The 9th edition of one of the most important tech gatherings in the region​ ​took place last january

About the event

Punta Tech Meetup (PTM) is one of the most important tech gatherings in the region, where technology leaders from Latin America and the world come together every year. Punta del Este provides the ideal natural setting for entrepreneurs, investors and business executives to meet and share their ideas and projects, and do business together. The spirit of the event is to foster the meeting of key stakeholders in the world of technology and business so that they can exchange ideas and strengthen their connections in one of the main seaside resorts in the region. Connecting people and promoting good business opportunities are the essential factors that guide the spirit of this event.


Marvin Liao

Marvin is a Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups. He runs the SF-based accelerator program and invests in Seed stage startups. He invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Mobile, AdTech/MarketingTech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Fintech startups.

Formerly an experienced client-facing senior executive in media and technology in both large and startup growth companies. He has managed large multifunctional teams across multiple countries. He has P&L management experience and most recently was responsible for the 100% YoY revenue growth while running a business unit and building new sales channels in EMEA & the Emerging Markets regions for the last 4 years at Yahoo!.

A 10.5 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Marvin has held roles in various departments: Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing. Most of his work has involved regional or global management roles, giving him extensive experience across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States in his career at the company.

Marvin presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe. Marvin is a frequent speaker at many Digital Marketing & Startup Conferences.

A longtime fan, participant, and observer of the digital revolution of the last 15+ years across the world, he is interested in opportunities with large and small top growth companies, with a focus on driving monetization and expanding into new international markets.

Rami Efrati​

​E​xpert in Cyber Technology Strategic Methods, is the founder and CEO of Firmitas - Cyber Defenset Technology Solutions for Critical Infrastructure.

Prior to his current position, he was the head of the Civilian Division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the PMO.

Rami has served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than twenty eight years. He commanded numerous prestigious operational and technological positions in Military Intelligence.

He also has 16 years of civilian experience and has been involved in entrepreneurial activities with both start-up and established companies in the Cyber-Security, High Tech and Bio-Technology sectors.

Mauro Flores

Cyber Security service leader at Deloitte Uruguay and regional PKI leader. He is a member of the Deloitte Blockchain and Crypto Currency Community (DBC3), which focuses on the analysis and investigation of Blockchain technologies and its applications. OWASP Uruguay leader and APWG member.

In 2016 he presented “Blockchain and disruptive models” at the 2nd Latin American Congress on Financial Education and Inclusion and at FELABN Peru.

He has led over 100 ethical hackings (Penetration Tests) to sensitive services and infrastructure exposed on the Internet. He also leads several Firewalls reviews, system hardening configuration, intrusion detectors and forensics analysis.

He has taken part in development projects for sensitive applications and security R&D for companies in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. He has led several projects on the definition of Cybersecurity Strategy, policies and security processes.

As the leader of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Uruguay chapter, he has organized international events in our country, and has been a guest speaker at different OAS conferences, with the objective of coordinating efforts to combat cybercrime and cyberfraud in the region.








About the founders

This story begins in 2009 when Punta Tech Meetup, the realization of a common vision, brought together three leading Uruguayan entrepreneurs: Pablo Brenner, Sergio Fogel and Ariel Pfeffer. What started as a casual gathering of industry leaders who were vacationing in Punta del Este became a privileged space for relaxation and business opportunities. This was made possible by the ever-growing number of participants. Punta Tech Meetup has been organized by Lucero Comunicación y Producción since 2010.

Pablo Brenner

Sergio Fogel

Ariel Pfeffer