Miral Kotb is a prolific entrepreneur in the fields of technology development and the performing arts. In 2009, she combined her passion for dance and technology to create iLuminate, the world’s first light dance technology company. Recruited to perform (and becoming a finalist) on the hit television show America’s Got Talent, iLuminate ignited an electrifying phenomenon and was dubbed “the best new act in America.” iLuminate continues to positively impact millions of audience members across the globe with spectacular performances within arenas, theaters, classrooms, and corporate settings.
As a software designer, Miral has programmed iLuminate’s patented technology for major entertainment acts, including Grammy award-winning superstars Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, and Death Cab For Cutie, among others. Her technology has been featured on Dancing with the Stars, The American Music Awards, X Factor, Mira Quien Baila, MTV’s Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards, and the BET Awards, to name a few. Miral’s work has also been featured at Six Flags Theme Parks, Disneyland, off-Broadway, and at sea with Crystal Cruises.
Miral is passionate about empowering young people to pursue opportunities in STEM/STEAM. An engaging and influential public speaker, she knows how to enlighten audiences about the creative side of technology. Miral has spoken at numerous events, including Google Zeitgeist, Google’s Made With Code, On Cue, TEDx Teen, TEDx Broadway, Wonder Woman Tech, TIDE Conference, The Apple Developer Conference, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Adaptive Paths, Center for Global Brand Leadership, National Arts Marketing Project, NEXTECH, Capital One, and Acuity Brands, among others. Miral and her iLuminate team also had the honor of ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ.
A two-time cancer survivor, Miral has overcome extreme obstacles both personally and within the ever-changing world of technology. Through it all, she believes in being true to herself, and encouraging others to do the same.
Given Miral’s vast background, she is able to tailor her talk to fit the message and audience. One topic she focuses on is Women in Technology, with presentations to both young girls in school interested in pursuing technical careers and women in the work force. As a successful Entrepreneur she speaks about her experiences and the ups and downs of starting and running iLuminate, focusing on Women Entrepreneurs and general Entrepreneurship and Business Management. iLuminate itself is the result of a seamless merge of Art and Technology and Dance and Technology, giving Ms. Kotb to expertise to address audiences in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). With this merge of two worlds Ms. Kotb has a presentation that emphasizes the importance of Teamwork and Collaboration and the importance of Co-Inspiration. Ms. Kotb is a Cancer Survivor and she has told her story of the struggles of fighting Cancer and how she allowed this life changing event to inspire her to pursue her dreams. The tone of her presentations are inspiring and encourages audiences to continuously find a way to love what they do in everyday life, follow their dreams, and never get intimidated by life.