Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred?

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, technologists and executives come to South Florida May 5 and 6 for the first eMerge Americas technology summit. The conference aims to highlight Miami's growing tech prowess.

The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.

WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”

Is the region gathering the ingredients to lay claim as a tech hot spot?  Can South Florida boast of having some tech cred in the global race to host technology start-ups?

Two years ago Manny Medina, fresh off selling Terremark to Verizon for $1.4 billion, took to a stage at Jungle Island and told the technology elite gathered that "Miami doesn’t have tech."  It was quite the judgment coming from someone who was being honored that day as a technology trailblazer in South Florida.

That spring day was also the first time Medina spoke publicly about his effort to bring the global technology industry to Miami.  Today, it is a reality with the first eMerge Americas summit underway at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Join our conversation on Twitter @WLRN at 9 a.m. Monday, May 5. Just don’t call Miami "Silicon Beach."