From left Matt Haggman sponsor from The Knight Foundation with co-founders Eveline Pierre and Serge Rodriguez

Miami Caribbean Code (MC2) hosted its inaugural Regional Tech Summit on June 25 in Miami, where technology leaders and innovators convened to discuss ways South Florida and the Caribbean can work together.

“There is tech talent in our community and in the Caribbean,” said Eveline Pierre, co-founder of Miami Caribbean Code. “Our goal at MC2 is to bring out the talent and work together as partners.”

Among the tech leaders and innovators on scene that helped co-founders Pierre and Serge Rodriguez make the Regional Tech Summit a success was Matt Haggman, program director of the Knight Foundation, who kicked off the event with opening remarks.

Attendees heard remarks from Brian Fonseca, Florida International University Director of Operations in Applied Research Center, and keynote speaker Natalie Cofield, president & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and founding president of the Black Technology Council.

“There is no time to level the playing field. We’ve been trying to level the playing field for a long time, and right now we need immediate wins in the digital space,” Cofield said during her speech A 21st Century Digital Renaissance: Leveling the Playing Field.”

Fonseca’s speech focused on ways Miami and the Caribbean can become regional partners and maximize on technology innovations.

MC2 also hosted a panel discussion about women in technology,which included Angelica Medina, Miami program manager of Girls Who Code, Tia Dubuisson, president of Belle Fleur Technologies, and Sandra Florvella-Pierre, founder of Haitian Businesses.

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