MIAMI, FL – February 14, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – For better and for worse, virtual reality and augmented reality are finally here and the world as we know it will never be the same.

In a major coup, Hispanicize 2017 will lead the multicultural communications industry forward this April 4 with a major town hall that will feature some of the world’s leading authorities on virtual reality and augmented reality, including: Nonny de la Peña, the “Godmother of VR” and Founder of Emblematic Group and Evelyn Miralles, Principal Engineer and lead VR innovator for NASA’s Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab).

Titled “Welcome to the Virtual Revolution! How Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Will Change Our World”, the interactive town hall will also feature thought leaders Abi Mandelbaum, CEO of YouVisit; Michael Ibrahim, Director of Innovation Products at Media Labs; NBCUniversal Borja Perez, SVP Digital & Social Media at NBCUniversal; and Cathy Hackl, Founder of Latinos in VR/AR and CCO of Future Lighthouse.

“VR and AR are going to disrupt how brands, journalists, creators and entertainers engage, perceive and communicate so this town hall with global authorities who are literally changing the world is arguably the single most important session we’ve possibly ever presented at Hispanicize,” said Manny Ruiz, CEO of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns the Hispanicize event. “This year we’re going all in into VR and AR and it’s going to be very impactful.”

As part of the event’s deep dive into virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video, Hispanicize 2017 will also feature a keynote at the Hispanicize CMO Summit by Miralles, a large virtual reality lounge, an early U.S. Hispanic-focused case study presented by Telemundo for its telenovela “El Chema” as well as three days of drone video and 360-video trainings.

Hispanicize 2017 Week will feature more than 200+ speakers in 100+ sessions, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also includes the 2nd annual DiMe Summit, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards gala and the 3rd annual Tecla Awards. See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2017 here: (See the Hispanicize 2016 recap video here:

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship information for yacht party are available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Best Western, AARP, KOA, CNN, CNN Español, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Alma, República, C-Com Group,, APC Collective, BodenPR,, Visit Philly and SaludMóvil.

Additional media partners include: Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Black Enterprise, Media Moves and iBlog Magazine.

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.
The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).