Miami Wants to Be the Next Big Start-Up City

A look at how the city has become a center for tech, design, and innovation

Miami is on a mission to become an international tech hub and a host of entrepreneurs -- from rookie startup founders to established CEOs -- will tell you it has a shot. Last month Atlantic LIVE and The Atlantic Cities, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, brought a host of experts in business, tech, and urban planning together for a conference, Start-Up City: Miami, to discuss exactly that.

In the video above, we hear perspectives from conference speakers and travel to the colorful Wynwood arts district to visit the LAB Miami, a new coworking space in a 10,000-square foot warehouse. The city's creative class is thriving, Emily Badger writes, thanks in part to the symbiotic evolution of its art and tech scenes. "The idea is that artists from Miami’s deep-rooted cultural scene might rub elbows here with tech entrepreneurs, " Badger explains. "The LAB has been trying to achieve just the right mix of designers and developers, hackers and painters, architects and graphic artists."

Everyone we spoke with oozed enthusiasm for the seaside city and the opportunities there. Basking in breezy, 85-degree weather and endless sunshine, we were sorely tempted to cancel our return flights -- maybe even create an Atlantic satellite office in Wynwood. 

The video above features music by the hyper-talented Alan Wilkis and satellite imagery from Google Earth. It was produced by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, with thanks to Emma Green, Emily Badger, and the LAB Miami.  

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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