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Best Moments at Hispanicize 2016

By: Silvia Martinez

Going to Hispanicize for the 5th year in a row, I might have reasonably wondered, “How could they top last year?” But once again it was the best ever!

One of the great joys of going to Miami each year is the diversity of the event. One never knows who you are going to meet or what you are going to learn. Did you go this year?

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If not, I’ll share with you, like I did last year, my favorite moments from Hispanicize 2016, in hopes you’ll join us next year.

¡DiMe! Summit

Starting off the week with the very first ¡DiMe! Summit was like fresh air! It looked beautiful, delivered important information, inspired attendees and helped connect us with friends and colleagues in a more personal setting.

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¡DiMe! Summit was designed so that the workshops and panels offered something for everybody in just one day. If you wanted to know more about photography and styling, there was a workshop for that; if you wanted to know how to make videos like a boss, the fun, and very talented Eddie G. delivered a very practical workshop, including tips and tricks, about that.

DiMe Speakers

There were panels and talks on interesting topics including the art of the pitch, the power of pinning, mastering Instagram, setting rates & knowing your worth, broadcasting live, collaborating with influencers, getting published, and much more!

DiMe Carol Daughter

We were inspired by Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter; Julissa Arce, writer and social justice advocate; Ted Murphy, founder and CEO of Izea; and Cameka Smith, founder of the Boss Network, among others.

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And we ate yummy desserts courtesy of Nestle’s La Lechera.

La Lechera

Learning Opportunities

This year I spoke as a panelist. My friends and colleagues Kathy Cano-Murillo-Crafty Chica, Caryn Bailey-Rockin Mama and I-Mama Latina Tips enjoyed a two hour conversation with other influencers sharing practical information for taking platforms to the next level. I learned so much from everyone and hope they learned some from me, too.

Thank you to Alex Tabar for taking this picture.

One of the best sessions so far! “Take your influencer platform to the next level” #Hispz16 #Hispanicize16

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This year, I  learned about the popularity of Snapchat and how influencers can use it to grow. I learned about both new and old video platforms and the importance of engagement, among many other things.

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There were so many opportunities to learn, that I want to invite you to check out the schedule here to get an idea of just how many for yourself.

Connecting with Brands

The conference was great for networking with brands and enjoying fun and interesting events:

Creating terrariums with Home Depot

Home Depot Collage

Eating rico, and making yogurt and cereal parfaits with Que Rica Vida!

Que Rica Vida

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Celebrating the Corolla’s 50th anniversary with Toyota and drawing our travel experiences right on top of the car.

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Enjoying a screening of the brand new Disney movie The Jungle Book in 3D, and taking pictures with Bagheera.

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Relaxing under the moonlight with friends while enjoying a good book with an Amazon Kindle.

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And visiting booths to learn more about favorite brands while participating in contests and other fun opportunities.

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Meeting Celebrities

Mingling with folks from diverse backgrounds including television, movies, radio, music, blogs, digital media, means you can run into all kinds of interesting people.

Here are just three celebrities I had the chance to meet.

Lizzie Velasquez. Inspiring, funny, and a true role model of positivity.

Lizzie

And bb8! It’s not every day you have the chance to meet a big movie star your kids have heard of!

Star Wars

Chiquinquirá Delgado, breathtakingly beautiful and very kind and generous!

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Finding Inspiration

I always find inspiration at Hispanicize. I love seeing what other creators, influencers and social activist do every day to help others grow. This spirit is always recognized at Hispanicize during two special events.

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The Positive Impact Awards

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, founder of Dreamers Roadmap, Rebecca García founder of CoderDojo, Doniece Sandoval, founder of Lava Mae and Veronica Herrera, philanthropist and University professor were recognized at the elegant Positive Impact Awards dinner for outstanding work in their communities.

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The Tecla Awards

Another event recognizing excellence in Latino blogging, micro-blogging, video, social media and digital marketing were the fun and dynamic Tecla Awards.

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What do you think? Have I convinced you to come next year?

See you there!