Synapse Summit prepares to take over Amalie Arena Thursday

Thursday, February 17, might as well be known as Synapse Day in Tampa Bay.

With more than 150 speakers lined up, Amalie Arena will be packed with more than 300 exhibitors and the Synapse Summit expects more than 5,000 people in attendance.

In addition, Synapse says more than 800 accredited investors and venture capitalists will be at the summit.

Three levels of the Amalie Arena will be transformed into innovation exhibitions with more than 300 companies from startups to enterprises participating. Exhibitors will join from a variety of sectors such as blockchain, crypto, cybersecurity, defense technology, financial tech, wearables, robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more.

The arena floor is transformed into an immersive exhibition space, featuring hands-on experiences to connect with the latest in innovation.

Some of these experiences include Tampa General Hospital’s Patient Room of the Future and the University of South Florida’s Health’s virtual medical training experience.

Synapse will host the second Innovation Awards. Judges evaluated submissions from companies based on how they “pivoted” to provide innovative solutions to the problems they were built to solve.

Throughout the day Synapse will host more than 120 speakers on eight stages.

Keynote speakers include:

Felecia Hatcher, chief executive officer of Black Ambition, established by Pharrell Williams to provide funding to Black and Hispanic Founders, an entrepreneur and long-time leader in the Miami tech community founding organizations like The Center for Black Innovation and Black Tech Week.

Manny Medina, founder of Medina Capital and of eMerge Americas, and serial entrepreneur with expertise in cybersecurity, two of Manny’s companies went public in 2021.

Cathy Hackl, CEO and chief metaverse officer for The Futures Intelligence Group, also known as the “Godmother of the Metaverse,” who is an internationally recognized expert on Web 3.0 and the transformative impact of the metaverse.

A full agenda and list of speakers can be found here.

There is still time to register. Tampa Bay Business and Wealth still has eight tickets to give away. If you’re interested in attending, email Jo-Lynn Brown at [email protected]. These will be given out first-come, first-serve.

To register, click here. 

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