• Minnesota is consistently ranked among the top places for business—and among the fastest growing states for tech jobs. From startups to Fortune 500 players, Minnesota boasts a growing number of tech business, innovations and professionals. Minnesota isn’t Silicon Valley, but that’s not a bad thing—our strengths make the region unique among tech hubs.


    Tech Cities 2017

    Where Business Meets Technology and Talent Meets Opportunity

    Tech Cities is a learning and networking event where professionals, policy-makers, educators and emerging talent connect and share diverse perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech. Join us for conversations on:

    • TALENT 
      Learn how Minnesota grows and educates new tech talent through a number of innovative programs.

    • TRENDS
      Get insight into why tech-focused companies start here, come here and stay here in Minnesota.

      Meet tech professionals, forward-thinking organizations and skilled students.


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    2017 Program Highlights


    • Mike McNamara
    • Keynote Speaker

      Target CIO Mike McNamara

      Target CIO Mike McNamara will kick off the conference by sharing his views on the importance of technology to Target's future and the entire Twin Cities business community, as well as his perspectives on Minnesota's tech landscape. 


    The 2017 program will feature the following sessions and speakers. Full details to be published in February. 

    Setting Up Shop in MN: Why Firms Come Here and Stay Here

    • Ari Silkey, Amazon
    • Atif Siddiqi, Branch Messenger
    • Brian Bell, SportsEngine

    Best Places to Work in Tech

    • Katharine Grayson, Twin Cities Business Journal
    • Nancy Lyons, Clockwork
    • Darin Lynch, Irish Titan
    • Jon Pearce, Zipnosis
    • Christopher Smith, Kipsu

    Beyond Silicon Valley: Attracting Talent to Minnesota

    • Paul DeBettignies, MN Headhunter
    • Nick van Wagner, When I Work
    • Matt Lewis, GREATER MSP

    Civic Tech: Why Community-engaged Talent Should Be Your Next Hire

    • Sharon Kennedy-Vickers, IT Management Consultant & Open Twin Cities
    • Bill Bushey,  GovDelivery &  Open Twin Cities
    • Kelly Clausen, CreativeCubed
    • Damola Ogundipe,  Civic Eagle
    • Casey Hebling, Software for Good
    • Sarah Carlson, University of Minnesota Libraries

    The Win-Win of Experiential Learning

    • Mitch Noordyke, Analyze This!
    • Andrew Koch, Reve Academy
    • Matt Gravelle, GLITCH
    • Ellen Trader, Carlson Analytics Lab, University of Minnesota

    Diversify the IT Workforce and Fill the Need for Talent

    • Heather McGannon, MN Department of Labor
    • Tammy Dickinson, City of Minneapolis
    • Damu McCoy, Target
    • John Rico, Rico Enterprises
    • Sue Wallace, Creating IT Futures


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    About Tech Cities


    Started in 2015 at the Carlson School of Management, Tech Cities focuses on conversations around tech talent and innovation in Minnesota. Members of the community share their insights and shape the program content in a setting that promotes mutual learning.