MARCH 18, 2020
5pm - 8pm
300 Spear Street San Francisco

Postponed to a later date

When Social Impact Intersects with Software Innovation:

Challenging the Common Understanding of Latin America

A Special Dinner Gathering


Join us for dinner and captivating conversation

The rise of Latin America as a source for software services and innovation has been an unexpected development. How could a region, so widely undervalued by large portions of American society, emerge to such a degree that over 40% of Fortune 1000 companies now source many of their digital initiatives through organizations based in Latin America?

The entire foundation of these relationships, between global businesses and technology innovators, is built on quality and outcomes. But these relationships also yield something that is not as easy to quantify: the transformative and life-altering impacts to local citizens and communities in Latin America. The momentum created by cross-border tech innovation is noteworthy and helps form the foundation of our special dinner event, organized by Nearshore Americas and Applaudo Studios. Held at the:


Award-Winning “Prospect” in the Financial District, San Francisco on Wednesday, March 18th

(5pm – Registration and Cocktails) 


Our gathering will aim to include the following benefits:

  • Learn how the cultivation of technology hubs and startup incubators is becoming an important component in re-shaping relationships among countries in the Americas.
  • Obtain a realistic understanding of the social impacts within Latin America of these tech-services relationships.
  • Gain new insights around the evolution of “Nearshore” software delivery, the value of partners in the region – particulary from Central America, and strengths in engineering, design and innovation.
  • Network with peer professionals in enterprise technology and startup leadership roles.


5 pm – 5:30 pm

Registration and Cocktails/ Networking

5:30 pm

Welcome and introductions

5:35 pm – 6:15 pm

Expert Panel Measuring outcomes in Latin America software innovation and social impact: A new lens for a new era

6:15 pm

Presentation session concludes and dinner and wines are served.


Registration reserved for the following roles:

  • Corporate decision-makers in marketing, software, IT, vendor management, sourcing and social impact roles
  • Startup founders seeking to grow engineering teams
  • Angel investors with an interest in global software services
  • Consultants advising on IT services vendor selection.

(Those working for a vendor or service provider in any capacity – and especially in a sales/ business development capacity – this event is not for you! Please respect our attendance qualifications. If you are unsure drop a note to [email protected] ).


Dennis Garayalde

Mobile Product Strategy, Miami Heat

Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, with a record of successfully leading, managing and delivering technology projects and infrastructure deployments. Started with companies like NCR and The Channel Company where he was able to achieve several recognitions as Project Manager.

Moved into Product Management in 2015 with Phunware where he maintained and launched multiple apps. Joined the HEAT organization in 2017 where he led redesign and relaunch of the Miami HEAT app and transitioning the Arena to mobile only tickets for HEAT games.

Carlos Ochoa

Founder & Managing Partner, Alpha Impact 8 Ventures

Carlos is a serial technology entrepreneur, investor, and frequent speaker at investments, innovation
and entrepreneurship forums. Founder to Alpha Impact 8 previous to Venture Capital, Carlos Co-
Founded and served as Executive VP at Sm4rt Corp, a holding company that included Sm4rt Security
Services (Cyber Security Operation Centers), Sm4rt Predictive Systems (Artificial Intelligence Card Fraud
Prevention Technologies) and Sm4rt Game Studios (Videogames). With Sm4rt he created the Premier
Cyber Security and InfoSec compliance firm in the region, which ultimately was acquired by KIO
Networks, the largest Information Technology Services Enterprise in Latin America. A Mexican bank
consortium (E-Global) integrated the fraud prevention venture to their services. Since he founded his
first company at 19, he has been leveraging the power and efficiency that technology and software bring
to the industry, creating software for Nextel, AT&T, Teletech and P&G among others. Carlos is an active
mentor for the Founder Institute in San Francisco and founding director for the Chapter in Mexico City.
Passionate for technology, markets and entrepreneurs, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and child,
and enjoys coaching first time founders, getting down the slopes and playing golf. He attended the
Telematics Engineering Program at ITAM´s in Mexico City

Darwin Romero

Founding Partner, Applaudo Studios

Darwin Romero is a founding partner at Applaudo Studios, based in San Salvador, El Salvador. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Harding University, Arkansas. He also studied Strategic Project Management with the HaaS School of Business, at University of California. In 2019, he was accepted into the prestigious 3-year program: Presidents Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Darwin began his professional career with TACA Airlines working for the Strategic Development group led by Directors of Bain Company. Subsequently, he was part of the international division of Dell Inc, serving as Product Director for Latin America, based in Argentina and Brazil. At Dell, he identified the opportunity to work with remote distributed teams from multiple locations around the world, providing services to Dell Inc divisions in the US. Upon his return to El Salvador, he worked for UNICOMER and then founded Applaudo Studios, recognizing the ability to work remotely in technology creation processes that can generate high added value to customers in any locality. He is a faithful believer in God, that in El Salvador there is talent and that opportunities can be created in order to development of our country.
In addition, he has been involved in the community in a variety of ways, recently as a member of the Board of Vital Voices and a mentor to TechStars in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the British Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador and the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists. He is also part of the Forbes Technology Council, Capital Factory and Young Entrepreneur Council.

Kirk Laughlin

Founder, Managing Director Nearshore Americas

Kirk Laughlin is Managing Director and Founder of the Nearshore Americas – the widely respected media and advisory group which examines the emergence of Latin America as a global leader in technology services and digital innovation. During the last 11 years, Laughlin emerged as one of the foremost thought-leaders on the expansion of tech-based commercial services and investment in the Americas. Kirk and his team are frequently called on for data analysis, market insights and commentary. Nearshore Americas offers client marketing platforms, advisory services, content and lead generation services, custom events, Latin America-focused trade missions and customized research. In addition, the brand’s marquee conference, Nearshore Nexus held June 9-10, 2020 in Brooklyn New York City, is considered the most influential Latin America services conference in North America. Earlier, Laughlin was a vice president and Managing Director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, a global media group, based in New York City. He is based in Connecticut.

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About Nearshore Americas

Nearshore Americas is dedicated to expanding knowledge around the fastest growing IT services and business process outsourcing market in the world – Latin America. As one of the world’s leading online resources for the global sourcing and services industry, Nearshore Americas provides high value information and data for over 30,000 IT, finance and customer care leaders in the U.S. and around the world every month (based on web traffic).  When launched in 2009, Nearshore Americas became the first independent online media site focused on outsourcing in the Americas. Nearshore Americas is the virtual home for the $15 billion nearshore IT/BPO marketplace – connecting buyers, influencers and providers through high-quality content and marketing services, conferences, webinars and in-country missions and tours.

About Applaudo

Applaudo Studios is a company that provides full Software Development Services for Top Tier Customers in the United States, the Americas, and Europe. Our team of Software Engineers, QA Analysts and UX/UI Designers take care of projects and also support staff augmentation for startups, Inc500 and Fortune500 companies, creating and delivering new products, services, brands and revenue streams, speeding the journey from concept to commercial impact.

From our commercial offices in Austin, Arkansas, Charlotte and Santiago de Chile, and our operations centers located in El Salvador and Mexico, we will have you covered for anything Mobile and Web.

Nearshore Americas is North America's leading organizer of in-person forums focused on Latin America technology services and software innovation. Attendees from our past conferences and custom special events have included professionals from some of the following enterprise organizations:

For further information on our mission and purpose visit us as here.