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Hacks/Hackers Connect is a global launchpad event series for growing media entrepreneurs.

It lands at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, in Miami on May 13 & 14.

Connect Miami is for creative, engaged and passionate media and technology professionals looking to innovate, disrupt and build. This intimate event will feature cutting-edge innovators in virtual reality, streaming video, data storytelling, lean startup culture, and much more. Think of it as summer camp for the region's top media and tech talent. Let's connect!

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Hacks/Hackers Connect, Miami, May 13-14


Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

Registration Information

Type End Quantity
I am a Reporter or Editor
If you work in a newsroom in a non-technical capacity, this is you!
Ended Free  
I am a Software Engineer / Newsroom Developer
If the primary focus of your work is technical, this is the ticket for you!
Ended Free  
I am a Designer (Graphic, Infographics, DataVis, UX, UI)
If the focus of your work is primarily design, this is probably you!
Ended Free  
I am an Entrepreneur / Intrapreneur / Founder / Product Manager
Have a startup idea? Working on a startup inside another company? Launched a startup? Product is your life? This ticket is for you.
Ended Free  
I work in Business Development / Marketing / Finance / Analytics
Do you live and breathe sales & marketing? Know your CPM from your CPC? Driving traffic is your obsession? This ticket is for you!
Ended Free  
Other Ended Free  
Please register only one ticket, and only for a ticket type that matches your experience. If your ticket type is sold out, please contact us to be put on the waitlist.
Ended Free  

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Event Details

Hacks/Hackers Connect is a global launchpad event series for growing media entrepreneurs and technologists.

It lands at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College on May 13 & 14.

Hacks/Hackers has brought thousands of journalists and technologists around the world together over the past five years, united in a belief that we need to work together to build the future of media. Now, we're launching a series of global events to seed new media ventures, grow deeper connections within the community and attract new collaborators.

Connect is built on a belief that the information ecosystem of tomorrow will be heavily influenced by entrepreneurial and upstart activities: new experimental products in market, new risk-taking enterprises, and never-attempted-before civic undertakings. Read more about our vision on Medium.

The Miami event will also tackle innovation throughout the digital space in journalism - virtual reality, data journalism and product management, just to name a few!


Friday, May 13, 4:30PM - 9:30PM
Saturday, May 14, 8:30AM - 7:00PM


Dan Grech, OfferCraft
Rebekah Monson, The New Tropic
Rachel Schallom, Fusion

Event producers: Phillip Smith, Christine Johnson, Ashley McCorriston, and Burt Herman

Link to parking garages w/locations and prices.
Plan your trip using public transit, including free Metromover service. If you take the Metromover, your stop will be College/Bayside Station.

Friday, May 13th

4:30pm -5:00pm:
Registration opens (Lobby)
5:00pm - 6:15pm:
Networking reception with light bites and drinks
6:15pm - 6:30pm:
Welcome and what to expect
6:30pm - 7:15pm:
Jumping on the Game Bandwagon: Top Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
hosted by Clay Ewing and Lien Tran, Assistant Professors,
University of Miami
7:30pm - 8:15pm:
Connect Q&A with Jennifer Brandel, Co-Founder, Hearken
8:30pm - 9:15pm:
Media Startup Demos (Lobby)
9:15pm - 9:30pm:
Thank you and what’s ahead tomorrow (Lobby)

Saturday, May 14th

8:30am - 9:30am:
Registration opens, continental breakfast served

Watch & Learn: Startup Angel Coaching
hosted by Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation (Create Room)
*Drop-in and observe investors coach vetted startups at anytime. This is a live session.
9:30am - 9:45am:
Welcome and introduction
9:45am - 10:30am:
Connect Q&A w/Hillary Frey, Co-Chief Creative Officer, Matter Studios (Main Room)
10:45am - 11:30am:
Local Startup and entrepreneurship panel 

Rebekah Monson, Co-Founder, The New Tropic; Ben Wolford, Founder, Latterly Magazine; Felecia Hatcher, Founder, Code Fever and Black Tech Week (Main Room)
Data Journalism Showcase
hosted by
Nathaniel Lash, Data Journalists for Tampa Bay Times (Conference Room aka Fish Bowl)
1:45am - 12:45pm:

Lunch and Connect Q&A w/Edward Rodriguez, Vice President of Americas Marketing, Citrix (Main Room)

1:00pm - 1:45pm:
Innovation within legacy media organizations panel
Ruth Spencer, Deputy Features Editor, Guardian News and Media; Eli Murray, Data Journalist, Tampa Bay Times; David Schutz, Design Director, Sun Sentinel; Adrian Ruhi, Online Producer, Miami Herald (Main Room)
Visual Storytelling
hosted by Alex de Carvalho, Founder, Visual Storytelling Institute  (Create Room)

2:00pm - 4:45pm
Mentor Session Room Open (Conference Room aka Fish Bowl)
*Advance sign-up required. Information will be sent to registrants.

2:00pm - 2:45pm:
From Prototype to Production
hosted by Dave Stanton, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Process, Tools and IP, Mobiquity, Inc. (Main Room)
Reaching Bilingual Audiences
, hosted by Ronny Rojas, Data Editor, Univision
(Create Room)

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Designing  for Worldview,
hosted by Emi Kolawole, Senior Media Designer, Media Experiments
Project at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (Main Room)

Branding Exercises
facilitated by Miranda Mulligan,  Digital Strategist, News Design
Veteran, Consultant (Create)
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Virtual Reality and Innovation in Video
hosted by Olman Hernandez, Video
Producer, and Anna Sterling, Journalist at Fusion (Main Room)
Product Management Best Practices
hosted by Daniela Stepensky, Director,
Product Management,  Fusion (Create Room)
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Happy Hour + Speed Networking
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Connect Q&A w/Bharat Krish CEO, Takt Digital (Main Room)
6:45pm - 7:00pm:
Thank You and Goodnight

7:00pm - 10:00pm:
Closing Party. Register for Connect to learn more!


Connect is made possible through a partnership with Google News Lab.

We are very grateful to have amazing local and international industry partners helping to make Connect a success, including Betabook, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, Matter Ventures, Medill University’s Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, Wantoo, The Public Society, and The Idea Center at Miami Dade College.

Have questions about Hacks/Hackers Connect, Miami, May 13-14? Contact Hacks/Hackers
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When & Where

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
315 N.E. Second Ave
Building 8, 5th Floor
Miami, Florida 33132

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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