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Start-Up City: Miami

2/13/2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

On February 13, The Atlantic and The Atlantic Cities will launch Start-Up City: Miami, gathering leading entrepreneurs and tech experts from London, New York, California, Kansas City, and more at the New World Center in Miami for a day of discussions about different aspects of the city’s innovation ecosystem. In partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and in association with the Creative Class Group, the inaugural program will explore the emerging models of "urban tech" taking root in cities around the world.

In recent years, Miami has seen a surge in entrepreneurship and creative ventures. After a decade of rapid growth and urbanization, much work remains to be done if Miami is to become a hub for the global creative class. What short-term and long-term strategies will do the most to attract entrepreneurs and start-ups to the city? Featuring roundtables, panels, and interviews on tech, design, start-up incubators, audience Q&A, a networking lunch and more, this daylong program will give participants a 360-degree view of how to attract tech, talent, and innovation to the Miami community.


February 13, 2013 | New World Center | 500 17th Street | Miami Beach, FL 33139

9:00 am

Opening Remarks: Matthew Haggman, Program Director, Knight Foundation

9:05 am

Framing Remarks on Miami: The Entrepreneurial Mecca of the Future: Manny Diaz, Former Mayor, City of Miami

9:15 am

Framing Remarks on The Urban Tech Revolution: Richard Florida, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

9:25 am

Keynote Presentation on The City as the Start-Up: How to Jumpstart Movement: Tony Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer, Zappos

9:50 am

Keynote Interview: Tony Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer, Zappos, in conversation with Richard Florida, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

10:20 am

Panel Discussion: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

--Brad Feld (via Skype), Author, Start-Up Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

--Sam Arbesman, Senior Scholar in Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

--Adriana Cisneros, Vice Chairman of the Board and Director of Strategy, Cisneros Group

11:00 am

Design Roundtable: A New Start-Up Geography

--Niesen Kasdin, Former Mayor, Miami Beach

--Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Miami

11:45 am

Networking Lunch

12:30 pm

Urbanism Roundtable: The Urban Tech Shift – Lessons from New York and London

--Max Nathan, Co-Founder, Centre for Cities

--Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

1:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Building a Transcontinental Tech Hub

--Marcelo Ballona, Founder, Submarino

--Juan Pablo Cappello, Co-Founder,

--Manny Medina, Founder, Terremark

--Juan Diego Calle, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, .co

2:10 pm

Innovation Roundtable: Sparking Start-Up Success

--Melissa Krinzman, Founder and Managing Director, Venture Architects

--Fernando Fabre, President, Endeavor

--Susan Amat, Professor and Executive Director, “The Launch Pad” at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami

3:05 pm

Closing Keynote Interview: Steve Case, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Revolution

4:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

*Subject to change

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