Technology & Innovation

During the last few years Miami’s reputation as an innovation hub has soared.  Miami was identified as the number one city for startups in the US, according to the Kaufman Foundation in 2017.  The rise of the region as a center for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship is an integral part of long-term success. Without continual growth in this crucial arena, our economic engine will falter. The Chamber’s Technology & Innovation Committee is helping to literally drive our region’s long-term success.


The Technology & Innovation Committee creates forums for discussion of technology related topics relevant to the local business community and the region. Topics include 5G, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Data & Analytics, AI, Robotics and Cloud, as well as helping bring to light emerging technologies that will support our community’s growth. 


  • To create a networking environment that adds value to committee members, the technology industry and business community. 
  • To be a catalyst of the Greater Miami technology and innovation ecosystem through meetings, networking opportunities and specific initiatives
  • Provide programming that is relevant, interesting and informative to a diverse group of stakeholders

Committee Membership
Participation in the Technology & Innovation Committee  is open to all Greater Miami Chamber members who have interests or concerns related to all facets of the region’s growing technology infrastructure. Committee members include technology companies, incubators, related businesses, industry professionals and technology stakeholders.

The Technology and Innovation Committee is led by a Committee Chair and Vice Chair, who are elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term. The Committee Chair is responsible for the effective functioning of the Technology and Innovation Committee and ensuring its goals and activities are aligned with the committee’s mission and objectives.  


Jessica Fernandez Ibarra


Jessica Fernandez Ibarra
Government Affairs Manager
Crown Castle

Mike Ascencio

Vice Chair

Mike Ascencio
Program Director/ MS Curriculum, Cybersecurity
Florida International University

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