Today, eMerge Americas hosted an eMerging Leaders Breakfast to kick off what is being touted as the hottest tech event scheduled for May 2 through May 6, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The breakfast consisted of a panel of industry leaders including Jorge Plasencia of Republica, Carlos Garcia of Nobox, and Matt Haggman of the Knight Foundation, all who provided insight on the emergence of Miami in the tech industry. The panel was moderated by Derrick Ashong of Fusion.  Special presentations were made by Manny Medina of Medina Capital and Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull.  The tech convention is estimated to have at least 5,000 attendees, 100+ speakers, panels and workshops.  Sponsors already include industry giants like IBM, Verizon Terremark, FPL, XOMO, Miami Innovation Center and Verifone among others.

The convention will not only highlight Miami as the tech center of the Americas but is an opportunity to meet the cutting-edge start-ups, innovative technologists and influential thought leaders who are transforming industries and communities.  The convention will include a Mayoral Innovation Summit with 50 of the most influential mayors in America, an eMerge Hackathon Challenge with a $100,000 prize and a Center Stage that will allow entrepreneurs to connect and explore the transformation of the industry.  The convention, a first for Miami, is anticipated to be a yearly conference and cement Miami as a tech leader like its counterparts on the West Coast of the United States.