Diversity Tech Leaders and Social Media Entrepreneurs Summit presented by Sprint -->
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A consortium of leading Latino and African American tech leaders and organizations are banding together for the launch of the first annual Diversity Tech Leaders and Social Media Entrepreneurs Summit presented by Sprint at Hispanicize 2013 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the fourth annual Latino trends event set for April 9-13 at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach.
Slated for April 9(th), the first day of Hispanicize 2013, the Diversity Tech Leaders Summit is presented by Sprint and being organized in partnership with the Latinos in Science and Technology Association (LISTA), the Latino Start Up Alliance and Silicon Valley Latino. Part TedX and part "Shark Tank" the summit will highlight some of the lesser-known business stories of diverse tech and social media entrepreneurs who are making their marks in digital media, apps and more.
"Sprint is honored to partner with Hispanicize in supporting diverse and emerging leaders who are harnessing technology to move industries and communities forward," said Hector Galvan, Sprint Hispanic Corporate Media Relations Manager.
"Silicon Valley lacks diversity but through this summit powered by Sprint we're going to demonstrate that when given the platform and opportunity there are plenty of Latino and African American entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building technology, web and social media-based ventures," said Manny Ruiz (@MannyRuiz), founder and creative director of Hispanicize 2013. "Given that Hispanicize is already a magnate for tech and social media entrepreneurs this is the natural meeting place to showcase the diverse stories developing outside Silicon Valley in places like Chicago, New York or even Miami Beach. This is going to be a fun, engaging program for entrepreneurs, bloggers and even journalists that are themselves considering the plunge into social media entrepreneurship."
SUMMIT SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
The summit will launch with a keynote address by one of the most respected Hispanic tech leaders today, Rafael Urbina, CEO of Batanga Network. Urbina will present a talk about the hard earned lessons that he and his company have learned since launching in 1999, a 14-year span of innovation that has included raising capital, creating technologies, merging companies and ultimately acquiring other businesses.
Urbina's address will be followed by a round robin of entrepreneur stories and inspirational talks of 10 minutes each on themes like creativity, finding the right investors, learning from failures and more topics that that are part and parcel of being in business in an increasingly digital-minded world.
Sharing their stories of tech successes and failures will also be Felicia Hatcher, author of How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget and the Chief Popsicle of Feverish Ice Cream & Gourmet Pops, Jesse Martinez, founder of the Latino Start Up Alliance founder, Laura Gomez, former lead of Twitter's Latino outreach, Lamar Tyler of Tyler New Media and Black and Married with Kids, Jose Marquez, executive director of Latinos in Science and Technology Association (LISTA), Jewel Figueras of Jewel's Fab Life, among others.
HISPANICIZE DISRUPT COMPETITION
The summit will culminate with a "Shark Tank"-style Web video competition for $1,000 called Hispanicize Disrupt.
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