The 2021 Synapse Summit highlights innovation from across Florida, with a strong focus on the Orlando region’s tech assets and accomplishments.

Synapse Summit 2021 features four days of virtual, insightful and empowering discussions about the state of Innovation in Florida and beyond. The Orlando Tech Council is a proud sponsor of the event that will feature speakers including Shark Tank’s Daymond John and Cameo Co-Founder Steve Galanis as well as industry leaders and innovators from across the state.

The Tampa-based Synapse organization is a nonprofit that has a mission to connect “entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders to accelerate success in Florida’s thriving economies.”

The four days of programming include 25 sessions that feature the Orlando region and the breadth of technological advances that have been born from our area. Within those sessions, five members of the Orlando Tech Council will be featured:

Jeff Lutes, SVP of Technology, Orlando Magic will discuss the power of UV with local CEO of Violet Defense, Terry Berland.

Kirstie McCool, executive director of Guidewell Innovation Center will discuss the building blocks of healthy communities with experts from across the state.

Lilian Myers, executive director of StarterStudio and chair-elect of the Orlando Tech Council will discuss activating early-stage tech investments in the state.

In a fireside chat presented by the Orlando Tech Council, Jason Eichenholz, founder and CEO of Luminar, and Adam Scheinberg, vice president of information technology at Massey Services will discuss Luminar’s technology and how Orlando companies are changing the world.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the Orlando region’s impact at the event. Including the aforementioned sessions, leaders and specialists from 12 Orlando Economic Partnership investors and Orlando Regional Chamber members will be featured in another 11 sessions, with even more Orlando-based companies and community partners rounding out the region’s presence.

The Partnership’s own Nisha Brice, associate director of programs and partnerships, and Phoebe Fleming, director of research, will discuss upskilling and the future of work.

All discussions featuring Orlando region-based speakers are listed below. Be sure to register for the event that begins Monday, March 8 at 9 a.m.

DateTimeTitleOrlando Region Company featured
Monday March 810:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Launching  a Florida CleanTech Startup with NASA TechnologyecoSpears
Monday, March 811:30 a.m. – noonOrlando 2050: Future Ready CityCity of Orlando
Monday, March 811:30 a.m. – noonHow Innovative Tech Solutions Can Revolutionize The Pandemic ResponseAdventHealth and Full Sail University
Tuesday, March 99:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.2021 and Beyond – the Growing Demand for Highly Skilled Cybersecurity ProfessionalsFull Sail University and Aspect Software
Tuesday, March 9  12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.The Nexus of Space and Cyber: Space Florida & Cyber FloridaSpace Florida, Cyber Florida and Enterprise Florida
Tuesday, March 93 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Transforming the Future of Space InfrastructureSpace Florida
Wednesday, March 109 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Upsurge Florida – Activating Early-Stage Tech Investments to Create a More Diverse Florida EconomyStarterStudio and Upsurge Florida
Wednesday, March 109:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.The Value and Impact of Esports Across Central FloridaFull Sail University, High Point Gamer
Wednesday, March 1010 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Meet Florida’s Leading InvestorsArsenal Growth  
Wednesday, March 1010 a.m. – 11 a.m.UpSkill Orlando: Prepare for the Future of Work and Attract the Right TalentOrlando Economic Partnership
Wednesday, March 1011:30 a.m. – noonIs Florida Ready for Early-Stage Tech Investing?Kirenaga
Wednesday, March 1011:30 a.m. – noonEveryday Play: How Game Designers Can Save the World302 Interactive
Wednesday, March 101 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Getting Back to Business with the Power of UVOrlando Magic, Violet Defense
Wednesday, March 101:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.Cultivating Culinary Innovation: Growing from Kitchen to MarketPublix
Thursday, March 119 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.Innovation for Better Health: Connecting Drivers of HealthFlorida Blue
Thursday, March 119 a.m. – 10 a.m.Why Not Change The World? The Creation of Life-Changing Technologies in Orlando  Luminar, Massey Services
Thursday, March 119:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.Made in Florida: The Manufacturing Supply Chain and Its ResourcesBRIDG, Florida Makes, Custom Metal Designs
Thursday, March 11  10 a.m. – 11 a.m.Beyond Healthcare: Transforming Mental Health, Food Security and Health Equity across FloridaFlorida Blue, Project Opioid, LIFT Orlando
Thursday, March 1110 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Leading Tech and Innovation in EducationFull Sail University
Thursday, March 1110:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Energy Independent Self-Driving Vehicles for Florida’s Retirement Communities and Recreational ParksFlorida Polytechnic University
Thursday, March 11  11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Building Blocks of Healthy Communities: Social Innovators that are Leading the WayGuidewell Innovation Center
Thursday, March 111:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Why So Few? Cracking the Code to Close the Tech Gender GapTech Sassy Girlz
Thursday, March 113 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Censys in Flight: How the Demand for Data is Driving the Drone MarketKirenaga
Thursday, March 113 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.Fleet Farming: Ending Food Insecurity One Garden at a TimeFleet Farming
Thursday, March 113:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.Supersonic Sustainable Flight – Built in Florida – is ComingAerion Supersonic Synapse