MC2 Tech Summit Reaches Out to Caribbean-based Entrepreneurs
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Entrepreneurs and technology thought leaders from the Caribbean and beyond will converge on the Miami Design District in Miami on June 25, 2015 for the MC2 Summit. They will be collaborating on innovative solutions and explore new business opportunities that underscore how technology is empowering change.

The one-day summit, presented by Miami Caribbean Code and sponsored by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will host a series of strategic panel discussions focusing on mapping regional resources, providing education and creating visibility for business opportunities available in the technology sector of Miami and the Caribbean region. MC2 will invite tech leaders from the Caribbean region to participate in the summit, along with tech innovators from Miami and beyond.

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“MC2 is Miami Caribbean Code, an empowering ingenuity committed to fostering the bridge between Miami and the Caribbean region. MC2‘s approach is to provide resources and education to empower today’s tech innovators in the Southern Florida community and Caribbean region,” expresses Eveline Pierre in a press release. “Our vision is for entrepreneurs and innovators to achieve limitless technological advancements for future business success.”

MC2 is a platform that will provide tools, education and the necessary resources to help the Caribbean community – local to Miami and in the Caribbean region – take advantage of innovations in the tech industry. MC²’s initiatives will benefit the local Miami-based Caribbean community, as well as entrepreneurs and community leaders in the Caribbean.

Event organizer, Pierre, also recently launched the Women’s Tech Alliance and the 2015 Youth Technology Summit, which convened in May. The packed event welcomed more than 200 students to learn about programs, activities and careers in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields (or STEAM). This event provided hands-on activities, inspired and educated the tech-savvy youth on endless opportunities that the emerging tech field offers.

Invited speakers include among others former Prime Minister of Haiti and current presidential contender, Laurent Lamothe; Natalie Cofield, founding president of the Austin Black Technology Council; Tiffany Thacker, director of Business Attraction, Technology and Innovation for the Washington D.C. Economic Partnership; and Stephanie Pavolini, the manager of International Trade Development for Latin America & the Caribbean at Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. The first Caribbean Tech and Innovation Awards will follow the Summit that evening. The ceremony is also a fundraiser to benefit the Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) of Miami.


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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.