Gasparilla Interactive to feature disruptive stories and entrepreneurial inspiration

2016 Conference asks community to 'Find Your Inspiration'
(PR NewsChannel) / February 2, 2016 / TAMPA, Fla. 

2016-Gasparilla-Interactive-Poster-w600The Gasparilla Interactive Conference will feature product designers from Facebook and BuzzFeed, two Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 winners, two best selling authors with stories of disruptive ideas and entrepreneurial inspiration.

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Product designers Gabe Valdivia of Facebook and Alison Chefec of BuzzFeed will present on careers and organizational growth respectively as well as participate a discussion on information architecture moderated by Amy Espinosa organizer of Tampa’s World IA Day.

Entrepreneurial inspiration is prominent throughout the two days featuring Taylor Pearson, an entrepreneur and author of The End of Jobs; Jorge Brea, CEO of Symphonic Distribution and Phil Michaels of Tembo. rated The End of Jobs one of the Top Three ‘Start Your Own Business’ Books of 2015 and a Top 25 Business Book of 2015. Symphonic Distribution, a digital music distribution service, has  distributed over 300,000 releases of over 7,000 record labels and 15,000 artists around the globe and paid out over 8 million in royalties. Tembo educates children in slums around the world using mobile phones whose founders were recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurship.

Returning to the Gasparilla Interactive stage is Savannah Peterson, now director of innovation strategy, at Speck Design and a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and known voice in the hardware space.

List of presenters with more TBA:

  • Allison Chefec, Product Designer, BuzzFeed
  • Gabe Valdivia, Product Designer, Facebook
  • Savanna Peterson, Director of Innovation Strategy, Speck Design
  • Taylor Pearson, Author, End of Jobs
  • Alex Rodriguez, Author, Digital BACON
  • Richard Berman, Director, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and Visiting Social Entrepreneurship Professor, MUMA College of Business
  • Jorge Brea, CEO, Symphonic Distribution
  • Patricia Lawman, Founder/CEO, Morphogenesis
  • Phil Michaels, Founder/CEO, Tembo
  • Vincenzo Landino, CMO @52Creative

The conference will be held in Historic Ybor City on Thursday and Friday, March 10th and 11th 2016 at the Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City Campus, Mainstage Theatre and Performing Arts Building. Registration is open and $200 with discounts available through Community Partners such as the St Petersburg Greenhouse, One Million Cups, Tampa Bay WaVE, and Tampa Bay Startup Week.

To follow the latest news and updates for the 2016 Gasparilla Interactive Conference you can follow on the conference on Snapchat and Twitter @GasparillaIX and via the Gasparilla Interactive Facebook Page. The Conference hashtag is #GasparillaIX.

For more information please contact conference executive director, Vinny Tafuro via phone at , email at  or on Twitter @vinnytafuro.

About the Gasparilla Interactive Conference
The conference is a Florida non profit organization that was founded by the past presidents of the American Advertising Federation and Ad 2 Tampa Bay chapters. Proceeds from the conference will be used to create an endowment for scholarships, educational programing and economic development. The conference is a community event and is made possible through the collaboration of Tampa Bay’s public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions.

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