By Ja'dan Johnson
There’s no denying that tweets have recently become a huge catalyst for major movement in the #MiamiTech ecosystem. After all, this renewed attention on the #MiamiTech movement stemmed from Mayor Francis Suarez’s famous “How Can I Help”, so it should be no surprise that the TL this week has been no different. If you’re experiencing some massive FOMO from all the tweets about the unofficial Miami Tech Week, have no more fear - I’m here to break it all down.
So what’s the real story? Miami Tech Week is here and we’re all trying to figure it out. Well, to be fair there’s no official “Miami Tech Week” happening. What is being constantly referenced on Twitter was morphed into existence after a tweet by popular investor, Delian Asparouhov, declaring this week the “unofficial launch of Miami Tech Week”.
Confusing right? I know. Miami Tech Week is not a new idea or concept - each year the local community would look forward to the activities surrounding eMerge Americas, a popular annual homegrown conference. This gathering was often seen as our local Miami Tech Week. I’ve also realized that many folks have also confused the unofficial ‘Miami Tech Week’ with On Deck’s fellowship program with Keith Rabois, which kicks off in Miami on Thursday. But all hope isn’t lost. The local community has stepped up and have started curating meetups and events to ensure that the massive influx of founders and investors can connect with the local community. But hey, where else could you tweet a whole week of fun social gatherings into existence?
Here’s my quick rundown of events:
What’s actually happening this week?
Obviously there’s quite a bit happening (and that’s fine!). I totally recommend either finding what events your friends are attending or hosting your own (see CDC guidance on gathering while being vaccinated/unvaccinated). Just this past week I met around 10 new #MiamiTech folks after a new friend, Michael Sayman, tweeted that he was hosting a #MiamiTech meetup at The Wharf (PHOTO ABOVE). So, have no fear! Here are some of my favorite events happening this week:
Something’s brewing in the Grove this Wednesday!
I may (or may not) have heard that Mayor Francis Suarez’s office is brewing (wink wink) something special for our unofficial “Miami Tech Week” in Coconut Grove. Definitely follow Saif Ishoof and Mayor Francis Suarez on Twitter for the exclusive.
#MiamiTech Meetup and Happy Hour
WHERE: Lagniappe | When: Weds. April 28th @6:30pm
Local community builders and long-time Miami residents Chris Adamo and Natalia Martinez-Kalinina will be hosting their bi-weekly Miami Tech meetup. The event typically attracts
a dynamic range of startup founders, investors and community leaders. This week will be PACKED - so get there early. No RSVP’d required.
Due to popular demand, a second location has been added -- La Tropical brewery.
WHERE: Meet at 200 Crandon BLVD | When: Thurs. April 29th @7am
The #MTL crew is hosting a TechWeek edition of their popular weekly bike ride on Thursday morning at 7am. Don’t forget to BYOB (bring your own bike).
WHERE: Riverside (Brickell) | When: Thurs. April 29th @7pm
The Shrimp Society is a local collective for under 30 entrepreneurs. They’ll be hosting a networking happy hour at Riverside. The Shrimp Society is curated by local founder and community builder, Chris Daniels. [RSVP HERE]
The #MiamiTech community is super welcoming! I’ve personally spent the past couple of weeks connecting with founders and investors who are moving to the region or trying to learn more about the ecosystem. You can literally connect with anyone here, in a heartbeat. Don’t forget to check out our Refresh Miami - Welcome Guide. Whether you’re here this week, next month or next year - Miami is the place to be!
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