Miami Dade College Co-Presents Demand Solutions, Convening Top Innovators from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean

Miami, Oct. 4, 2017 – Miami Dade College (MDC), in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will host Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Presentations will be held in either English or Spanish with translations available. This event is free and open to the public with registration.

The conference brings together the most creative minds in the world to discuss and share innovative solutions to address developmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prominent speakers include Natasha Tsakos, Florida-based conceptual director, interactive designer, and motion and visual performance artist from Geneva, Switzerland; Felipe Pimiento, COO of Magnus Media; Grace Ramirez, Miami-born chef raised in Venezuela; Angie Cohen, DesignLab Miami founder; Franz Fredudenthal, Bolivian physician, inventor and philanthropist whose work has been focused on treating infants with heart problems.

In addition, 13 startups from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean will showcase their solutions for improving lives at the Startups Competition. They were selected from 300 applicants, from 27 countries and will also participate in two days of activities with mentors, entrepreneurs and investors.

Since its creation in 2013, Demand Solutions has convened more than 7,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and thinkers from more than 30 countries on four continents.

WHAT:    MDC and IDB Present Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives

WHEN:    Thursday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:  MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Building 1, Room 1261 (second floor)

300 N.E. Second Ave.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest, campus-based institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of top national awards.    As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It houses the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, the Idea Center, the School of Advance Studies, the New World School of the Arts, to name a few.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $6 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry.   MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, a sculpture park and a large art gallery system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960.   For more information, visit

About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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