Miami's CTO Roundtable

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This time last year, develop wrote a blog about why Miami is a thriving tech hub. And today, that hasn’t changed. Starting in 2020 with a simple tweet from Miami’s Mayor, Mayor Francis Suarez, the city has seen significant growth ever since. 

It’s evident that the city has remained true to it’s promise, and today we’re looking beyond the reasons for Miami’s rise in the tech industry. 

In September, Joey, Zack and I, hosted a roundtable with CTOs and Tech Leaders from various parts of the US, to discuss various issues that are important to businesses and the tech community. We discussed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), culture versus growth, adopting new tech and the challenges faced in their respective industries.

The evening was enlightening and inspiring, providing valuable insights and lessons for all involved.

I’ve written a blog that explores some of the key takeaways and insights from our first roundtable.

The roundtable was an opportunity for people to connect and openly discuss challenges they experienced. From navigating the ever-shifting landscape to managing talent pipeline, everyone shared their experiences and found common ground in sharing and addressing similar challenges. The value of an open dialogue and networking cannot be overstated, particularly in an industry that is constantly evolving and adapting to new trends and technologies.

Partnerships can come from anywhere. One of the most exciting parts of our roundtable was the collaboration between companies, and the potential partnership opportunities that were emerging. 

Since the event, across all attendees $3million in partnerships have been secured – if this isn’t testament to the power of networking we don’t know what is. 

We all know the importance of representation in the workplace, and the tech industry is one where there is a need for greater diversity. Everyone at the roundtable discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion, and how DEI has a positive impact on their teams performance and company culture. 

According to a recent report, companies with a more diverse workforce are more likely to outperform less diverse companies. Our roundtable echoes this sentiment, stressing the importance of creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the communities they serve and the world.

Miami is looking for the best tech talent. The rising status that the city has as a tech hub is only increasing and the demand for Developers and Engineers is growing daily.  

One way to help overcome this skills gap and lack of diversity, is STEM education, workforce development and inclusive hiring practices that focus on more than a person’s training, skills and traditional career paths. 

develop has partnered with Tech She Can, a charity dedicated to increasing the number of women working in technology. We recognise the importance of investing in children and young people from an early age in order to help bridge the tech skills gap and pipeline issue faced globally today. 

Our first Miami roundtable was a huge success, where insights were gathered, lessons learned, and experiences shared. From the importance of networking to the positive impact of DEI to investments in STEM, the discussions were inspiring. 

2024 is going to be a big year, and we’re excited to be a part of it. 

In December, develop will be hosting our second roundtable for talent leaders. Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? Send me a message. Let’s chat. 

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