Media Party Miami 2016

Innovation for Results: Virtual Reality, Animation & Design

April 1st & 2nd, 2016

Media Party Miami 2016


Based on the successful annual Media Party Buenos Aires, and 2015’s inaugural Media Party Miami, Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication , FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Hacks/Hackers Miami are proud to present Media Party Miami from April 1-2, 2016. This two-day event will feature insightful panels on media innovation and hands-on learning with leaders in U.S. and Latin American media. Media Party Miami will be the premiere showcase of digital innovation within Latin American and Hispanic media in the U.S., as well as an opportunity to share best practices among students and professionals in the U.S. and Latin America. Our goal is skill-building, cross-pollination and transnational bridge-building across the hemisphere. FIU-CARTA-SJMC offers its students forward-thinking education tied to cutting-edge media and technology innovation, and Media Party Miami is one example of it.  Join us on Friday, April 1 at the The LAB Miami in Wynwood for a day of talks, workshops and networking with media leaders across the U.S. and Latin America who are innovating for digital audiences. On Saturday, April 2, join us at The LAB for a hands-on hack day for learning and skill-sharing with experts in new media technologies and tools.
Media Party Miami


Latin American Innovators

  • Mariano Blejman: HacksLabs/Media Factory, Buenos Aires
  • Homero Hinojosa: Journalist, Consultant and Coach, Mexico, DF
  • Miguel Paz: Professor @CUNYJSchool, founder Poderaoedia
  • Daniela Pinheiro: Revista Piaui, Brazil
  • Andres Snitcofsky: Cargografias, Lead Developer, HacksLabs
  • Nuno Vargas: Designer, JSK Stanford Fellow ’13, Portugal
  • Lope Gutierrezand Matilde Suescun: Former JSK Fellows

US Innovators

  • Robert Hernandez: Professor,  Digital Journalism, USC
  • Dan Archer: and former JSK Fellow, New York
  • Rebecca Monson: Founder, New Tropic, Miami
  • Susan Jacobson: Assistant Professor, SJMC, FIU
  • Juliet Pinto: Associate Professor, SJMC, FIU
  • Tiffany Troxler: Research Faculty, SERC, FIU
  • Miguel Costa, Kit Cross, Olman Hernandez, Pedro Alvarez, Angelica Baini, Rafael Fernandez: Fusion Interactive, Miami
  • Ricardo MesquitaCEO of The LAB Miami

Media Party Program

Friday, April 1, 2016 

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks
Brian Schriner, Dean, College of Architecture + The Arts
Frank Mora, Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
Chris Barr, John L. and James S. Knight Foundation
Mariano Blejman, Founder, Media Party


9:20 – 10:00 a.m.
Data Journalism: International Center for Journalists
Mariana Santos, Mariano Blejman, Miguel Paz; Moderator: Elisa Tinsley

10:00 – 10:25 a.m.
The Truthful Art: Data Visualization 
Alberto Cairo

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Immersive Journalism
Robert Hernandez, Professor, Digital Journalism, University of Southern California

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Snack break

11:20 – 12:00 noon
Virtual Reality with 360 film
Olman Hernandez, Fusion

Unity and 3D Interactive Storytelling for VR Journalism
Dan Archer, and former JSK Fellow

Animation for News Storytelling
Pedro Alvarez & Angelica Baini, Fusion

Lunch & Media Fair

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
The Entrepreneurs Series

2.30 – 3.00 p.m.
Start-up NewTropic
Rebecca Monson, New Tropic

3:00 -3:45 p.m.
JSK Entrepreneurship and Media: A Conversation with Former and Recent JSK Fellows
Lope Gutierrez, Daniela Pinheiro and Matilde Suescun, Nuno Vargas

3:50 – 5:00 p.m.
Covering Latin America for Millennials in the US
Rafael Fernandez, Fusion

How to Capture and Maintain Millennials with Technology and More
Homero Hinojosa, Journalist, consultant and coach, Mexico

Technology from the Cuban Perspective: Obstacles and Successes

‘This American Life’ Gone Latin!
Luis Trelles, Radio Ambulante

The Power of Community in Media and Technology
Yamila Garcia

5:00 – 5:10 p.m.
Coffee break

5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Miami Sea Level Rise, FIU
Tiffany Troxler, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center
Susan Jacobson, Sea Level Rise Toolbox Kate MacMillin, “South Florida’s Rising Seas” Documentary Abel Fernandez, Producer, “South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact”  

Saturday, April 2, 2016 Agenda FL 33127

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Check-in & Breakfast


10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Andres Snitcofsky, Media Factory

Unity and 3D Interactive Storytelling for VR Journalism
Dan Archer

Design Thinking
Nuno Vargas, Former JSK, Portugal

Interactive Storytelling and Building Stories that Resonate
Miguel Costa, Fusion; Kit Cross, Fusion

WebVR Starter Kit – Virtual Reality for the Rest of Us
Dan Zajdband, Knight Mozilla Fellow

Media Fair

  • Alberto Cairo
  • Apretast
  • Cargografias
  • Chicas Poderosas
  • Empathic Media
  • FIU Sea Level Solution Center
  • Girl Develop IT 
  • ICFJ
  • IPG Media Brands
  • JSK Fellowships
  • Jurnid
  • Local Measure
  • Media Factory
  • The New Tropic
  • Open News
  • Rise News
  • Robert Hernandez
  • South Florida News Service
  • TECHcetera

Venue – The LAB Miami

The LAB Miami (400 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127) is a creative campus for entrepreneurs and innovators. The LAB converted a 10,000 sqft warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District into a collaborative work and event space. It is a collision point for Miami’s forward-thinking minds. Directions Parking:  There is metered parking around the building that uses a pay-by-cell phone method. There is a lot nearby that requires the use of an app called ParkJockey ( To use the lot, you must book a reservation on You may use your computer ahead of time, or you may download the app for Android or iOs. You may also use PayByPhone on some metered parking spaces near the Lab.


Space will be limited at this event!



Media Party Miami is led by the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), acting in partnership with the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Knight Foundation, Hacks/Hackers Miami, and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).



With more than 2,000 students, spread in five undergraduate majors and three graduate programs, FIU’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication is one of the largest journalism and mass communication schools or colleges in the country. One of only four accredited journalism and mass communication programs in Florida, and the only one in South Florida, it has charted new paths by hiring several multimedia/social media professors, creating a new undergraduate program in digital media and developing a digital media master’s program.

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Latin American & Caribbean Center

The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University was founded in 1979 to promote the study of Latin America and the Caribbean by forging linkages across the Americas through high quality education, research, and outreach designed to address the most urgent problems confronting the region. Located in Miami, “The Gateway to Latin America,” LACC constituents benefit from unique opportunities for engagement with the region. A US Department of Education-designated National Resource Center on Latin America, LACC is recognized as one of the top centers of its kind in the world.  For 33 years, LACC has proudly supported media training and enhanced news coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean through its annual Journalists & Editors Workshop.

International Center for Journalists

For more than 30 years, ICFJ has worked with more than 80,000 professional and citizen journalists and media managers from 180 countries. Their hands-on programs combine the best professional practices with new technologies. They believe that responsible journalism empowers citizens and holds governmen

Hacks/Hackers Miami

Hacks/Hackers Miami is a local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, an international grassroots effort for developers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. The group aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.


For more information about Media Party Miami, please contact Susan Jacobson or Phil Tucker.