Miami Tech Conference SuperConf Aiding Local Developers and Designers
Miami, FL, United States (Honey Tree Holdings) – South Florida tech entrepreneurs John Bullard and Richard Grundy were sleepless this time last year. The duo are co-founders of Flomio, a startup that manufactures FloJack, a pocket-sized NFC (near field communication) reader that connects your iPhone or iPad to devices around it.
Flomio was one of the featured startups at last year’s SuperConf, the Miami web design and development conference. Bullard and Grundy were working around the clock for the release of the Flomio platform and revising their pitch deck for SuperConf.
Their preparation paid off. Bullard and Grundy were able to attract half a million in seed round funding for Flomio following SuperConf.
“The feedback we got at SuperConf made our pitch much stronger, much more coherent and much crisper,” said Bullard, a South Florida native. “It was really helpful.”
SuperConf is back this Thursday and Friday in downtown Miami. The event celebrates design, development and entrepreneurship and will feature a “Startup Blastoff” on Thursday where eight startups demo their products, competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The conference will spotlight speakers such as Neil Patel, co-founder of the web analytical tool KISSMetrics. SuperConf is organized by Auston Bunsen, Brian Breslin and Davide DiCillo and will also feature workshops allowing attendees to learn from “leading experts in design, development, lean startup methodologies and growth hacking,” according to the conference website.
SuperConf will also have social events like the Wahwah Bike and Beer Ride where attendees can pedal around the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood while listening to the same music, courtesy of the music service Senzari.
SuperConf is designed to accelerate the burgeoning South Florida tech and startup scene.
“We exist to serve the startup community with great content, good networking opportunities and inspiring stories,” said SuperConf co-organizer Bunsen. “We’re happy to exist as part of the eco-system, but it is definitely all of the founders, developers, marketers, salesman and designers that are the integral part [of the South Florida startup and tech scene].”
Bullard of Flomio is a little more rested for this year’s SuperConf and is looking forward to the educational possibilities as well as the networking.
“The speakers are great,” he said. “The workshops are fantastic. So I’m really looking forward to not only learning from all the formal presentations but swapping information and really giving serendipity a course with all the other attendees.”
Other South Florida entrepreneurs have had success at SuperConf. Will Weinraub is co-founder of Live Ninja, a video chat marketplace and monetization platform that was runner-up at last year’s showcase.
“Just having SuperConf as a launching pad did a lot of great things for us as a company,” he said. “It gave us some initial press and exposure. A lot of investors noticed us after SuperConf. It gave us a good entry into the community as a whole.”
Events like SuperConf are putting Miami and South Florida on the tech map.
“The Miami tech scene is growing,” Bullard observed. “I don’t think it’s quite at a level of a Seattle or an Austin just yet … but it’s got a lot of the ingredients and seeing what Auston is doing with SuperConf is a key piece of that because in order to build a really vibrant tech scene here, it has to be entrepreneur-driven.”
For more information on SuperConf, visit the website at www.superconf.co.
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