Venture Miami team. Attendees should come ready for on-site interviews and on-the-spot hiring. An Uber voucher code, VENTUREMIAMI, will allow attendees to receive two $15 Uber credits for the event. Learn more here.

 Emerge Americas, April 18-19, Miami Beach Convention Center: After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, eMerge Americas returns, with Blockchain.com as presenting sponsor. Keynote speakers  include tennis superstar and investor Serena Williams, reddit co-founder and 776 Ventures CEO Alexis Ohanian (and her husband), Blockchain.com CEO Peter Smith, Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, OKcoin CEO Hong Fang and others. New this year: eMerge will host a U.S. Conference of Mayors summit focused on cryptocurrency adoption, and there will be a focus on web3 as part of the general conference, too. As always, the conference will end with the Startup Showcase winner announcement, and this year the winner will win the opportunity for a $420,000 investment, too. Learn more here.

React Miami Conference,  April 18-19, Miami Beach Convention Center: Organized by Michelle Bakels, React will bring together more than 400 developers for networking and educational events. Conference goers will also get free tickets to eMerge Americas.  Learn more here.

Miami Tech Summit, April 20, Perez Art Museum Miami: Sayfie Review, a nonpartisan Florida politics website, will convene tech and policy leaders and the Inter-American Development Bank will open the Summit with key tech insights from its work in the Hemisphere. Confirmed speakers from tech include Keith Rabois, Founders Fund; Lisa Guo, Backend Capital; Marcelo Claure, Claure Capial; Daniel Lloreda, H20; Wen-Wen Lam, Gradient Ventures, Nico Berardi, Animo; Dileep Thazhmon, Jeeves, and others. Learn more herel.  

CoMotion Miami, April 20-21, Mana Wynwood Convention Center: CoMotion Miami again brings together the brave new worlds of tech and urban mobility. Two days of talks, workshops and demos on charting a path forward for cities. Learn more here.

Future Founder Summit, April 21, Wynwood: This invitation-only event will be presented by startup studio Atomic and will include talks by Atomic Managing Partner Jack Abraham; Cameo co-founder and CEO Steven Galanis; and eMerge Americas co-founder and President Melissa Medina. Learn more here.

Miami Tech Week, April 16-24, Miami Beach: Led by Founders Fund, Miami Tech Week will bring conferences, community events, parties, happy hours, and more to the 305. The invitation-only Summit will include keynotes by Keith Rabois, general partner at Founders Fund; Jack Abraham, founder, CEO of Atomic; David Sacks, general partner at Craft Ventures; Katherine Boyle, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz; and Maria Derchi Russo, executive director of Refresh Miami. Learn more here.

Definitely Nothing Web3 Equity x Developer DAO, April 21, Miami Beach:  Learn more about NFTs, DAOs and  Web3. Learn more here.

Day Kamp Miami, April 23, The LAB Miami:, Wynwood: Day Kamp runs full-day events with startup education, networking, investor panels, presentations from founder vets, pitching and a happy hour. On April 23, they are bringing a Day Kamp titled “The Future: Web3, Crypto & NFTs.” Register with code “miami04” for 15% off.  Learn more here.

Incubate Pitch Night, April 25, NSU’s Levan Center: This competition at the NSU Levan Center for Innovation in Davie will include five startup pitches in front of a live audience of investors, supporters and community members. Learn more here.

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